How golden is that rule after all?

In a recent post I mentioned Jesus’ formulation of the Golden Rule. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that even this principle has come under attack. For one thing, it’s common to hear someone point out that the reciprocity principle behind the Golden Rule did not begin with Jesus as though this in some way impugns Jesus’ wisdom […]

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Does God play by the same rules?

Are you one of those who finds it difficult to reconcile many of the acts attributed to God within the Hebrew scriptures with the dominant picture of God painted by the life and teachings of Jesus? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve talked about this problem extensively in the past, but I return to it again because, […]

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Bible is history…a more important kind of history

When reading Scripture this way, as a history lesson about its authors and audiences, we are finally learning useful truth rather than trivial data from our forebears in the faith.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Jesus the Tanakh-thumper?

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

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

An intimate relationship with God

“God desperately wants an intimate relationship with you!” Relax, I’m not going to spend the entire post bagging on this claim and those who make it. I will spend the greater part of this post explaining the problem that many Christians have with that statement, but you might be surprised where I end up — […]

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Facing the music: genocide is just genocide

Kenton Sparks contributes a humdinger of a post today, the second post in a seven-part series entitled “After Inerrancy: Evangelicals and the Bible in a Postmodern Age.”  He begins with a starkly stated proposition:  The factual contradictions within Scripture or between Scripture and extrabiblical sources cited in my previous blog are not, in my view, […]

Thursday, June 10th, 2010