#44: On canonical criticism and approaching Scripture in Faith with Dr. Jim Blalock.

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In this episode of Ministry Minded, I sit down with my mentor and former pastor, Dr. Jim Blalock, to have a conversation about the canon of Scripture and one’s approach to biblical criticism. Academics and scholars alike have as their goal the deconstruction of biblical authority. Through an abundance of contrived theories and hypotheses as to the inspiration and formation of the Scriptures themselves, they allow uncertainty and suspicion to creep into the heart of the disciple, ultimately causing some to question their faith entirely. Man’s incessant requirement for proofs and evidences for the derivation of Scripture are in actuality devious systems by which divine truth is explained away and rationalized. If it can be explained away, then it is just as easily discarded and disregarded as the guide for life. But notwithstanding the scholastic debates that revolve around solving a problematic necessity to determine the authority and provenance of God’s Word, a disciple’s a fundamental belief that “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tm 3:16) does not demand human corroboration.


“Fundamentalism” and the Word of God, J. I. Packer

Inspiration and Authority of the Bible, B. B. Warfield

Sola: How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church, Jason K. Allen and contributors

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


This episode is brought to you by the Christian Standard Bible. Find out more by going to CSBible.com.


Dr. Blalock lives and serves in Jupiter, Florida, where he pastors Beacon Baptist Church. God has blessed him with many years of fruitful ministry as he has dedicated himself to the tirelessly faithful exposition of God’s Word. His priority has always been to uphold Christ and the Scriptures as the focal point of every service and in every ministry. To find out more about Dr. Blalock and Beacon Baptist, visit their website: beaconbaptistchurch.org.


Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.