How to Read the Bible Series

How should we read and apply the words of an ancient Bible to our modern world?

That is one big question and certainly a foundational one. There is rarely a month that goes by when I don’t end up in a conversation–sometimes contentious–that doesn’t essentially come down to a basic disagreement on how to read the Bible. Sure, on the surface the topics are diverse: music in the church, baptism, church finances and spending, the standard of living Christians are to have, or — the two that are now occupying my mind — female leadership in the church, and acceptance of active homosexuals in the church.  However, when you get below the surface it becomes apparent we are really disagreeing over how best to read and apply the Bible to our world today.

This summer I have set forth to read three relatively recent books addressing this topic: Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read The Bible; N. T. Wright, Scripture and The Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today; and Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture.  If I can stay on track with this project I will blog what I am discovering as I read.

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