September 21, 2019

The Bible’s Formation: Beyond a “Binder” Mentality

One of the best books available on the subject of how the NT canon was formed is Craig Allert’s A High View of Scripture. Allert is an evangelical, but he became troubled with the “dropped from the sky” view of scripture that evangelicals hold. He came to believe “that a high view of Scripture should […]

N.T. Wright on The Authority of the Bible

N.T. Wright on The Authority of the Bible Most heirs of the Reformation, not least evangelicals, take if for granted that we are to give scripture the primary place and that everything else has to be lined up in relation to scripture.  There is, indeed, an evangelical assumption, common in some circles, that evangelicals do not […]

Richard Beck on Weakness and the Spirit

Note from CM: Thanks to Richard Beck for his series on Paul and the Law at his blog, Experimental Theology. Here is a tremendously insightful post on Paul’s concept of “the flesh” that opens the door, in my view, for a much richer, deeper, and broader understanding of salvation. • • • Richard Beck on […]

Bits of Wisdom from Jean Vanier

Bits of Wisdom from Jean Vanier The spirituality of L’Arche implies that we act like rabbits and not like giraffes. Giraffes see from afar where they should go. Rabbits sniff their way. We are sniffing our way along, and we will go in the right direction if we keep eating with the poor, living with […]

Palm Sunday with Frederick Buechener

Palm Sunday with Frederick Buechener WHEN JESUS OF Nazareth rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and his followers cried out, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord,” the Pharisees went to Jesus and told him to put an end to their blasphemies, and Jesus said to them, “I tell you, […]

What the Bible Actually Teaches (5) — Open Mic Edition

What the Bible Actually Teaches (5) Open Mic Edition Let’s do something a little different today. One of the main points of Pete Enns’s book is about how the Bible depicts God.  in various ways according to the culturally-conditioned understandings of its ancient authors. We will discuss that more next week, with examples from the […]

How the Bible Actually Works (4)

How the Bible Actually Works (4) Today we continue blogging through Pete Enns’s new book on the Bible. As I’ve said in our recent posts on The Bible and the Believer, one of my tasks this year will be to work on answering two questions that Pete raises regularly in his writings and podcasts: What […]

How the Bible Actually Works (3)

How the Bible Actually Works (3) Today we continue blogging through Pete Enns’s new book on the Bible. As I’ve said in our recent posts on The Bible and the Believer, one of my tasks this year will be to work on answering two questions that Pete raises regularly in his writings and podcasts: What […]

Richard Hershberger — Strike Four: The Evolution of Baseball

Strike Four: The Evolution of Baseball By Richard Hershberger Thank you to Chaplain Mike for giving me space to flog my book–especially since its connection to the usual theme of this blog is, um…, tangential. (It turns out upon close examination that the 59 beads of a rosary is not the same number as the […]

How the Bible Actually Works (2)

How the Bible Actually Works (2) Today we continue blogging through Pete Enns’s new book on the Bible. As I’ve said in our recent posts on The Bible and the Believer, one of my tasks this year will be to work on answering two questions that Pete raises regularly in his writings and podcasts: What […]