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The Only Real Reason to Read the Bible: Part Seven of “How I Read the Bible, And So Can You!”

When I interpret Scripture I go through a process, almost second-nature by now, that includes, suspending my assumptions about the nature of the Bible; not letting my previous instruction about a passage inhibit something new and different coming out; letting the original writers have their voice and their...

Jesus, Inspiration, and Revelation: Part 6 of “How I Interpret the Bible, and So Can You!”

In the last post in this series on interpreting the Bible, I noted that the New Testament writers are all in agreement that Jesus is the fullest revelation of the nature and character of God. This naturally raises questions regarding the nature of Scripture, inspiration, and Jesus’ relationship to the Old...

Ending Racism is Central to the Church’s Mission

Racism was the central problem in the New Testament, and the church was supposed to be the solution being lived out in the world. The hostility between many Jews and their attitudes toward Gentiles that we see in the gospels was racial hostility. It was deep, and it was dark. These Jews had categories of...

Should the President Heed the Sermon on the Mount?

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...

Jesus is the Standard: Part Five of “How I Read the Bible, And So Can You!”

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...

How I Read the Bible, And So Can You! Part 4

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...

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