So it’s about halfway through the year and I’ve read 16 books so far (well, at least the ones I remember I read - haha) and a countless amount of articles and essays. I feel like I’m finally making some headway into the hermeneutical issue of the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament, though it is bringing me more questions along with it. Reading and learning about...
"Biblical" Interpretation - More Than One Meaning?
Have you ever read the New Testament’s use of Old Testament Scripture and became puzzled that the authors didn’t employ historical-grammatical exegesis on the text, but rather employed what looked like a metaphorical interpretation, mistranslation or an odd application of the Old Testament that disregarded the Old Testament context? (Or is that just me?) Here are some examples of...
J.S. Park: Caution: Bloggers Are Not Your... →
jspark3000: =================================== “Tumblr friends, please keep in mind that most of us here are 15 to 20 years old. Even if you’re 25 and married, you’re still a kid. That’s how the news would describe you if you ended up there. I’ve barely just turned 30 and my mom still thinks I’m a baby. That’s the straight-up truth; let’s not deny that. So if you’re asking for...
Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts
Social Media and Christianity
One of the downfalls of social media, especially in the realm of Twitter and Tumblr, is that the short nice-sounding quotes, sayings and bits are the ones that are going to be retweeted/reblogged/reposted. While I don’t want to downplay the powerful truths these 140-character-messages are conveying, we have to admit that they lack the depth of an explanation. Especially with the verse...
Let's Talk About Sex
On 7/13/12 (5 days ago before the time this has been published), Jared Wilson of The Gospel Coalition posted a passage from Douglas Wilson’s 13-year-old book, Fidelity: What it Means to be a One-Woman Man, in response to the 50 Shades of Grey epidemic. This passage from the book has the Christian (and Atheist) blog scene buzzing: When we quarrel with the way the world is, we find that the...
Anonymous asked: Ha, you look like the Western stereotypical portrayal of Jesus. However, that portrayal is highly inaccurate. Do you get that a lot though?
The God That Bleeds: The Emotions of God
When reading Scripture, it is quite common to ask how a particular passage or story “makes us feel”. But how many times have we read something and asked “What is God feeling here?” [[MORE]] As Scripture describes the relationship between God and His people in intimate terms, it should be imperative that, being in a relationship, we are curious to how God feels. It is not...
In my last post, the problem of using the word “biblical” in a world of pervasive interpretive pluralism (coined by Christian Smith) was brought up. Example: One person may endorse this a view as biblical and another endorses a conflicting view as biblical. Logically, they cannot be reconciled. So who decides what is “biblical” in a faith of 2,000 years? In this post,...
The biggest differences between denominations and the East/West divide in the church is doctrine. After the translation of the Bible into modern languages and the invention of the Gutenberg printing press, interpreting the Bible for oneself became available to those who could read throughout the modern world. Also, this has also left us with many different interpretations of the Bible and many...