Book Review · Hermeneutics · Interpretation

The Future of Biblical Interpretation: A Book Review

Thanks to IVP Academic for providing a review copy of Porter, Stanley E. and Matthew R. Malcolm, eds., The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013), 176pp. I offer the following review of this volume: The Bible encompasses a plurality of voices, not only in genre but… Continue reading The Future of Biblical Interpretation: A Book Review

Gadamer · Hermeneutics · Interpretation

Playing with Gadamer

“What man needs is not just the persistent posing of ultimate questions, but the sense of what is feasible, what is possible, what is correct, here and now.” (Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method [trans. Joel Weinsheimer and Donald Marshall; 2nd rev.ed.; New York: Continuum, 2002], p.xxxviii). In my “leisure” reading, I’m working through a number… Continue reading Playing with Gadamer

Ethics · Interpretation · Literary Reading · Theology

Literature for Ethics and Theology

“Literature is important for ethics because literature is as complicated as life itself, and cannot be decoded or boiled down. Ethical insight comes from reading it–first sequentially and then reflectively–not from trying to extract a ‘message’ from it.”* This is one of the primary problems I have witnessed in folks reading and preaching from the… Continue reading Literature for Ethics and Theology

Acts · Holy Spirit · Interpretation · Jesus Christ · Lesslie Newbigin · Rudolph Bultmann · Scripture

Forever Listening to the Spirit

I recently read something by Lesslie Newbigin (that great missionary statesman of the twentieth century) that struck a chord with me.  He wrote the following concerning the Jerusalem congregation’s recognition of the validity of the Gentile mission that Peter had just returned from (Acts 10-11): “They were silenced because they had to recognize something new.… Continue reading Forever Listening to the Spirit