“It Ain’t that Complicated” — Applied Theological Hermeneutics VI

August 13, 2008

Do we need “authority” for what we believe and practice in the kingdom of God? I think so.  It seems that Jesus was concerned about that very question when he raised it with his inquisitors regarding the baptism of John.  “By what authority” seems to be a legitimate question (Matthew 23:23-27).  [Perhaps someone might quibble […]


“It Ain’t That Complicated” — Applied Theological Hermeneutics II

August 6, 2008

In this post I will consider the use of 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 among Churches of Christ as a legal prescription or pattern for weekly giving as an act of worship in the Sunday assembly. My purpose is to illustrate the use of the CEI hermeneutic to establish biblical authority. In my next few posts I will […]


Theological Hermeneutics X — “Texas Two-Step” or What?

July 4, 2008

Is the hermeneutical move from Scripture to application a “Texas Two-Step” or something else? Two or Three? By “Texas Two-Step” I do not mean the country/western dance that moves in sync with 4/4 time.   I am referring to the basic hermeneutical practice of moving from Scripture to application in “two steps.” Step One:  The text […]


Theological Hermeneutics IX — Outline of a Method

July 3, 2008

Okay, maybe I’m not ready to go with the intensely practical as yet….my bad!  But I think the following methodological outline of a theological hermeneutic is a fairly simple one.   I will wait for the “rubber-meets-the-road” kind of ecclesiological discussions of the theological hermeneutic (which is, historically, what really interests the heirs of the Stone-Campbell […]


Stone-Campbell Hermeneutics VI — Appreciation and Critique

June 1, 2008

In this last post for this series (link to the first post here) I attempt to offer a balanced–both appreciative and critical–perspective on the hermeneutic that has dominated Churches of Christ for most of their history. It was only in the 1960s that this dominance began to crack as journals like Restoration Quarterly and Mission […]


Stone-Campbell Hermeneutics IV — Regulative Principle and Churches of Christ

May 30, 2008

My first two posts in this series focused on the Baconian and Reformed character of Alexander Campbell’s hermeneutic. My last post described how Churches of Christ have utilized the Baconian method. In this post I describe how Churches of Christ have embraced the Reformed regulative principle and applied it with a Reformed understanding of command, example and […]


Stone-Campbell Hermeneutics III – Baconian Hermeneutics and Churches of Christ

May 29, 2008

Warning:  this is another “brief” post of over 3000 words.  In the previous two posts I concentrated on Alexander Campbell–his modern Baconianism as his philosophical-methodological base and his embrace of the Reformed approach to theological hermeneutics. In this piece I want to think more specifically about how Baconianism shaped how Scripture was used in Churches of Christ.  In […]


Stone-Campbell Hermeneutics II – Campbell’s Reformed Hermeneutic

May 28, 2008

This is a huge subject for a single post. I shall try to be brief. Warning: “brief” ended up being 2800+ words. In my first post in this series I noted a few of the modern (Enlightenment) Baconian assumptions of Alexander Campbell’s hermeneutic. In essence Campbell draws out the facts of the redemptive narrative in order […]