The Bible Made Impossible: Part One – The Ailment

This post is part of a three-part series on The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith

This book is fatally flawed.

That is, I think there’s a problem with this book that undercuts it’s premise entirely.  But you’re going to have to wait until Friday to read my opinion on that.  In the meantime, I’m going to look at Smith’s diagnosis of the ailment affecting how some people read the Bible, and his proposed cure.  Today, the diagnosis:

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Is God Coming? An Advent Theoblogger Challenge

Patheos just posted the most recent “theoblogger challenge,” in which they ask bloggers to respond to a question in 100 words or less.  This season’s question: “Is God Coming?”  Here is Christian Piatt‘s contribution:

Everything could be in this
harmony of moments,
nothing being until it already is,
then was,
then gone,
improvised impulse
convulsing in conversation that never ends.

We call, respond, swell and surge,
with urges too deep to claim as
only ours.

We jump into nothing,
led only by a sense of the next,
the context of reflexive faith
is one that chases toward
but never reaches.

Faith teaches those who listen—
begs for refrain.

The pain of birth into new life is loss,
the cost of which is death to this life,
resurrected only by Love.


Read the rest of the contributions here: Is God Coming? An Advent Theoblogger Challenge.

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Do me a favor and put aside all of your Adventy niceness for just this one post.  I hope and expect that the comment section will be filled with enormous amounts of snark.  Think of it as your pre-Christmas snark release valve.

Some Advent Music

I’m a fan of Advent.  I’d rather if we saved the Christmas carols till Christmas and instead immersed ourselves in Advent hymn during these days.  But that’s a lost cause.  However, you can take a little time to put Nat King Cole on pause and listen to some Advent hymns: