“The Bible is Diverse Because Life Is”: Rachel Held Evans Continues her Review of “Inspiration and Incarnation”

Yesterday Rachel continued her discussion of my book, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament (Baker, 2005). Here she focuses on chapter 3, “The Old Testament and Theological Diversity.” Rachel has done a great job getting to the heart of my book, understanding it, and explaining it to others. If you want a good, [Read More...]

Kent Sparks on “The Problem of Sacred Scripture”

I am continuing my short series on some thoughts generated by Kent Sparks’s recent book Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture. (You can see the first three posts here, here, and here.) In this book, Sparks lays out what the Bible is doing and how to read it well. He writes in [Read More...]

Rachel Held Evans on Inspiration and Incarnation

Rachel Held Evans has begun a five-week series discussing my book Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Some of you may remember that I&I got a bit of attention after it came out in 2005 and eventually led to some, let us say, “employment challenges.” I am very happy to [Read More...]

A Recent Book on the Bible You Really Oughta Read

I just read The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (HarperOne, November 2011) by Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine, both of Vanderbilt University. I think it is a great resource for students of the Bible, I want to recommend it wholeheartedly. Running about 450 pages, this [Read More...]

Guest Post: The Story’s Story

Today’s guest post is the second of two by J. R. Daniel Kirk, assistant professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary who blogs over at Storied Theology. Daniel is the author of Unlocking Romans and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? Here he continues his thoughts on why the Bible should be read as story, not a theological textbook–even if [Read More...]