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Biblical Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation

Stanley Porter and Matthew Malcolm, eds., The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013), 31–32.   Stanley Porter says there are many volumes that equate “biblical hermeneutics” with “biblical interpretation.” They no doubt are related, but are they to be equated?     I think not. Hermeneutics is […]

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Stepping Into Mystery

Preaching is bound to take one into regions of the Word that one can only explain as mystery. One does not have to go far. Genesis 1:1 immediately informs the reader that one has entered into a revelation in ways both impenetrable and unimaginable. Hence, I cannot recall a week when, assigned the homiletical task, […]

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Baptism: Meaning and Mode

The word “baptize” is a Greek word which has been adopted into the English language as part of our Christian vocabulary. The root word baptō means “to dip” or “dip into dye.” Baptizō is an intensive form of baptō and means “to dip” or “to immerse.” This word is used in the Greek translation of […]