Posts with the tag “hermeneutics”
Mark's Look at Jesus' Temptation (and What It Teaches Us About Bible Study)
by Patrick Swayne on September 29th, 2023
If you were challenged to open your Bible to an account of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness, would have you have turned to Mark 1? Mark's short account of this event is often overlooked or lumped into the longer accounts. What can be gained from focusing specifically on what he recorded and developing a habit of considering texts in their context first?
Does Doctrine Matter to God?
by Patrick Swayne on September 8th, 2023
Recently, an assembly that had identified as a church of Christ allowed itself to be absorbed into a denominational body. Several alterations have already been made to the assembly's practices, a byproduct of the denomination's leadership being as one of them put it, "not doctrine-driven." But what is doctrine, and is it something that matters to God?
Shouldn't God Get What He Ordered?
by Patrick Swayne on May 5th, 2023
When we visit a restaurant or buy a coffee, we expect to get what we order. Is it reasonable to think that God should get what He ordered? Let's reflect upon what the Bible says about God's orders for our worship.
Why Do Christians Follow Jesus AND the Apostles?
by Patrick Swayne on December 16th, 2021
While some people try to follow only the words of Jesus that are recorded in the Bible, historically, Christians have always been followers both of Jesus and His chosen apostles. Why, and why should this be our practice today?