conder1The hermeneutics train keeps rolling this week with Tim Conder, founding pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, North Carolina. Tim talks about his new book, Free for All, about approaching biblical interpretation as a community of faith.

Here’s a taste:

The Bible, especially in times of great culture change, but always, the Bible is in need of liberation, and so we’re trying to demonstrate how God’s Spirit works in dramatic ways when a community is tasked with not just being passive listeners but co-interpreters and co-creators with whatever authority shapes their fellowship.

You bring a bias to the text. And where those biases become dangerous is when they’re not identified.

One of the ways that we have a liberated reading of the text is to acknowledge our biases and to create diversity of voices so that those biases are balanced out.

Free for All: Rediscovering the Bible in Community by Tim Conder with Daniel Rhodes is available for pre-order and is due out August 1.

Also from Tim: The Church in Transition: The Journey of Existing Churches into Emerging Culture

Check out the Emmaus Way Podcast

As you’ve come to expect, we also have a little fun with some of our Homebrewed Christianity Deacons, who left messages on our call-in line. Thanks to Theresa Seeber, who was inspired to share a clip from The Pick of Destiny (caution: f-bombs), my college pal Ryan Busby, and some more folks we have to save for next time. If you want to join in the fun, you can call us at 678-590-BREW.