nature of the Bible

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

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remember to hold your beliefs lightly: the Bible says so

Posted by PeteEnns on December 2, 2016 in Christian faith and life nature of the Bible 23 Comments

Here’s the point I want to make today: Being deeply challenged in our faith is not a “threat” or “attack” that should be fought against. Rather, these moments play an important and necessary role in our spiritual growth. Nothing has helped me see more clearly the positive spiritual value of having one’s faith tradition challenged than

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when the Bible disagrees with itself, and the key to handling it

Posted by PeteEnns on November 18, 2016 in Christian faith and life nature of the Bible 21 Comments

Here is a great quote from Leslie Newbigin a friend passed on to me recently. “…the confession of Jesus as the unique Son of God who by his incarnation, ministry, death and resurrection has acted decisively for the redemption of the world and for the renewal of the whole creation…provides the hermeneutical key with which

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what kind of a god do you believe in? (a thought about Christianity and evolution)

Posted by PeteEnns on September 9, 2016 in Christianity and evolution nature of the Bible 22 Comments

I’ve been participating for years in discussions about evolution and Christianity, and I think I see more clearly what accounts for the deeply held, visceral, differences of opinion about whether Adam was the first man or whether Adam is a character in a story. The reason for the differences is not simply that people have different theological systems

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how I get to teach and study the Bible at Eastern University

Posted by PeteEnns on August 29, 2016 in nature of the Bible 5 Comments

No, I don’t work in admissions and this isn’t an ad. As another school year begins, my 6th academic year at Eastern University, I want to share with you our department’s four-fold vision for teaching and studying the Bible. I really love this statement. The Department itself may be described as orthodox, evangelical, ecumenical, and constructively

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