a book that actually claims there is actually a future for evangelicalism that doesn’t involve killing each other

My friend Harold Heie has a passionate commitment to fostering respectful conversations on the internet about difficult topics among evangelicals. Heie is Senior Fellow at the Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College (full bio here). He is the author of Learning to Listen, Ready to Talk: A Pilgrimage Toward Peacemaking and Evangelicals on Public Policy Issues: Sustaining a Respectful Political Conversation. His recent book [Read More...]

on being a Bibliogian©

By the power vested in me by the Internet, I hereby invent a new word, Bibliogian©. Anytime you use it footnote me and send me $1. Theologians, church historians, and philosophers have their own words. So why can’t I? Hi, my name’s Tim and I’m a philosopher. My name’s Susan and I’m a historian. My [Read More...]

Changing Faith: An Interview with Michael Hidalgo

Today’s post is an interview with Michael Hidalgo, whose Changing Faith: Questions, Doubts and Choices About the Unchanging God comes out this month! Michael and his wife have lived in downtown Denver the past 8 years and have three magnificent, imaginative, hilarious, wonderful children. He currently serves as the lead pastor of Denver Community Church. [Read More...]

11 recurring mistakes in the debate over the “historical Adam.”

I began getting seriously involved in the Christianity/evolution “controversy” in 2009, which led to my 2012 book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. The debate over the historical Adam continues in an entirely predictable manner: the theological needs of the evangelical system lead to patterns of responses [Read More...]

a brief word on Rachel Held Evans, her dirty laundry, and her new book

I’ve read Rachel’s new book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church and recently heard her speak for almost 2 hours on it in nearby Lancaster–and even with my toddler-like attention span I hardly squirmed and never once reached for my iPhone. I’m not going to write a review. There are enough out there, and [Read More...]

Who’s up for a little New Testament quiz? (sure you are. do it.)

We are in finals week here at Eastern University, so I am in testing/grading mode. So here you go (all answers must be completed in the space provided): What do all of the following words have in common? baptism centurion crucifixion demons devil exorcism Gentile messiah Pharisee rabbi Roman Sadducee Samaritan synagogue tax collector If [Read More...]

The Need for a More Christlike God: An Interview with Brad Jersak

Today’s post is an interview with Brad Jersak, author of A More Christlike God, which came out last week. The book, with a foreword by Brian Zahnd, is about how replacing whatever image of God we have with a more Christlike image of God is central to the Gospel being truly good news. ​Brad Jersak [Read More...]

discovering the futility of human existence at my high school reunion

A little over a year ago, I attended my thirty-fifth high school reunion. Pascack Valley High School class of ’78. Go Indians. Seeing people you grew up with looking far older than you ever dreamed your parents could get when you were a kid is both sobering and a privilege—not all of my 401 member graduating [Read More...]

Two Sons: My Journey with God & The Bible

by Jared Byas On Twitter @jbyas THE ONE Once upon a time there was a boy who loved his father and longed to be just like him. His father seemed all-powerful, all wise, all good. And the father always helped his son, told him what to do and which decisions were for the best. The [Read More...]

Jesus and the delay of the Second Coming: maybe he doesn’t want to be seen with us

A few months back I watched Simon Schama’s gripping 5-part video series The Story of the Jews, which takes us from the reign of David to contemporary Judaism. The series is highly acclaimed and I can’t recommend it enough. Episode 2, “Among Believers,” covers Judaism in the medieval period and its difficulties with Christianity and Islam. Schama recounts [Read More...]

What I think about NOMA (not the ex-Red Sox shortstop but the evolution thing)

So, I’ve been thinking of NOMA this past week. Probably because the Yankees have been hitting like a high school team (until last night, let’s hope it lasts) and I need to take my mind somewhere else. And so my mind wound up at NOMA. NOMA is part of the lingo of the science/religion discussion [Read More...]

Did the Exodus Happen? How “Historical Evidence” Might or Might Not Help

by Jared Byas Last week the Wall Street Journal published an article (by Joshua Berman) suggesting the biblical exodus might have its root in an historical event. This isn’t exactly new, but what interested me was the primary reason given— the biblical text seems to be appropriating some Ramesses II propaganda (discovered early in the 20th century) [Read More...]