New Series on Exegesis and Hermeneutics

Whether you are studying on your own, leading and teaching your family, or teaching in a formal setting, it is extremely helpful to understand how to read and teach the Bible.  There are some fancy words for it (exegesis and hermeneutics) but it doesn't have to be hard.  All good seminaries teach extremely helpful tools and techniques for studying and teaching the Bible, but by no means are these required to properly understand and communicate what God's Word, the Bible says.  The Bible is communicated in such a way that a person can hear and learn from God without an advanced degree in seminary or some kind of secret magic that is only held by top cult leaders.  However, if done poorly, the application will be wrong or misleading.  The adage is true, junk in-junk out.  On the other hand, if careful exegesis is conduced and then proper hermeneutics are applied, a person will come to proper application at least 95% of the time.

The overall idea here is to approach the Bible with the proper process.  Basically:
1. What did the Bible say then?
2. What is the timeless meaning or principles. 
3.  What's the application for me today. 
If you use this process, you'll do well nearly every time.  But how do we get to what the Bible said when it was written?  That's the exegetical work.  And how do we extract the timeless meaning or principles?  That's hermeneutics.   You can employ all kinds of tools; or with a couple simple, tools (even preparing sermons in the mountains for a camp) you can study and teach the Bible well.

Jared Jenkins ( and I have finally set out on a series to help Average Joe study and teach the Bible well.  We're excited about this because we believe it's important.  And it maybe that it's a way for us to take great material we received (and payed for) in seminary and give it to you for free.

I wish I could provide you with the name of this series, but as of yet, we can't think of one.  I guess we're just not very creative.  Listen to the introduction in the first Salty Believer Unscripted podcast of this new series and give us some feed back.  Tell us what you think.  And by all means, help us come up with a name!  (You can contact us here.)

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It is our greatest hope and desire that you grow in your walk with Christ and in that, you know God better and love him more.

Soli Deo gloria!
Bryan Catherman

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