The Medium is the Message

Marshall McLuhan first coined this phrase. It is a profound statement which observes that the way a message is communicated provides the content of the message. In oral communication, some theorists suggest that as much as 93% of what is communicated happens through non-verbal communication. Only 7% of the message is contained in the actual … [Read more…]

Traversing the Mount

My spiritual journey has taken an interesting pathway. At first it seemed like something that would only be a waypoint on the grand journey of pursuing my doctorate. During one of the resident sessions I was introduced to the interpretive discipline of Biblical Performance Criticism. This discipline seeks to understand Scripture by seeing the text … [Read more…]

Hope of Resurrection

Genesis 22 tells the story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son Isaac. In the story, when Isaac points out the obvious that they do not have an animal to sacrifice, we catch of glimpse of Abraham’s mindset when he assures his son that God will provide the lamb. Put yourself in Abraham’s shoes. You … [Read more…]

Taking Our Faith for Granted

I was studying the hermeneutical principles of the early Anabaptists when I stumbled upon this statement in a summary section on the hermeneutics of Menno. There is another danger that besets us—the danger arising out of an unwillingness to penetrate further into God’s truths because we fear the outcome or because the cost is too great. … [Read more…]