Five Things the General Conference Could Do Regarding Same Gender Marriage — Part Two

Today's post is Part Two in a series. You can read Part One here. ...

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves???

Today’s post is an excerpt from my new book, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say, which...

The Bible, Homosexuality, and the UMC — Part One

Next month in Portland, Oregon, 800 United Methodists, delegates from around the world, will gather for the United Methodist Church’s General...

Does Everything Really Happen for a Reason?

Today’s post is an excerpt from my new book, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say, which...

New Book, HALF TRUTHS, Helps Christians Fully Experience Jesus

Most of us as Christians have things we believe, and tell others, and even count on, that we’ve not carefully examined. Some of the things we accept...

God’s Violence in the Old Testament, Part 3: Possible Solutions

This post is a continuation of my previous two posts. Together they are an excerpt from one chapter of my new book, Making Sense of the Bible...

God’s Violence in the Old Testament, Part 2: Possible Solutions

In my last post, I mentioned three categories of violence attributed to God in the Old Testament that leave people scratching their heads. These are...

God’s Violence in the Old Testament: The Problem

Among the questions I’m most often asked about the Bible is this one: “Why does God seem so loving in the New Testament but angry, harsh, and...

Assumptions and the Bible

Merriam-Webster defines an assumption as “a fact or statement taken for granted.” We all make assumptions about a lot of things. Occasionally...

Making Sense of the Bible: An Attempt at an Honest Yet Reverent View of Scripture

I’m excited that today my new book, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today, is out. I thought in this post I’d...

Are We Just Picking and Choosing? Making Sense of the Bible

I came to faith reading the Bible, 35 years ago. I read it every morning (right now I’m reading through Luke) and I read it again every night as...

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