I want to begin by asking what may seem like a dumb question: Why did Jesus need to rise from the dead? Why was the resurrection necessary? Obviously it is necessary, after all Paul says as much in 1 Corinthians when he says, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are … Continue reading Why the Resurrection?
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
Go to a Christian bookstore and take a look at their selection of study bibles and many if not most will tout their notes that help you to “apply the Bible to your life.” Some will even go as far as to call themselves Life Application Study Bibles, or something like this. As another example … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Apply the Bible to Your Life
You can’t receive forgiveness without giving forgiveness. At least that’s what Jesus seems to teach in the parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matt 18) and the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” For Jesus it seems that receiving forgiveness and giving forgiveness are like two sides of … Continue reading Forgiven to Forgive Others
A lot of people today think that science has answered most all of our questions and religious answers don’t need to be taken seriously. And this is kind of unavoidable. We live in an age of science. We live in an age of reason and evidence. It’s sometimes hard to see the place of faith. … Continue reading Faith and Evidence
You turn on the news and you find out that there’s been another horrific school shooting or a natural disaster across the country. The next story is about a deadly attack by some militant group you hadn’t heard of until just now in a city all the way across the world that you didn’t know … Continue reading The Upside-Down-Topsy-Turvy Kingdom of God
I’ve often heard people say something like, “You know, it would be so much easier to believe what we hear about Jesus if we were there with him. I mean, surely if we got to hear his preaching and got to see his miracles and him casting out demons, surely then there would be no … Continue reading What’s Wrong with the Pharisees?
Much of our discussion about the doctrine of the scriptures centers around the doctrine of inerrancy. This is usually in reaction to those who would say that the scriptures are unreliable and unfaithful sometimes theologically, but also with respect to matters of science and history. They might be spiritually helpful or something like that, but … Continue reading What Do We Really Mean by “Inerrancy”?
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