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…]

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…]

Traversing the Mount – Memorizing the text

After one of the presentations of the Sermon on the Mount someone will inevitably ask me how I can memorize that much text. At first this question annoyed me. It seemed to draw attention to the exterior matter of me as the presenter rather than focusing on the interior matter of the sermon itself and … [Read more…]

A Reflection on the Appreciation of Discipline

I was talking with an advisor yesterday and he quoted Kevin O’Leary when he reminises on how his step father would ask him, “What are you going to do to be who you want to be?” It’s a twist on the old, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It reminded me … [Read more…]