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The prophet Hosea boldly told the people of his day that God was tired of being placated by their symbolic measures of worship. Instead he told them, “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6). Hosea’s words are needed today, […] Read More

The New Year’s cover story of Newsweek was an article by Kurt Eichenwald on the “state of the Bible” in American culture. What is perhaps the most visible response to it by Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, seems to be the latest round in an ongoing fight that is sure to find […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. August 10, 2014 Psalm 85:8-13; Matthew 14:22-33 Let’s talk about something that has happened to just about every one of us, a common experience to which we all should be able to relate. You may take the same route to work or […] Read More

Last week, the Huffington Post published an article about the Harvard Grant Study. The study followed a group of people over 75 years in an effort to discover what is most likely to make us happy and fulfilled. What might sound groundbreaking to some people ought to sound familiar to Christians. If they had just asked […] Read More

Being the religious nerd that I am, and one who likes to keep up with popular cultural expressions of faith, I’ve watched two documentaries of note. Namely, Christiane Amanpour’s ABC News special, “Back to the Beginning,” and the History Channel’s miniseries, “The Bible.” After hearing several of my clergy colleagues talking about the grave inaccuracies […] Read More

A fragment has caused a global flutter about historic Christianity. The claim that Jesus was married has flashed around the world, saturating newspapers, online sources and TV news shows. It has sparked unbridled speculation about the future of Christianity. The New York Times broke the news on Sept. 18 with the headline, “A Faded Piece […] Read More

Vying for space and time on the religion-and-media front this week  — in competition with presidential campaigns, Muslim extremist riots and almost numberless other stirs – has been the attention given to a tiny piece of papyrus which includes the teeny words “Jesus” and “wife.” This text was pictured as being “hot off the press,” […] Read More

The story is spreading across the country now, as local newspapers, websites, and bloggers are picking up early reports, like this New York Times account, of a discovery recently announced by Harvard scholar Karen L. King — a small fragment of ancient papyrus contains a tantalizing reference to Jesus as a married man. What? The […] Read More

In a class called “Teaching the Bible to Youth and Adults” at Campbell University Divinity School, my students were asked to think about the Bible as a metanarrative for understanding our place in the world. (One of our textbooks is “The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story” by Craig G. Bartholomew […] Read More

The Book God Breathed

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on August 12, 2012. Matthew 22:23-33 Morning Prayer: Our Father, we confess that we have spent much time looking for you.  We have looked for you in tragedy in order that we might find some mysterious purpose that you have for us.  We […] Read More