Hermeneutic of Justification

September 21, 2008

The hermeneutic of justification is a damned thing. It arises in the theological classroom where knowledge trades in the maid apron with the intention of becoming a savior. Identity is transferred from the eternal Word  (by Whom, in Whom, and for Whom we are created) and is instead nestled in the capacity of what my finite brain can retain. The vehicle by which I understand and cherish the Scriptures (my hermeneutic) becomes in itself the trophy that I value the most. This thing is a means…. a means that I have decorated with significance beyond its worth. 

How often does this temptation arise to seek my acceptance in my how-to-read methodology rather than in the One of whom I read about! How often does this temptation arise to make the heart of the Scriptures peripheral and my method of getting there the glory! 

I don’t want the hermeneutic of justification.

Jesus Christ, I want you.


Sailhamer Together

September 14, 2008

Along with the ethos of this blog (which has seen little action in recent weeks), I am delighted to announce that there is a growing brotherhood here at The Bethlehem Institute that is interested in biblical theology, and in particular, the hermeneutics of John Sailhamer.

Tyler Kenney, a Southeastern-Treasuring Christ-Bethlehem-Desiring God employee-Sailhamerian-Calvinist-Christian Hedonist, has circulated some articles and a free lecture series by Sailhamer through the book of Exodus. Praise God for theological growth that takes place in community and intensifies our affections for Jesus Christ!

I pray that good things come from this.