Author: PeteEnns

if you’ve ever wondered why the Bible contradicts itself: a jewish solution

Posted by PeteEnns on January 13, 2017 in book notes and reviews nature of the Bible 6 Comments

Readers of this blog will know that I think Christians (namely evangelicals) can learn a lot from how Judaism (in its varied forms) looks at the nature of the Bible and its interpretation. Bottom line: Judaism tends to be more flexible in accepting the Bible’s diversity and contradictions. The question this raises, though, is how

Read More

it’s unavoidable and biblical to move beyond the Bible—a quick word about evolution and the Bible

Posted by PeteEnns on January 11, 2017 in Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam 21 Comments

Speaking of evolution and Christian faith . . . Much of the confusion, hand-wringing, angst, and raised hackles comes from failing to ask of ourselves a simple question: what do we have the right to expect from the biblical origins texts, namely the story of Adam? I argue in The Evolution of Adam that, far from “attacking” the Bible, information from

Read More

baptism doesn’t mean being separate from those who aren’t baptized

Posted by PeteEnns on January 9, 2017 in Christian faith and life 2 Comments

Rowan Williams (Master of Magdalene House, Cambridge University, and former Archbishop of Canterbury) has a wonderful discussion on baptism in his wonderful little book Being Christian. Here’s a bit of it I really like: So baptism means being with Jesus ‘in the depths’: the depths of human need, including the depths of our own selves in their need—but also

Read More

doubt: it’s not cool or hipster, but sacred

Posted by PeteEnns on December 30, 2016 in doubt The Sin of Certainty 11 Comments

Being “saved” by God is an ongoing process of growth and transformation, of dying and rising, of being “conformed to the image of his [God’s] Son,” as Paul puts it (Rom. 8:29). Following Jesus means experiencing the taste of resurrection and ascension now—whether doing laundry, paying bills, or leading nations. Getting there is all about

Read More