The Practice of Interpreting the Bible Pt. 2

Today, we will consider more practical steps of interpreting the Bible. Remember, our goal is to discover what the inspired authors intended to communicate to their original audience. Once we understand their message, we can bring the transferable truth forward…

The Practice of Interpreting the Bible Pt. 1

All Bible interpretation is inherently practical. While I believe it is important to understand some guiding principles, we will understand Scripture only when we apply those principles to the actual text. This process is called exegesis. The literal meaning of…

Optimistic Interpretation of the Bible

Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s as clear as mud”? Sadly, many approach Bible study with the same pessimistic assumption. In this post, I want to encourage you to be positive as you approach Bible interpretation. God, who created…

Objective Interpretation of the Bible

At least one question gets asked in almost every Bible study group across the globe, “What does this passage mean to you?” Although the question may elicit lively discussion, it is destructive to the ultimate goal of Bible interpretation. The…

Avoid the 7 Sins of Bible Interpretation

One question that has plagued Bible interpreters for centuries is, “Why are there so many different interpretations of Scripture?” A valid question that. Consider human nature; not everyone follows the rules. Sometimes, people walk into the street though the red light…

The Personal Interpretation of the Bible

On June 26, 2015, when the Supreme Court of the United States announced their decision on same-sex marriage, the response from the Christian community was disparate. How can Christians read the same Bible while some believers support the court’s decision,…

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