November 23, 2017

Bible Week: Quotes about the Bible – Michael Spencer

Quotes about the Bible #4: Michael Spencer 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 lists, and they know what they are looking for. They need some bananas, ice cream, a case […]

Bible Week: Quotes from the Bible — Kenton Sparks

Quotes from the Bible #3: Kenton Sparks When we read the Bible with historical and contextual sensitivity, we notice with ease that Scripture does not speak consistently on all matters. It is a diverse book written by numerous authors and editors who addressed different audiences and social situations. Sometimes their discourses are contradictory and, in […]

Bible Week: Quotes about the Bible – Richards & O’Brien

Quotes about the Bible #2 – E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien In other situations, what goes without being said for us can lead us to miss important details in a Bible passage, even when the author is trying to make them obvious. Mark Allan Powell offers an excellent example of this phenomenon in […]

Bible Week: Quotes about the Bible – Peter Enns

Quotes about the Bible #1 — Peter Enns The Bible is an ancient book and we shouldn’t be surprised to see it act like one. So seeing God portrayed as a violent, tribal warrior is not how God is but how he was understood to be by the ancient Israelites communing with God in their time […]

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 […]