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 … Continue reading The Bible is clear: God endorses slavery.
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 … Continue reading “Read it Again—This Time with Imagination!”
The Lord struck down many nations and killed mighty kings— Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan— and gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to his people Israel. This was part of our morning prayers this week, this snippet from Psalm 135. It’s a … Continue reading What Did Og Ever Do to You?
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 … Continue reading Can We Read the Bible Devotionally? Should We Even Try?