Jesus the Tanakh-thumper?

Would Jesus agree that the Bible should be our “infallible rule of faith and practice”?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Bible’s “Word of God” isn’t the Protestant’s “Word of God”

We’ve got to be careful when selecting the verses we’re going to allow as prooftexts that Jesus thought of the Bible (or the part of it that was available at the time) as “the Word of God” in the popular Protestant understanding of that term. One passage frequently brought up to demonstrate Jesus’ biblicism is […]

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Why are you an inerrantist?

If I were to ask you why you believe in inerrancy, would you answer with any of the following? 1) The Bible affirms that it is inerrant. 2) It’s a logical inference from other things I believe (e.g. about God’s perfection). 3) Without a perfect record of divine revelation, anything goes. What’d be the point? […]

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

How to teach our children to write in pencil

Recently I heard a Sunday School teacher of young children bubbling about how many catechism questions her children had learned that year; I should note that she was not bragging, since she doesn’t teach the catechism herself, but was commending the parents and children for their hard work because of how important it is for […]

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Putting words in God’s mouth

I was recently warned about the danger and “arrogance” of judging certain portions of Scripture to be erroneous, particularly in regard to a theological claim made in the Old Testament (the death of Uzzah in 2 Sam 6.7 and 1 Chron 13.10): “In so doing,” said my conversant, “we set ourselves above the Bible and […]

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The Gospels as secondary to the gospel

Allan R. Bevere’s blog today posted a quote from C.S. Lewis from Miracles on the general topic of the primacy of the apostolic witness. One part of the quote caught my eye. The Resurrection, and its consequences, were the “gospel” or good news which the Christian brought: what we call the “gospels”, the narratives of […]

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Christocentric readings of the Bible in the blogosphere

Although I was once critical of “Christocentric” readings of Scripture in general, I have recently considered that there is really only one brand of it that I have major problems with. Specifically, I dislike a Christocentric bibliology that views the entirety of the Bible as sub-consciously or self-consciously about Jesus. Jesus’ foot was the one […]

Friday, September 24th, 2010