Jump directly to the Content

Bad Exegesis and Back Roads through Kansas

They’re butchering Scripture. When do you say something?
Bad Exegesis and Back Roads through Kansas

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" –Jeremiah 29:11

It's June, which means we're entering both graduation and wedding season. This is unfortunate timing, because my insider sources have let me know that most of the M.Div's and PhD's over at Hallmark usually take their vacations right about now. I'm forced to believe this must be true, since I see little to no evidence of exegetical accuracy in most "Christian" greeting cards.

With the above example fresh in my mind—I don't doubt the Lord's goodness to his people in a collective sense, but I find the classic, individualized appropriation of Jeremiah 29:11 frustrating. This sacred declaration of God's faithfulness to his people is not a "promise to claim" in pursuit of the American Dream or a couple's happily-ever-after.

Snobbish though ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Weeping With Gang Members
Weeping With Gang Members
How God used my vulnerability to soften the toughest.
From the Magazine
I Wasn’t ‘Tough’ Enough for My Street-Fighting Family. God Showed Me I Didn’t Have to Be.
I Wasn’t ‘Tough’ Enough for My Street-Fighting Family. God Showed Me I Didn’t Have to Be.
How a quiet, bookish kid came to faith while living among rageaholics.
Editor's Pick
Hard-Copy Bibles Aren’t Just Nostalgic
Hard-Copy Bibles Aren’t Just Nostalgic
As a seminary professor, I’m requiring the physical book in class. Church should do the same.
close