Bible, Literary Study, Nonfiction

Epic

I’ve had a great experience reading this little book by John Eldredge aloud to my two daughters. Epic: The Story God is Telling and the Role that is Yours to Play takes up the question of why the most popular books and movies move us so deeply. Its answer? They follow the same pattern as… Read More Epic

Bible, Christianity

On debating God

More than once in The Bible Tells Me So, Peter Enns affirms the tradition of debate in Judaism. I wanted to offer an extended quotation toward the end of the book that captures that tradition. I love the picture it gives us of God: A famous story from the Talmud, Judaism’s early medieval core text… Read More On debating God

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Reflections on the Bible

Peter Enns’ Evolution of Adam was one of my favorite reads of 2013. So I didn’t think twice about tackling his newer book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. This one has a similar purpose — recalibrating our expectations of the Bible. But it leaves me… Read More Reflections on the Bible

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Diaspora

I’ve been musing over some things I read in the notes to my chronological Bible recently. They seemed to me to suggest a compelling parallel between post-exilic Jews and modern American Christians. In the transition into the book of Esther, the commentary points out that the book’s purpose was to encourage Jews living in a… Read More Diaspora

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Consider the lilies

I’ve been thinking about God sending the Israelites into the wilderness for 40 years to discipline them for their unbelief. On Sunday a picture of the desert was projected on a screen in church, and what struck me most was how utterly barren it was. There is no way the Israelites could provide anything for… Read More Consider the lilies