John 4 includes a straightforward account of Jesus’s interactions with a Samaritan woman as they stand at a well. But we can read it in so many wrong ways. Peter and Kevin discuss how to read and understand it so that the focus is on Jesus, not on the woman or social issues.
Jesus told parables with a purpose. And if you miss that purpose, you miss the meaning of the parable. Today we teach you how to read the parable of the sower in Matthew 13 so that you don’t miss Jesus’s intended meaning.
What is THE most important question to ask when reading the Bible? That first question that sets you on the right path to understanding what you are reading. That’s what we talk about on today’s podcast!
Is the Bible organized a particular way for a reason? What happens if you move things around? And…do some books take priority over others when we’re seeking understanding? Lots of questions to discuss today!
There are a lot of things between the covers of your Bible…that aren’t actually the Bible. And it’s helpful to know what they are.
Scripture uses understandable words and it is one whole, not a series of unrelated parts. That’s what the second and third principles for hermeneutics teach.
There are three basic principles to keep in mind when interpreting Scripture. Surprise, surprise – the first is the Christological principle! Good thing we already did our series on Christology to set the stage for this!
How we read and understand the Bible is about more than the Bible. It’s about life itself. With this episode, Peter and Kevin start a new series on hermeneutics, or, how we interpret things.
Justice? Freedom from oppression? Emancipation? These are essential components of Critical Theory and they sound great. But are they? We need to know what they mean in the context of Critical Theory. We need to know what Scripture means when it uses those words. And if those meanings are the same. Then we can figure out if it is Christian.
Where do pastors come from and how do I get one? How do I pick a church? And what happens if my pastor starts teaching something against Scripture? We bring in a couple guests to help us answer these questions today.
Pastor Peter Ill of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois and Pastor Merritt Demski of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Illinois join Peter and Kevin today.