Should the President Heed ...

Do you want the leaders of our country to follow the Sermon on the Mount? I’m not asking if you think they should be compelled to, or if the Sermon on the Mount should be made the law of the land along with the Ten Commandments and other parts of the Bible. This isn’t about religious liberty or whether the United States was or is or should be a Christian nation. I’m just asking if you think that it would...

Jesus is the Standard: Par...

When you do something all the time your approach becomes second nature and largely unconscious, so a few weeks ago I decided to examine what I do when I interpret the Bible and share those steps with you. I’ve written about how I: try to suspend my assumptions about the Bible and it’s inspiration; try to move beyond what I’ve been taught which might preclude me from seeing something new; try to let each...

How I Read the Bible, And ...

In the last post I talked about how important it is to recognize that the biblical writers have their own voice. The Bible, especially the Old Testament, doesn’t speak with one voice or one viewpoint. It actually contains multiple voices and multiple viewpoints, and, as I pointed out last week, they don’t all agree with each other. It’s not merely that they see things partially or from different aspects...

Let the Biblical Writers S...

When reading the Bible there are six things I do as part of my interpretive process which I have found helpful. If you will do these six things you will find the meaning of Scripture opening up for you. The first two things I do are 1) Throw out all my assumptions; and 2) Question everything I was taught. The next thing that I do is I give the biblical authors their voices back. This follows hard on the...

Forget Everything You Were...

In this series of posts I’m outlining the process I have developed in reading the Bible. Inherent in that, of course, is the need for a process. One can certainly just open the Bible up and start reading, and there is some value in that, but there are dangers as well. Despite the wonderful job that translators have done in giving us the Bible in our own language, it’s certainly true that you lose...

How I Read the Bible, And ...

This was going to be an easy article on “How I Read the Bible.” It was going to be a numbered list of things that over the years I have almost subconsciously learned to do when I read a passage. A few things with short explanations. A easy, short-hand guide to help people read Scripture more deeply and meaningfully. That’s what I intended. So I wrote down six things I do as part of my interpretive...

In Seeking the Truth, Bewa...

Truth is a big deal these days. Not that it hasn’t always been, but we’re in a bit of a truth crisis right now. Getting at the truth has always been a challenge, even when everyone is playing by the rules and honestly seeking truth. But that isn’t always the case. There are a lot of people out there writing blogs, publishing papers, writing on social media, broadcasting radio and T.V. shows, producing...
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