The Novelty of the Personal Relationship with Jesus

I was asked on Reddit about a topic that I blogged about at some point in the past, but not finding the post in question, I thought I would revisit the topic. The phrases “personal relationship with Jesus” and “personal savior” are not only not found in the Bible, but are much more recent than that. [Read More…]

Zondervan eBook Gospel Commentaries Sale

For those who want to add some Evangelical New Testament commentaries to their ebook collection, Zondervan currently has a sale which begins today and runs until the end of the week: 80% off the usual price of select commentaries. Take a look and see if any of them interest you. Below are some of the ones [Read More…]

Searching for Sunday

I’m delighted to have the chance to review Rachel Held Evans’ forthcoming book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. If you have read anything of hers before, this is classic Rachel Held Evans. You will laugh out loud, and you will cry. You will be moved by brutally honest stories about the [Read More…]

Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet?

This is my conference paper for the Metacriticism of Biblical Studies section at SBL: ______ Can University Walls Keep Out The Internet? James F. McGrath, Butler University   ABSTRACT Statements can be found on the websites of many sectarian educational institutions, indicating that faculty and students are required to subscribe to a particular doctrinal statement. [Read More…]

Conservative Illustration of Pentateuchal Composition

I recently read an assignment which drew on sources critical of the Documentary Hypothesis. Ironically, the assignment was in fact plagiarized from a number of online sources. And at least one of those sources in turn clearly plagiarized from another. Here’s a bit of text: The J, or Jehovahist, document (usually known as the Yahwehist [Read More…]

The Word You Are Looking for is “Moderate”

Michael Patton shared the diagrams below. What strikes me about them is the attempt to define “Evangelical” as the stance between liberal and fundamentalist. The word that he is looking for, where there is a balance between the essential, important, and non-essential, is “moderate.” Some Evangelicals are moderates, but most are conservative, in between the [Read More…]

World Vision Day

I suspect that this is a day that many young Evangelicals (some of whom will be looking for a different name for themselves) will remember in years to come. If you haven’t been following the news, the major Christian charity World Vision decided to embrace married same-sex couples as employees – and now, shortly after [Read More…]

N. T. Wright vs. R. C. Sproul and Al Mohler on Evolution

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Spirit Quest

Thanks to Jeff Carter for directing me to the above video (via Christian Nightmares), which uses science fiction as a means of teaching a particular conservative Evangelical perspective on the Holy Spirit and other topics to children. [Read more…]

Literally Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

HT Scotteriology [Read more…]