9 results for tag: Derek Flood
CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: The Overlooked and Ignored – pg. 1 Question the Question – pg. 2 God is Love – pg. 5 To Seek and Save that Which is Lost – pg. 6 The Prodigals – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8
Articles: God...More Than a "Christian"? -p4 When Poetry Devolves into Doctrine -p8 He's There For You & With You (God With Us)- p10 Why I Still Believe in God -p18 How the WORD Read the Word -p23 God Is Just Like Jesus - p25 God Is Love...and Love Never Ends -p26 You Are Worth More than Chewing Gum! -p31
Articles: Responding to the River of God's Grace -p4 Reading the Bible as an Epic Story -p8 Everything Happens for a Reason...Or? -p9 Giving Thanks to the Master -p11 Millennials and Money -p14 Don't Water it Down -p16 "Are you saved?" -p17 Jesus IS What God Has to Say -p19 Inspiried, Infallible & Inerrant? -p20 Does Recovering from Religion Have to be Morose p25 Are Bible Verses the Worst Thing Ever? -p26 Disarming Scripture -p28 Defending the Bible? -p31
Articles: Can We "Make" God Love Us More or Less? - page 1 God Gave Them Over... - page 2 The Bible Says It...but Does That Settle It? - Page 4 Reading & Understanding the Bible... Part 4 - page 6 Whiskey & Cigars? - page 7
Articles: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For -p4 Would you Choose the Truth Over Christ? -p11 Would you Choose Christ Over the Truth? -p12 "The Bible clearly says..." -p13 You Can't Imagine How Much He Loves You -p15 The Church As We Know It -p17 Regret--the Silent Killer -p18 Rx for Remorse, Regret, Resentment -p22 In the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud -p24 Behaving Badly -p26 The Calf Path -p30 The Only Way to Really Get It -p31
In discussing my new book on violence in the Bible, which focuses on reading the Bible from the perspective of peace and love, I often hear this objection, "But doesn't the Bible speak of God's wrath?" or "But doesn't Jesus use fear and threat to motivate people?" or "What about this verse here [fill in the blank] that seems to promote violence?" All of these questions are asked by people who want to believe in compassion, who see the moral problems with fear and threat as moral motivators, who recognize the problem with the connection between religion and violence. They want to have a Bible that is just about grace and peace and love. They ...
Faithful Questioning: Does questioning the Bible mean questioning God or ourselves? – by Derek Flood
When we question the Bible, does it mean we are questioning God or that we are questioning ourselves? Many Christians assume that questioning the Bible entails questioning God, and thus is an expression of rebellion and sin. Consequently most apologetics focuses on "defending" the Bible from the "attack" of those on the outside critiquing it. The assumption is that those who question the Bible are attacking the Christian faith itself, and are thus outside of it. In other words the assumption is that Christians cannot question the Bible. I'd like to propose that the opposite is in fact that case: that questioning the Bible is a necessary part ...
I've been noticing a growing trend of people who are becoming increasingly troubled and unsatisfied with a literalistic approach to the Bible. The objection they have is a moral one: They observe that a "straight forward" and "plain" reading of Scripture inevitably leads people to do things that are against their conscience, against the most basic understandings of morality, and to justify doing these immoral things "because God said it, that settles it." In short, we've learned to read the Bible in a way that makes people immoral and proud of it. One example of this is corporal punishment of children. Many parents feel that it is wrong to hit ...