Is Your Theology Biblical?

I find that it's a good idea to check myself from time to time to make sure that my theology is staying faithful to scripture and not just to what I want to believe...or what is convenient to believe...or what is self-serving to believe. So before I go making assertions or sharing opinions on certain subjects, I ask myself these six questions. 1. Is it based on something that is actually ...

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Five Reasons Bible Literacy Classes in Schools are a Bad Idea

I love the Bible and strongly agree that more people should be biblically literate, but I don’t believe that literacy should be obtained in a public school setting. Aside from the fact that our constitution separates church and state, and not taking into account my suspicion that our very non-religious president is calling for this class to pander to the religious right , here are five reasons I think Bible ...

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The Bible Doesn’t Change–But We Do

One of the statements that some Christians like to throw out whenever they want to exclude or limit the participation and acceptance of women, LGBTQ people, people of color or any group they deem threatening or unacceptable is, "the Bible doesn't change."  Meaning that there are verses in the Bible they can point to that say these folks are not okay and that stands for now and all time. There is ...

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Books I’m Not Selling

I'm getting ready to do something blasphemous to most pastors--I'm getting rid of a lot of my books. As of the first of this year, I no longer have an office in which to house them, and by the end of the summer, my family and I will have downsized our home. I refuse to stash books away in a storage unit. Books should be in the hands of people ...

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Is Your Theology Biblical?

I cannot count the number of times in the past couple of weeks that I have heard or read someone begin a sentence with, "The Bible clearly says..." and then goes on to say something that I have never known the Bible to say. Just to check ourselves, here are six questions we can ask to make sure that when we say, "The Bible says..." we're not just using that make ...

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Is Your Theology Biblical?

A lot of our theology (what we believe about God) comes more from literature, pop culture and popular opinion than we'd like to admit. We all fall in to the trap of bad theology from time to time. Here's a handy six-step guide to check yourself when you think you've allowed less-than-good theology to creep in to your life.   Want more Doubting Believer? Check out our Doubting Believer Member Community. 

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Who Is My Neighbor?

Who is our neighbor? (Luke 10:25-37) I think Jesus makes it pretty clear that everyone is our neighbor.  Somewhere in the history of the church of Jesus Christ (And I haven’t been able to put my finger on exactly when and where it happened) The church lost track of that notion.  Somewhere along the way The church became the people who told women what they could and couldn’t  do in the church—and in life, who told people who ...

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What Is Truth?

Pilate went back into the palace. He summoned Jesus and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others spoken to you about me?”  Pilate responded, “I’m not a Jew, am I? Your nation and its chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus replied, “My kingdom doesn’t originate from this world. If it did, my guards would ...

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Five Bibles

Whether you find the Bible hard to read or have noticed your own Bible study has gotten a little stale, here are five versions of the Bible you may not have seen. Wherever we are in our study of scripture, it's always a good idea to take a look at the Word in a new light, in new format or a different translation.  Stories we've stopped hearing because we know them ...

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What Bible Are you Reading?

And in what universe does Jesus back terrorizing children? A 12-year-old transgender girl's school had to be shut down for two days because of violent threats made by grown-ups. She and her family are planning to relocate. A nine-year-old boy committed suicide after being bullied by classmates when he came out as gay. A nine-year-old...who had classmates who were so mean to him, he didn't see anyway out but death. Wonder where they ...

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