Practical Revelation

I spotted this on Reddit: I’ve blogged about this before. It is a good reason for concluding that the Bible is the work of human beings who were not given scientific knowledge beyond what was available in their own time. The alternative is to say that God chose┬ánot┬áto reveal some basic facts that could have [Read More…]

Shamed By You Knowing Science?

Scott Bailey included this image in a recent post: One thing that struck me about it is that, if you don’t actually know English, you might not realize just how unsuitable a teacher the person who placed the advertisement is. Something similar is the case with science, and Biblical studies, and history, and many other [Read More…]

153 Fish – The Definitive Explanation

Today in my class on the Gospel of John we reached the final chapter. One detail in John 21 that has long puzzled commentators is the reference to 153 fish having been caught. Why so specific? Is there some symbolic significance to the number? If so, what is it? Some of the attempt to treat [Read More…]

In the Biblical Sense

As someone who teaches Bible, this cartoon Hemant Mehta recently shared made me laugh: It is funny that, through a series of twists and turns in the history of language, a reference to something being “Biblical” can turn it into sexual innuendo. This actually illustrates an important point about how languages work, a point often [Read More…]

When Jesus Interrupts Your Bible Reading

Another thought-provoking cartoon from David Hayward. Perhaps less conservative Christians ought to point out to more conservative ones that Paul said that the letter is not merely dead but kills. And then, as they continue to seek God in the pages of a book, one might ask them in words from Scripture, “Why do you [Read More…]

Good News for the Poor

I am ashamed to say that there was a time when I thought that what David Hayward depicts in the above cartoon was indeed what it meant to “preach good news to the poor.”   [Read more…]

I Take the Bible too Seriously to Not Fact-Check Internet Quotations

This quotation, often attributed to Karl Barth, came across my feed on Facebook this morning: “I take the Bible too seriously to read it literally.” Whenever I try to trace a quotation to its source, especially if the source is famous, and what I find are pages and pages of just the quote with no [Read More…]

The Historicity of Jesus around the Blogosphere

Here are some mentions of the issue of Jesus’ historicity and related topics from around the blogosphere: Hector Avalos points out that the evidence for Alexander the Great is (not surprisingly to anyone who’s thought about it) more substantial than the evidence for Jesus. In the process, he discusses a number of aspects of how [Read More…]

The Next Lost Cause?

The title and focus of this post is inspired by an article in Patrol magazine by David Sessions. Young people even among Evangelicals have shifted away from the assumptions of many of their parents regarding things like gay marriage. And young-earth creationism, however popular it may seem in some circles now, is unlikely to survive [Read More…]

Two Powers in Hebrews 2?

Today my Sunday school class got up to Hebrews 2:5-13. I was really struck by the fact that the author says that he is speaking about the world to come. Was that obvious to everyone reading the epistle, prior to this point? Does that mean that the language about the exalted status of the Son [Read More…]