by Greg Perry
– Integrating Exegesis and Exposition was an unexpected pleasure for me. Literally, while reading the first page of the first chapter, a sentence struck me as extraordinary insight into Scripture so I stopped right there on the first page and went to Facebook to quote that insight to my friends. By the time I finished the book, my markings, margin notes, and highlights made it appear to be a book I’ve poured over for a decade as opposed to a week or two.
Please understand I’m just a layman who wants to know God’s Word more deeply. Although I’ve taken a few seminary courses in my life, I’m not a Pastor but only a student of the Bible and I am hungry for the insights it gives. You don’t need a background in academia to understand every word in this book. At the same time, the author, Dr. Cone, respects his reading audience and offers meat and not milk the entire way. From showing how a specific and literal hermeneutic not only reveals God’s Word but also gives the perfect tool for understanding the world and people around us, Integrating Exegesis and Exposition then moves to showing a systematic process by which we can exegete (expound and interpret) Scripture and MOST important, how we can and should use these tools to teach others.
That is the bottom-line for ME: the one area where Integrating Exegesis and Exposition impacted me the most is that I am strongly encouraged and far better equipped to teach others God’s Word. It excites me that God can use Dr. Cone’s book as a vehicle to use me as a vehicle to spread an understanding of His Word to others.