The Problem with Application

One of the terms I really dislike in Bible studies is “application.” There are “Application Study Bibles” which goes to show this view of Scripture is certainly mainstream. I understand and admire the motivation behind the idea: believers simply want to live by God’s word. In fact it is perfectly biblical not to be a forgetful hearer but a doer of the word. So there is nothing wrong with such desire in itself. My problem with the idea of finding an “application” is the view and approach to scripture that it entails. Continue reading “The Problem with Application”

The Bible in Context

Every culture has a set of unique features that distinguish it. For instance, there are quite a few English speaking countries in the world but there are regional differences in the language. In British English pants refer to a certain type of underwear while in American English it is a pair of trousers. (It took me a long time to get used to trousers being called pants.) Sometimes you can have a lot fun because of these cultural differences when you interact with people from a different part of the world. Sometimes not knowing these things can make you out to be weird or offensive. Continue reading “The Bible in Context”