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a long lost letter back to Paul from the Jewish Christians at Rome that I totally made up

If I could go back in time, I’d love to be a fly on the wall to hear how the Jewish believers in the church at Rome heard Paul’s words in his letter to them. (Actually, if I really could go back in time I’d first make a pit stop along the way so I [Read More...]

white house

the apostle Paul’s clear inerrant teaching on government and why we don’t need to follow it

Is the Bible without error in all that it affirms or teaches? Many of us are no doubt familiar with this way of articulating inerrancy. Its advantage is that those things that are not affirmed or taught can be in “error,” at least error-like in that they don’t need to be obeyed–like the pessimistic theology [Read More...]

“Scripture is like a cracked jar”–the glory of an imperfect Bible (Michael Hardin part 4)

Today we come to the final post of a 4-part series by Michael Hardin, “How Jesus Read His Bible.” Hardin (see full bio at part 1) is the co-founder and Executive Director of Preaching Peace a non-profit based in Lancaster, PA whose motto is “Educating the Church in Jesus’ Vision of Peace.” Hardin has published over a dozen [Read More...]

What does God without retribution look like? Ask Jesus (Michael Hardin part 3)

Today we have part 3 of a 4-part series by Michael Hardin, “How Jesus Read His Bible.” Hardin (see full bio at part 1) is the co-founder and Executive Director of Preaching Peace a non-profit based in Lancaster, PA whose motto is “Educating the Church in Jesus’ Vision of Peace.” Hardin has published over a dozen articles on [Read More...]

do you want to see it? my new book? do you? huh? here it is.

The cover design for my upcoming book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It was just finalized, and I hope you REALLY like yellow. A while back I posted briefly on the book (here), and I will blog a bit more as we get closer to the release date [Read More...]

me talking about the Bible and such and indirectly about Bart Ehrman (podcast interview with Randal Rauser)

Over at The Tentative Apologist, Randal Rauser posted a podcast interview with me that, frankly, I forgot I did. But then I remembered. Actually, it’s the second part of an interview we did last November at the annual Bible scholar nerd fest (Society of Biblical Literature) in Baltimore. You can listen to part 1 here, [Read More...]

Are you irked at the thought of God not being wrathful? (Michael Hardin part 2)

Today we have part 2 of a 4-part series by Michael Hardin, “How Jesus Read His Bible.” Hardin (see full bio at part 1) is the co-founder and Executive Director of Preaching Peace a non-profit based in Lancaster, PA whose motto is “Educating the Church in Jesus’ Vision of Peace.” Hardin has published over a dozen articles on [Read More...]

How Jesus Read His Bible (Michael Hardin part 1)

Today begins a 4-part series by Michael Hardin, “How Jesus Read His Bible.” Hardin is the co-founder and Executive Director of Preaching Peace a non-profit based in Lancaster, PA whose motto is “Educating the Church in Jesus’ Vision of Peace.” An internationally known speaker, he is one of the earliest members of the Colloquium on [Read More...]

Let There Be Violence? (evangelicalism and the dark side of the Bible)

Over at OnFaith, Brandon Withrow has published an article on the growing rift emerging among evangelicals on how to handle the biblical depictions of God as violent. I was interviewed for the piece, along with several others. Early in the article, Withrow observes: Many Christians today are critical of the violence they see in other [Read More...]

now that I’ve actually seen the movie, 16 random, non-spoiler, thoughts on “Noah”

After saying in my last post that I would probably wait to see Noah until it comes out on video, I went and saw it anyway because so many people were telling me things like, “Dude, you HAVE to see this movie; it’s epic” etc. So I went with my wife Sue on Saturday. General comment: IMAX [Read More...]

my spot on editorial on a movie I haven’t seen (or, OMG “NOAH” GETS THE BIBLE WRONG!!)

I’m sure I’ll see Noah soon enough. Maybe when it comes out on video. I’m sure I’ll like parts of it and not like other parts. And I am absolutely sure it will get the biblical very, very wrong. And I don’t care. Didn’t we just go through all this? I feel I should be [Read More...]

the christian life is not a self-improvement project

Most essentially, spirituality is openness to the Spirit….The whole thing is a dance. Your partner is the Spirit, who has already entered the dance floor and is calling for you to come. The Spirit will lead the dance. You only need to follow. Don’t hold back from trying to learn the first dance steps. Just [Read More...]