Category Archives: Paul

Does Paul Tell Us to Bring Our Tithes to Church on Sundays? He Does Not

In the churches I attended for the first 30 years of my life, I was taught that tithing to the church was mandatory—a claim I recently refuted in 5 Reasons Why the Harmful Doctrine of Mandatory Tithing is Wrong. Often … Continue reading

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The Bible is not Open to Narcigesis: Thinking the Bible is Written to You

The Bible is a massive collection of writings, and we must investigate and interpret each passage to understand what it says. There are two primary ways of doing this. Exegesis All genuine scholars know that study of biblical passages begins … Continue reading

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The Bible is not Magically Inerrant: Exposing Inerrancy Proof-Texts

Inerrancy is perhaps the most obvious example of what the Bible is NOT, and I have written about it many times. But today I approach it from a different angle by examining common inerrancy proof-texts. I begin with the most … Continue reading

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The Misguided Concept of ‘Loving the Sinner and Hating the Sin’

Legalistic believers often feel it is their duty to confront sinners with their ‘sins’. This sometimes includes telling sinners how bad they are and urging them to accept Jesus. And they don’t stop there; they also confront fellow believers with … Continue reading

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A More Realistic Alternative to Inerrancy of the Bible

Millions of believers assume the Bible is inerrant—that everything in the Bible is the absolute word of God. I believed this myself for thirty-five years, but I now think this belief is very mistaken and even harmful. It distorts the … Continue reading

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Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty

During the entire year of 1976 (the bicentennial), my denomination used a special logo in its publications. Recently, I came across a book mark from that campaign while cleaning out a storage space. It depicts George Washington crossing the Delaware and … Continue reading

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What is the Significance of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection?

Recently, a reader asked me a question privately about Jesus’ death and resurrection. I plan to do a series in the future, but that won’t be for a while. But because it is such an important question, I decided to … Continue reading

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