This fall I started rereading Calvin’s Institutes, which may be my favorite book. When I first seriously engaged with Calvin it was the most theologically formative book I had read (that may still be the case). Once while I was in a conversation with a Ladder Day Saint I quoted Calvin and was then asked […]
Returning from the mailbox, you flip through the stack that is your recent prize. You begin the important task of separating the pertinent letters from the ones that will be quickly discarded without even being read. Postcards and invitations in one stack, ads in another; bills, the things you wish you could throw away, on […]
Robert Evans, Reception History, Tradition and Biblical Interpretation: Gadamer and Jauss in Current Practice. Library of New Testament Studies 510; Scriptural Traces: Critical Perspectives on the Reception and Influence of the Bible 4. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN: 9780567655400. Hardcover. Retail Price: £65.00. In Reception History, Tradition, and Biblical Interpretation, Robert Evans (University of Chester) utilizes […]
Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Matthew R. Malcolm. The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics. IVP Academic, 2013. 165 pgs. $14.40 (Paperback). The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics, is a collection of essays initially presented at a conference held at the University of Nottingham in honor of […]
During my spring break I was able to go on a trip to India with my officemate Chris Brewer and his dad Gary. We began our trip in Imphal, which is the capital of the state of Manipur in the northeast (we weren’t far from the border of Burma). When we arrived it happened to […]
A couple of weeks ago, I thought about what impressions wearing clerical collar might give to different people, and reasons why an Evangelical minister part of an Anglian or Presbyterian tradition might choose to not wear one, and whether the choice might be a theological stance. I have never understood Hans-Georg Gadamer very well, but I think his […]
Sound hermeneutics requires an understanding of how communication works. The Bible, after all, is God’s authoritative communication to us. There are three components of communication: words, genre, and message. “Words” refers to what we say; “genre” to the way we say it; and “message” to the reason for saying it. When we decide to communicate, […]
If you were going to introduce the Star Wars saga to someone who has never seen the movies, how would you do it? Since there are two trilogies that were not produced in chronological order a true dilemma emerges. I just read a brilliant article by Rod Hilton addressing this topic. I highly recommend that […]
Accuracy in preaching has never been more important than it is today. In the 800s, it mattered less if preachers thought the Bible taught the earth was the center of the universe. Everyone believed that. In the 1400s, it mattered less if preachers taught a flat earth. People believed their clergy more than university professors. […]
A few weeks ago I posted a link to an article that I co-wrote with Dr. Jonathan M. Lunde for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. That article was on the use of Isaiah in Ephesians 5.14. This new article — “Paul’s Creative and Contextual Use of Psalm 68 in Ephesians 4:8,” Westminster Theological Journal 74.1 (Spring 2012): 99-117 — functions […]
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