McLaren

my interview with Brian McLaren (part 3)

Today’s post is the third and final installment of my interview with Brian McLaren. As you may recall, Brian asked me three questions about my book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It and I in turn asked him three questions. We are posting the exact same post on each other’s blogs [Read More...]

Rohr

Eucharist: a wedding table decorated with a cross instead of a cake

While the Eucharist has always been a consoling mystery with an ecstatic, mystical language surrounding it (such as “Happy are those who are called to the wedding feast of the lamb,” Revelation 19:7-9), it has also been clothed in the language of suffering, blood, and death. It makes clear the connection that the mystics always confirm: [Read More...]

McLaren

my interview with Brian McLaren (part 2)

Today is the second 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 and I in turn asked him three questions. We are posting the exact same post on each other’s blogs simultaneously; we figured [Read More...]

no, really, I’m not self-absorbed–but read this about me anyway

I am posting below–anonymously and with permission–(1) an Amazon review of TBTMS and (2) an email I received the same day. Both say nice things about me, but that’s not my point (believe me or not). (And if you’re still annoyed, remember that plenty of people say bad things about me, so it balances out.) I’m posting them [Read More...]

Evolution, the Bible, and Presbyterians in the Civil War South (or, please stop the merry-go-round I’m getting nauseous)

Today we have an interview with Monte Harrell Hampton (PhD, University of North Carolina), visiting instructor of U.S. history at North Carolina State University and a pastor in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. He’s written Storm of Words: Science, Religion, and Evolution in the Civil War Era. The title sort of gives it away, which [Read More...]

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...]

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...]


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