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Episode 62 | 53 min

Developing a Preacher's Hermeneutic with Joe Grana

Developing a Preacher's Hermeneutic with Joe Grana
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In this special episode, Steve Carter talks to one of his mentors, Dr. Joe Grana, a longtime professor and dean at Hope International University, and currently a teaching pastor at The Refinery Christian Church in Arizona.

Dr. Grana explains the importance of hermeneutics (the process of interpreting Scripture) and how it rescues teachers from the highly subjective “reader’s response” approach to Bible study. Rather than shoehorning a passage into what we think it means, preachers can discover its original (and timeless) meaning by following three basic steps:

  • Observation
  • Interpretation
  • Application

After showing these three steps in action, using Luke 4:14-21 as his anchor text, Dr. Grana shares his vision for 2023: to grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.


Church: The Refinery Church

Books recommended by Dr. Grana:

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes




Human Authors, Words of the Spirit, and Preaching Christ, by David E. Prince

A Preacher's Temptation: Forgetting or Neglecting Basic Hermeneutical Practices, by Douglas Sean O'Donnell