Searching for Sunday

I’m delighted to have the chance to review Rachel Held Evans’ forthcoming book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. If you have read anything of hers before, this is classic Rachel Held Evans. You will laugh out loud, and you will cry. You will be moved by brutally honest stories about the [Read More...]

Does Evangelicalism Make You A Better Person?

In a recent post about why Evangelical Christianity doesn’t make you a better person, Neil Carter wrote the following: Evangelical Christianity Has Messed Up Priorities The evangelical Christian vision of heaven is based on right belief, not on right behavior.  For evangelicals, it’s not the loving, caring, hard-working people of the world who get into [Read More...]

Makes the Trip Seem Quicker

This cartoon from the New Yorker popped up on Facebook as I am sitting in Baltimore airport, waiting for my flight back to Indianapolis. And so it seemed timely as well as funny. But it is interesting to reflect on which religious and non-religious activities are just versions of the same thing, done for comparable [Read More...]

Scholar or Apologist? Why Not Both?

Although this isn’t a case of “two great tastes that taste great together,” I’ve suggested before that “apologist” and “scholar” are not an absolute dichotomy, but a spectrum. I think that point is relevant to the discussion that has exploded in the blogosphere, with Nijay Gupta, Mike Bird, Anthony Le Donne, Jonathan Bernier, Very Rarely [Read More...]

What Does Conservative Christianity Conserve?

[C]onservative Christians have long been engaged in a remarkably successful PR exercise to give the impression that they are the ones who are faithful to the Bible and historic Christianity. But in fact, what they conserve is an older but non-original form of Christianity as it came to be expressed in a particular historical and [Read More...]

Translations of Translations

I am disappointed whenever a student of mine includes in an assignment the profoundly mistaken notion that the Bible we have today is “a translation of a translation of a translation.” But it is all the more disappointing that we find the same idea in Kurt Eichenwald’s Newsweek article which is titled “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.” [Read More...]

The Future of Evangelism?

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The Wonder of the Universe and the Language of Science and Faith

I am long overdue to blog about several books that IVP has sent me on the subject of science. Scientific illiteracy is a major problem in the United States in general, but among conservative Evangelicals in particular, and Christians in general, that scientific illiteracy, mixed with equal parts of illiteracy about the Bible, its context, and scholarship [Read More...]

Inerrancy’s Broken Promise

Fred Clark has a great post on Biblical inerrancy, and the fact that it cannot deliver what its proponents claim that it can. He writes: It doesn’t work. That’s the fatal flaw of biblical inerrancy — it just plain doesn’t work. I don’t just mean that it’s a poor hermeneutic that encourages self-deception and projection and [Read More...]

Bringing the Gospel to SBL

Under the heading of this post’s title, I will share one example of what it can mean that is appropriate, and one example of what it could mean that is not. Matthew Malcolm has suggested that it would be interesting to have a program unit or other session at the Society of Biblical Literature conference about [Read More...]

A Straightforward Reading of the Text

The quote is from Rachel Held Evans’ blog post, asking whether Jesus should inform our Christianity. [Read more...]


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