Jottings – The Pastoral Necessity of Building Up and Tearing Down

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Pastoral ministry is not merely a building up, but also a tearing down. As Paul would say elsewhere, it involves tearing down every speculation and lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). To fail to do this is ministerial malpractice and harmful to God’s people.

 

“How to identify False Teachers,” accessed on 5/4/2016 here: http://www.dennyburk.com/how-to-identify-false-teachers/

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – Interpreting the Bible Literally

'Literal' does not mean the inability to identify figures of speech or other non-literal genres. Since the Reformation, the 'literal sense' of scripture has to do with interpreting according to the author’s intention. Interpret the Bible literally

‘“Literal” does not mean the inability to identify figures of speech or other non-literal genres. Since the Reformation, the “literal sense” of scripture has to do with interpreting according to the author’s intention. In his introduction to his commentary on Romans (1539), John Calvin put it this way:

“The chief excellency of an expounder consists in lucid brevity. And, indeed, since it is almost his only work to lay open the mind of the writer whom he undertakes to explain, the degree in which he leads away his readers from it, in that degree he goes astray from his purpose, and in a manner wanders from his own boundaries.”’

 

Burk, Denny. “What Does It Mean to Read the Bible Literally?” Denny Burk. N.p., 19 Aug. 2011. Web. Accessed 09 Nov. 2014.

 

 

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