Category Archives: Hermeneutics

Adapting the Churches of Christ to a World that Has Changed: How Do You Replace CENI?

One of the questions that results from posts like the last one that we can see that our old way of interpreting the scriptures had some weaknesses but what do we replace it with? This post is going to address that question. Before I do, though, I want to point out two previous posts onContinue Reading

A Few Books To Consider

The Father Glorified by Patrick Robertson & David Watson – This book blew my mind. It is the story of the movement of God in Islamic regions of Africa. The book reminds me a lot of the Peter and Cornelius story in Acts where the two men are brought together in a dream in orderContinue Reading

CENI – Having a Humble Hermeneutic

A hermeneutic is the way we go about making interpretations. In the case of biblical hermeneutics, it is the method we use to make sense of what we read in scripture. I grew up in some pretty conservative circles. In those circles, the goal of interpretation was a desire to know what God wanted usContinue Reading

How to Make Bible Study Practical – Perspective Issues 1

It is important, whether young or old, that we continue to tool and equip ourselves to study the Bible. So what I have to offer here on studying the Bible may be old news to some of you but hopefully there will be something for everyone. One of the driving forces in my Bible studyContinue Reading

What Was the Colossian Heresy and What Can We Learn from it?

In comments on the last post Philip mentioned Milton Jones’ interpretation of the Colossian heresy as something comparable to post-modernism. I have a great level of respect for Milton Jones. I haven’t read his book (that Philip linked to in his comment) but I did think this would be an interesting point to respond toContinue Reading

God Says It Better Himself – Letting the Word of God Speak for Itself

One thing I try to do consistently when teaching from a book of the Bible is to start class with a full reading of the text at hand. It is important for scripture to be heard sans commentary. While we shouldn’t read the Bible so objectively that it might as well be arranged like anContinue Reading

Keith Brenton on the Jesus Hermeneutic

Great post Keith! This kind of thinking should put us at ease that God is actually merciful and compassionate. Maybe God was serious when he said he was abounding in steadfast love!?! Along with Frank B…another one of those guys you look forward to reading.Continue Reading

Resources on How to Read the Bible More Effectively

For those of you who want to read their Bible more effectively (in terms of interpretation and application) here are some resources you may want to consider: Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight (more conversational) Eat This Book: a conversation in the art of spiritual reading by Eugene Peterson (moreContinue Reading

All Who Call on the Name of the Lord Will be Saved – Romans 10:13

A couple of verses that have been used in the anti-baptism argument come from Romans 10. The first is found in Romans 10:9 – “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” That seems pretty straight forwardContinue Reading

Speaking Where the Bible Speaks is Harder Than it Sounds Using Romans 10:9-13 as an Example

One of our main interpretive principles in the church of Christ is to speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where it is silent. I think that is a wonderful concept to try to attain. I respect our heritage and the overarching respect for scripture that our forefathers have brought to the table. WeContinue Reading

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