Is the Bible an authority?

To a lot of Christians this is an easy question to answer. In fact, many would answer that the Bible is The Authority, not just an Authority. Of course if you’re familiar with my previous writings, you might have noticed that I very intentionally said “an Authority,” not, “the Authority.”…

Jesus and the Beautiful Ones

A few weeks ago a friend texted me having just read the story of the woman anointing Jesus at Bethany. My friend was particularly moved by Jesus’s response to those who criticized the woman: “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.…

Why I Don't Affirm Sola Scriptura (Part Three)

Ready for the third and last part of this series! Well here it is! If you somehow haven’t read the first two parts then you’re probably an alien from another world, but don’t worry I have the links for them right below so you’re cover won’t be blown. Why I…

How to Read the Bible (Series): Imaginative Hermeneutics

Since God is outside of this world, that means we can’t really know anything about God apart from the media through which he chooses to reveal himself: story.  So in order to understand what scripture reveals about God, we have to do everything we can to understand the stories, not as conduits of God’s revelation, but first and foremost as the stories themselves.

Why I Don’t Affirm Sola Scriptura (Part Two)

If you haven’t read part one, please do so. Otherwise you’ll read this out of context. So my first reason and for me I think its the strongest one, is that Sola Scriptura ultimately replaces the role of Christ and is therefore Idolatrous. The doctrine of Sola Scriptura says the Bible…

Grace Isn't For Me

Yesterday, I forgot the gospel. The day before, I forgot the gospel. Tuesday, I forgot the gospel. Now, I obviously don’t have a memory loss problem. (I mean not that I know of.) What I do have is a heart that is fleshly, a heart that is sinful, a heart…

Jesus and the Syrophoenician Mother

In my post last month, I alluded to the story of Jesus and the Syrophoenician mother and said that sometimes a woman following God in faith might be asked to submit to seemingly difficult, even offensive, standards. Almost immediately after publishing that post, I started to wonder how my audience…

Preach the Gospel to Yourself Every Day: Tyler's Perspective (Part 3)

Preach the Gospel to Yourself Everyday “Preach the Gospel.” It’s a phrase we hear all the time in Christian circles. We find it in church mission statements, Bible studies, Christian t-shirts. But how often do we put a lot of thought into what that phrase means? In a collaborative effort,…

Inspiration and Modern Authorship

“Gabe! you’ve posted this like multiple times!” I know, I know good and faithful readers, however this is an updated version, hopefully the last. But with me you never know. In light of a post that scheduled for two days from now I thought this essay would be good primer…

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