Summarise the Bible in five statements

My friend Sally tagged me: Summarise the Bible in five statements, the first one word long, the second two, the third three, the fourth four and the last five words long. Or possibly you could do this in descending order. Tag five people. Here’s my Bible summary: 1. Revelation 2. God acts 3. Jesus changesContinue reading “Summarise the Bible in five statements”

The NIV gender bender

Seems like the gender inclusive language debate is on for young and old again with the announcement that the TNIV is to be discontinued and that a new version NIV is scheduled for 2011. Personally I think this is one conversation where the old maxim of God giving us two ears and one mouth, toContinue reading “The NIV gender bender”

Sensual Scripture

The Song of Songs, that most sensual of Old Testament poems, is not directly quoted by New Testament writers. But some New Testament interpreters suggest it is alluded to on a number of occasions. See what you think. The bridegroom knocks I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking: “Open to me,Continue reading “Sensual Scripture”

Genesis: An Authoritative Myth?

Genesis has been on my mind this weekend, so I thought I would cite a few passages from “Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament,” the infamous book by Peter Enns, which I happen to really enjoy. What I like about Inspiration and Incarnation is that it moves beyond the entrenchedContinue reading “Genesis: An Authoritative Myth?”

King James Bible – Is it Contextual?

Contextualisation can be a funny business. I have never been a fan of the King James Bible. I find the King James translation arcane and, to be honest, hardly worthy of the word “translation”.  You can imagine my surprise then (some time ago now) to learn from some Pagans friends that they actually prefer it. In retrospectContinue reading “King James Bible – Is it Contextual?”

What are your favourite Bible verses?

What are your favourite Bible verses? It is hard for me to pin down a single, all time favourite. But here are a number of Bible verses that have inspired me over the years, which I keep coming back to: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you (Luke 6:27) Then I saw a newContinue reading “What are your favourite Bible verses?”

Bible literacy slipping amongst Australians

This is hardly surprising but findings from the last Church Life Survey has confirmed bible literacy slipping amongst Australian Christians. Yesterday the Sydney Morning Herald reported: IT MIGHT be the greatest story ever told, but Bible literacy is slipping and not just among atheists. Devout churchgoers, especially Catholics, are losing touch with the scriptures of theirContinue reading “Bible literacy slipping amongst Australians”

Unicorns, Satyrs, and the Bible

Unicorns are a popular creature of mythology but did you know some people interpret them into the Bible? I recently came across a reference to unicorns which stated: The word “unicorn” is based on the Hebrew word re’em (“horned animal”), in early versions of the Old Testament translated as “monokeros”, meaning “one horn”, which becameContinue reading “Unicorns, Satyrs, and the Bible”