October 25, 2014

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. … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: Oct. 4, 2014 (I Wish We’d All Been Ready)

Life was filled with guns and war. And all of us got trampled on the floor. I wish we'd all been ready. Forgetting that my wife was on a trip with her sister to Arizona this week, I woke up and saw that I was alone in the bed. … [Continue reading...]

How I Became a… 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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: September 27, 2014

It's a beautiful fall Saturday in the Midwest, and I am rambling around Chicago this weekend, reuniting with friends and classmates from my junior high and high school days. I graduated from high school in 1974. That was in … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]