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The Story of Revelation

“All Scripture is breathed out by God…” (2 Timothy 3:16) writes the Apostle Paul. Peter tells us that in the writing of the Bible, “men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” (2 Peter 1:21). Whatever we may say about the Bible, it is clear that the Apostles and the majority of those who claim to be their theological heirs and followers are a “people of the Book.” This “Book” has been suppressed, ridiculed, misused and dismissed throughout history, and yet through it all God’s people have remained devoted to believing and proclaiming its message.

What Happened to Those Verses? Part One

Since I’ve been preaching through the Gospel of Mark for about nine months total (with a few weeks off here and there) I thought I’d share with you one of the most daunting aspects of preaching through this particular book. If you pay attention to the last chapter of Mark in your English Bible, most of you will notice that verses 9-20 are marked in some way (probably with brackets) and a note is added telling you that the earliest manuscripts do not contain these verses.

Why this Book?

We carry our Bibles around with such ease, that we rarely stop to think about how amazing it is to have God's Word bound in a single volume, small enough to tuck under an arm, put in a purse, or even (if you can read the tiny print!) stick it in a back pocket. What we call a book, or codex, didn't exist when the prophets were writing and weren't well-known in the days of the apostles. But Christians adopted the codex very early as a way of holding together the diverse writings they considered to be Scripture.

Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation: The Bible and the Newspaper

Why do we have to think about how to read the Bible? Shouldn’t it be obvious? After all, if a person knows how to read a newspaper or a novel, shouldn’t he be able to read the Bible? In a sense, the answer to that question is ‘yes.’ The Bible is, after all, a book; therefore, in many ways it needs to be read like any other written document. Unfortunately, we don’t always apply some of the common sense, usually unspoken rules of reading to the Bible.

Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation: Looking Behind the Text

Several years ago a series of videos came out featuring a young, stylish preacher discussing well-known Bible stories in a way that captured the imagination of its target audience. The preacher made frequent appeals to little known details of the culture and history that lay behind the biblical teaching, and by doing so was able to show that many well-known and cherished biblical passages did not at all mean what everyone had assumed they meant.

Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation: Locusts and Literary Genres in the Bible

I don’t usually watch the local news or any of the twenty-four hour cable news channels (unless there’s a major event under way). I prefer to read the news rather than watch it. Of course, I do live in the twenty-first century so most of my news reading comes from the internet. I’d rather browse new sites than watch news shows. Even as I’m browsing, I have an aversion to videos.

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