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...]

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...]

4 thoughts about the Bible as a “human book”

Christians confess the Bible as “God’s word,” which means (among other things) that God had something to do with the production of it–though, the honest person will admit, we don’t really know nor can we adequately articulate what that “something” is, and calling it “inspiration” or “revelation” is simply assigning a milti-syllable word to that unknown process. [Read More...]

one big reason why so many young people are giving up on the Bible–and their faith

This one comes from the heart. I’m speaking from my experience here–no polls or surveys, though I know what I say here lines up with those I’ve seen over the years. As is well known, the trend among young people raised in conservative churches is to leave their Bible, and often their faith, behind. In my [Read More...]

get to know me: my approach to interpreting the Bible, in 5 words

My prompt for this post is to clarify some of what I am doing in The Bible Tells Me So and Inspiration and Incarnation, which is to say this post addresses some questions I’ve gotten, especially since The Bible Tells Me So came out in September. Questions like: “Pete, what exactly is your problem?” or “Did you take hermeneutics with Satan, [Read More...]