As the Society of Biblical Literature has grown in membership, tensions have simmered over the degree to which religious apologetics fits into an organization devoted to critical research.
Reading scripture in unexpected places can unsettle the reading you were likely to bring to the text. So once a week I read a short biblical passage in some place other than my home or office.
What if everything we taught our kids about sex were grounded in a vision of God’s love in everyday life?
This is not a classic conversion story, let alone a pietistic revulsion against the intellect. It is an account of how prayer has the power to change one's perception of the theological task.
Paul tells us to "resolve" never to put a hindrance to the gospel before another person—and resolve is what it takes. By initiating a conversation about hell, Rob Bell is putting his reputation on the line.