As someone who reads the bible regularly I have no problem saying that there are totally boring parts of the bible. There are parts that I am not ashamed to skim over when reading, because they’re a bit of a snooze fest. However, I think that people are often wrong about which parts are the … Continue reading Why I Love Reading Leviticus
If you'd like to see the other articles in this series click here It’s incredibly common to find people proof texting to make their arguments. And of course many of us know that proof texting is supposed to be bad, but the tricky part is defining proof texting. It seems to be one of those … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 6: Proof Texting
It’s not uncommon to hear Christians claim that other Christians are “denying the word of God.” This is a pretty serious accusation, so we should probably be careful about making this kind of claim. After all, it’s certainly possible to deny the word of God; people do it all the time. However, we mock God … Continue reading Denying the Word of God
Note: After writing and posting this article, it came to my attention that Shane Claiborne and others officially refer to themselves as "Red Letter Christians." I was not aware of this at the time that I wrote this and I would like to make it clear that this article is not intended to be a direct … Continue reading Why You Can’t Be a Red-Letter Christian
If you'd like to see other articles in this series click here This is a bit longer and more technical than normal. Be forewarned. As you probably already know, the Bible was written in Greek and Hebrew (and a little bit of Aramaic). But you probably need to read them in a translation. And for … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 5: In English (Or at Least Be Careful)
(If you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Magical Bible Teaching Perhaps this is something you’ve experienced before: someone takes a single verse or handful of verses, and then, magically, they seem to pull more meaning out from the verse than you thought was previously possible. It’s like a magician with a … Continue reading How NOT To Read the Bible Part 4: One Verse at a Time
(If you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Hermeneutics, the study of how to interpret the scriptures, is far more of an art than a science. Studying hermeneutics, which is what I have been doing in this series will not necessarily get you the right answers but it will at least get … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 3: The Plain Reading
In this series I will be exploring how to read and understand the bible by first looking at some of the ways that we do it poorly. Bad teaching is usually very subtle rather than obvious, so it’s helpful to identify clearly bad ways of doing things, so that you can better identify it when … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 1: What’s it for?