Biblical Interpretation

Christ Will Not Be Supplemented

Christians are often tempted to search for beliefs and practices that will give them a “deeper experience” of their faith. And, as Qoheleth said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Colossians 2 reminded me of this reality today. According to Colossians 2:16-23, first-century Christians were tempted to add Jewish rituals to Jesus. Consider the passage for yourself, Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon…

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My Top 3 Devotional Resources for Studying God’s Word

The devotional study of God’s Word is indispensable for a vibrant Christian life. Today, I want to share my top 3 devotional resources that help me dig deeper into God’s Word with more consistency. After acquiring a good study Bible, check out these resources for yourself and then let me know what resources help you study God’s Word more deeply: The M’Cheyne Reading Plan – The M’Cheyne Reading Plan comes from the work of Robert Murray M’Cheyne. A Scotsman born in the…

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Eight Tips for Selecting the Best Study Bible

Several years ago, I led a church through a study of Howard Hendricks’ wonderful book, Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible.To this day, I continue to return to his material on biblical interpretation. I highly recommend this book to all serious students of God’s Word. As for the topic of this blog post, I wanted to share Hendricks’ advice on selecting a Bible for Bible study. What follows below are the “ideal characteristics” of the…

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Abstinence is Not Enough, Or Why a Prohibition Culture is Not Ready for the Opioid Crisis

I have been a Southern Baptist for my entire life. And, for as long as I can remember, I have been taught to abstain from alcoholic beverages. Of the many Bible verses that I heard while growing up, Ephesians 5:18 was a constant. “Do not be drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” To this, every Bible-believing Christians can and should say, “Yes, and amen.” The problem, however, is not with the prohibition to…

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My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2016

While not all of these books were published in 2016, I have either read or re-read them this year and have benefited from them immensely. Between sermon preparation and Ph.D. work, I do not have a lot of time for “leisure reading.” I hope to add a little more fiction to my reading diet in 2017, so if you have some suggestions, I would love to hear them. If you are interested in taking a look at the books in…

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