another juicy quote from Oswald Chambers: “we are not asked to believe the Bible.”

Here is another quote from Oswald Chambers sent to me by my rector, Father Dave Robinson of  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Apparently he seems to have a lot of time on his hands, and if he keeps sending me these things, the vestry will likely require him to start giving 14 minute homilies instead of the regular 12 minute [Read More...]

being certain of God–not our beliefs–is the mark of the spiritual life

The following was posted as “Gracious Uncertainty,” the daily reading (April 29) at My Utmost for His Highest (I made my own paragraph divisions). My Rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Dave Robinson, sent this to me. When you preach 12 minute homilies you’ve got extra time for passing on nice things like this. The text for [Read More...]

6 thoughts–let’s call them tips–on publicly criticizing and being criticized

The following comes to mind in light of some Internet theological smackdowns I’ve been reading lately, as well as my own working through the muddy fields of publicly criticizing and being criticized. 1. To write is to be criticized. If you don’t want to be criticized, don’t write. Anything. Ever. In fact, don’t think, talk, [Read More...]

that horrible church moment for us introverts when we have to….yuck…and what I learned about it today

I like 12 minute Episcopal homilies. No time for fooling around. Just get to the point. And since that point can show up at any time, I have to be paying attention. Paying attention to sermons is new for me. In the past my mind would often wander because my mind tends to do that [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...]

the apostle Paul’s clear inerrant teaching on government and why we don’t need to follow it

Is the Bible without error in all that it affirms or teaches? Many of us are no doubt familiar with this way of articulating inerrancy. Its advantage is that those things that are not affirmed or taught can be in “error,” at least error-like in that they don’t need to be obeyed–like the pessimistic theology [Read More...]

“Scripture is like a cracked jar”–the glory of an imperfect Bible (Michael Hardin part 4)

Today we come to the final post 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 [Read More...]

What does God without retribution look like? Ask Jesus (Michael Hardin part 3)

Today we have part 3 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...]

do you want to see it? my new book? do you? huh? here it is.

The cover design for my upcoming book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It was just finalized, and I hope you REALLY like yellow. A while back I posted briefly on the book (here), and I will blog a bit more as we get closer to the release date [Read More...]

me talking about the Bible and such and indirectly about Bart Ehrman (podcast interview with Randal Rauser)

Over at The Tentative Apologist, Randal Rauser posted a podcast interview with me that, frankly, I forgot I did. But then I remembered. Actually, it’s the second part of an interview we did last November at the annual Bible scholar nerd fest (Society of Biblical Literature) in Baltimore. You can listen to part 1 here, [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...]

How Jesus Read His Bible (Michael Hardin part 1)

Today begins a 4-part series by Michael Hardin, “How Jesus Read His Bible.” Hardin 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.” An internationally known speaker, he is one of the earliest members of the Colloquium on [Read More...]


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