Who Would Jesus Deport?: For the Christian, Immigration Isn’t About Politics or Economics

I am raising my voice in opposition to the prospect of the United States Government rounding up and deporting millions of our neighbors because they do not have legal immigration status. I’m doing so as a Christian and as a pastor. Because, for the Christian, immigration isn’t about politics or economics. Immigration is a matter [Read More…]

Eugene Peterson: The Difference Between Reading the Bible and Studying the Bible

Peterson is a genius. In this short clip he leans on the difference between reading the bible to glean information that we can use to control ourselves and others, and entering into the bible in order to be called into question and changes. These are two very different approaches to the scripture, and lead to [Read More…]

Why Is Reading the Bible So Difficult? Jovan Brown’s Excellent Allegory

Jovan Brown writes a blog I follow called Toward Fatherhood. He has a brilliant short allegorical take called “The Seven Siblings” on why it can be so hard for the church to read the scriptures, and why we’ve struggled with it for so many years. If you don’t try to make the story bear more [Read More…]

10 Guidelines for How to Read the Bible

The Bible is essential to the Christian faith. Some read it literally, some don’t, and there is a never ending discussion over the peculiar descriptor “innerancy.” Christians make many claims about the Bible, how they read it, and how they use it in worship and life. As a pastor I have observed that most Christians [Read More…]

How Do We Know the Bible is True?

I have a friend who is working with students this summer and she’s been given a topic on which she is supposed to speak: How do we know the Bible is true? It’s a tough question to be sure, and if something inside doesn’t at least resist the question a little bit, then we’re not [Read More…]