#AARSBL15 Blogger Dinner and Drinks at Meehan’s

Here’s the latest and probably final update about the meeting of AAR religion bloggers and SBL bibliobloggers at this year’s annual meeting in Atlanta, for dinner and/or drinks. It is scheduled for the evening of Sunday, November 22nd, at 5pm. The event will be held at Meehan’s Public House, which is located at 200 Peachtree St [Read More...]

Bible School Primer for Governors

I just saw the news that Indiana governor Mike Pence has begun turning away refugees. It would be shameful under any circumstances, but Pence pretends to be a defender of Christian values, which makes it all the more disgusting. The above image came my way via Facebook. Unfortunately, Facebook isn’t letting me post links to [Read More...]

#AARSBL15 Bloggers’ Gathering Change of Venue

When I picked Gibney’s for the Bloggers’ gathering, I didn’t notice an important detail: they are closed on Sundays! And so let’s move the event to Meehan’s Public House, at 200 Peachtree Street, just 3 minutes’ walk from the Convention Center. I am going to see if they have a back room available for us, [Read More...]

Where Jesus Prayed

I am happy to have the chance to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Danielle Shroyer’s book Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminating the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land. I was eager to participate, since I’ve been to the Holy Land multiple times, and will be leading a group of students traveling there again next [Read More...]

Is Heaven a Metaphor in the Bible?

There is such a thing as being too rigidly literalistic. But sometimes we fall into the opposite pitfall and treat things as metaphors when ancient people would have assumed they were statements of literal fact. I’ve mentioned the “heart” as one example in the past. Is “heaven” another? Keith Reich has been blogging about the [Read More...]

Time and Relative Dimension in the Gospel of John

Another great cartoon from Spike Davis. [Read more...]

The Bible as Love Letter from Kierkegaard

Kyle Roberts wrote a response to my recent post about the Bible not being a love letter from God. Here is an excerpt: I’m currently co-authoring a commentary, so it may seem strange for me to come to the defense of Kierkegaard’s analogy. Aren’t I one of those who are dodging God’s Word precisely by writing academic [Read More...]

October 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival

Phil Long has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, which includes a fascinating range not just of posts from the past month, but also details about the history of the carnival and its future. Click through and take a look! I’m particularly grateful that he has helped spread the word about the bibliobloggers’ and other [Read More...]

The Bible is NOT a Love Letter from God to You

Recently when I shared a post on this view of the Bible, I tried to articulate my own thoughts on the topic to sum up the matter. The words above/below are what I came up with and commented on Facebook when sharing that blog post, and I thought it might be worth sharing them here too. [Read More...]

Biblical Inerrancy is an Attack on the Bible

Inerrancy is about the desire to have one’s own views regarded as inerrant. The inerrancy of the Bible is just a means to getting there. And the failure to humbly recognize one’s own human proneness to err, which is exposed at the heart of “biblical inerrancy,” shows that this doctrine is not merely wrong, but [Read More...]


The above litany was used in a service recently at Crooked Creek Baptist Church, in which Rev. Joy Amick delivered a sermon which was essentially a first person narrative told from the perspective of the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman mentioned in the Gospels. The service mentioned Jesus having his horizons broadened by his encounter with [Read More...]