I’m not often dogmatic about very many things, but I’m going to get all dogmatic on you now: You’re reading the Epistle to the Romans wrong. If you think Paul is using it to expound grand doctrines about salvation and the like, you’re reading it completely wrong. If you’re reading it in small, Bible-study-sized chunks, it’s less surprising why you’re reading it wrong, but you’re still reading it wrong. Read more about Romans: A book about Jews and Gentiles
You wouldn’t cite Richard Dawkins as an authoritative interpreter of Evangelical doctrine. I don’t really need to spell out the reasons why not, but in no particular order: Read more about Less anti-semitic hermeneutics, please
In mid February I noticed a flood of tweets with the hashtag #bellletstalk inviting an honest conversation about mental health. My first thought, knowing that Rob Bell had a new book coming out, was excitement and relief that he had taken the brave step of writing something substantial on mental health issues and depression in the ministry. Read more about Let's talk
Yesterday, on the door of a local restaurant, I saw a sign very much like the bottom one of these two: (I didn’t get a picture of the one I saw, but the wording was more or less the same.)
How would you translate it? You may not know Japanese, so I’ll give you the choice of two options: Read more about Literal translations
Today I was preaching on the mission of God and salvation history, and decided at the last minute to throw in a good example of (a) how God always seeks to restore relationship with those estranged from him, and (b) the principle that, because God does this, we should too. It’s one of my key themes, and a great verse which highlights it is 2 Samuel 14:14. David has become estranged from his son, and Joab sent a woman in to change his mind and gain forgiveness. The climax of the woman’s argument, in every English translation I have checked, goes like this: Read more about Today in Bible translation horrors
So this morning in church we looked at 1 Corinthians 16, and, in what I think is probably a first when teaching on stewardship, everyone there decided to increase their giving. How did I do it? Read more about With regard to the collection for the saints
The various modes of worship which prevailed… were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. And thus toleration produced not only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord.