Category Archives: Blue Parakeet

CENI/Blue Parakeet: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Well, I was not expecting to find baptism and communion to be important hermeneutical principles, but as I read Paul’s arguments in particular, I am struck at how many times he refers to baptism or the Lord’s Supper as instructive … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet: Fixing What’s Broken

What do we learn from this narrative approach to the scriptures? Well, I don’t think the Story answers all the questions, but it answers more questions than any other one principle of hermeneutics. We could go another quarter working through the … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet: Summary

Well, we’ve spent the last 12 weeks covering various aspects of this Blue Parakeet idea. Let me try to boil them down a bit. When we run across a blue parakeet passage — a blue bird amidst the sparrows — … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet: Eden as Hermeneutic

Genesis 1 and 2 give the model for a Godly marriage and Godly sexual conduct. Hence, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and homosexuality are all wrong because they violate Genesis 1 and 2 — which define sinless sex — even if the … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet: Corollaries — The Gospel Hermeneutic (the Love part)

The application should be obvious by now. Love and faith are the “interstitial doctrines,” that is, they fill in all the gaps. There are no gaps. No silences. No missing authority. It’s all there in two words. Maybe a reminder … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet: Corollaries — The Gospel Hermeneutic (the Faith part)

In Galatians 5, at the apex of his argument, after four chapters of elaborate explication, Paul declares a profound principle—one that the reader is to understand as being just as true as can be: “The only thing that counts is … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet: Corollaries — Positive Law

We’ve worked through several examples about how this Story/narrative approach to Bible study pushes us to rethink some familiar passages. Now that the quarter is nearly over, I want to sort through some additional hermeneutical principles built on the narrative … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet: The Story and Women, Part 2

Let’s skip ahead all the way to the central controversial text of the controversy – (1 Tim 2:11-14)  A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet: The Story and Women, Part 1

In The Blue Parakeet, Scot McKnight spends about half the book showing how the narrative approach to hermeneutics changes our thinking on the role of women in the church. In our lesson series, we’re not going to spend so much … Continue reading

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The Blue Parakeet/Ed Stetzer: A Conversation About the Flood and Inerrancy

The scene is a table in a smokey barbecue restaurant. An elder (Ed), a deacon (Dan), and the head of the adult Bible class program (Harry) are eating to discuss curriculum. Harry: I really appreciate you all joining me for lunch. … Continue reading

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