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)
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
Because if you do, here’s your biblical definition of beauty: H/T @jrdkirk Continue reading Why you may not want to read everything in the Bible literally…
Greg Carey, a professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, believes reading the Bible is the best cure for fundamentalism. As he writes in this piece for the Huffington Post from 2012 (which has been making the rounds again this week): The best way for conservative churches to produce “liberal” biblical scholars is to … Continue reading Will reading the Bible turn you into a liberal?
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?
This is my latest piece for OnFaith. In an era when we have more Bibles than ever, Bible reading is in serious decline. Maybe all those Bibles are part of the problem. —//— I was standing in the ruins of one of the world’s oldest synagogues when I realized I didn’t want to be a … Continue reading 4 unintended consequences of turning the Bible into a consumer product
Last week, OnFaith published my post about five of the most commonly abused verses in the Bible. The day it went live, my wife and I welcomed our son into the world. While we were busy changing diapers and pushing his bassinet up and down the hospital corridor, the article went a bit viral-ish, being shared more than 18,000 times on … Continue reading Five Bible verses you need to stop misusing
The other day, Joel J. Miller offered some helpful insight into what he calls the “most highlighted verse” in the Bible, Philippians 4:6. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. The problem, he observed, is that highlighting and reading this verse … Continue reading How “the days are evil” is a lousy excuse
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)
Leslie Leyland Fields’ latest feature on Christianity Today, “The Gospel Is More Than a Story,” starts by expressing ambivalence for an unnamed but “much-hyped” story version of the Bible. I’m pretty sure she’s talking about one of my old projects. I helped create The Story in 2005, intending it to be an easy way for … Continue reading Is Story all there is?