Posts for Jul, 2006.

7/31/2006 9:28:00 PM


The Difference Between Interpretation and Application

Posted Monday, July 31, 2006 by Brian Beers
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How does application differ from interpretation? Or does it differ? I was certain that they did differ. I even came up with a term merging interpretation and application into “interprecation.” This clever term not only represent the blurring of the distinction between the two activities, it also reminds me of “imprecation,” something appropriately directed at one who doesn’t distinguish between application and interpretation. I enjoyed my own cleverness until I read the very helpful “Making Sense of the Old Testament, Three Crucial Questions” by Tremper Longman III. In it he states, “It may be possible to distinguish between meaning and application on a strictly theoretical level, but it is never possible to do so in practice.”

Well clever isn’t very satisfying if I’m just plain wrong so I decided to take a closer look at the differences that I thought I perceived.

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7/31/2006 8:09:00 PM

The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jonah

One Sam's radical approach to the "Sign of Jonah"

Posted Monday, July 31, 2006 by Sam Yeiter
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Almost certainly it will happen to me again this week.  I will get that look…the one that asks, “Is he serious?  He can’t possibly believe that, can he?  Where did we find this guy?  Who was his Hermeneutics instructor?”  Yes, that look is filled with questions.  But I have endured it before, and I will endure it again…and nothing Josh and Adam can say will shake me.  For I believe Jonah rose from the dead. Read more of The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jonah

7/30/2006 9:02:00 AM

The Deity of Christ in the Early Church

Part 3 of the Early Church History Sermon Series

Posted Sunday, July 30, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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This is the third installment of my sermon series on the early church. It went quite well, and I included a fun surprise in the middle of the sermon that helped people to wake up. I have noted it in the text below. Read more of The Deity of Christ in the Early Church

7/24/2006 6:13:00 PM

An Israelite indeed speaks his mind

Context in John 1:43-47

Posted Monday, July 24, 2006 by Brian Beers
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Context. Context. Context.

What good is context anyway?

According to Merriam-Webster, it is: “1 : the parts of a discourse that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning”

What is does for most of us is to limit meaning.

Almost any isolated statement may have a fabulous range of meaning. For example a politician taken out of context can sound even wackier. But when we have context even a politician may sound reasonable. With context meaning is constrained, and we have confidence that we understand what a person really meant to say.

In Scripture we usually have context. Occasionally, though, the context is missed and statements are misinterpreted. Jesus’ statement about Nathaniel is one example of this. I had always considered Jesus’ statement concerning Nathaniel’s character to be an example of Jesus’ deity showing. Jesus genuinely knew Nathaniel’s character because he was God. But reading the statement in context, I think that it is a bit more ordinary, more human, and a more humorous conversation.

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7/20/2006 9:36:00 PM

My Lump Is Done Taken Away

Posted Thursday, July 20, 2006 by Brian Beers
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Thank you all for your prayers. My partial thyroidectomy (surgery) went well. The Dr. removed half my thyroid, but I didn’t get to bring it home in a jar to show my boys. My folks came over from Idaho for the surgery, and they got to spend lots of quality time with four adorable, well-behaved children. Before dinner tonight the Dr. called and told me that the pathology report had come back already, and my lump was benign. This means that I only need to go in to get my stitches out and then live happily ever after.

Everything else is going well as well. Recovery is progressing at a break-neck pace (that is not the same as a cut-throat rate), and in only four weeks I will be able to pick up my children again. That is going to be the toughest part of convalescence. My three-year-old loves to be “walked to sleep” a ritual in which I walk around our yard with his head resting on my shoulder. This is ritual we both enjoy, and often it results in him falling asleep.

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7/18/2006 1:08:00 PM

Women in the Early Church

Posted Tuesday, July 18, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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Here is the second part of my three week series on the early church. This is also easily going to be the most controversial part. I look at how the early church viewed women, and what we can learn based on their views. If anyone notices any places where I put a bad spin on the history, I would appreciate a comment on that as well. Read more of Women in the Early Church

7/14/2006 9:20:00 AM

Preaching the Canon

Posted Friday, July 14, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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I started a sermon series this past week on early church history. My motivation has been somewhat influenced by the Da Vinci Code and presenting the truth about what Dan Brown presents in his book. And most people in the church know very little about early church history, so it is good for them to learn about it. The first sermon is about the canon of Scripture and how the books of the Bible were chosen. While there is nothing new as far as scholarship goes, this is an experiment in presenting church history as a sermon. Read more of Preaching the Canon

7/13/2006 5:32:00 PM

The Shy Savior

Posted Thursday, July 13, 2006 by Brian Beers
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Throughout the gospel of Mark Jesus repeatedly instructed people to keep quiet about Jesus’ miracles. At first glance this may seem a bit contradictory. Jesus went through the countryside, preaching, but whenever he did something amazing, he tried to hush it up. He didn’t want celebrity or even servants. He desired to be loved. He sought friends. This and a bit of reflection on human nature makes Jesus shyness understandable.

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7/8/2006 3:11:00 PM

Small Groups

Posted Saturday, July 08, 2006 by Charlie Trimm
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I have been thinking about small groups recently and evaluating how our church does them and how they can do them better. I have just read a book about the emerging church (maybe that would be a good post at some point to talk about!) and one of the things they do well and from which we can learn is their fellowship. Our churches have a long way to go in this area.

Our church has small group signup near the end of summer. People sign up to join a specific leader. The groups then meet once a month on the first Sunday of every month when we do not have an evening service. Each group talks about the morning sermon, shares prayer requests, and then prays for each other and for a missionary. This all usually happens over a meal in someone's home. While they are certainly helpful, they do not seem to be as helpful as they could be. Does anyone have any ideas of things they have seen or wanted to try as far as small groups? I've considered making each group unique, such as advertising that one group will talk about a theology book, another group will be for young marrieds and talk about parenting, etc.

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7/4/2006 11:46:00 PM

C.S. Lewis on Patriotism

Posted Tuesday, July 04, 2006 by Brian Beers
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On Independence Day, Lewis’s thoughts on the love of country is a breath of fresh air. In these days of strident discourse on America’s role in the world we need a right understanding of our love for our country. We cannot throw out patriotism as some would do. Neither can we equate love for our nation with love for justice. The rest of this post is an excerpt from The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis.

Patriotism has, then, many faces. Those who would reject it entirely do not seem to have considered what will certainly step—has already begin to step—into its place. For a long time yet, or perhaps forever, nations will live in danger. Rulers must somehow nerve their subjects to defend them or at least prepare for their defence.
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