Sunday, September 23, 2012

Another world.

"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."
- C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

exegesis vs. eisegesis


noun \ˌek-sə-ˈjē-səs, ˈek-sə-ˌ\
: exposition, explanation; especially : an explanation or critical interpretation of a text 


noun \ˌī-sə-ˈjē-səs, ˈī-sə-ˌ\
: the interpretation of a text (as of the Bible) by reading into it one's own ideas

In presenting the Bible, preachers are given these two means of interpretation.  One is a specific and intentional explanation of the passage of Scripture (exegesis), whereas the other is an interpretation taken from reading a text, or multiple texts, from the Bible (eisegesis).  I don't think that I can say one is better than the other, or that one is more right than the other, because I believe fully that the Holy Spirit imparts revelations and knowledge to those who are in Him through His Word.  I know that I have been ministered to through both exegetically preached sermons as well as sermons that were driven eisegetically.  

When I think of eisegetical preachers, my mind is first drawn to many Baptist preachers that I have heard throughout my life.  The sermons typically have a specific topic the pastor wants to convey, such as "Living a Christ-centered Life," or "How to be Men and Women of God."  They then usually have a main passage of Scripture with which they use to support the sermon, as well as other various verses added here and there for different points, and proceed to discuss how to live out whatever it is their topic is. 

As far as exegetical preachers, I instantly think of preachers/theologians such as John Piper, and Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church in Dallas.  I have heard both men preach on several occasions and was each time intrigued and absolutely satisfied in the way they spoke directly from the Scripture.  The sermons were not exactly topical, although since they were taken from a larger portion of Scripture, the sermons did have a main theme.  Instead of the theme coming from the pastor however, it came directly and clearly from the Word of God.  I think that is what was so satisfying for me.  The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that "all Scripture is breathed out by God."  So if God breathed these words, then I don't see how it could not be powerful enough to speak to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Like I said before, I appreciate the value in practical applications that are offered by preachers who take a more eisegetical approach to the Word, but at the same time I cannot deny the power of the Word of God when preached exegetically, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to transform the lives of the hearers.

These are definitely just my thoughts.  I am no theologian, but it is something that interests me, and I thought I'd take a moment to write down what I was thinking.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

"To those with ears to hear and eyes to see, there will be very great release from unbearable burdens in the language of autumn trees, for example, when they dress most gloriously in preparation for death.  The red of the leaves is the sign of the cross.  Winter follows, when snow closes everything in frozen silence.  The trees then are skeletons, but wonders are being performed under the surface of things.  Spring comes, and the hidden wonders burst out all at once - tiny shoots, swelling buds, touches of green and red where all seemed hopeless the day before...If the leaves had not been let go to fall and wither, if the tree had not consented to be a skeleton for many months, there would be no new life rising, no bud, no flower, no fruit, no seed, no new generation."
Elisabeth Elliot, Passion & Purity

Monday, March 26, 2012

a Tribute to Whitney...

Even though she had some horrible moments in life, she had a beautiful gift in her voice and I will always love her.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Challenge to Women.

I've been praying for God to refine these specific things in my life as of late.  These are just a few of the challenges John Piper gives to women in one of his articles

  1. That all of your life—in whatever calling—be devoted to the glory of God.
  2. That the promises of Christ be trusted so fully that peace and joy and strength fill your soul to overflowing.
  3. That this fullness of God overflow in daily acts of love so that people might see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven.
  4. That you be women of the Book, who love and study and obey the Bible in every area of its teaching. That meditation on Biblical truth be the source of hope and faith. And that you continue to grow in understanding through all the chapters of your life, never thinking that study and growth are only for others.
  5. That you be women of prayer, so that the Word of God would open to you; and the power of faith and holiness would descend upon you; and your spiritual influence would increase at home and at church and in the world.
  6. That you be women who have a deep grasp of the sovereign grace of God undergirding all these spiritual processes, that you be deep thinkers about the doctrines of grace, and even deeper lovers and believers of these things.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Don't be anxious.

"Rejoice in the Lord always;
again I will say, Rejoice.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.
 The Lord is at hand;
 do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true,
 whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
 whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence,
if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
What you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me- practice these things,
and the God of peace will be with you."
Philippians 4:4-9

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pray and Give Thanks

"One never comes to any final terms with mystery--not in this life, anyway. We keep asking the same unanswerable questions and wondering why the explanations are not forthcoming. We doubt God. We are anxious about everything when we have been told quite clearly to be anxious about nothing. Instead of stewing we are supposed to pray and give thanks."
-Elisabeth Elliot