My newest books, The Gift of Reading – Part 1: Reading the Bible in Submission to God and The Gift of Reading – Part 2: A Biblical Perspective on Hermeneutics are now available for pre-sale and will be released on September 30th. Together, these are the second the volume of my series God’s Gifts for the Christian Life, which began with The Gift of Knowing: A Biblical Perspective on Knowing and Truth.
The Gift of Reading – Part 1: Reading the Bible in Submission to God
If the Word of God is our anchor in the chaos of this world, if it is our assurance that we can know the world and God its Creator, we need confidence that we can understand this word. Reading and applying the Bible is essential to every facet of Christian life and ministry, yet our ability to do so is under attack from a myriad of directions. In Postmodern philosophy, the possibility of communication is dismissed, let alone communication from God. In Biblical studies, the amount of knowledge required to come to firm conclusions concerning the meaning and application of the Bible grows every day. However, the Bible is not so pessimistic about its accessibility. Instead, it presents itself as a clear word, sufficient to guide and encourage Christians in every area of life.
Beginning with Scripture’s own claims to clarity and sufficiency, The Gift of Reading — Part 1 outlines the practice of reading the Bbile in order to understand and apply it. The Gift of Reading — Part 2 will go further into the theory that lies beneath the methodology unpacked in Part 1.
The Gift of Reading – Part 2: A Biblical Perspective on Hermeneutics
In Part 1 of The Gift of Reading it is argued that the Bible is a covenant document given by God to His people. This leads to certain conclusions concerning how it is read. In fact, behind all practice — in this case, reading the Bible — lies theory, answers to the questions of how we read and why we do it in a certain way. In Part 2 of The Gift of Reading, the theoretical questions raised by Part 1 are addressed more closely. After surveying the history of hermeneutics — the theory of reading the Bible — The Gift of Reading – Part 2 provides a Biblical perspective on the role of the text, reader, and author in the interpretation of the Bible.