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March 14, 2017
It’s American for our Politicians to Reference the Bible
Over the years I have been as pleased as annoyed when politicians -- from Kennedy...
April 26, 2016
Questions about Bible Reading
It is common to say -- I've said it many times -- that the Bible...
April 06, 2016
The Bible and America
The United States of America chose intelligently and rigorously not to have a national religion
November 10, 2015
The Thrust of the Biblical Plot (RJS)
A while ago I was taken to task in a (late) comment on a post...
September 22, 2015
Scripture and (Ancient) Cosmology (RJS)
The Bible is a collection of ancient texts. The most recent, by any reckoning, were...
September 21, 2015
Word and Worship
I have had a conversation with a number of Bible professors about the state of...
May 07, 2015
A Chosen People!? (RJS)
The second chapter of R. W. L. Moberly's Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible...
April 20, 2015
If I Wrote an Intro to the Bible Text
I have no plans to write an introduction to the Bible textbook, but if I...
April 02, 2015
Is the Story Dangerous? (RJS)
The final chapter of Iain Provan's book Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really...
March 11, 2015
Three Ways to Avoid Reading the Old Testament
By Jayson Bradley, where you can read the full essay: What would you add to...
January 27, 2015
Scripture, Church, Tradition
At its simplest, Protestants believe in Scripture alone and Roman Catholics believe in Scripture and...
December 09, 2014
You Are Your Brother’s Keeper (RJS)
We've been slowly working through Iain Provan's new book Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old...
December 01, 2014
Skeletons: Introducing Joshua Ryan Butler
I will tell you why I like Joshua Ryan Butler's The Skeletons in God's Closet: The...
November 14, 2014
The Real Living Bible (by John Frye)
The Real Living Bible (by John Frye -- see here) “For this reason I have...
November 10, 2014
Asking the Bible to do More than it does
The issue can be settled into two terms: the Bible teaches truth but it does...
November 10, 2014
“Too Scandalous for Direct Speech”
If I could convince ordinary Bible readers of one thing it would be this: look up...
November 09, 2014
Reading the Bible vs. Being Read by the Bible
This set of images comes from a wonderful article by James Bryan Smith, at Friends...
November 07, 2014
No Magic Book (by John Frye)
No Magic Book, by John Frye Because the Bible is a supernatural book does not...
November 03, 2014
Reading the Bible Backwards
Historians want to know what happened, if possible why it happened, and then they want...
September 23, 2014
Bible Reading Destroys the Church (Paul Penley, pt 2)
Bible Reading Destroys the Church (Part 2 of 2) Church division does not have a...
September 16, 2014
The World is Sacred Space (RJS)
In his new book Seriously Dangerous Religion, Iain Provan begins by sketching the vision of the...
September 15, 2014
Does Personal Bible Reading Destroy the Church? (Paul Penley)
Bible Reading Destroys the Church (Part 1 of 2), by Paul Penley (contact info at...
September 09, 2014
Seriously Dangerous Religion (RJS)
There are a number of stories people tell to shape their life and purpose. These...
August 20, 2014
The Emperor and Inerrancy
On the inerrancy posts I've had a number ask me to explain what I think....
August 18, 2014
Mission, Pluralism, and Inerrancy
In the final essay in Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy, John Franke reframes inerrancy through the...
August 13, 2014
In a book where the biggest terms are the last two, Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy,...
August 12, 2014
Rowan Williams on the Bible
The subject of this blog for the last week has been on the Bible and...
August 11, 2014
Is Inerrancy a Game Only Played by American Evangelicals?
America exports its goods giving it a worldwide influence, including its sports -- basketball and...
August 04, 2014
Inerrancy: A “Classic” Model
The word "inerrancy," like the word evangelical, beggars clear and compelling definitions and articulations. Many...
June 10, 2014
Babel as Ideological Critique (RJS)
The previous post on J. Richard Middleton's book The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in...
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