Category Archives: Hermeneutics

Apologetics: A Plea for Better Hermeneutics

We’re done with science and Christianity for a while, and I have no plans to return to the science of origins. I just want to reflect a bit on one of the deeper issues underlying the last few posts before moving … Continue reading

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An Email about Authority and Mathematics, Part 5 (“Spirit and truth”)

Having considered the broader context of John 4:23-24 in the last post, let’s now look at the context in John’s Gospel. Spirit In chapter 3, John had just related the story of Jesus and Nicodemus (“born of water and Spirit”), … Continue reading

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An Email about Authority and Mathematics, Part 4 (Introduction to “Spirit and truth”)

I’ve written on John 4:23-24 several times. It’s a critical passage in understanding the New Testament’s doctrine of worship — and much, much more. And it’s one of those passages that is almost always misunderstood because we come to looking … Continue reading

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An Email about Authority and Mathematics, Part 3 (Binding Examples)

We pick up with Minghui’s responses to my examples for authorized things that do not meet the standards of CENI. (For those readers coming in late, I’m attempting to show that CENI/the Regulative Principle are not real rules, and indeed … Continue reading

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An Email about Authority and Mathematics, Part 2 (CENI explained)

Last week, I posted “An Email about Authority and Mathematics” in response to a question I received re a young brother, a mathematician, with questions re certain traditional Church of Christ teachings. On Tuesday, my mathematician brother, whom I now … Continue reading

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CENI: Is CENI a Hermeneutic?

I occasionally move a comment I wrote to the main page, since most readers (I suspect) don’t read all the comments — and I’m bad to write too-long comments that I should save for posts. Jason wrote, “The problem with this … Continue reading

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An Email about Authority and Mathematics

I get emails – I’m trying to help a bright young brother, who recently got his Ph.D. in math. He wrote that the church he was now attending was the only “conservative” church of Christ in the city. I asked … Continue reading

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Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes: It’s All About Me

We’re considering Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible, by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien — an excellent book. Well, the authors next go to meddling – We built modern cathedrals with … Continue reading

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Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes: Patronage, grace, and faith

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been posting lessons for The Story, as part of my church’s adult Bible classes. I wanted to  finish the lessons through the end of the semester, so that I’d not be trying to write curriculum … Continue reading

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Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes: Honor, Part 6 (Public vs. Private; Examples; Conclusion)

We’re considering Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible, by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien — an excellent book. In summarizing the chapter, the authors explain, In the meantime, pay attention to … Continue reading

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