Bishop Curry, Luke and Acts, and “Christianity Lite”

There was a lot of buzz this past weekend about the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now the Duchess and Duke of Sussex. And a good bit of that buzz was about the sermon by Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gonlKodrmk Responses to Bishop Curry’s sermon have ranged from …

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Adult Bible Study Online Supplements

I've not been blogging much here lately, but I have been writing short weekly pieces for MennoMedia's online supplements to their adult Bible study curriculum. That began the first week of December and will go through February 2018. Here are the links to the pieces I've done so far, and I'll keep this updated as …

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Christians Need to Be More Conservative, Not Less

It’s happened again. The other day someone casually referred to me as “liberal” (don’t worry, Peter, I don’t hold it against you). Every time that happens I kind of smile to myself—if it’s said innocently—or else I cringe inwardly—if it’s said pejoratively. It’s not that I particularly mind being called “liberal.” In some circles that’s …

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Confessions of an Unrepentant “JBC”

This post first appeared on Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed blog. Re-posted here on February 13, 2017, though dated back to the original date of its first appearance. Last week Scot McKnight graciously agreed to host an article I wrote on his blog, “The Polarization of ‘Biblical Christianity.’” I’m grateful to Scot again for hosting this follow-up post. …

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The Polarization of “Biblical Christianity”

This post first appeared on Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed blog. Re-posted here on February 13, 2017, though dated back to the original date of its first appearance. If you didn’t hear about the World Vision kerfuffle last week, you were either still in winter hibernation or nowhere near the US (yes, the kerfuffle was about World Vision in the US, not globally). In the …

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