The Bible and inerrancy

There’s a bit of a discussion brewing over at the Rubicon about the term ‘inerrant’ and how it applies to the Bible. It stemmed from an off-topic conversation that got started on a post a few weeks ago (you’ll have to go throught the comments to find the discussion.) It turns out we Salvationists haveContinue reading “The Bible and inerrancy”

Soup, soap and salvation

In those golden days before we all had mission statements the Salvation Army summed up its Raison d’être as ‘soup, soap and salvation.’ The Army’s always preferred pragmatism to deep theology, and I think this is as good a summary of what it is we do as I’ve heard anywhere. In fact, I’ve heard peopleContinue reading “Soup, soap and salvation”

Thank God for a fallible Bible

Huh, wouldn’t you know it. I just posted about how I wish God would have made the message of the Bible a lot more obvious, and wouldn’t you know it, James F. McGrath puts up a post thanking God for a fallible Bible. It’s the perfect answer to my cry for simplicity: Perhaps, rather thanContinue reading “Thank God for a fallible Bible”

The Bible doesn’t say…

I’m sure we’ve all been in situations where we’re discussing some deep point of theology, and somebody will will try to slap you down with, ‘Well, the Bible says…’ Of course, 99% of the time the perfect answer doesn’t strike until the conversation’s over. There’s not much you can do about it, except go homeContinue reading “The Bible doesn’t say…”

A Generous Orthodoxy (Part 3)

Finally, we get into the book proper! It’s entitled ‘The Seven Jesuses I Have Known’ and is a bit of a summary of McLaren faith journey over the years. McLaren has been influenced by various expressions of Christianity over the years, and each of them have taught something about Jesus or an aspect of followingContinue reading “A Generous Orthodoxy (Part 3)”

A Generous Orthodoxy (Part 2)

It’s been over a week since I promised to start blogging my way through Brian McLaren’s book, ‘A  Generous Orthodoxy.’ Sorry about the delay in posting. I’ll try to make amends over the next few days. Today, I want to have a look at the introduction, entitled ‘A Generous Refund.’ The chapter is a warningContinue reading “A Generous Orthodoxy (Part 2)”