Archive for the 'Hermeneutics' Category

The faith of a mustard seed and justice in the courts

An amusing example of Christianese getting misappropriated in an inspirational context showed up in our office newsletter. One of these things is not like the other… What Makes a Dad Author Unknown God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet […]

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Thinking “Outside the Box” about the Bible

My friend Cliff Martin has written one of the best, most concise descriptions of the nature and purpose of the Bible that I have ever had the privilege of reading. He also makes some interesting remarks about the usefulness and validity of orthodoxy, something I’ve discussed here and there on this blog. I strongly suggest […]

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The canon and revelation

Damian at Castle of Nutshells, one of the most thoughtful bloggers I read regularly, has recently written on the topic of the canon. Specifically, he asks (without answering), is the canon closed? Is the authority of Scripture in the books individually or in their compilation as canon? I had a few thoughts on these ideas […]

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Contextual interpretation in Genesis: Cain’s mark

I suppose it goes without saying that approaching the Bible as contextually bound literature leaves you asking different questions and giving different answers. In the comments of one my posts awhile back, someone expressed bemusement about why God protected Cain after he killed Abel. Not striking him down is easily answerable as an early expression […]

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

The Bible as literature and what that means to us

Mike Beidler pointed me to an article entitled “The Bible as Human Literature” that culminates in the provocative question, “If Jesus is really raised from the dead, what do we lose if we consider the Bible as only human literature?” This is something I’ve been asking for quite a while, but I’ve not read any […]

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Birds came from dinosaurs? Pshaw!

Studies at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm have yielded startling evidence of the connection between ancient meat-eating dinosaurs and modern-day birds, according to a study released this week. A team of paleontologists, studying a unique set of 198 million year old fossilized handprints and footprints at the site, contend the prints […]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The origins debate: more than evolution

From the Rev. Dr. Fritz Ritsch, pastor of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, comes this gem of an op ed ( The debate over teaching evolution in schools has a lot to do with science, but not biology. Look instead to archaeology, anthropology, and mostly to literary and historical criticism — the tools […]

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009