Giving names to the animals

Here’s a delightfully odd Bob Dylan song: I’ve been thinking about that one lately as I’ve tried to give names to all the animals who dwell in or visit my little patch of Chester County — such as the pickerel frogs like the one pictured here. That photo is by Wayne Fidler, from the Pennsylvania [Read More…]

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What would it mean if Jesus had been married?

One of the odder stories this week involves a small scrap of Coptic papyrus and what it says about Jesus. The fragment is old, but not Jesus-old. It’s more like Constantine-old — 4th-century probably. I’ll let James McGrath summarize: Karen King, a scholar well known for her work on the phenomenon usually referred to as [Read More…]

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Jeff Foxworthy, Mr. Gradgrind, and Bible trivia

The Game Show Network has a (basic-cable) hit on its hands with The American Bible Challenge, a new quiz-show hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. GSN says the show features contestants who: “compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Utilizing current as well as historical references, questions will be drawn from the rich, dense narrative [Read More…]

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What if I’m wrong about the clobber verses?

Excellent question. “What if you’re wrong?” is always an excellent question and I’m grateful to my inquisitors and critics for making sure I never forget it. Even if I don’t always enjoy the tone of their full expression of this question, I thank them for the helpful reminder that I always might be wrong. That’s [Read More…]

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The clobber verses vs. ‘the only thing that counts’

I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” [Read More…]

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But what about all those anti-gay clobber verses?

“I do not believe that homosexuality is objectively immoral,” I wrote the other day. Again. This horrifies many of my fellow evangelicals — not solely because they are anti-gay, but largely because they are pro-Bible. That notion of “objective immorality” is tied up with the need or desire to turn to the Bible for “objective” [Read More…]

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‘God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean’

In comments a few days back, I see there was a question regarding whether I believe “that homosexuality is objectively immoral.” It’s my fault if I haven’t been as clear as I need to be on that point: No. I do not believe that homosexuality is objectively immoral. But that’s not strong enough. It’s more [Read More…]

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Ken Ham, Andrew Lloyd Weber and lazy KJV-only monoglots

Via Patheos blogger and New Testament professor James McGrath, I learn that Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis has dismissed both of us as “secularists.” I’m a Baptist, and our core belief in “believer’s Baptism” stands in stark opposition to the practice of involuntary baptism into the state church. That makes all of us Baptists [Read More…]

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