Jesus is the Standard: Part Five of “How I Read the Bible, And So Can You!”

When you do something all the time your approach becomes second nature and largely unconscious, so a few weeks ago I decided to examine what I do when I interpret the Bible and share those steps with you. I’ve written about how I: try to suspend my assumptions about the Bible and it’s inspiration; try to...

How I Read the Bible, And So Can You! Part 4

In the last post I talked about how important it is to recognize that the biblical writers have their own voice. The Bible, especially the Old Testament, doesn’t speak with one voice or one viewpoint. It actually contains multiple voices and multiple viewpoints, and, as I pointed out last week, they don’t...

Let the Biblical Writers Speak! Part 3 of “How I Read the Bible, and So Can You!”

When reading the Bible there are six things I do as part of my interpretive process which I have found helpful. If you will do these six things you will find the meaning of Scripture opening up for you. The first two things I do are 1) Throw out all my assumptions; and 2) Question everything I was taught....

Forget Everything You Were Taught! Part 2 of “How I Read the Bible, and So Can You!”

In this series of posts I’m outlining the process I have developed in reading the Bible. Inherent in that, of course, is the need for a process. One can certainly just open the Bible up and start reading, and there is some value in that, but there are dangers as well. Despite the wonderful job that...

How I Read the Bible, And So Can You! Part 1

This was going to be an easy article on “How I Read the Bible.” It was going to be a numbered list of things that over the years I have almost subconsciously learned to do when I read a passage. A few things with short explanations. A easy, short-hand guide to help people read Scripture more deeply and...

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