Weekly Podcast: June 23, 2014

Let’s Keep it in Context

This week’s podcast is all about context. Along with understanding presuppositions, context is the most important element is interpreting and understanding any spoken Β or written discourse. This applies to literature, law, scientific writing, politics and for sure, the Bible.

OK, I realize this isn’t really a “sexy” topic… If I were to announce a series of posts on Revelation, or that there was a weekend seminar on Revelation, large numbers of people would put it on their calendars because Revelation is “sexy,” at least in the metaphoric sense. “Context” is more a subject that I would need to beg you to listen to…

Fine, so I’m begging.

Dear reader, if you can grasp both presuppositions and context, you can recognize and avoid most errors in Biblical understanding.

That’s kind of important, wouldn’t you agree? Β So, welcome aboard!

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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15 Responses to Weekly Podcast: June 23, 2014

  1. paulfg says:

    Pre-supposition: Love – without intentional/unintentional transaction – is the answer, now what is the question.
    Filters: knee-jerk: look for love; analysis: look for love; confusion: look for love; conclusion: look at love

    Contexts as you walk through here: found myself intuiting to this – now I understand why.

    Thank you – I like your blog, I like your podcast (I get your point more easily on this style of topic with the “verbal colours” your voice brings)

    PS – Revelation. Is it just me or is this one the most over-rated books in the bible?

    • Don Merritt says:

      Revelation? Over rated? Maybe.

      The day I comprehended Revelation was the day the Bible became simple.

      • paulfg says:

        “I follow Don Merritt. I find his teaching easy to understand and follow.” As Meredith says, and as you comment: “the day the Bible became simple” – is that Revelation I hear calling you?

        Please πŸ™‚

        • Don Merritt says:

          Paul old buddy, nobody can ever say that you are not a clever guy; nicely done dirt brother πŸ™‚

          And yes, I’ve had plenty of requests, and it is tempting. The truth is that I may do it one of these days, but not before I figure out how to do it justice in this medium. Oh, and I might need a staff to help handle the volume of angry comments… but that would increase “traffic” πŸ™‚

          I actually had this clever idea for a novel several years ago. There’s three plot lines. One is a young history professor doing historical research on the connection between Hitler and the occult. The second is a young preacher who is struggling with his understanding of redemption history and working with a wise older mentor, tracing it from the Garden of Eden forward. The third one is an unorthodox intelligence officer picking up signs of a terrorist attack that nobody wants to hear about, and as the story goes on, these three come together and are forced to face the frightening fact that they are all tracing the same story… something of a thriller, and they’d come to see that the scenario plays out over and over again all through history… that’s what Revelation is about… and suddenly everything in Scripture falls into place; it’s really amazing.

          So how to you do that on a blog, while dealing with endless and ridiculous “proof texts” that throw most people off the trail of the real story? Soon as I have the answer to that, I’ll start!

          • paulfg says:

            Don, you have whetted my appetite even more with that! Thank you even more!!

            Something in the back of mind re “the medium” – a book blogged by chapter – rather than a blog. I believe Dickens did something similar via a newspaper or pamphlet with some of his greatest novels (can’t remember which).

            In a blog? Chapter 1, then chapter 2, then chapter … all with the comment boxes removed. Writing for reading, rather than blogging for interacting.

            “Copyright” always seems to stop others. My own approach is “no copyright, no earning issue, no problem.”

            Just a small thought πŸ™‚

            • Don Merritt says:

              With Dickens it was newspapers; the serialization made him quite famous over here.

              I actually shopped that book idea around a few years ago. I was told that it would be way too long for a first-time novel, but if I would write a political “kiss and tell” first, they would consider it. That’s not gonna happen!

              I get your drift though on a study… but considering where I’ve been, turning off comments would be a little chicken… yet it would take away a time-consuming distraction.

              Hmmm… interesting thought

              fine. I’m thinking about it. πŸ™‚

  2. Meredith says:

    Reblogged this on Meredith's Musings and commented:
    I follow Don Merritt. I find his teaching easy to understand and follow. This podcast is an excellent way to get a good foundation for beginning to study the Scriptures.

  3. Meredith says:

    Excellent teaching, easy to follow and understand. Thanks Don

  4. Tom says:

    Excellent teaching! Great coverage while easy to understand. Keep up the great work!

  5. Sonny hardman says:

    Thanks for posting this. It would greatly help in understaing the scriptures. But if could also consider adding Jn.5:39 and luke24:45 to properly interpret the bible. I think the Lord had shown us the proper hermeneutics of the bible on these two verses. And another thing is to consider also how to interpret metaphors in undrstanding the bible since people of that time speaks and write in this manner like the Lord Himself who speaks mostly on this form of language Keep up the good work in helping people to know Jesus. God bless you!

  6. Denine Taylor says:

    Context.. so simple yet can total change ones perception. Powerful! I feel so much smarter already! Thanks Don!

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