my interview with Brian McLaren (part 1)

Today is the first of three installments of my interview with Brian McLaren. He asked me three questions about my book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (which, I can’t remember, I may have mentioned once or twice over the last few weeks). In turn, we thought [Read More...]

c bovell 2014

on being a mouthpiece of satan

Today’s blog is by Carlos Bovell, a frequent contributor here. Bovell is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and The Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. He is the author of Inerrancy and the Spiritual Formation of Younger Evangelicals (2007), By Good and Necessary Consequence: A Preliminary Genealogy of Biblical Foundationalism (2009), an edited volume, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Authority of Scripture (2011), and Rehabilitating [Read More...]


Richard Rohr’s interesting (though I don’t agree) take on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

It seems that God is asking humanity to live inside of a cosmic humility, as God also does. In that holding pattern, we bear the ambiguity, the inconsistencies, and the brokenness of all things (which might be called love), instead of insisting on dividing reality into the supposed good guys and the certain bad guys [Read More...]

MUUUUUUch better, Barnes and Noble

I’m not sure how, really, but somehow between yesterday and this evening my books got turned cover out. And notice there is one fewer than yesterday, so I am assuming it was purchased and not needed as a doorstop as they wheeled in the Joel Osteen books (he gets a whole shelf of cover out books [Read More...]

OK…Not Bad, Barnes and Noble

Earlier today, “I just happened to be passing by” Barnes and Noble, so I wandered in to see if The Bible Tells Me So would be prominently displayed. And here it is, in the Christianity section, a few feet away from romance novels and sports biographies: I never had a book shelved in a normal (non-college/seminary) bookstore, [Read More...]

the Bible is like clay to be molded around Jesus–(from The Bible Tells Me So)

More than any other writer of the New Testament, the apostle Paul transforms Israel’s story—beyond even where Jesus and the Gospel writers took it. A centerpiece of Paul’s letters is that the Good News of the Jewish messiah Jesus is for everyone, and by everyone he means Jews and Gentiles. Paul argued that Gentiles could [Read More...]

new podcast with Luke Norsworthy on my book, WTS, and such

Here is my second visit with Luke Norsworthy on his “Newsworthy with Norsworthy” podcast–which is a very catchy name, I think. I ramble a bit less in this one than in others, and occasionally I think I actually make some sense. We talked mostly about The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read [Read More...]

Jesus transforms Israel’s story–(from The Bible Tells Me So)

The story of Jesus is connected to the story of Israel….Israel’s story began it all, and without it there would be no Jesus story. But the Jesus story also brings with it something utterly new and unexpected that Israel’s story is not set up to handle. Jesus’s story is deeply connected to Israel’s story yet [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories: (17) Michael Halcomb

Today’s “aha” moment, the 17th in the series (and counting) is by T. Michael W. Halcomb (Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary, in New Testament), founder of the Conversational Koine Institute, a language teaching outfit that seeks to help folks learn ancient languages via a conversational and immersive approach. He has four degrees in biblical studies and [Read More...]

Jesus didn’t read his Bible like we do–(from The Bible Tells Me So)

We see here Jesus handling Psalm 110* in a very ancient, creative way. We might think he is “misreading” the first line of Psalm 110—and from the point of view of the writer of the psalm he is, since Psalm 110 doesn’t say what Jesus says it says. But in Jesus’s day, such creative handling of [Read More...]

the Bible’s diverse God–(from The Bible Tells Me So)

Looking to the Bible to find out what God is like seems like about the most obvious thing the Bible should hand you on a silver platter. But it doesn’t. You have to work for it. The God we meet there sometimes knows everything, and other times he’s stumped and trying to figure things out. [Read More...]

stories work–(from The Bible Tells Me So)

Stories work. Stories are powerful. Stories move us deeply, more so than statistics, news reports, or textbooks. We all know that. We only need to think about what holds our attention and makes us long for more—that book, film, or TV series that we wish wouldn’t end quite so soon, that story told of some [Read More...]

the Bible, history, and storytelling–(from The Bible Tells Me So)

Stories of the past differ because storytellers are human beings. No storyteller is all knowing about the past, but limited by his or her own time and place, and the fact that no human sees every angle of everything. Stories also differ by what storytellers are consciously trying to “do” in their stories, what their [Read More...]