Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Hebrews 8:5 – Pattern Theology

| January 11, 2017

Pattern Theology The Hebrew writer quotes God commanding Moses to build according to the pattern (Hebrews 8:5). This pattern for Moses copied Heaven in some way to be imitated in the Tabernacle. Admittedly, to me that is incredible, bordering on incredulous for the tangible to take on the intangible. God who is greater than I, […]

Inferences and the Heart

| January 11, 2017

Inferences and the Heart Interpreting through inferences is a sticky subject, and some when addressing “necessary inferences” ask “Necessary to who?” This is especially true when when interpreting to find God’s authorization for our activities. Logically speaking an inference can’t be necessary unless it is necessarily implied. When teaching on authority I often use the […]

Luke 10:25-37 – Fill-In-The-Blank Religion

| December 7, 2016

Is book, chapter, and verse enough? There is a difference between knowing “what is written” and how it is applied (Lk.10:25-37). What happens when they don’t match? The lawyer wants to know how to inherit eternal life. Jesus goes to book, chapter, and verse by asking, “What is written? How does it read to you?” […]

John 7:17-18 – Want to be Wrong

| September 4, 2015

There is an irony in studying that is so uncomfortable it often controls our conclusions: We have to want to be wrong. Most often we couch it positively: we have to want to be right. But before we can be right we must first be willing to be proven wrong. It is the same with […]

Romans 1:18-20 – Necessary Inference

| July 31, 2015

When discussing how to establish authority, some have given up on commands, examples, and necessary inference (or better implication). If you see the acronym CENI, that is what this is. One common way to disparage it is to ask the seemingly unanswerable question, “Necessary to who?” The point then is made, what is necessary to […]

Nehemiah 7:63-65 – Wonders from the Word – When In Doubt Leave It Out

| November 19, 2014

My High School English teacher often said of commas, “When in doubt, leave it out.” She didn’t realize she was also affirming a great hermeneutical principle to apply to Biblical authority. When members of the remnant tried to prove their priesthood, “These searched for their entries in the genealogical records, but they could not be […]

Romans 4:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:10 – No Verse Contains All Truth

| September 18, 2014

There is not one verse that contains all the truth on any topic. That rule might be overly simplistic, maybe not. But are we too quick to take only one narrow view on a topic because we contrast verses instead of seeing them complement one another? For example, salvation is free. We cannot earn it. […]

Luke 21:1 – Do Not Be Deceived Against Many Interpretations

| April 23, 2014

There are many warnings in the Bible not to be deceived which means: 1) we can be deceived; 2) we can therefore not be deceived. To not be deceived is to know the truth. Therefore the idea that “that’s just your interpretation” and “there are various interpretations” to justify an inability to understand is one […]

Matthew 12 – How To Establish Authority

| July 21, 2013

Matthew 12 makes a good study in how to establish authority. Three essential truths found within the text is: 1) Authority is found within Scripture; 2) Scripture must be applied for it to have any meaning; 3) Truth can be found, understood and applied. Authority is established by four means: 1) Command – You have […]

Matthew 7:12 – Golden Rule Hermeneutics

| January 22, 2013

If you are the parent, teacher, boss or organization leader, isn’t its aggravating when you tell someone how you want and need something done, but they decide you didn’t really mean what you said so they change or ignore it? Plus, in everyday life, isn’t it frustrating when someone says you said something when you never did? I am responsible for […]