Litany

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…]

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Trust God, Not the Bible

Here is a larger excerpt from the blog post from which the quote comes: Here’s a common issue that comes up in classes, when I am out speaking, or when I get emails and comments on blog posts I write: Pete, you’re talking about all these historical problems, tensions, contradictions in the Bible–basically the messiness of the Bible. [Read More…]

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God as Absentee Landlord

I was very struck by Allan Bevere’s recent post, “God is not an absentee landlord,” because that very image of God appears in one of Jesus’ parables, assuming the historic understanding of that parable is correct. Absentee landlords have been hated by ordinary people down the ages. I’ve long wanted to do a study of the negative images [Read More…]

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God’s Government

It seems that I have reached the point in my life where I am doing scholarship even in my sleep. A few nights ago I had a dream in which I was looking into the possibility that “God’s government” would be a good way to translate the New Testament phrase “the kingdom of God.” I [Read More…]

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Distracted by a Burning Bush

From The New Yorker via Hemant Mehta. It is actually quite a poignant cartoon, asking us to reflect on where we look for God, and whether things that we presume to be revelations from God might not rather be distractions from God. For instance, it could equally have depicted God saying, “Those are just words that humans [Read More…]

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Lucy

I watched the movie Lucy a while back and meant to blog about it. Although it doesn’t have the kind of nuance and depth that Frank Herbert’s Dune novels have, the movie does have one thing in common with that series: the idea that a drug might be capable of unlocking humanity’s potential, allowing us to transcend [Read More…]

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Once Upon a Universe

I hadn’t heard this song by Jake Heggie before today. It depicts God as a child creating, despite admonishments from his mother. The video features mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell. I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone discuss its theology, and so I thought I would share it here and invite discussion! [Read more…]

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You Can Ignore Your Law School Dean If What They Say Isn’t Scriptural

Hemant Mehta drew attention to a statement by the dean of Liberty University’s law school, claiming that the government has no authority to legislate or require anything, except that which is scriptural. It was pointed out in a comment on the post on Facebook that this claim is the exact opposite of the point Paul [Read More…]

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Have You Seen What They’ve Written About Us?

The above cartoon by David Hayward makes a lot of useful points at once. On the one hand, it emphasizes that the Bible is the work of people writing about God, not something God wrote and dropped down from heaven. It also depicts God anthropomorphically, as three persons surprised when they find out what humans have written [Read More…]

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At Some Point God Stops Making Sense

Pete Enns’ blog has moved. Above, and below, is a sample from a new post on his blog in its new location: At the end of the day the human thought process can only get you so far when it comes to God. At some point, for most of us, as it was for some biblical writers, God [Read More…]

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Cain the Drama Queen (YEC Version of Genesis 4)

The image comes from God of Evolution on Facebook. Obviously young-earth creationists can explain away such details as Cain’s concern for his safety in all sorts of creative ways. That is precisely the point – rather than embrace the problematic character of what the text actually says, they find ways to avoid taking seriously what [Read More…]

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