While Paul’s test case, whether Christians may eat meat that has been offered to idols is of little importance to most Christians today. When was the last time someone offered you such meat? His principle is still helpful and useful. This podcast illustrates how to spot the principle in this passage and begins to suggest how it may be applied.  Read More →

It’s easy to preach lies from the book of  Job. It won’t be as obvious as preaching Atheism from Psalms (see Ps 10:4; 14:1; 53:1). All you have to do is take a passage from the speeches by his friends. Of course God tells us at the end of the book that they “have not spoken what is right about me”… (Job 47:7). This podcast explores this more.Read More →

Updated version to fit into “Reading the Bible Faithfully” explains why thinking about what a Bible passage was intended to mean to its original hearers is really important. In passing it explains also something that makes the Bible different from other holy books which claim to be magical or timeless – the Bible claims to be given to particular people at particular times and places (see for example headings to some prophetic passages like Ez 8:1)  Read More →

Since we started teaching Understanding and Interpreting the Bible at Carey have every year, as well as giving very favourable feedback, students have said things like “Why don’t they teach us this in churches?” Reading the Bible Faithfully aims to do just that. It will be based on the same ideas, but in am even more abridged form, making it accessible to almost anyone. The material will be flexible with everything I produce given a Creative Commons license so that others can adapt and use it as long as: (a) they give attribution (making clear where it comes from, my credit) and (b) they don’tRead More →