Beyond (Before?) Theological Hermeneutics I

July 7, 2008

Before I pursue the application of my “three step hermeneutical method” to some common ecclesiological issues among Churches of Christ, I wanted to take a “time out” and stress the transformative and fuller meaning of “Bible reading.” This post begins a three post series to that end. In my next two posts I will offer […]


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.Ā  šŸ™‚ Ā I am referring to the basic hermeneutical practice of moving from Scripture to application in “two steps.” Step One:Ā  The […]


Theological Hermeneutics V – Redemptive-Historical Reading of Scripture

June 15, 2008

Imbibing the theodrama by reading Scripture is critical to the development of our theological sensitivities. One of the more important dimensions of this maturing understanding of the theodrama is the concept of redemptive-historical movement within the drama itself. The theodrama is progressive; it is telos-oriented or goal-oriented. Watching the movement of the drama toward the […]


Theological Hermeneutics III – The Function of Scripture

June 13, 2008

Assuming the existence of a metanarrative story embedded within the unfolding story of God with his people in Scripture (I will not take the time to defend that assumption at this point), it seems to me that we might identify the function of Scripture within the story itself in three ways. Three Functions 1. Scripture […]


Theological Hermeneutics II – Scripture and Human Language

June 12, 2008

Scripture comes to us as human literature. It is written by humans for humans in human language. Whatever it communicates, then, it communicates through the medium of finite, limiting, bounded human language. In this context, I raise only three points in this post. Much more, of course, could be said, but these points are significant […]


Theological Hermeneutics I — Orienting the Task

June 6, 2008

This post begins a new series which will attempt to offer some of the bare outlines of a theological approach to the hermeneutical task. My first series “Created for Hermeneutics” laid some of the theological and philosophical foundations for thinking about hermeneutics. My second series “Stone-Campbell Hermeneutics” provided a historical/theological context for the appreciation and […]


Stone-Campbell Hermeneutics I – Campbell’s Scholarly Baconianism

May 28, 2008

I begin this series on Stone-Campbell hermeneutics with Alexander Campbell (1788-1866).Ā  While I recognize that Barton W. Stone (1772-1844) and Thomas Campbell (1763-1855) also had a significant impact on how the Stone-Campbell Movement read the Bible, there seems little question that Alexander Campbell was the more dominant figureĀ for Stone-Campbell hermeneutics. Consequently, I will stress Alexander […]


Postmodern Hermeneutics and Theology

May 19, 2008

One of the more interesting postmodern philosophers, in my opinion, is Merold Westphal. Below I have reproduced a selection from his article ā€œAppropriating Postmodernismā€ in his Overcoming Onto-theology: Toward a Postmodern Christian FaithĀ (NY: Fordham, 2001), pp. 78-80. Originally a lecture to an evangelical college board, he attempts to illustrate how postmodernism, hermeneutics, theology and the […]


Theology in Postmodern Perspective

May 2, 2008

Originally prepared for a discussion among faculty, I have used this handout as a point of discussion in several of my graduate classes.Ā  It is a “bare bones” introduction to how Christian theology and postmodern perspectives might intersect or complement each other. It is intended as a discussion starter for my classes; it is not […]


Means of Grace: Scripture, Prayer and Fellowship

April 14, 2008

During July 2007 I presented three lessons in the summer series at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ near Nashville, Tennessee. They asked me to present some material from Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding which I co-authored with my good friend Bobby Valentine. Bobby and I presented the material […]