Implications or Applications?: Preaching Biblical Narratives

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Some preachers produce abundant applications (or, implications?) for their congregations from biblical narratives, whether they are Old Testament historical narratives like Judges 4 or New Testament Gospel narratives like Mark 3. Other preachers insist they should offer only theological and practical implications. Still others refuse to recognize any implications or applications from Scripture narratives. They declare, “Biblical narrative is only descriptive, not prescriptive.” Which practice is best? Which practice is legitimate and in keeping with sound biblical interpretation?

New Testament Teaching

No matter what the topic, one should always begin with the Scriptures themselves. What does the Word of God teach?… Continue reading

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A Century-Later Reflection

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As I stated in my last post, I have been teaching though the Bible, a book-at-a-time, each week the next book. I want to give my youth a flavor of the whole story of the Bible, as well as show them that each book is relevant to their lives because God is unchanging in His Person, Work, and Standard.

In my last post I specifically wrote about Jonah and a few reflections. Today, I would like to give a few reflections from the follow-up prophet, Nahum.

Before my observations, I am sure that most (if not the vast majority) have no clue what Nahum is about.… Continue reading

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