The ongoing discussion over biblical authority and interpretation between Don Carson, John Piper, and Tim Keller becomes pointed in the third of four clipsom their roundtable interview.

Carson and Piper push each other on the merits of studying hermeneutics. Then they use the example of Corinth to debate how much time teachers shouldend studying extrabiblical sources on the cultural and social milieu versus mastering the book itself to deduce the most important social and linguistic points.

You can also watch the first two installments of this roundtable to trace the background of their conversation.

Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of of Blindots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists, and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and historyom Northwestern University. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, co-edited Four Views on theectrum of Evangelicalism, and co-edits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Collin Hansen


Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of of Blindots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists, and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and historyom Northwestern University. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, co-edited Four Views on theectrum of Evangelicalism, and co-edits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.

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