Category Archives: Biblical Interpretation

What We Look For When We Read the Bible Influences What We Find

I was once in a discussion about women passing communion on Sunday morning. One brother’s “gotcha” verse (that only men can serve the Supper/pass trays) was Acts 6:1-4,

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

This has nothing to do with who can pass a tray up and down the aisle. But he found a verse that talked about people serving food, who were men. He had all the proof he needed to argue that it was scripturally wrong for a woman to pass a communion tray standing, going up and down the aisle. He had no trouble when women passing seated, side to side sitting.

Others will point to 1 Tim2:12 where Paul talks about women not “having authority over” men (which is a poor translation).

I am not here to talk about who should serve communion, although that would be a good thing to discuss. I am here to talk about how we read the Bible and how what we are looking to prove has a huge impact on what we find/what we think the Bible says and means.

Here is another example of that – what is the correct scriptural name for the church? People have found several answers to that question. The problem is, in all of the examples mentioned none of the biblical authors actually meant to be naming the church in a formal, sign out on the front, kind of way.

If we want to be serious students of scripture, we must be careful to allow the scriptures to speak for themselves and not hijack them for our purposes. Sometimes, God wasn’t and still isn’t interested in giving us answers to the things we want answers for. We must have grace and patience toward one another in our understanding of these matters.

What are some other issues you believe we find answers where the Bible doesn’t give an answer?

Understanding How We Read the Bible Part 2 – Command, Example, Necessary Inference

It is so important we understand how we read the Bible. It is possible we do something for so long or it is modeled for us and never explained that we don’t really understand the actual process for interpreting the meaning of the text that we are using. This video gives some history of howContinue Reading

A Must Have Discipleship Conversation – How We Read the Bible

Please watch the following video and let’s discuss in the comments. We have a major problem with how we typically read the Bible. We miss important meanings because we are looking for the wrong things. We find things that aren’t there because we are looking for the wrong things. Understanding how to read the BibleContinue Reading

Metacognition and Church of Christ Theology: An Introduction

It is important to think about how we think. That is what metacognition is all about. What are the presuppositions that we bring to the table that influence our understanding of the Bible? John Locke believed infants were born tabula rasa (blank slate) but that is certainly not the case when we enter into anyContinue Reading

Building a Theological & Ministry Library Part 2 – How to Read the Bible

There are a lot of great books out there on how to be a better student of scripture and many of them can be purchased at a very low cost these days. Here are some of my favorites. How to read the Bible for All It’s Worth By Gordon Fee This was one of theContinue Reading

Interpretation Even Impacts the Formatting of Scripture

You may not pay much attention to it but there are interpretations that affect the way Bibles are formatted. Here are a few places this shows up: Red letters: There are passages of scripture that are hard to tell where Jesus starts and stops talking. John 3 is probably the best known instance of this.Continue Reading

The Bible in Translation: 450 BC to 1500 AD

I was fortunate enough to visit the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in Los Angeles last week. It was amazing seeing all of the items that were in the exhibit that touched on so many things from the Old Testament well into the first century. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1946 and continued toContinue Reading

Why Did They Cast Lots to Replace Judas?

“So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he wasContinue Reading

Exploring the First Century Church: Bible & Canon

There could be a whole dictionary written on interesting terms in the Bible vs how they are used or understood today. I want to take a few posts to examine a few of these so that we can move our understanding of these things closer to theirs.   Bible Do a word search of theContinue Reading

My Take on Interpreting the Bible

I was recently asked how I interpret the Bible. That is an easy question on the surface but there is a lot that goes into actually doing it. Here is my response, I am going to start off in this post talking about how I read/interpret/apply scripture and then answer your second question about salvationContinue Reading

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