Idolatry and the Image of God

Here is the video from the service that I led at Crooked Creek Baptist Church yesterday, focused on the theme of idolatry and the image of God, and exploring that theme in scripture, song, and reflections. The service started off with the video that I shared yesterday (not included in the recording above), followed by [Read More…]

Clinging to One’s God

When sharing a blog post not too long ago, I wrote the following on Facebook: Any god that you have to cling to in order to keep from losing it is by definition an idol. I used literal physical idols in the background to the image above. But I hope it is clear that I have [Read More…]

Accepting the Bible for What It Is

This is one of several great quotes from John Pavlovitz’s recent blog post, “Why this Christian doesn’t need a perfect Bible.” The key reason is that it is idolatry, it attributes to the work of human hands an attribute that belongs to God alone. Click through to read the rest. [Read more…]

A Prayer to the God Beyond Our Idols

Mark Sandlin shared a prayer and I immediately wanted to pass it on to readers here: Good and gracious God, We love you. But, the you we love is the you we have created. We love discovering that you are much like us – after all we are created in your image, right? We love [Read More…]

Is Bibliolatry the Worst Sin (Biblically Speaking)?

Pete Enns shared a quote from James Sanders, which he then paraphrases in this way later in the post: Put the Bible in its place and then you will see its deep religious value. If you treat the Bible as a rulebook dropped out of heaven, you will miss the purpose for which the Bible [Read More…]

Don Francisco on the Bible as Idol

Christian music artist Don Francisco shared this striking reflection about the Bible on his Facebook page: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Answer: They can rebuild them. The foundations have been destroyed, but not in the simplistic way most of Western Christianity imagines– it has taken centuries of knee-jerk defensiveness, blind acceptance and willful [Read More…]

Pareidolatry

A cute cartoon from People in White Coats. Is this blasphemy, or a miracle – or can it be both? While I probably would have shared it just for the punny title (mashing together pareidolia and idolatry), there is a serious point worth reflecting on – and not just about our human penchant to see patterns [Read More…]

The Bible is Not God

“The Bible is not God, nor is it a substitute for God, and to treat it as if it were God or a surrogate of God is to treat it in the very way that it itself condemns over and over again.” — Peter J. Gomes, The Good Book: Discovering The Bible’s Place In Our Lives, [Read More…]

Deifying the Bible

In an article about 6 popular Christian sayings that aren’t true, David Schell points out the problems with saying that the Bible is the “Word of God.” He writes: Neither the Bible, nor the Nicene Creed, nor the Apostle’s Creed says this. 2 Timothy 3:16 says all scripture is inspired by God, but “inspired” ≠ [Read More…]

What the Bible Thinks

This is a repost of something I wrote here back in the very early days of my blog, as an illustration of how the Bible is mythologized, personalized and in some cases deified by well-meaning but misguided Christians. I received a message from someone who disagreed with an answer of mine on Yahoo! Answers, and [Read More…]