Examining the literal approach to reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 4]

Did you ever hear the phrase that we need to read the Bible literally? In part 3 of this series we saw that a literal reading of some parts of the Bible leads to very bizarre results. Maybe the concept of reading the Bible literally should mean something else? Take Jesus.  Jesus was a masterContinue reading “Examining the literal approach to reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 4]”

How genre is vital to the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 3]

We read the instruction manual for our car differently than we will read Shakespeare’s sonnets, right?  We read the Declaration of Independence different than we read Huckleberry Finn.  As we should.  The authors of each of those documents are utilizing different literary genres to accomplish a purpose.  Genre is a fancy word that just meansContinue reading “How genre is vital to the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 3]”

What is the Bible? [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 2]

What is the Bible? “Well, that’s obvious, Joel,” you might say, “the Bible is the Word of God.”  Yes, that is the obvious answer, but it is not enough.  It is true that the Bible is the Word of God, but it also needs some explanation that we don’t normally think about.  As we sawContinue reading “What is the Bible? [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 2]”

The Bible is not the only Word of God [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 1]

Did you know there is another more ancient Word of God than the Bible? Keep reading to learn about it. Last week I started a series in which I am looking at common sayings Christians use and believe, thinking those sayings are biblical, but they are actually false, not in the Bible.  OR the sayingsContinue reading “The Bible is not the only Word of God [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 1]”

An embarrassing dream told me the truth about my life [How God feels about our fear – Deuteronomy 31-34, part 1]

I want to tell you about a dream I had this week.  I’ve had a similar one before.  Maybe you’ve had one like this too.  My dream started as I was sitting in a chair at a pool party at a place I didn’t recognize.  At the party were some of my kids’ friends andContinue reading “An embarrassing dream told me the truth about my life [How God feels about our fear – Deuteronomy 31-34, part 1]”

The cause and cure for spiritually malnourished Christians

Hey there, Christians.  Quick question for you: are you spiritually mature?  Take a few minutes and think about that.  Pause reading the rest of this post, and really try to answer this question. I am concerned that though Peter is very clear in 1 Peter 2:1-3 that we need to crave pure spiritual milk fromContinue reading “The cause and cure for spiritually malnourished Christians”

How to hear God speak through the Bible

  Many people say they do not hear God.  Many others say they do hear God speak.  I believe them.  God speaks through dreams, visions, audible voices, etc.  I’m sometimes jealous of that because I do not believe I have ever heard God speak to me in an audible voice, or in a whisper inContinue reading “How to hear God speak through the Bible”

Are you using the Bible in ways God never intended it to be used?

Have you ever tried building a complicated Lego set without using the instruction guide? Just using the guide can be complex enough.  All it takes is to put one brick one spot off, and within a few steps you realize that your model doesn’t look like the one in the picture.  So you turn theContinue reading “Are you using the Bible in ways God never intended it to be used?”

The time our church was accused with the words: “That’s not worship!”

“That’s not worship.” The person speaking the words was really frustrated at our church. They were talking about a change we made to our worship service.  In that person’s view, the change had turned our worship service into something that was not worship. What change could we make that would take a worship service andContinue reading “The time our church was accused with the words: “That’s not worship!””

Is Sola Scriptura broken? (or Can we really read the Bible and hear from God?)

When you read the Bible, do you think that God will speak to you through it?  How do you know that you will understand it properly?  What if God wants to tell you X and you believe he said Y? Does Sola Scriptura mean that any Christian can just open up the Scriptures and understandContinue reading “Is Sola Scriptura broken? (or Can we really read the Bible and hear from God?)”