March 30, 2017

iMonk Classic: A Conversation in God’s Kitchen (3)

Part three of Michael Spencer’s classic essay on the Bible addresses the subject of interpretation. Read part 1, part 2. • • • Third, How do I Interpret the Bible? Ever think of the Bible as….a grocery store? I worked at grocery stores for a long time. People come into the store with their grocery […]

Fr. Stephen Freeman: There Is No “Bible” in the Bible

Note from CM: Thanks to Fr. Freeman for giving us permission to post this excellent article from his blog. Please be aware that he states his points strongly and even overstates some things (in my opinion). I anticipate that some of you will take strong exception to some of his claims and interpretations. (Many of […]

Reflections on “Biblical” Preaching

I have preached and listened to preaching for many years (decades) now. Over time my understanding of “good” preaching has evolved. And my hunger for good preaching has increased.

How I Became … an Arminian

Today we continue our series on “How I Became a…”. Two weeks ago I discussed how I had become a Theistic-Evolutionist. That was one of my later theological “conversions.” Up for discussion today, is my one of earliest theological conversions, that is the transition to Arminianism. Before going too far down a rabbit hole, let […]

IM Book Review: A Jester’s Take on the Bible

. . . the insights of these textual experts must be welcomed, even if they shake the foundations of religious dogma. To the extent they are correct, they are further iterations of the truth. And the pursuit of that truth, not self-deception or willful ignorance, is the task of religious adulthood. • Jay Michaelson How […]

Fr. Ernesto: Orthodoxy and Scripture

Note from CM: Today we welcome our friend, Fr. Ernesto Obregon, to whom we turn regularly with questions about Orthodox Christianity. In this post he gives an overview of the Orthodox view of Scripture. • • • I was asked to write on the Eastern Orthodox view of the Bible. Let me quote from one […]

Another Look: The Bible — Rated “R”

First posted in 2010. Okay, so let’s get real about the Bible. A lot of folks have a mistaken and inadequate understanding of what the Bible is like and what it contains. I agree with author Frederick Buechner, who says: When a minister reads out of the Bible, I am sure that at least nine […]

iMonk Classic: A Conversation in God’s Kitchen (2)

Note from CM: This is part two of Michael Spencer’s most comprehensive essay on the Bible (read PART ONE here). For a couple of weeks here we are focusing our attention on posts related to the Bible, its nature and purpose. This has been a hot-button issue in our generation, especially in American evangelicalism, which […]

Eugene Peterson: An Invitation to the Story

As an aid to understanding the Scriptures, which he translated into the language of the German people, Martin Luther thought it important to provide prefaces to the various books in the Bible. You may recall that it was during the reading of one of these prefaces, years later, that John Wesley’s heart was “strangely warmed” […]

Another Look: My View of Scripture (at this point)

Note from CM: Our usual Friday contributor Mike Bell ran into some other responsibilities and asked me to post something for today. So I thought I’d repeat this 2011 summary of my view of the Bible. I didn’t take time to thoroughly review and edit it, so I might state some minor details differently today, […]