The Need for Hermeneutics

The Need for Hermeneutics A while back, I spoke at an event for homeschooled graduates and asked the audience to respond to the question, “Do you believe that the 66 books of the Bible are, in the original manuscripts, the inspired and inerrant word of God?” 98% of the attendees at this Christian event affirmed their faith in the Bible. That was both comforting and odd, especially since on 91% of the attendees identified...

Will a Trained Child Depart?

Will a Trained Child Depart? “Train up a child in the way he should go (on his own customized path), and when he is old/older/grown he will not depart/will return.” (Proverbs 22:6) This passage has given parents and Bible teachers fits for many years. There are lots of different explanations regarding what this text is teaching (including a few I’ve included in the verse above). If we do our job correctly as parents, does that...

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

For the past couple of years, I have been talking about the importance of Christians studying Biblical Hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is the discipline of study by which we learn how to read, interpret and understand the various books and literary genres of the Bible. I have often been asked what books or resources I recommend. I like: Principles of Biblical Interpretation, by Louis Berkhof. I also...

How to Win an Argument with a Biblically Literate Christian!

How to Win an Argument with a Biblically Literate Christian! I’ve learned (from Facebook) the fastest ways to be dismissive of someone who has a stronger Biblical argument than you. 1. Say, “Don’t judge me!” This seems to be the only “Bible verse” that EVERYONE knows. They will have no choice but to bow the knee!  2. If that doesn’t work, say, “You are taking the Bible out of context.” This will send them...

The Regulative Principle vs. The Normative Principle

The Regulative Principle vs. The Normative Principle I believe that a huge number of disagreements between Christians come from a fundamental difference in the way we do Hermeneutics (the discipline of how we study, understand and interpret Scripture within its various literary genres and historical contexts). Reformed theologians have created a couple of concepts to help them discuss worship within the church: The Regulative Principle and The Normative...

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