Misinterpretation of Scripture is a major problem that faces the Church. We are living in an image-centered world that demands short cuts to answers for those with a limited attention span. This book discusses the many obstacles that can keep us from clearly understanding what scripture is explaining to us. Mayhue's experience with methods of biblical interpretation enables him to provide our generation with simple tools—so we can understand what the Bible says and avoid commonly-made errors. It should be mandatory reading for anyone who is serious in finding out what Scripture says.
Richard covers a wide range of subjects making this an excellent take-off point for biblical study:
An excellent book from the pen of an able scholar, an experienced pastor and a gracious Christian.' It is intended for all types of Christian people who are serious about studying the Bible carefully... I warmly commend it.
—Eric Alexander, conference speaker and formerly minister of St. George's Tron, Glasgow
Prior to enrolling in seminary, Dr. Mayhue served with the United States Navy from 1966 to 1971, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. After seminary he ministered from 1975 to 1977 as an assistant pastor at Grace Brethren Church in Columbus, Ohio, where he also served as director of the Worthington Bible Institute. From 1977 to 1980, Dr. Mayhue taught in the areas of New Testament and Pastoral Ministries at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he also enjoyed an active weekend Bible conference ministry. From 1980 to 1984, he was a member of the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church where he served as an associate to Dr. MacArthur in a teaching ministry and as director for the well-known Shepherds’ Conferences. From 1984 to 1989, he pastored the historic Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, California. Dr. Mayhue joined the faculty of The Master’s Seminary in 1989 and was appointed as Dean of the Seminary in 1990. Dr. Mayhue also served in the role as Senior Vice President and Provost of The Master’s College (2000-2008). Dr. Mayhue has authored, contributed to, and/or edited twenty-five books, including How To Interpret the Bible for Yourself, The Healing Promise, What Would Jesus Say About Your Church?, Seeking God, Practicing Proverbs, Unmasking Satan, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, and Bible Boot Camp, plus numerous periodical and journal articles. He is active in Bible conference ministries. He has been married to his gracious wife, “B”, for over forty years, and they have two children: Wade and Lee. Lee and her husband, Michael Carson (married 10/6/90), have one son, Iain Michael Carson. Wade and Tracey were married 9/30/95, and have one son, James Patrick. Dr. Mayhue enjoys gardening, model railroading (N scale), stamp collecting (USA), and grandfathering when he takes brief breaks from ministry.