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.)  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

How NOT to Read the Bible Part 3: The Plain Reading

(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

How NOT to Read the Bible Part 2: Book or Library?

(if you'd like to see the other articles in this series, click here.) Normally when I write, I prefer to use the term “the scriptures” rather than “the Bible.” Both are appropriate, but they emphasize different things. “Bible” comes from the Greek word that means “book.” “The scriptures” just means writings. To be sure, God’s written … Continue reading How NOT to Read the Bible Part 2: Book or Library?

The Difficulty of Faithfulness: Beyond Tribalism

Being theologically faithful is difficult. Yes, we want to be faithful to what the scriptures teach us, but so often either we disagree on how to understand the scriptures or the issues we’re dealing with are not quite directly addressed by the scriptures. But this does not mean that these are not important issues. So, … Continue reading The Difficulty of Faithfulness: Beyond Tribalism