Category Archives: Hermeneutics

A truth we must accept

God is merciful to reach out to rebellious creatures and He makes significant concessions to meet us where we live. His justice makes these concession necessary and His mercy makes them possible. Continue reading

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A closer look at the effects of Adam’s sin

There has been a good bit of recent focus on the historical personhood of Adam. Interestingly, after Genesis 5, the Old Testament does not mention Adam. He doesn’t reappear in Scripture until the genealogy of Jesus. There is a kind of … Continue reading

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Applying Scripture (7 Tests)

Many people misapply or even abuse the statements and promises of Scripture. Test yourself in this area by answering the following 7 questions? How much should be included when applying the statement, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives … Continue reading

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Does Proverbs promise too much?

Can we take the book of Proverbs seriously when its promises seem removed from the harsh realities of experience? Continue reading

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Misapplying the Bible

I’ve repeatedly heard 1 Thessalonians 5:22 misused — especially in more conservative expressions of the Church. What did the apostle Paul mean when he admonished believers to, “Abstain from all appearances of evil” (KJV)? The application of this verse I’ve heard suggests … Continue reading

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The challenge of preaching an ancient word

  I am not a fan of the title “preacher.” I think it’s more common in the Southern part of the US to refer to a pastor as a “preacher.” My family lived in the South for several years during … Continue reading

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A worker who does not need to be ashamed

  Distinctions matter and too often preachers and teachers don’t respect the careful distinctions that need to be made.  This kind of disregard is profoundly significant when it involves misrepresentations of the heart and ways of God. The divine rebuke spoken … Continue reading

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