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Biblical Interpretation

The Catechized Prodigal: When Covenant Children Lose Their Way by Rev. James P. Hering, PhD offers a thorough exegesis of Proverbs 22:6, "Train the child for the path of his life, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Herring works through the textual evidence to suggest an alternte reading of the passage which may shed light on the question of covenant children who appear to depart from the faith.  Winter 2017 Theology Matters p. 9

"The Trustworthiness of Scripture" by Josh McDowell
McDowell looks at ten elements of Scripture: Unity, Historical Accuracy, Indestructibility, Scientific Accuracy, Frankness, Predictive Prophecy, Christ-Centeredness, Intellectual Integrity, Teachings, and Transforming Power. 
Next McDowell examines the making of the Old Testament books and how they were accurately preserved.    McDowell then looks at the making of the New Testament gospels and epistles, the vast number of existing early manuscripts, and the accuracy with which they were copied.  Finally, McDowell discusses four perspectives on the nature of inspiration.  After examining each, he concludes that the view that Scripture is both divine and human is the one that best fits the evidence.  McDowell explains, “This view reflects the biblical teaching that the Bible itself, in all that it states, is a product of divine revelation, channeled through, but not corrupted by, human agency, by which the unique talents, backgrounds, and perspectives of the authors complement rather than restrict what God intended to reveal.   Nov/Dec 2013 Theology Matters, Footnotes

The Catechized Prodical by James P. Hering
Of the numerous passages in the Scriptures which admonish the parent concerning the rearing of children, the Book of Proverbs contains some of the most pithy and memorable. Who cannot finish the folksy rendering of 13:24, “Spare the rod and…”? Such proverbs have endured in the collective consciousness of our society due, in part, to their candid, striking images. Winter 2017 Theology Matters, p.11