What is the Bible?

What is the Bible? And what are we supposed to do with it? I learned to ask that pair of questions from the illustrious Peter Enns. I attempted to give a bit of an answer this weekend in Watsonville. Take a listen! Session 1: What is the Bible and What Are We Supposed to Do […]

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Look, I know that what I’m about to say sounds churlish. I hate it when people who create something get all on their high horse about people liking it, as though it shows some fundamental flaw in the audience that they think something is awesome. But seriously. I work hard here. I create thoughtful content […]


Dear Younger Self

Yes, it happened this week. Sing it with me, this is 40… As I was running today I had a few thoughts about turning 40. It began like this: Dear 22-38 year-old self: I will run your lazy butt into the ground. Name the time and place. Sincerely, 40-year-old self. Then my thoughts turned more […]


Last week I sat down with Tripp Fuller of Homebrewed Christianity fame. He had told me that we were going to talk Reza Aslan, so out of stark fear and an overwhelming instinct of self-preservation, I highjacked the entire conversation, keeping him talking about progressive theology, God being as nice as Jesus, and how to […]

Best of the First

Big thanks to Englewood Review of Books who listed Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? among their picks for the Best Books of the First Half of 2012. Clearly, it’s time for you to see (if you haven’t already) what all the hype is about: Please share the love:

Cambridge in Late June

Next week I’ll be heading to Cambridge (the U.K. version, not the Massachusetts version). In addition to a couple days in London beforehand for Laura, here’s what’s going on. Cut and pasted from the newsletter of the Institute for Biblical Research: *New Program for Beginning IBR Scholars. The Board of IBR is excited to announce […]

Story within the Story

If approaching the Bible as Story, and God as a story-bound God, opens up our interpretation of scripture, and Christianity, how does this not become a free for all? Today I have a guest post up at Peter Enns’ site wrestling with just this issue: if we open ourselves up to the idea of “story,” […]