Spurgeon’s Allegorizing

  Charles Spurgeon mentioned to his students that within certain limits it was OK to "spiritualize" a text.  He spent some time explaining this point in Lectures to My Students.  It's not exactly easy to get a precise definition of what it means to "spiritualize" a text; it has to do with the interpretation of… Continue reading Spurgeon’s Allegorizing

Over-Interpretation and Redemptive History

In many ways, Peter Leithart’s commentary on 1 & 2 Kings is a helpful resource.  I’m glad I own it and will keep using it as I work through the Solomon narrative for a sermon series on which I’m working. However, I’ve run across a few “red flags” that have made me question Leithart’s interpretive… Continue reading Over-Interpretation and Redemptive History

Prester John, Ferdinand Magellan, and Superstition

In the early part of the 12th century, some European monks wrote an imaginative and allegorical account of the faith (sort of like a medieval Pilgrim's Progress).  The fictious account was about a Christian man named Prester John  ("Prester" is an ancient way to say "presbyter" or "priest") who ruled over a vast golden earthly… Continue reading Prester John, Ferdinand Magellan, and Superstition

For Your Christian Imagination

I enjoy C.S. Lewis, but have read only about 40% of the stuff he's written.  I do remember him and others like him emphasizing the importance of reading and the imagination in the Christian life.  Actually, I either read somewhere or heard someone say that all preachers should either read the Narnia series or the… Continue reading For Your Christian Imagination