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biblical theology

a dance of despair and joy—a comment on the life of faith

Posted by PeteEnns on November 13, 2016 in biblical theology Christian faith and life 13 Comments

The readings today at St. Matthew’s (and every other) Episcopal church were Isaiah 65:17-25 and Luke 21:5-19. What an interesting pairing. Isaiah’s words are all about the future bliss of Jerusalem where pretty much everything that can go right does and everything that can go wrong doesn’t. There will be no more weeping or cries

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God isn’t the great helicopter parent in the sky (at least that’s what the Bible says)

Posted by PeteEnns on August 25, 2016 in biblical theology Christian faith and life 12 Comments

Although my three children are now (dear God, please) well-adjusted 20-somethings, mine was the generation of parents who hovered over their children to insulate them from failure and ensure their “success” in life (good grades, sports, avoiding drugs, learning violin, whatever). But, as any decent child psychologist (not to mention previous generations of parents) will tell us,

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Prophetic Optimism

Posted by Jared Byas on June 24, 2016 in biblical theology Jared Byas 7 Comments

by Jared Byas In the midst of Christian radio taglines that equate Christian with positive thinking and speakers that subtly question the faith of anyone who acknowledges that life really just sucks sometimes, I would like to share what I’ve learned from the Jeremiah tradition about optimism. Lesson #1: Optimism isn’t ignoring how sad and

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a brief thought on John Dominic Crossan’s new book on the Bible and God’s violence

Posted by PeteEnns on April 8, 2015 in biblical theology violence of God 40 Comments

A few weeks ago I read John Dominic Crossan’s new book How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation, and I would have posted something sooner if I weren’t in the middle of end-of-semester crunch time. Anyway, enough excuses. The book is thoughtful, energetic, and–that overused

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brief Bible thought: is there resurrection from the dead in the Old Testament?

Posted by PeteEnns on February 9, 2015 in biblical theology The Bible Tells Me So The Evolution of Adam Old Testament 23 Comments

Is there resurrection from the dead in the Old Testament? No. Not really. Well, sort of. O.K., yes, but it depends on how you look at it. Resurrection is pretty central to the New Testament, in case you haven’t noticed. Yet searching for that kind of resurrection it in the Old Testament makes you come up basically

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the Bible’s mythic worldview and why you should care (a brief review of a new book)

Posted by PeteEnns on January 19, 2015 in biblical theology book notes and reviews Old Testament 26 Comments

Do you want a book that describes how the biblical writers themselves actually understood the cosmos? Of course you do. What a dumb question. Well, do you want that book to deal honestly with ancient data instead of “defending” the Bible, while at the same time being sensitive to more conservative readers? Sure you do. And

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is Pete Enns a Marcionite?

Posted by PeteEnns on January 17, 2014 in biblical theology violence of God

I’ve been hearing this question–a thinly veiled accusation–for quite a while now, and I find it utterly ridiculous and irresponsible. If my accusers would bother to do some research, like look into my birth records, they would see that I was born on this planet like everyone else–in Passaic, NJ, to be exact. This insinuated accusation assumes

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