October 19, 2018

Rowan Williams on the Bible (2)

Rowan Williams on the Bible (2) Today we continue our series of reflections on Rowan Williams’s book, Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer, returning to the second big theme of the practice of being Christian — hearing God speak through the Bible. It is all very well to talk about finding yourself in God’s story, […]

Scott Lencke: Can Women Be Church Leaders? The NT Household Codes

Note from CM: Gender issues continue to provoke lively debate within the evangelical churches. Scott Lencke takes up the subject again for us today, reminding us in the process that how one approaches and reads the Bible plays a crucial role in understanding matters like this. Scott blogs at The Prodigal Thought. After reading this, […]

Open Mic: “The Bible teaches…?”

Open Mic: “The Bible teaches…?” Billy Graham was famous for making his preaching points by introducing them with the phrase, “The Bible says…” Every week, pastors and preachers tell their listeners and congregations, “The Bible teaches…” What do they mean by saying that? I invite you to an open forum discussion today on that question. […]

Another Look: How the Bible “Works” Today

Another Look: How the Bible “Works” Today From 2013 Today I’d like to discuss how I think Scripture “works” in our lives today — we who live so far removed from the events it records and who live in a vastly different time and culture. First of all, we must be willing to recognize that […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: My View of Genesis 1

Note from CM: In preparation for tomorrow’s installment of Genesis: Where It All Begins, I thought I’d bring back Michael Spencer’s perspective on Genesis 1, a general perspective that matches my own. • • • From To Be or Not to Be? Everybody thinks I should be a young earth creationist. I’m not. Why? by […]

An excerpt from Rachel Held Evans’ new book

…“What if the Bible is just fine the way it is? . . . Not the well-behaved-everything-is-in-order version we create, but the messy, troubling, weird, and ancient Bible that we actually have?” These questions loosened my grip on the text and gave me permission to love the Bible for what it is, not what I want it to […]

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (3)

On Fridays, we’re doing a series on Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. In this book, he examines how “the story of Adam and Eve has over centuries decisively shaped conceptions of human origins and human destiny.” In chapter 4, Greenblatt writes about a first century Jewish midrash on the early […]

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (2)

On Fridays, we’re doing a series on Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. In his stunningly well-written chapter, “By the Rivers of Babylon,” Greenblatt begins to trace the origins of the Adam and Eve story and how it came to be placed in the Hebrew Bible. If you want to understand […]

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (1)

On Fridays, I’ll be doing a series for several weeks on one of the books I received for Christmas, Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. This book takes a different tack on the Adam and Eve story than other things we’ve looked at in the past. I’ve usually been most focused […]

iMonk Classic: The One and Only

By Michael Spencer — October 2006 For evangelical people, our authority is the God who has spoken supremely in Jesus Christ. And that is equally true of redemption or salvation. God has acted in and through Jesus Christ for the salvation of sinners. I think it’s necessary for evangelicals to add that what God has […]