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The Bible's Violent God Isn't

Pete Enns | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Pete Enns

There's no escaping the fact that Christians who take the Bible as a God-given dependable, trustworthy, and accurate source of information about God have some thinking to do.

Jonah and the Mission of Peace (Part 1)

John Dear | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
John Dear

Usually it seems God has one of three directions for us: "Come follow me"; "Stay with me" (and "Keep watch!"); or "Go and tell them..."

Bringing The Bible To Life At Home

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Many parents feel that they should have in place a consistent time of strengthening their family spiritually, but often they just don't know where to begin or how to continue with it.

Psalm 137 7-9 Understanding Violence in the Bible

Posted 01.25.2013 | Religion

The Bible comes up in the conversation on HuffPost Religion almost daily. One disturbing psalm is of particular interest commenting community. On a re...

Want A New Life In The New Year? Here's How The Bible Can Help

Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion

New Years resolutions seem doable when paired with with the ancient wisdom in the Bible. In Peter (1:22), it says, “Your new life is not like your o...

What Does The Bible Say About Music?

Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion

God's word often gets a bad rap. Whether it's discussed out of context or used to justify bad behavior, the way the Bible is portrayed may leave us wi...

John 1:6-8; 19-28: Faith And Fear

Thomas G. Long, Ph.D. | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Thomas G. Long, Ph.D.

The fear about exposure and judgment comes to white-hot focus in a remarkable biblical story, told early in the Gospel of John, about an investigative team dispatched from the capital city to interrogate an enigmatic preacher.

Mark 1:1–8: God Barges Into Our Lives

Michael Joseph Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion
Michael Joseph Brown, Ph.D.

When God speaks, often it is outside of the noble confines of the stained-glass edifice. This is what Mark is attempting to tell us: God's movement is often abrupt and unsettling.

Matthew 20:1-16: Justice Comes In The Evening

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

A God who is "just" is inclined to show special generosity to the poor and outcast. No wonder the respectable people get anxious.

Matthew 18:15-20: Insiders And Outsiders

Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman | Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman

For Christians today reading it as insiders, the text may evoke nods of approval at some memorable statements by Jesus. Start poking around a bit, though, and a host of questions arises.

Why Faith Is A Story, Not Doctrine

Derek Flood | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

Since story is such a foundational part of how we as humans make sense of our lives, it makes sense that our sacred texts would make use of story.

Science, the Bible, and the Vote to Ordain Gays

Ben Daniel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ben Daniel

In the face of a conflict between science and the Bible, Calvin urged his readers not to reject science nor to ignore the Bible, but to understand the Bible differently.