A Hermeneutic of Oppression, a Hermeneutic of Liberation

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It's Ash Wednesday, and last night I watched 12 Years a Slave.For some reason, that film seems a fitting way to begin the Lent season. It is painful. It is intense. It's the kind of film that is impossible to "like" - it just destroys you. And in the process, it changes you.While there are plenty of wonderfully thorough reviews of the new Best Picture winner, I just want to share one observation from the film, and then make an Ash Wednesday application.First, the observation: The … [Read more...]

The Bible is NOT Inerrant (But It IS Eschatological)

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Growing up, I was taught to believe - firmly, absolutely - that the Bible is God's truth.While my Charismatic family didn't quite put it in these words, what they meant was that the Bible is inerrant. Without error in the original autographs. Verbally and plenarily inspired such that every word of it is, in fact, the Word of God. This, after all, is the conservative evangelical bedrock, and my family were conservative evangelicals (even though they spiced it up with Jesus-Movement, … [Read more...]


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