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Biblical scholar Pete Enns writes in a new book that the Bible's purpose isn't to teach us what to think, but through its contradictions to teach us how to think through behaving morally in life's messy situations. Read more

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Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin thinks biblical literacy is crucial to Americans' understanding of their history, but he resists the kind of public school courses endorsed by President Trump as partisan proselytizing. Read more

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What is the true authority of scripture, its lists of rules or its witness to God's heart for reconciliation? asks Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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The difference beween Bible study and scripture reading involves the reader engaging with the text from a different posture of being acted upon. Read more

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The Rev. Paul Purdue says that the differences among the various gospel accounts should be a sign that it's possible for faithful disciples to come to varied interpretations of scripture. Read more

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Learning even a little Hebrew -- both language and concepts -- can open up a whole new understanding of the Bible, says the Rev. Matthew Schlimm. Read more

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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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Bible Hourglass

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The words of the Holy Bible don't change, but our understanding changes as we realize that God's redemptive power transcends our prejudices, writes the Rev. Creede Hinshaw Read more

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Bible Open to Psalms

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Why do we use Scripture as a weapon, when in reality it's a great gift from God? asks the Rev. Bill Steward. 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

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Uniting Methodists commends an article by noted biblical scholar Luke Timothy Johnson on how to maintain the authority of Scripture while adapting to the social realities of our times. Read more

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A talk by the Rev. Adam Hamilton on interpreting the Bible offers a way to keep the United Methodist Church together: dropping our assumptions about scripture and one another. Read more

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There's a lot in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, that's just plain wrong by today's laws, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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The Rev. Morgan Guyton begins a series on "good biblical words" with his interpretation of how to read the Holy Bible authentically and effectively. Read more

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The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, head of United Methodism's social-action arm, calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions' defense of immigrant family separations a "shocking" misinterpretation of scripture and urges calls to halt the practice. Read more

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Is it more necessary to quote scripture, or to understand it and live it out when witnessing to the gospel of Jesus Christ? asks the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

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Flying Jesus

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Don't get hung up on a flying Jesus for Ascension Sunday, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. It's far more about how to move ahead or start over in faith and mission. Read more

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We don’t believe that Jesus loves us because we allow the world to make a convincing case for not believing Jesus when he says he loves us, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

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Data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study show that black Americans feel deeply connected to the bibilical story of the Hebrews' liberation from slavery in Egypt. Read more

Practicing Faith

For Wesley Bros' creator Rev. Charlie Baber, "it’s weird to think that people are actually ready to divide property and draw lines between friends over who has the truest understanding of John Wesley and the Bible." Read more

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