How to Read the Bible: The Allegorical (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Outline (roughly followed) I.        Back up a.       Scripture as revelation 1.      How does God intervene in writing Scripture? 2.      How does God intervene in the world? b.      Review series 1.      Literal a)      Plain reading b)      Modern rationalist, truth-seeking tendencies 2.      Allegorical 3.      Moral 4.      Anagogical II.     What is allegory? a.       Lisa is a fox b.      Bernie Madoff is …

How to Read the Bible: The Allegorical

If you spend enough time on Internet message boards, you will see a lot of bad analogies.  In the course of a discussion (pronounced “argument”) someone will try to make a point by referencing something that is presumably a point of common interest and common understanding between the two dialog partners (pronounced “combatants”), say, football.  One might compare a political …

How to Read the Bible: Introduction (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Outline (loosely followed) I.                               Questions a.       How do you view the Bible? b.      How do you use Bible? c.       Do know the Bible? d.      Do you want to know the Bible? II.                            Classical understanding a.       Literal b.      Allegorical c.       Moral d.      Anagogical III.                         Post-modern twist IV.                          Why read it?  Why does it matter? a.       Cultural defense 1.      Literary …

How to Read the Bible: Introduction

Growing up in a Southern Baptist church, the Bible was at the center of most of what we did.  We were Protestants, which meant that we believed in the power of the Bible alone to guide our lives.  And, because we were Baptists, we might yell at you if you disagreed.  Looking back, I often think we worshipped the Bible …

Spirit of Truth

John 16:12-15 (Inclusive text) I have much more to tell you, but you can’t bear to hear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, she will guide you into all truth. She won’t speak on her own initiative; rather, she’ll speak only what she hears, and she’ll announce to you things that are yet to come. In doing this, …