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…

Death’s Hand: A Theological and Interpretative Appropriation (Bible Study Series: Second Temple Hermuentics)

The next part of our bible study series is about how we interpret the Bible, or using the fancy term, Biblical Hermeneutics. Tyler and I will be taking this in two parts. He’ll be discussing Modern Biblical Hermeneutics known as the Historical Grammatical Method. In others words, how we discover…

How To Read The Bible (Series): What is Inspiration?

I’m convinced that the reason we Christians should read and study scripture is to bring us to Christ. The study of scripture for its own sake is worthless. It’s a means to an end, not the end itself. With that in mind (our purpose for studying scripture) we should ask…

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,…

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