When we defend the Bible, but refuse to read it (by Jayson Bradley)

Columnist George Will tells and interesting story about the battle of Dunkirk in WWII. The German army was bearing down on more than 300,000 allied forces trapped against the ocean. On the evening of May 25, the commander of the British sent this simple, three-word message to London, “BUT-IF-NOT.” It was immediately recognized as an … Continue reading When we defend the Bible, but refuse to read it (by Jayson Bradley)

How Newsweek got the Bible right… and still got it wrong

This year I’m planning to write more regularly for Onfaith, mostly about the Bible and how we use it. (I’ll still be writing other posts here.) My first piece is a somewhat belated response to Newsweek cover story on the Bible last month. (Thanks to Dan Chappell for encouraging me to share these reflections.) Where are all the moderate Christian … Continue reading How Newsweek got the Bible right… and still got it wrong

Are vanity Bibles like this one ruining the Bible?

Guess what’s coming this fall? The Robertson family is publishing their own specialty Bible, The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible. It features ancillary notes on faith, family, freedom, and other traditional values. (Let’s hope this doesn’t include the “value” of pretending the whole Jim Crow era never happened.*) Last week, I wrote for OnFaith about four modern versions of … Continue reading Are vanity Bibles like this one ruining the Bible?

How this is about context (and not botching the Bible)

So…the debate on Capitol Hill turned biblical the other day. Democrats and Republicans took turns quoting Scripture during a debate over a proposed $4 billion cut to the welfare program formerly known as food stamps (now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). Kicking things off, Representative Juan Vargas (D-California): There are starving children in … Continue reading How this is about context (and not botching the Bible)