March 14, 2017 Resources: Evangelism; Pragmatism; The Spiral of Interpretation
by Jonathan Hamilton
Since it is impossible to come to the Bible without any preconceived notions or ideas (i.e. as a truly blank slate), how ought we to read the Bible in light of those ideas? How do we avoid misreading the Bible due to our already-formed ideas about what it is saying? Pastor Michael Riley offers a helpful start in answering these questions.
When thinking through (ahead of time) what our Gospel presentation to an unbeliever ought to look like, taking ideas like this into consideration is wise.
“It [pragmatism] always and inevitably diminishes the wonderful, beautiful, and ordinary means God has established to call, reach, and feed his people.” A good lesson from Tim Challies.