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 […]


Coming to Grips with Ourselves

I blog about God and Jesus and Christianity because I think that all of it is pretty awesome. And like most awesome, powerful things all of it has the potential to be deployed with a beautiful strength or nearly limitless destructive force. It is hard to deploy or receive power well when we know we’re […]

Doctrine of Scripture

I was mulling for a few minutes what I might say if I had to write a statement of faith that included something about scripture. I was thinking I’d go straight for the 2 Timothy 3 jugular and start with something like this: I believe that scripture is God’s word, given for the purpose of […]

What, Exactly, Did God Breathe?

My post on Adam and Christ generated the range of predictable responses, from, “Thank God someone is saying what I’ve thought for a long time,” to “How on earth can anyone believe what Paul says about the resurrection of Jesus if he flubbed so badly on the existence of Adam?!” To the latter question I […]

What’s The Bible, Again?

I made the comment in passing on Rachel Held Evans’ blog yesterday, but it bears repeating here (and even if it didn’t, it’s my blog, right?!): When we debate issues such as women in the church, the underlying debate is “What is the Bible?” At the beginning of the year, I posted some thoughts on […]

What’s On Your Plate?

Slowing the blogging pace and stepping back for a week or two over the holidays, I started to think about what streams of conversation are flowing with particular force these days. Over the past couple of years there have been emergent or missional conversations that always provided ready fodder for conversation. But those streams have […]

On Not Harmonizing

I’ve just wrapped up teaching the Synoptic Gospels part of my Gospels and Acts course. Going through the individual books, looking over proposed solutions to the Synoptic Problem, and seeing how the seemingly harmonious stories portray Jesus’ ministry in quite different lights, we are left with a few conclusion that are surprising to many of […]