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Is The Bible True?

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

Wait! Don't answer that question too quickly. If you do, you'll likely judge the Bible's veracity by categories established 1,500 years after it was written. Perhaps I should explain.

Disillusioned by the religious fervor that fed the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), the early architects of what would later be called the Enlightenment demanded that all claims about the natural world be verified by the exercise of human reason rather than dogmatic pronouncement. In doing so, they distinguished betweenvalues (things one may believe but can't prove) and facts(things one can, and therefore should, prove). For these early modernists, both values and facts represented truth claims, but each of a different order. Over time, however, rationally verified facts -- and the scientific method to which they led -- became so productive and influential that it wasn't all that long until notions of truth became associated almost exclusively with facts.

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John 3:16, Like It Or Not!

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

Maybe when you think of John 3:16, you think of the guy in the rainbow-colored wig sitting between the uprights holding the sign painted with the world's most famous verse. But when I think of John 3:16, I think of six year-old Benjamin, protesting his bedtime, and I'm reminded of God's unexpected, surprising, and even offensive grace.

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December 30, 2010

No One Has Seen God

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

When St. John writes that "no one has ever seen" God, he puts his finger on one of the most painful aspects of Christian faith. But John doesn't stop here, and his unique "Christmas story" gives us faith and hope as we enter a new year!
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November 30, 2010

Advent 2 - Matthew's Problem with John

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

How does Matthew's distinctive witness to John the Baptist shape our understanding both of John and of Jesus?
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September 12, 2009

Bible as Divine Reference Book, Pt. 2 (Just for Fun!)

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

Stephen Colbert looks at what happens when we revere the Bible more than we read it. When he interviews the sponsor of a bill to post the 10 Commandments in court rooms, Colbert discovers the Congressman only knows 3 of the 10 commandments.
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September 06, 2009

The Bible as Divine Reference Book, Pt. 1

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

Most Christians say the Bible holds authority in their lives, yet different Christians mean very different things by that. Here is the first of three ways contemporary Christians read and understand the Bible.
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August 23, 2009

Your Questions About the Bible

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

What do you find curious or confusing about the Bible? Let's hear your questions and join in conversation.
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August 19, 2009

Why Don't People Read the Bible?

The Rev. Dr. David Lose (ELCA)

Do you read the Bible? Statistics show that most mainline Christians don't - why? Join the conversation!