Christian Education / Controversial / Doctrine / etc.

Follow up to Joel Watts Last Blog

I believe it is time for us to begin to think about these things! Period! Joel Watts last blog in this blog is excellent if one take seriously what he really believes about the Bible! I was going to publish this in there as a reply, but I decided to make my reply into a blog. It may be better for readers to understand what is my point on that, something that, before God I have been struggling since my pastoral days, and, after which, when I came to a firm position, not only I find peace and comfort

Hermeneutics / Melito of Sardis / New Testament / etc.

Melito of Sardis: Mystery of the Passover

This is a series of repost for Easter from Melito of Sardis. What more can I add here? Components of the Mystery of the Passover (46-71) 1. The Passover (46-47a) 46. Now that you have heard the explanation of the type and of that which corresponds to it, hear also what goes into making up the mystery. What is the passover? Indeed its name is derived from that event–”to celebrate the passover” (to paschein) is derived from “to suffer” (tou pathein). Therefore, learn who the sufferer is and who he is who suffers along with the sufferer. 47. Why

Hermeneutics / Melito of Sardis / New Testament / etc.

Melito of Sardis: The Old Testament and the New Testament

I am reposting Melito for Easter. I have posted on Melito some before, and find myself returning to him for a bit especially his homily on the Passover. He provides us with an accurate manner in using the Old Testament, and it is an example that is well served for the past few millenia. He does not create something that is not there, no drench the Prophets with our Hope, but stands in the good Tradition of using the New Testament to read the Old. For a New Testament example of this, we need to turn no further, dig

Hermeneutics / Melito of Sardis

Easter with Melito – Typology in the Old Testament concerning Christ

This week, I am going back through my old posts on Melito of Sardis. So, here we go, a bit more from his Passover Homily.


Why the Bible Shouldn’t Have to be “Applied”

After a brief hiatus, I’ve jump-started my search for a well-defined, workable Christocentric hermeneutic. We’re not quite there yet, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. This most recent post summarizes where the project is so far and explores why Narrative Theology has become such an important part of the paradigm. More importantly, this installment challenges the almost universally-held belief that the most important part of any Bible Study is “application:” It seems to me that if one accepts the idea that the Bible is God’s story, and begins to read it as such,


Why It’s NOT all about Me…or You

I’m not saying anything surprising when I say that Americans are a self-absorbed lot. This may also be true about people in other developed countries like Canada and Europe, but I can only speak from experience about the country in which I’ve lived my whole life. Since birth, we Yanks have been trained to believe that everything revolves around our needs. (They wouldn’t be called “needs” if we didn’t “need” them, would they?) If there is one place you’d think the emphasis would be on something other than ourselves, it would be church. But even there, the emphasis is

Hermeneutics / Homosexuality / Luke

The End of Cowardice, or, Do you have the faith of the Centurion?

Originally, I was going to play the role of the coward on this post, but after this week I don’t think I should. It is easy for me, behind the closed doors of the internet, to say and to think and to write what I want. I didn’t post this one, like I have done before. Why? Oh, you know why. No one likes to be bad to read the bible differently than that which they have been taught. Put this view out there, and you’ll get accursed of a lot of things. Some of them….. are pretty hurtful,