The Narrative Tapestry of the Bible (How to Read the Bible Series)

What if I wanted to tell you that when God created the heavens and the earth, everything that he created was good. But then we humans decided to define what is good for ourselves, which brought death and destruction into God’s perfect creation. But God has chosen to work with…

How to Read the Bible Series: From Life to Literature

Ceci n’est pas une pipe. This is not a pipe. It’s a painting of a pipe. An artistic representation. This painting – Treachery of Images by René Magritte – reveals a deep truth about the relationship between art and reality. Art may imitate life (or vice versa), but the two…

The Purpose of Background Studies (How to Read the Bible Series)

In my last post, I briefly described the process of historical-grammatical exegesis. This method of interpretation is long, drawn out, and complicated, but we can boil it down to two major spheres: historical, which includes everything outside the text, and grammatical, which includes everything within the text. Most of my…

Hermeneutics: Historical-Grammatical Exegesis (Bible Series)

No one approaches the biblical texts with a blank slate. We all have some sort of lens through which we interpret the texts, whether we like to admit it or not. If we want to study scripture responsibly, we must identify the lens through which we interpret. Imagine, for a…

How to Read the Bible (Series): Imaginative Hermeneutics

Since God is outside of this world, that means we can’t really know anything about God apart from the media through which he chooses to reveal himself: story.  So in order to understand what scripture reveals about God, we have to do everything we can to understand the stories, not as conduits of God’s revelation, but first and foremost as the stories themselves.

Preach the Gospel to Yourself Every Day: Tyler's Perspective (Part 3)

Preach the Gospel to Yourself Everyday “Preach the Gospel.” It’s a phrase we hear all the time in Christian circles. We find it in church mission statements, Bible studies, Christian t-shirts. But how often do we put a lot of thought into what that phrase means? In a collaborative effort,…

Preach the Gospel to Yourself Every Day: Tyler’s Perspective (Part Two)

In my previous post, we took a look at the envelope and tried to come up with a working definition for “the Gospel.” Today we’re going to open up the envelope and take a look at the content of this Gospel. What exactly is this good news?

Preach the Gospel to Yourself Every Day: Tyler's Perspective (Part One)

“Preach the Gospel.” It’s a phrase we hear all the time in Christian circles. We find it in church mission statements, Bible studies, Christian t-shirts. But how often do we put a lot of thought into what that phrase means? In a collaborative effort, all the bloggers here on Misfits…

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