How Martin Luther Interpreted the Bible

History is full of giants of the faith who have immensely helped the church interpret the Bible properly. One giant in particular stands out: Martin Luther. Along with John Calvin, Luther is perhaps most loved for his radical Christ-centeredness when it comes to Bible interpretation. He’s prominent because God used him at such a vital crossroads in…

Jesus-in-my-heart-ism

Ask the average Christian how they were saved and most will include, at some point in their story, that “I asked Jesus into my heart.” I’ve said it before, too. I think it’s okay to say with the right theological framework; however it is a very loaded phrase. I am currently reading Graeme Goldsworthy’s Gospel-Centered…

Jesus Hermeneutics

Hermeneutics is the work of interpreting what a text says. A biblical text is a communication of God that has three main components: the communicator (speaker), what is communicated (message), and who it is communicated to (hearer). In order to interpret Scripture properly, it must be interpreted through the gospel, namely, the person and work…

Nothing New

It is wonderfully comforting to me that there is nothing new to learn or teach in Scripture.  You could read the Bible a thousand times and there will not be one word, phrase, or segment that you find that wasn’t there the first time you read it.  And everything you read has it’s own meaning,…

Time With the Lord, Part 2: Tips for Study

In the first post on spending time with the Lord, I addressed why studying the Bible is necessary and vital and what are the key elements (of holiness) that we need to have when we study.  This post will be practical tips for how we would study a particular passage of Scripture. Before I go…

The Guiding Principle for Interpreting Scripture

The principle that should guide our attention to Scripture is that its meaning is objective, not subjective. The meaning of Scripture does not change with every new reader or every new reading. It cannot be twisted to mean whatever we like. It is what it is, unchanging and unending. The first principle, therefore, in giving…