biblical interpretation

The Rev. Morgan Guyton challenges the 18th century concepts of John Wesley's theology with the 21st century theology of author Henri Nouwen. Read more

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Biblical literalists hold to their beliefs by unilaterally declaring that anyone who does not believe the Bible's literal truth is wrongly deceived by the evidence in front of them, explains the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas to a questioner. Read more

Christy Thomas

Our differences of opinion over biblical interpretation are a strength, and a good reason for The United Methodist Church to stay together, says the Rev. Rich Peck. Read more

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A reader's question about the nature of the Bible prompts the Rev. David Felten to suggest thinking more deeply about the sacred text. Read more


Secular communications' work on Muslims, immigration and other religious issues marked this year's entries. Read more

In the World

Bible Open to Psalms

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Christians should regard the Bible as an authority for their faith and lives, but not as an authoritarian document, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more

Practicing Faith

Bible Open to Psalms

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The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas responds to an inquirer who asks whether any part of the Bible can be taken as literal truth. Read more

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Orthodox scriptural views, such as those professed by the Wesleyan Covenant Association, are grounded in tradition and historical precedent, writes the Rev. Joseph R. Stains in a rebuttal to Dr. Steven Tuell. Read more

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Bible glasses

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A United Methodist scholar in the Western Pennsylvania Conference refutes the Wesleyan Covenant Association's view that there is only one way to read and interpret the Holy Bible. Read more

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We so often "cherry-pick" the scriptures by which we'll abide, except when it comes to the issues around human sexuality, writes the Rev. Rich Peck. Read more


Wesleyan Quad

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What comes first with John Wesley's method of "doing theology" known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral? The Rev. Jason Valendy explores how Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience play off one another. Read more

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The writer of Genesis offers a “confession of faith” in God, not a history of creation, and seeing the Bible's first book from that perspective opens a range of more fruitful conversations, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

Practicing Faith

Man Breaking Chains

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A reader's plea prompts the Rev. Christy Thomas, AKA The Thoughtful Pastor, to tell her journey from a straightjacket religious culture to a more generous understanding of scripture and a deeper faith. Read more

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Golden Calf

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Discrepancies in the story of the Hebrews worshiping a golden calf prompt the Rev. Morgan Guyton to refute the idea that all scripture is equally valid as God's instruction. Read more

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Ben Witherington's use of scripture to refute Adam Hamilton's perspective commits the same theological interpretations that Ben accuses Adam of making, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Bible with Cross Shadow

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With all the talk about obeying the Bible's prohibitions against same-gender relationships, or obeying its commandments to love our neighbors, the Rev. Morgan Guyton wonders if anyone truly consults scripture before making an important decision. Read more

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Both inadvertently and intentionally, we make the Bible say what we want it to, with blatant disregard for what it actually says, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

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The criticism of heretical "continuing revelation" trumping Scripture doesn't hold up to the collective discernment of entire groups of Christians who come to a new, God-inspired understanding of the Bible, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Mercury Dime

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Taking his cues from scholars Walter Bruggemann and Stanley Hauerwas, the Rev. Drew McIntyre contends that "literalist" and "progressive" interpretations of scripture are two sides of the same coin. Read more


Old Opened Book

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A chance home encounter with a friend's teen-aged children leads the Rev. Christy Thomas to an unexpected time of grace-filled worship. Read more

Christy Thomas