“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (5): Charles Halton

Today’s “aha” moment is the 5th in our series and brought to you by Charles Halton (PhD Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion), assistant professor of theology at Houston Baptist University. Halton is the managing editor of  Marginalia and just completed editing Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?: Three Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters (Zondervan, February, 2015). He [Read More...]

a brief word on my current series “aha moments from biblical scholars”

We’re now 4 posts into my series, “‘aha’ moments: biblical scholars tell their stories.” I’ve gotten a lot of very positive feedback from many of you, which is always encouraging to hear. I’ve also gotten some messages from pastors and doctoral students who have had their own “aha” moments in their study of Scripture. It [Read More...]

“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (4): Michael Pahl

Today’s “aha” moment is by Michael Pahl (PhD, University of Birmingham). Pahl, as you may recall, was one of the casualties of Cedarville University’s theological purge of 2012. He is now pastor of Morden Mennonite Church (Canada). You can find more about Pahl at his blog. Pahl has written 3 books including The Beginning and [Read More...]

my interview with Andy Gill on millennials and religion (with the tour option)

Oh Lord, how I hate seeing myself on video. Nevertheless. Below I have embedded a 25-minute interview I did last week with Andy Gill, “Pete Enns on Millennials and Religion.” Andy transcribed some highlights on his site, so be sure to go there, too. As you can see there, or by listening here, we covered [Read More...]

“AHA” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (3): Daniel Kirk

Today’s “aha” moment is brought you by Daniel Kirk, associate professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 2008. When he’s not watching a Coen Brothers movie, Kirk blogs at Storied Theology (“telling the story of a story-bound God”). His has written Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?: A Narrative Approach to the [Read More...]

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“aha” moments: biblical scholars tell their stories (2): John Byron

Today’s “aha” moment, the second installment in the series, is by John Byron (PhD University of Durham), professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary. Among his books are Cain and Abel in Text and Tradition: Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the First Sibling Rivalry and a recently released commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians. ********** When Pete asked [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...]

“I was always taught the Bible says X, but I just don’t see it”

Recently at the Huffington Post, Greg Carey (Professor of New Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary), published his thoughts on how the Bible itself challenges fundamentalism rather than supports it. The article, with its provocative title, “Where Do ‘Liberal’ Scholars Come From,” has attracted some attention, both pro and con. Many (including me) resonated with Carey’s article, and [Read More...]

in case you’re not aware, I have some opinions in Xty and evolution, and here they are

A few days ago I was interviewed for the “Newsworthy with Norsworthy” podcast (say that 10x fast) about my book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. Luke Norsworthy is the founding pastor of the Venture Community, an inter-denominational church in the Dallas suburb of Corinth, TX, and hosts [Read More...]

Year 3 of Telling God’s Story by Rachel Marie Stone is now available

The next volume of the children’s Bible curriculum Telling God’s Story is out. I know this because I am sitting here holding a copy in my hand–and so should you. You may recall that Telling God’s Story is an innovative children’s Bible curriculum I created with and for Olive Branch Books (an imprint of Peace Hill Press). I [Read More...]

pastors, burnout, failure, and shame (interview with J. R. Briggs)

Today’s post is an interview with J. R. Briggs, author of Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure (see also here). Briggs serves as Cultutral Cultivator for The Renew Community, a network of Jesus communities made up of skeptics & dreamers scattered throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. He also authored When God Says Jump: Biblical [Read More...]


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