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 the Bible’s own claims to clarity and sufficiency, The Gift of Reading – Part 1 outlines the practice of reading the Bible 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 The Gift of Reading – Part 1.
The Second Volume in the series “God’s Gifts for the Christian Life,” The Gift of Reading – Parts 1 & 2 offers a theological account of Biblical interpretation routed in the Bible as it presents itself. The Gift of Reading – Part 1 The framework for interpreting the Bible presented here provides a methodological foundation for the task of theology (the whole Christian life lived Biblically) as outlined in the later volumes of the series. The practices presented here are given a theoretical foundation in The Gift of Reading – Part 2.