October 23, 2017

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, […]

N.T. Wright: Authority and the Public Reading of Scripture

As part of my study during these weeks when we are discussing the nature and purpose of the Bible, I have been reading N.T. Wright’s illuminating book, Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today. I particularly like his point that there is need to clarify what we mean when we […]

The Conservative Evangelical View of Inerrancy

I used to affirm biblical inerrancy. I’m not sure I understood it very well, even though I went through Bible college and seminary. I know I hadn’t read or studied the Bible enough to have a true “belief” about it. I trusted the Bible. That, in a nutshell, was my position. The Bible is true. […]

Rob Grayson: The Bible Clearly Says

Over the past year or so, Facebook has become a place of wide-ranging theological discussion for me. Of course, as a medium for serious, in-depth discussion, it has its disadvantages and limitations; but thanks to others of like mind, I’ve found it to be predominantly a source of life and stimulation. Being active in theological […]

iMonk Classic: A Conversation in God’s Kitchen (1)

Note from CM: Over these next two weeks, we will be focusing on the Bible, what it is, its nature and purpose. We begin today with part one of Michael Spencer’s most comprehensive overview of Scripture: A Conversation in God’s Kitchen. This is a long essay, so I am breaking it up into portions that […]

My View of Scripture (at this point)

By Chaplain Mike Today, I would like to present, for your consideration and discussion, a ten-point summary of my perspective on Scripture (at this point in my understanding). The Bible is from God. It is one of the means by which God has made himself known to human beings. The various books of the Bible […]

Meditating on Scripture

By Chaplain Mike I was convinced at an early point in my adult Christian life that learning, loving, and living the Bible was essential to my Christian growth. My journey for much of the past thirty-five years has been primarily about studying and teaching the Scriptures. If I had not been a pastor, I would […]