I’ve said before on this blog that the only thing worse than not reading your Bible is to read it incorrectly. It’s crucial to know the context of the scene and the age of the culture to know why something was said or done. Interpreting stories from the past with biases from the present is not only foolish, it sets you up for a bevy of revisionist history that doesn’t see the full picture. The same applies to Scripture too. It’s crucial to keep the big picture of the Bible in view while reading every passage, or else you might get lost in the minutiae.
Biblical interpretation, then, is of utmost important for the Christian — which is why my dad has spent the better part of his ministry devoted to making biblical hermeneutics available and accessible to the laity of his church. My dad, Mike Gray, pastors a church in the upstate of South Carolina, where he’s served since 1998. He recently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree, in which the focus was on hermeneutics. He’s even completed a church curriculum through which pastors can take their congregations, learning how to read the Bible rightly. It was such a blessing to sit down and talk about the ministry and the gospel and the Scriptures with my dad. You’ll be uplifted by this episode, as we talk about preaching exegetically, the biblical nature of faith, and the importance of sound hermeneutics.
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Mike is the senior pastor of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina, where he’s been serving faithfully for nearly 20 years with his wife and family. He recently received is Doctor of Ministry degree from Grace Theological Seminary. His sole devotion remains knowing Christ and making Him known.
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Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.
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