Nobody reads the Bible literally. We are all interpreting – and this is a good thing!
This admission allows us to say:
Since we are all interpreting, let’s talk about how we are interpreting.
I first realized this about the book of Revelation (apocalyptic literature). Then it became clear about other genres of scripture like wisdom literature (Job) and the Gospels (Luke).
Here is a recent sermon that I gave on the subject. You can also listen to the full version of it (including a lot of joking at the beginning) on the VHUMC podcast.
I would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and concerns.
I will be saying more about the idea of ‘moving your application up to your interpretation in the months to come.