Individualism has become a great evil bemoaned by cultural critics everywhere in the West. Many preachers have joined the chorus by offering communitarian values as an alternative. But what if we're drawing these conclusions from our cultural milieu rather than the Bible?
Don Carson raises this concern with John Piper and Tim Keller as they continue their discussion on biblical interpretation and authoritative preaching. The Bible corrects and constrains our teaching as God stands sovereign over every culture and its ever-changing preferences.
This free-wheeling discussion also touches on the value of hermeneutics, the surge of interest in systematic prolegomena, and how you best train preachers to trust in the authority of God's Word.
Be sure to check back for the third installment (of four) as the conversation gets pointed over the value of studying the historical context of Scripture for help in explaining the meaning of a passage.
Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. Formerly an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, he is the author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.