The Two Nativity Stories

Some years ago, I read several books by scholar Bart Ehrman. This month I'm rereading one of his most widely sold books, Jesus, Interrupted. Ehrman explains the historical-critical approach to the Bible and talks about contradictions in the Bible, as well as the ways scholars approach and understand these discrepancies.Anyway, I was struck by a comment, which came in the midst of discussion of Matthew and Luke's stories of the nativity, that the two narratives agreed on only two things: that … [Read more...]


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Abortion Is Not a Bible Issue

Last week, Franklin Graham said the following: "It’s not a biblical command for the country to let everyone in who wants to come, that’s not a Bible issue." Well, I have news for Graham---following his logic, it's not a biblical command for this country to ban abortion, either. No, really. Comb the Bible. Nowhere does it say to ban abortion---not even in the Old Testament levitical code, which outlined the law for the nation of Israel. Using Graham's logic, I can deduce that it is certainly not … [Read more...]


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The Amalekite Genocide and Evangelical “Misinterpretation”

Some years ago, Child Evangelism Fellowship got in trouble for teaching children I Samuel 15:3 in their Good News Clubs. I Samuel 15:3---"Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey." The Guardian described the lesson as follows: The CEF has been teaching the story of the Amalekites at least since 1973. In its earlier curriculum materials, CEF was euphemistic about the … [Read more...]


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Are Women Biblically Required to “Cry Out” During Rape?

Yesterday we looked at Gothard's advice for young women in how to repel a "moral" attack (i.e., what to do if you are sexually assaulted). I want to take another look, for two reasons. First, Gothard actually misquotes the Bible, mashing verses together in such a way as to make the Bible say things it directly doesn't. I do not understand how he can do this and yet be so revered by so many as a man who loves and teaches the Bible. Second, Gothard isn't the only one to use apply these verses to … [Read more...]


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By Faith Alone? The Boundaries of Evangelicalism

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name. Amen. This is often referred to as the "sinner's prayer." Indeed, most evangelicals believe that once you're saved, you're always saved. There is nothing you can do to lose your salvation.But.If you prayed the sinner's prayer … [Read more...]


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Beware the Wayward Woman

When I read Sarah Moon's post on Potiphar's wife, all I could think of was the wayward woman. This has been on my mind for a while, actually. My mother read several chapters of the Bible aloud to us children after breakfast every day, and for quite some time she read a chapter of Proverbs every day, because there are 31 chapters, which made it perfect to read over again every month. Proverbs 2: 16-19---Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her … [Read more...]


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“We Are in No Position To Judge His Actions”

I read every issue of World Magazine growing up, and one common advertisement in that publication was for Worldview Academy. I recently took a look at what they teach, and was struck by this: God is the creator and we are part of his creation. As a result, we are in no position to judge His actions. He reveals Himself to us, and we have an obligation to love and obey Him. I never attended Worldview Academy, but there was a time when this made sense to me. It's the message I received at my … [Read more...]


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