How to Read the Bible: Making Sense of the Anti-Women, Anti-Science, Pro-Violence, Pro-Slavery and Other Crazy Sounding Parts of Scripture (Not)
: When Dan Kimball first sat down to meet with a student who was disillusioned by Christianity, he wasn't ready for what he was about to hear. The student had a positive church experience. He was grateful for his youth...
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When Dan Kimball first sat down to meet with a student who was disillusioned by Christianity, he wasn't ready for what he was about to hear. The student had a positive church experience. He was grateful for his youth leader. But he had serious objections to Christianity. Why? He had begun studying the Bible and found he could no longer accept what it taught. Reading the Bible had led him to become an atheist.
In How Not to Read the Bible, pastor and bestselling author Dan Kimball tackles one of the most pressing apologetic challenges of the twenty-first-century church--how do we read and interpret the Bible? Kimball introduces several critical principles to utilize when you open a Bible or read a verse. Then, he looks at five of the most common challenges that arise when people read the Bible today, including: the relationship between science and the Bible, the violence we find in the Bible, the treatment of women in the Bible, the odd and strange commands we find in the Bible, and the Bible's controversial claim that there is only one way to know God. Kimball highlights several of the most common passages people find objectionable and shows readers how to correctly interpret them.
This is an ideal book for those exploring Christianity or new to the faith, as well as Christians who are wrestling with questions about these difficult issues and the challenges of interpreting the Bible. Filled with stories and examples, as well as visual illustrations and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How Not to Read the Bible will motivate readers who are confused or discouraged by questions they have about the Bible and guides them--step-by-step--to a clear understanding of what the Bible is saying in context. The book can also be taught as a six-week sermon series or used in small groups for study and discussion.
Dan Kimball is the author of several books including The Emerging Church and popular They Like Jesus But Not The Church (Zondervan). He is one of the pastors of Vintage Faith Church, a missional church planted for engaging the post-Christian culture in Santa Cruz, CA.
He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary where he also serves as Adjunct Faculty. Dan speaks extensively around the country on emerging church and culture issues as well as using the arts in worship. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for Youthworker Journal; Outreach Magazine and REV! Magazine.
In the pipeline are books Adventures in Churchland: Discovering the Beautiful Mess Jesus Loves and I Like Jesus But Not The Church
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- :introduction: The Dilemma Of Liking Jesus But Not The Church
- 1. Is The Church Supposed To Be Judgmental And Negative?
- 2. Judging The Way Jesus Told Us To Judge
- 3. Is The Church Supposed To Be An Organized Religion?
- 4. Organized Religion As The Hope Of The Masses
- 5. Is The Church Supposed To Be Male-dominated And Chauvinistic?
- 6. Blowing Up The Boys Club For Adults
- 7. Is The Church Supposed To Be Anti-gay?
- 8. Love Is An Orientation
- 9. Is The Church Supposed To Be The Only Ones Right And All Other Religions Wrong?
- 10. Love Is The Way And The Truth
- 11. Is The Church Supposed To Be Teaching That The Bible Is To All Be Taken Literally?
- 12. Fundamentalism Isn’t Fun Or Funny
- Conclusion: Being A Christian Without Being “christian”
- Appendix A – The Wonderful Story Of The “gospel”
- Appendix B- Suggested Resources For Further Reading