By Dr. Christopher Cone

A common theme in contemporary Christian worship music is the idea of coming into the presence of God to worship Him in a deep and meaningful way. Songs that emphasize this concept challenge believers to pause from their normal daily life in order to do something different. One popular lyric illustrates:

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We live in perilous times. Our generation has witnessed a world that has become increasingly dangerous
and uncertain. As Christians are being persecuted and killed in greater numbers than at any other time in history, our hearts wax in grief and sorrow. As we witness the decline in our nation’s morality and testimony, our hearts wane at the rampant evil, degradation, and ugliness that bombard and surround us.

Just as the Psalmist pined, “My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God” (Psalm 84), there is indeed a place we can go to for rest, respite, and solace. The Psalms are a place of purity and beauty.

The Psalms exclaim that God’s word is pure (Psalm 119). His statutes are a delight to the soul (Psalm 94).
The Word which became flesh – the one whom we heard, and have seen with our eyes, and have handled with our hands – is life (1 John 1). This Word of life is our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1). His beauty is described by Psalm 50 as holiness itself and the perfection of beauty. And those who listen and follow His words will be like “trees planted by the river…whose leaves do not wither…and whatsoever [they do] shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).

Here, Hannah Cudal presents a contemporary solo rendition of English composer Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s noble and timeless tune.


Last May in Cebu, Philippines, new believers line up to be baptized by Ervin Inocian, (HARK, class of 2013) Dean of the Cebu campus and Pastor of Jesus Cares Community Church.





Presented by Dr.Christopher Cone, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Southern California Seminary, to the Symposium on Scripture, Hermeneutics, and Language, San Diego State University, April 13, 2015.

“…If Genesis were univocal regarding hermeneutic method, that single voice would go a long way in helping us understand how the Author intended for us to interpret the Scriptures. Genesis would be a guiding light, providing the time-tested descriptive model foundational to our Scriptural hermeneutics…”

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image1Integrating Exegesis and Exposition is a handbook introducing Biblical study (exegesis) and the communication of the Bible in preaching and teaching (exposition). This method encourages communicators to incorporate the process of Bible study into the presentation of the message, so that listeners discover not only how to understand the portion of Scripture being communicated at that moment, but also so that they can develop their own skills in Bible study.

The premise of Integrating Exegesis and Exposition is that the processes of study, practice, and communication of the Bible are interconnected. The relationship between these suggests that to encourage transformation by the renewing of the mind, communicators of the Bible ought to take a more holistic and integrated approach to handling the Bible – an approach that is modeled in the Bible itself.

Dr. Christopher Cone serves as Chief Academic Officer and Research Professor of Bible and Theology at Southern California Seminary. Dr. Cone formerly served as President of Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute, Professor of Bible and Theology, and as a Pastor of Tyndale Bible Church.

Review by Dr. Arnfield Cudal
“When our understanding of the Bible has been spoon-fed to us, laced with presuppositions, and marketed to our faulty preferences, why do we wonder when we possess a lackluster, if not befuddled, view of Scripture? Here, Christopher Cone asserts that we start anew – not with a new and novel method of interpretation, but with a timeless hermeneutic that works according to patterns demonstrated in the Bible itself. The Bible contains its own built-in hermeneutic and governs its own presuppositions and worldview. It is a beacon that stands on its own. Those seeking the truth – no matter how unpalatable or painful – will stand to benefit greatly from the steps outlined. Integrating Exegesis and Exposition is a great tool that will help us accomplish that.” –Arnfield Cudal, MBA, Ph.D, Editor, HARK Publications