Archives for April 2009

Quote of the Day (Eric Reitan)

“[T]he doctrine of biblical inerrancy has the effect of inspiring its adherents to pay more attention to a text than to the neighbors they are called upon to love. Sometimes it even inspires them to plug up their ears with Bible verses, so that they can no longer hear the anguished cries of neighbors whose [Read More…]

Maundy Thursday

The service our pastor arranged for Maundy Thursday was powerful and profound. He got members of the congregation to recite (and in some cases they performed) monologues reflecting various participants in the events leading up to the crucifixion: Judas, the high priest’s servant, Claudia Procula and Herod. It was interspersed with readings and hymns, we [Read More…]

Judged by the Smoke Monster

In the most recent episode of LOST, as in other earlier ones, we saw the “smoke monster” make someone confront their past, with the aim of bringing about repentance and a change in them. In my recent visits to Triablogue, it has been somewhat like encountering the smoke monster. I was met over there by [Read More…]

Miracles and the Golden Rule: A Christian Approach to History

One doesn’t have to be committed in advance to history’s inability to deal with miracles in order to begin to realize that one cannot claim that Christianity is grounded purely in history while other traditions are at best shrouded in myth. One simply has to apply the most basic Christian principle to one’s investigation of [Read More…]

Easter Ehrman

The subject of historical study and methodological naturalism has come up in a recent bloggersation, and since Easter is approaching, I thought I’d share a particularly poignant passage relevant to this issue that I came across in a recent book: Why was the tomb supposedly empty? I say supposedly because, frankly, I don’t know that [Read More…]

Lessons in (and from) a One-Room Schoolhouse

I’m happy I was able to join my son on a field trip to 1892, to spend the day at a one-room schoolhouse. It was delightful, but it reminded me of a trip I took when I lived in the UK to a similar historical preservation experience. At the Beamish open-air museum, we saw tiny [Read More…]

A Parable and a Testimony

There was once a rich man, who was very generous. This man who had two sons. The eldest son had seen his father sometimes forced to do without, even though his land was fruitful and his business prosperous, because he had given away all he had at that moment to those in need. When his [Read More…]

Classic Liberal?

Is my position that of a “classic liberal”? Certainly not in any strict sense – I’m far too Bultmannian, and probably also too aware of the limits of modernity. But to the extent that anyone who rejects the tenets of classic fundamentalism tends to be labelled as a “liberal”, I’m happy to wear the label. [Read More…]


There’s a response to my critique of Beale’s book on inerrancy over at Triablogue. Rather than repost both that post and my comment, I’ll reproduce my comment and invite those interested to pay a visit to Triablogue to see the wider context of him quoting me quoting… Here’s what I commented there: Thanks for taking [Read More…]

Blog Interviewer

There’s an interview about my blog at Blog Interviewer. Do take a look, and if it isn’t too much trouble, click on the thumbs up. Apparently they give $50 to the top ranking blogger in a given month… [Read more…]