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Archives for Re-examining How We Read the Bible

Don’t Close Your Eyes: Psalm 4 and Me…Praying the Psalms (Part 1)

Eugene Peterson has written that the Psalms are God given tools for “Answering God.” What a great insight. God has spoken and God has acted even when we do not perceive it. This means that the first step is to invite God’s own Spirit – the owner of…

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Over the years I have read the Psalms in a lectio continua fashion, that is Ps 1 to Ps 150 sequentially over and over.  My initial step into this was really the response to things in my life. First questions about worship and then existential realities of a personal nature.  My relationship with the Psalter has also had its mountains…

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Bible study aids abound from concordances to Bible dictionaries, all of which are wonderful tools to deepen your understanding of Scripture. Instead of suggesting a new book to buy, I want to offer some questions that can help readers unlock the message of the text.

What question is this passage answering?

Christians come to the Bible with lots of questions—some of them…

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In light of an outstanding book published this year, “Can We Still Believe the Bible? An Evangelical Engagement With Contemporary Questions” by Dr. Craig Blomberg we asked Dr. Blomberg to share some of his insights with us here at Wineskins. Dr. Blomberg was kind enough to take a moment and respond to the question, “If you could only pass one insight along to students of scripture, what would it…

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Through lots of trial and error, my wife Lea and I, have survived 26 years of marriage. After dating for four years, we married when we were very young and didn’t really have a clue what we were doing. While we were best friends, we were also two very different people. I was an extrovert while she was an introvert….

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For this final post in the series, let me point out the obvious: Bible knowledge doesn’t always translate into Christlike thinking and living. I’ve known some brilliant Bible scholars whose lives were anything but godly.

We can read scripture for a lot of different reasons. Some read trying to prove their preconceived dogmas. Others read just to gain knowledge (as if “knowledge of God”…

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This book review is a significantly shortened and edited version of work for my most recent (February) Doctor of Ministry residency at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. For more information on their program, click here.

Summary In The Bible Made Impossible Christian Smith, a sociologist at the University of Notre Dame, challenges the constellation of evangelical assumptions about the Bible that…

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In the churches of my youth the Bible was read several times during each worship period. A passage would be read before communion (usually First Corinthians 11:23ff or a portion of Isaiah 53), another before the sermon (usually a few verses that were part of the text being used by the minister), and during Bible class where we used the text as you would a “Wordsearch” puzzle, finding answers…

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One of my prize possessions in my library is Adolf Deissmann’s Light From the Ancient East, first published in 1908. When I bought it during my grad school days, it felt like I was being privileged to enter into a wide world of sacred discovery.

But, of course, “sacred” is not what it was about as much as “secular.”

New Testament scholars used to…

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Here are a few resources to consider in studying how to read and understand the Bible.

How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth By Gordon Fee

This is a must read book for any student of scripture. Fee unpacks everything from genre to the differences in translation so you can choose one that is closest to what you need….

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