Category: Theology For Life

What is Bible Preaching?

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation One of the most penetrating series of imperatives that explode from the pages of Scripture is found in Paul’s letter to his young protégé, Timothy, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2nd Timothy 4:2, ESV). Preaching has fallen on hard times. There is an increasing intolerance for preaching in the church. Paul warns Timothy that the day is coming when people will grow impatient with preaching. They will resist the ministry that faithful preachers are called to...

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Reading the Bible for Personal Devotion

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation So you’d like to begin spending time with God daily? It’s a noble goal and one that every Christian should strive for. Perhaps you just made a personal resolution or you just had a spiritual mountaintop experience and you want to fan the flame of passion you feel for God and His Word. Whatever it is that has moved you to act, you’ll have a better chance of developing a daily habit of time with God if you follow these seven tips for nurturing a daily devotional time with God. Pick a time for...

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Reading the Bible with Family

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-9 As a parent, I am keenly reminded...

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The Bible and the Interpreter

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation The word interpret can be used to mean “to understand”, “to translate”, or “to explain”. These three functions of the interpretive process are also appropriate for preaching. First, we seek to understand what the text is saying. Then, we translate that information into the intended theological message. Finally, we explain that message to the congregation. The interpreter needs to have a working knowledge of basic principles of interpretation. These hermeneutical principles are like the tricks of the trade for an interpreter. They guide us in our examination of the text so that...

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Collected Writings on Scripture

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation Ever since the time of Adam and Eve, the Word of God has been under attack. These attacks not only come from outside the walls of the church, they also seem to creep into and rear their ugly head from inside the Church as well. Thus, it is vital for believers to make a concerted effort to stand on the doctrine of the authority and inspiration of Scripture as being the Word of God, provided to His people. Noted author and theologian, D. A. Carson, in his excellent book, Collected Writings...

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