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This Week in the Reformed Journal: The Tricky Task of Biblical Interpretation

This Week in the Reformed Journal: The Tricky Task of Biblical Interpretation
By Jeff Munroe, Editor • Issue #82 • View online
Dear Friends,
Scott Culpepper’s lead essay, “Christian Nationalism and the Tricky Task of Biblical Interpretation” put a spotlight on some of the issues that continue to divide and frustrate. There is no universally accepted way to interpret the Bible, and, as Scott points out, when we dismiss people of faith we disagree with as not being biblical, we’re missing the point. Christians should be wrestling with the truth that it is possible to read the Bible in many different ways and reach vastly different conclusions. The implications of Scott’s essay are multifaceted, and I hope you will take the time to not only read but also ponder this insightful essay. 

Christian Nationalism and the Tricky Task of Biblical Interpretation
Jared Ayers picked up the theme of struggling to interpret the Bible in his blog post about the challenges of preaching on different texts—in his case Genesis 22 and the troubling story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac.  I appreciated this insight into the mind of a preacher working on a sermon on a difficult text. In the words of Scott Culpepper, interpreting the Bible is a tricky task. 
A Terrifying Text
Is it just how we read the Bible that divides us? Robin Lovin’s new book What Do We Do When Nobody is Listening: Leading the Church in a Polarized Society, reviewed by Kent Fry, examines what has led us to such polarization and offers ideas for how to resolve the current crisis. Take a look. 
What Do We Do When Nobody Is Listening?: Leading the Church in a Polarized Society
It’s no secret I admire the work Rose Postma is doing with our poetry podcast. Her guest this week, Grove City College English professor Eric Potter, has given us a poem about Peter, “Fishing Again,” that struck me as being excellent material for pastors as they preach in Holy Week or the Easter season. Make a note of this one. I felt like it was a devotional poem. And speaking of devotional, also look at Eric’s poem about prayer, “Worry Beads.” 
Fishing Again
Worry Beads
As always, there is much more at our home page,
Blessed Reading,
Jeff Munroe
Editor
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