Picking and Choosing

It is often said, fairly or not, that we all “pick and choose” when it comes to living out the Bible. In your opinion, what is the most obvious example of “picking and choosing”? (For instance, picking head coverings for women but not choosing the holy kiss!) [Read more...]

Reading the Bible in a Postmodern Context

Saturday I was up in bitterly cold Minneapolis where I addressed a gathering of Covenant pastors and lay folks on reading the Bible in a postmodern context. This was the first time I’ve spoken about the stuff I’ve been writing for my book called The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. I’ll not [Read More...]

A, B, or C? [We

A, B, or C? [We are picking covers now for the book; the book will be published next Fall.] A B C [Read more...]

Experiencing the Bible

I mentioned this once, but I have to mention it again. Just in case you haven’t listened to The Bible Experience, I think it is a must. As I am driving I often listen to this recording of the Bible with some background sounds and a mixing of voices in dialogue. [Read more...]

Experiencing the Bible

I mentioned this once, but I have to mention it again. Just in case you haven’t listened to The Bible Experience, I think it is a must. As I am driving I often listen to this recording of the Bible with some background sounds and a mixing of voices in dialogue. [Read more...]

First Day is Goldingay

John Goldingay closes chp 9 of Israel’s Gospel (OT Theology) with this statement, a summing up insight into how First Testament writers understood history and how we might understand our own: [Read more...]

A Letter from a Bible Student

If this letter becomes as controversial as the letter on Monday then I’ll have to rethink my strategies! [Read more...]

Our Ancient Evangelical Future

Nov 30 and Dec 1, at Northern Seminary here in the suburbs of Chicago, The Ancient Evangelical Future Conference and the Grow Center are hosting an event dedicated to the primacy of the biblical narrative. There will be some papers — promised to be both academic and pastorally practical — by Kevin Vanhoozer, yours truly, [Read More...]

San Diego and SBL and the Publishers

Attending the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego isn’t the worst of gigs, but it was surely no vacation. A brief rundown and then some thoughts on the books. [Read more...]

Uncomfortable Bible Passages

Most of us have read enough Bible to know texts that make us uncomfortable, texts like ignoring Hagar or sacrificing Jephthah’s daughter or patriarchs behaving badly. But most of us do the same thing: ignore them and hope no one asks us about them. John Thompson, though, doesn’t ignore them: he looks them square in [Read More...]


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