When the Bible Becomes a Textbook

Thoughts on how to respond to the advice, “Whatever you do, don’t let the Bible become a textbook.”

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Ready or Not, Spring Semester Has Come

The semester has begun again and, ready or not, I’m in for a full one. Before I’m too swamped, here’s a few quick highlights of the last 10 days and expectations for the semester ahead. College Conference at Montreat Along with my dear friend Taylor Lewis Guthrie Hartman, I served as Co-Director of the College […]

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Top Struggles of 2013!

Rather than trumpeting my accomplishments at the end of the year—anyone can do that, after all—I’d like to reflect briefly on my year’s biggest struggles both professional and (slightly) personally.

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Caroling the Cross at Christmas

You won’t be hearing this new/old version of “What Child Is This,” over the mall’s speakers. The scandal of the incarnation meeting the scandal of the cross does not sell.

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Sorry, Megyn Kelly, Jesus Wasn’t White….and Thank God

The danger of assuming Jesus looks just like me is pretty simple: Jesus is not just like me…Jesus always stands with those on the margins of society; he was neither white nor privileged.

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7 Reasons We Love Lists with 7 Reasons

I’m not a huge fan of the “7 Strategies for Success,” “5 Unsupported Claims,” “10 Top Cat Videos” type of article, but I click on them all the time. Heck, sure, I write them from time to time too. What’s up with the lists?

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Dear Cynical Professor: How Did Your Students Change the World?

Last week I mentioned to a class of mine that I hoped to grow up and one day to become an old, wise, cynical, professor (I didn’t say “with elbow patches,” because that’s obvious). The students laughed, but I didn’t really mean it as a joke. Turns out, I don’t think they appreciated my dedication […]

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Flaws & All, Let’s Have More Like Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

The book is a basically a mixture of rehashed historical Jesus work and quite good creative non-fiction. In short, it works pretty well as a relatively gripping overview of Jesus’ life. It has flaws, but I’m willing to forgive Aslan’s foibles. I’m so hungry for smart public discussion of religion, perfection is the furthest thing from my mind.

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A few thoughts on giving to Haiyan Disaster response, with a shoutout to LWR

LWR’s Haiyan response will focus on providing shelter repair kits; providing debris removal through a cash-for-work program; and providing non-food items such as cooking supplies. They’re also sending four shipping containers of Quilts & Kits that will reach at least 26,000 people!

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