Deuteronomy, rape, sexual violence and a deeper approach to application

In the last article we had a close look at Deuteronomy 22 but any preacher reading should have been screaming “You’ve only one part of the job.” You see, in the first article we didn’t touch too heavily on application. And yet this is so important. I have been strongly critical of a more liberal approach to Scripture that discourages the deep interaction with the text that it wants to claim. However, my own conservative evangelical constituency can miss out too if we simply look at these texts as apologetic problems and when we see them think purely in terms of “How am I going to explain that one.” Continue reading

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The simplest Bible Study

Bible studies come in different shapes and sizes. Often study leaders face them with a certain level of fear and trepedation. We are not sure where to start so we do one of two things. Either we

1. Rely on a pre-prepared study in a book. Or…

2. We prepare a monologue where we talk to the group.

I want to suggest two very simple questions that we use in our home group and which mean any group can study the Bible together. Continue reading

Exegeting my own heart

Preachers need to do three types of exegesis

1. We need to clearly understand the text

2. We need to know the congregation we are speaking to

3. We need to be aware of our own hearts.

 

The third one, exegeting myself, means being aware of where God is challenging us, this includes where he disagrees with and rebukes us but also where he encourages and comforts us. In other words, I pray “Lord speak to me that I may speak…”  It means being aware of where my biases, hobby horses, cultural assumptions etc are.

Here are some things that might help us to do this. Continue reading

Culprits, Victims and Faithful Believers: Exegeting the Congregation

I’ve used this phrase a couple of times on faithroots.net so I want to take a little bit of time to talk about what I mean by it. I think it is so important for those of us who want to teach God’s Word faithfully. We want to get the content and the tone of our application right. Continue reading

God, Work and Rest

Friends Reunited

Back some time ago when we were looking at the Doctrine of the Trinity, we introduced some people to provide some case studies. These helped us think more carefully about how the Doctrine of the Trinity applied practically to real life.

You may remember them: Continue reading

Preaching Revelation: Preaching Long, Preaching for eternity

When we preach, we are constantly thinking about how we apply Scripture to our lives today. What does a Bible passage have to say about what we should be doing as a church family? How does the main application help me to think about the week ahead at home and work? This is good and right. However, as I’ve looked at Revelation, I’ve been struck by the challenge of preaching which applies God’s Word to our eternal future. Continue reading