"Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son, Jesus Christ." - George Washington

Monday, January 28, 2013

Excitement builds

2 Timothy 2:15   Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

 I cannot wait for the class to be open on Friday! I never thought I would look forward to school again, much less college. But God is surprising like that.

I have been trying my bestest to read through the dictionary I bought, hopefully I'll have saturated it all before Friday - I'm thinking that will give me a leg up in understanding a course and concept that I'm pretty new to. And it isn't unpleasant or dry, I've already taken notes and chewed on the few of the concepts. Here are some of the things I've found interesting:

Protestant reformers held the belief of sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) - that Scripture as inspired by God, is the only basis of truth. Also that Scripture is understood and defined by itself, Scripture interprets Scripture. This is not a new concept to me, but it made sense in light of some things that I've read in Martin Luther's "Bondage of the Will". He very willingly accepted the criticism and censure from Erasmus, who accused him of holding up Scripture as his only authority. Words of the pope, and decisions of councils, statements of creeds, long-standing traditions, etc., Luther would not accept as reasonable authority - not to the same level of Scripture at least. I hold to the same belief, that Scripture alone is the source of all truth, and the measure of it.

Interesting fact: Canon (the word used for books of the Bible that are inspired by God) is a derivative of the word "reed", like a measuring stick or ruler. Canonical books of the Bible are a "ruler", and standard to measure by.

Etymology is the study of the history of words. But a good rule of thumb for interpreting Scripture is: "Usage and context, not etymology, determine the meaning of a word."
This makes sense, and is pretty self-explanatory. The definition of words change and are influenced by the culture.

And here is a brain-tickler: Which comes first and is more foundational, good exegesis (bringing out the proper meaning of a text), or good theology (beliefs held about God)?
It's kind of like the chicken/egg question. Both are essential for the proper use of the other... it could be a vicious, or a virtuous cycle. Fun to mull it over.

So. That's the haps. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, January 25, 2013

More books

And the other two just arrived! I'm so excited! I've been reading some of the hermeneutics dictionary, and I already love it. Now to wait for February 1st, when the class begins.

Also, all three of the books are maroon and gold... nicely done, SEBTS, nicely done. The OCD side of me is impressed.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

First book here

It has come! One of the three at least. I bought it used, but it feels like it's never been cracked open before. Yay for discounted books!

Also, the other two should arrive any day.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Life goes on...

It has been more than half a year since I've touched this lonely little blog. I've decided to revive it for the sake of sharing notes from an upcoming class that I have registered for.

Yes, me. Taking a college class. I might have just seen a pig fly by.

No really. My pastor suggested it to the church -- it's an online hermeneutics (how to read and interpret the Bible) course at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. It's free and open to the public, and you can work at your own pace.

That sounded up my alley. I have listened to a sermon series that gave a broad overview of hermeneutics, and loved it. I definitely want to know more.

Today, I have bought the books I need, which I'm pretty excited about. I love increasing my theological library! Looks like Pink, Newton, and Luther will have some companions. Namely:

Dictionary of Hermeneutics
By James D. Hernando

Hopefully they will arrive at my house before February 1st, when the class starts. I'm looking forward to it!