Blog Posts on The Bible

Serving to Master Two? — Historical Background and the Bible

Jonathan Parnell

How much historical background must a pastor know in order to preach the Bible with authority?

In this video, D. A. Carson and John Piper discuss the role of extrabiblical sources in biblical interpretation:

Watch the video at The Gospel Coalition.

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Start Reading Through the Bible This Summer

Jonathan Parnell
Start Reading Through the Bible This Summer

Reading through the entire Bible doesn't have to be a decision isolated to the first week of January. It may be something you want to start this summer.

Jason DeRouchie has recently completed a Bible reading plan that looks fantastic. It has a unique arrangement and it can be started at any time of the year.

Get a free download of The KINGDOM Bible Reading Plan (PDF).

DeRouchie lists its five distinctives:

  1. Proportionate weight is given to the Old and New Testaments... Continue Reading

Beware: The Bible Is About to Threaten Your Smartphone Focus

John Piper
Beware: The Bible Is About to Threaten Your Smartphone Focus

Are apps a threat to God-focus? Yes. But it works both ways. Fight fire with fire.

If you are reading your Bible on your computer or your smartphone or your iPad, the presence of the email app and the news apps and the Facebook app threaten every moment to drag your attention away from the word of God.

True. Fight that. If your finger offends you, cut it off. Or use any other virtuous violence (Matthew 11:12) that sets you free to rivet your soul on... Continue Reading

Reading the Bible Is an Episode in Salvation History

Jonathan Parnell
Reading the Bible Is an Episode in Salvation History

John Webster writes:

. . . the Christian interpreter is 'reconciled to God, drawn into the fellowship of the saints and illumined by the Holy Spirit'. . . . the Christian interpreter is one who has been extracted from the darkness of sin by the judgement and mercy of God, and set in the sphere of the church, the chosen race, the royal priesthood, the holy nation which is what it is by virtue of the divine call out of darkness into light.

Christian... Continue Reading

Don’t Equate Historically Early with Theologically Accurate

John Piper
Don’t Equate Historically Early with Theologically Accurate

Beware of imputing advantage to antiquity. Seventy years after the death of Jesus the churches had neither the collected New Testament nor a living apostle. It was a precarious and embattled time.

Neither the experiences nor the teachers of the first 300 years of the church are as reliable as the finished New Testament. The church did not rescue the New Testament from neglect and abuse. The New Testament rescued the early church from instability... Continue Reading

Thoughts on Evangelical Neglect of the Old Testament

Tyler Kenney

It has been my experience, in talking with fellow evangelicals, that many of us are quick to equate the Old Testament to mean little more than what the Pharisees thought it meant in Jesus’ day. It is a book of Jewish religion, and if there is any Christian doctrine in its pages, it is veiled to the reader who hasn’t first become acquainted with the New Testament.

Of course, regardless of whether we are ethnically Jewish or Gentile, we have to first admit... Continue Reading

The Beautiful Simplicity of Biblical Narrative

Tyler Kenney

An excerpt from Jonathan Edwards' Miscellanies #6 (paragraphing added):

There is a strange and unaccountable kind of enchantment, if I may so speak, in Scripture history; which, notwithstanding it is destitute of all rhetorical ornaments, makes it vastly more pleasant, agreeable, easy and natural, than any other history whatever. It shines brighter with the amiable simplicity of truth. There is something in the relation that at the same time very much pleases... Continue Reading