When the Blog Goes Quiet

I've not been blogging as much as I might like. That's a combination of fall busy-ness and writer's fatigue (the two are not unrelated). But if you're just itching to hear my thoughts verbalized (I honestly can't imagine why, but apparently some people appreciate them) you can find some of those thoughts on our church blog …

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Jesus and Hell

I preach the good news of Jesus, including Jesus’ way of radical, nonviolent love. As one might expect, I get some pushback on this. “What about sin?” I hear frequently. “What about God’s judgment?” “What about God’s wrath?” “What about hell?” Yes, what about hell? After all, Jesus mentions hell more than anyone else in …

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Christianity is Far More Radical than You (or I) Think

I like having my family gathered together around the table, eating together, just being together. I like the puns that banter to and fro, the laughter and groans that ensue. I like the spontaneous singing that erupts, or the complex table rhythms that generate from one person's tap-tap-tippety-tap. I like the conversations about life and …

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The Bible as Witness to Jesus (1)

Imagine that you’re reading a really good story. It’s the kind of story you hate to put down and you can’t wait to get back to. It’s got an interesting premise, a believable world, compelling characters, and a riveting plot. It’s enlightening and challenging and entertaining and disturbing and refreshing. Now imagine that you’re reading …

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The Bible as Diverse Anthology

A key idea I’ve emphasized here and here is that whatever we mean by Scripture’s divine inspiration, it cannot mean that the biblical writings are somehow not genuinely human writings. To expand on something I said earlier: Written in ordinary human languages and idioms, making use of conventional genres, employing scribes, relying on prior sources, edited by …

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The Bible as Ancient Literature

We often think of the Bible as a single book, but it’s really more like a library of books from the ancient world. Or, perhaps a better way to put it, the Bible is an anthology of ancient literature. I don’t know what comes to mind for you when you think of “literature.” Merriam-Webster defines it as “writings …

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