Five Simple Hacks to Revolutionize Your Bible Reading

You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to get more out of your Bible reading. Ideally, sure, we’d all be reading the Bible in ancient Hebrew and Aramaic and Greek with a full understanding of the relevant ancient cultures—but we all know that’s not going to happen. So, here are a few tricks of …

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“The Bible is Clear”: No, It’s Not—But That’s Okay

“The Bible clearly says…” I’ve heard this many, many times over the years, always spoken with great fervour. I’ve even been known to say something like this myself a time or two. So I get it, I really do. You read a passage in the Bible, and it just makes sense. It fits with what …

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The Bible is clear: God endorses slavery.

There are at least seven passages in the Bible where God is depicted as directly permitting or endorsing slavery. Two of these are in the Law of Moses: God permitted the Israelites to take slaves from conquered peoples permanently, and the Israelites could sell themselves into slavery temporarily to pay off debts (Exod 21:2-11; Lev …

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“Read it Again—This Time with Imagination!”

Have you read 1 Corinthians 10 recently? I mean, really read it? Because there are some pretty odd things going on there. In the passage Paul refers to several stories in ancient Israel’s history, stories we find in our Old Testament books of Exodus and Numbers. Most of us probably know these stories. There’s the …

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Can We Read the Bible Devotionally? Should We Even Try?

I received an email from a church member last night. In it he asks a question that I've received in different forms many times in my career as a professor and pastor, so I thought it would be worth posting his question and my response here. His question was prompted by comments I had made …

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