my last Patheos post…

Hi everyone, Here is the link to today’s post at my new website. It’s about following Jesus. And speaking of following, this is my last post here at Patheos. I hope you will continue to follow me over at The Bible for Normal People. Thanks again to the Patheos team for all they do. And thanks to Jared Byas [Read More…]

ever feel like God doesn’t make sense?

C’mon over and see today’s post on my new website… Pete [Read more…]

we have lift off…my new website is up and running!!

Hi folks. My new website, The Bible for Normal People ( is officially launched!! Come on over and have a look around, and be sure to take a look at my inaugural welcome post. Pete   [Read more…]

the best defense of the Christian faith is . . .

I’m not a big fan of Christian apologetics. Nothing personal, and I know some smart people who engage in it. It’s just not for me. I’ve never seen an argument for why Christianity is true that can’t be met by some alternative argument. And I am not interested in whether Christianity is “reasonable”–a lot of things [Read More…]

best book on evolution and faith I’ve read in years (or, constructing a cathedral in your mind)

I bet you thought I was going to talk about my book The Evolution of Adam. Fooled you. ******** I’ve been around this block for a few years now. Generally speaking, the debate over the compatibility of evolution and Christianity, especially among evangelicals, lacks the input of scientists who not only practice their discipline but who have [Read More…]

did Jesus know everything?

Last week I read a little book by New Testament scholar Raymond E. Brown Jesus: God and Man. It’s a short little book, 2 chapters in fact, each of which first appeared in journals in the mid-1960s, about the time I was going to first grade with my Monkees lunch box. In the first chapter, [Read More…]

On blogging. An interview with King Solomon

I recently sat down with King Solomon, and he was kind enough to share some thoughts with me about the power of words–whether spoken or typed. Although he himself personally has never blogged, he does try to keep up with the blogosphere, and he’s formed some opinions on how people speak to each other of Yahweh. [Read More…]

please don’t panic or cause chaos in the streets, but I have an announcement about my blog

Dear Readers, Sometime in the next week or two, I will be leaving Patheos and moving my blog to an independent site, The Bible for Normal People ( Although I will miss Patheos–which has been nothing but an encouraging and supportive host for my blog for the past 4 years–I am very excited about this [Read More…]

historical criticism and Christian truth are not–and cannot be–enemies

The quote below is from an article by German Old Testament scholar Konrad Schmid, “What Is the Difference Between Historical and Theological Exegesis?” pp. 2-3 (my paragraph formatting; available here). The article looks at an important and perennial issue in Christian theology: the always complex and often tense relationship between the historical study of scripture and scripture as the source of Christian [Read More…]

Peter Leithart, Biblical Criticism, and oh for heaven’s sake, seriously?

Recently, Peter Leithart expressed in satire his deep misgivings about the practice of historical criticism. His bottom line seems to be that historical criticism of the Bible is a big, big, big mistake. He really, really, really doesn’t think much of it. Not much at all. I hope I’ve read Leithart accurately here. Truth be told, after [Read More…]

let’s talk about sexual purity and evangelical anxiety, shall we?

Today’s post is a book review of Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence, by Sarah Moslener. The review itself isn’t by me but by someone who actually knows what she’s talking about: Dr. Margaret Kim Peterson, Associate Professor of Theology at Eastern University in Saint Davids, PA. Peterson’s Ph.D. is in theology and ethics from [Read More…]

the challenge of teaching Bible to young Christians (or, true growth is painful)

  I’ve been teaching the Bible to students for 20 years now. That’s pretty amazing to me. The only things in my life that have lasted for 20 years have been family, Yankees, and mortgage. I’ve taught at the seminary and college levels, and there are huge difference between them, of course. But teaching Bible in [Read More…]

the (or at least “a”) problem with evangelical white churches

Below are some words of wisdom from Harvie M. Conn (1933-99) from his book Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace. Conn was one of my theology professors in seminary, who spent 12 years as a missionary in Korea to women in prostitution, seeing them as victims of sinful societal structures rather than simply “sinners.” For too long evangelical [Read More…]