In the video below Matt Chandler attempts to explain how the gospel runs through the David and Goliath story in a mere 3.5 minutes.
Dr. Eric Hankins raised concerns about Chandler’s interpretive approach in the video in his recent critique of ‘Christ-centered homiletics’.1 However, back in January Mike Riccardi, using Chandler’s explanation in the video as an example, wrote a very thorough and gracious explanation of the problems with such an interpretation.2
Chandler was contacted for a response to Riccardi’s article and he replied.
“Thanks for your encouragement and email. I read Mike’s critique and agree with most of it. The issue was having only a few minutes to try and show how a couple of chapters and a ton of history points toward Christ. I leaned a little too heavy on allegory in the video and could have done a better job of setting things up with more time. Overall I thought the critique was helpful and brotherly. Blessing!”3
Chandler’s response is a gracious and godly example of how to respond to criticism. I know I can certainly learn from it. This type of response also paves the way forward toward a more fruitful way in which Christians might seek to understand each other better.
For what it’s worth…