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...]

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 (1): me

Following on my last post, here is the first installment of a series–biblical scholars from evangelical backgrounds telling their stories about their “aha” moments that convinced them they needed to find different ways of handling the Bible than how they had been taught. In the last day I’ve already gotten 10 scholars who want to participate and [Read More...]

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...]

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...]


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