Carl F. H. Henry’s Christ-Centered Biblical Interpretation
Well known as a herald for evangelical social engagement and for his contribution to the doctrines of revelation and Scripture, Carl F. H. Henry also merits attention as a biblical interpreter, demonstrating consistent Christ-centered theological exposition. Appealing to Henry’s commentary on the Gospel of John, and his use of Scripture, and published sermons, Carl F. H. Henry is an exemplar of theological interpretation of Scripture (TIS). Henry preceded the renaissance of TIS by a generation, but his biblical interpretation evidences the movement’s hallmarks, including sympathy toward pre-critical exegesis, an allegiance to the rule of faith, a commitment to the theological unity of Scripture, and the necessity of the Spirit for biblical interpretation.
Michael serves as an Adjunct Professor of Theology for the Graduate School of Christian Ministry of North Greenville University and as the Associate Pastor for Family Ministry at Gainsville Baptist Church in Lincolnton, NC. He studied at at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for his Masters work, and his doctoral work was completed at Wheaton College. His dissertation focused on the relationship of Word and Spirit in Carl Henry’s theological method. He has published articles in the Westminster Theological Journal and the Journal of Theological Interpretation, and he aspires to be a pastor-theologian.