In the Central Asian culture where our family used to live, hospitality was elaborate. When visiting a friend, copious amounts of extravagant food were typically offered. But regardless the quality of the meal, the event itself was also elaborate, filled with rhythms and rituals that were often expected but rarely explained. The shared table had a kind of liturgy. Only by carefully observing and repeatedly experiencing that routine could outsiders like us hope to understand what was happening and avoid a misstep—unless someone would reveal the unwritten rules. Many aspects of the meal were assumed, including the guests’ responsibilities. Among...
A diversity of interpretations does not imply hermeneutical relativism.
What impact does our cultural context and social location have on our interpretation of Scripture?
Matthew doesn’t see Hosea 11:1 as a prediction coming true, but as a pattern being replayed.
If you think you don’t have a theology (because you just believe the Bible), you’re wrong. But there’s hope.