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March 27, 2021 00:28:40
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How to Read the Bible Part 2: The Science and Art of Interpretation

So you want to read the Bible, but you’re not sure how to do it well. What does it really mean? How is the Bible understood?” As  Bill Kynes addresses these questions in this article, he emphasizes that “[t]o read the Bible rightly, one must submit to the Master, who alone holds the key to meaning. Jesus Christ and His gospel must guide our understanding of the Bible, even as our reading of the Bible will refine our understanding of Jesus and His work. To read the full article go to https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/How_to_Read_the_Bible_Part2 Recommended Reading; Robert L. Plummer, 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible (Kregel Academic & Professional, 2010) In 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible, New Testament Professor Dr. Robert L. Plummer tackles the major questions that persons ask about reading and understanding the Bible. https://www.christianbook.com/questions-about-interpreting-bible-2nd-edition/robert-plummer/9780825446665/pd/44666X?event=ESRCG Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Is There a Meaning in This Text?: The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge  The introduction of this burgeoning classic into paperback and the Landmarks in Christian Scholarship collection is much welcomed. Kevin Vanhoozer's Is There Meaning in this Text is the seminal contribution of Evangelical scholarship to the field of Hermeneutics. Vanhoozer lucidly and directly critiques trends in postmodern literary criticism (deconstruction) and thinkers (Ricoeur, Fish), while providing Evangelicals with a critical methodology upon which "texts"--and most especially biblical texts--can be confidently interpreted. https://www.christianbook.com/meaning-bible-reader-morality-literary-knowledge/kevin-vanhoozer/9780310324690/pd/324690?event=ESRCG ...

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March 19, 2021 00:29:52
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How to Read the Bible Part 1

Bill Kynes begins a four part series that considers how to read, study, and meditate on the Bible. He begins with a reminder that the Bible’s overall storyline must be the context in which we examine any specific passage.     Show Notes: To read the full article click here:  https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/How_to_Read_the_Bible_Part1   Recommended Reading: Trent Hunter and Stephen Wellum, Christ from Beginning to End: How the Full Story of Scripture Reveals the Glory of Christ (Zondervan, 2018).   https://www.amazon.com/Christ-Beginning-End-Scripture-Reveals/dp/0310536545 From beginning to end, the Bible reveals the glory of Jesus. But for many Bible readers, it doesn’t seem that simple. We’re often unsure how the Bible’s many stories, characters, events relate together and connect to Jesus. Some are tempted to force the pieces of the Bible together, making superficial jumps to him. Others give up trying to understand the Bible altogether. Christ from Beginning to End is written to help Christians understand better how every part of Scripture fits together to reveal the glory of Christ Jesus. In Part 1, Wellum and Hunter reintroduce us to the Bible — what it is, how it comes to us, and what it’s centrally about. Then, in Part 2, they walk from one side of the Bible’s story to the other, carefully tracing the Bible’s storyline from Genesis to Revelation. As readers see how our triune God’s plan unfolds through his covenants, they will be equipped for a lifetime of seeing Christ’s glory in Scripture. From this book, you’ll learn how to: • read the Bible according to the three biblical contexts: the immediate context, the context of the unfolding story, and the context of the whole story centered in Christ. • recognize how different parts of ...

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February 26, 2021 00:25:20
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A Multifaceted Gospel for Multifaceted People

Randy Newman shares an excerpt from his recent book Unlikely Converts: Improbable Stories of Faith and What They Teach Us About Evangelism that emphasizes the many ways Scripture talks about the Gospel. It’s not just about forgiveness (although that certainly is central and non-negotiable).   Show Notes:   To read the article: https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/A_Multifaceted_Gospel_for_Multifaceted_People     Recommended Reading  Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers & Skeptics Find Faith By: Alister E. McGrath In the spirit of C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, Alister McGrath's Mere Apologetics seeks to equip readers to engage gracefully and intelligently with the challenges facing the faith today while drawing appropriately on the wisdom of the past. Rather than supplying the fine detail of every apologetic issue in order to win arguments, Mere Apologetics teaches a method that appeals not only to the mind but also to the heart and the imagination. This highly accessible, easy-to-read book is perfect for pastors, teachers, students, and lay people who want to speak clearly and lovingly to the issues that confront people of faith today. https://www.christianbook.com/apologetics-help-seekers-skeptics-find-faith/alister-mcgrath/9780801014161/pd/014161?event=ESRCG ...

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February 12, 2021 00:21:09
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Lewis on Emotion

In this article, Corey Latta addresses how C.S. Lewis wrote about emotion, and shares about what Lewis’s books have meant to him in his life. ...

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January 29, 2021 00:41:54
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Augustine on Heaven and Rewards by Kevin Offner

Two themes that surface in Augustine’s sermons that may be helpful for our discipleship: understanding (1) salvation as primarily a process, a pilgrimage that is completed only in the future at our final destination, heaven, and (2) future rewards as a motivating factor for present godliness. Show notes:  To read the article go to https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Augustine_on_Heaven_and_Rewards_page1   Recommended Reading:     Gerald Bray, Augustine on the Christian Life: Transformed by the Power of God (Crossway, 2015) Augustine is widely considered to be the most influential theologian in church history after the apostle Paul. Dramatically converted from a life of licentiousness to one of wholehearted devotion to Christ, the humble North African pastor quickly established himself as a leading figure within the ancient church. In Augustine on the Christian Life, historian Gerald Bray explores the rich spirituality of this extraordinary man, examining his historical context, approach to the Christian life, and work as a preacher and teacher of God’s Word. Drawing on Augustine’s many writings—including his classic spiritual autobiography, the Confessions—Bray demonstrates Augustine’s enduring relevance for Christians today. This book is part of Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series.   https://www.christianbook.com/augustine-christian-life-transformed-power-god/gerald-bray/9781433544941/pd/544941?event=ESRCG ...

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January 01, 2021 00:27:47
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Knowing God Personally

The metaphor of birth provides a helpful way of understanding fuller implications of what it means to know God and to grow in that relationship. Just as a human being is physically born into the world and moves through a developmental cycle from infant to child to adolescent to adult, so a child of God is born spiritually and is called to move through a similar developmental cycle.  To read the full article https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Knowing_God_Personally_page1 Recommended Reading:  Knowing God by J.I Packer   https://www.christianbook.com/knowing-god-j-i-packer/9780830816507/pd/1650X?event=ESRCQ One of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals (Christianity Today, 2006) Platinum Book Award, Evangelical Christian Publishing Association For over 40 years, J. I. Packer’s classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God. ...

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