7 Myths About the Bible & Homosexuality Debunked

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9780310518471_394_600_90When I first started reading David Lamb’s new book about Old Testament-style love I thought to myself, “Yeah, but what does he say about homosexuality?”

Given the current tectonic sexual shifts within Western culture, I imagine others will be searching for the same kind of biblically rooted, pastorally sensitive answers I was interested in. In this final chapter, Lamb doesn’t disappoint; he surprises!

In a sensible, down-to-earth, well-informed examination, Prostitutes and Polygamists exposes and debunks seven important myths about the Bible and homosexuality.

1) Gay Sex Is No Big Deal

While homosexuality itself never appears in the Old Testament, two verses in Leviticus do briefly address the issue: Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.

“Leviticus clearly teaches that homosexual practice is wrong,” Lamb concludes.…

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WBC Software Super Sale: Just $9.99 for Each Word Biblical Commentary Volume

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5 Reasons Christians Should Talk About Prostitutes and Polygamists

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310518471Let’s talk about sex. The deviant, Old Testament kind.

As in prostitution, polygamy, rape, adultery, and incest.

If you’re blushing, you’re not alone. By the looks of it most of the Bride is too, given how little we talk about sexual sins and sex in general. David Lamb wants to change this.

“The church needs to talk about sex more,” writes Lamb in his new book Prostitutes and Polygamists, “not just the ideal but also the reality.” (19)

And the reality is sex is broken. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be at many levels. Which is why the Bible talks about it so much, and why we should too:

“The Bible gives us no excuse for being reluctant to talk about sexual…

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Zondervan Mourns the Death of Verlyn D. Verbrugge, Editor, Writer, Pastor, and New Testament Scholar

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Verlyn Verbrugge

Verlyn D. Verbrugge, longtime Zondervan editor, teaching pastor, author, and New Testament scholar, died on June 21, 2015 following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.

His death serves as a deep loss to family, friends, and publishing colleagues; the academic community, especially those working in the areas of New Testament studies and Biblical Greek; and the Christian church at large, including the numerous pastors and leaders around the world whose lives and Bible knowledge he shaped.

Since June 1986, Verlyn (or V2 as colleagues fondly called him) has served as one of Zondervan’s principal production editors for Bibles and academic resources in biblical and theological studies. His versatility, however, extended far beyond the academic publishing arena. Verlyn effortlessly traversed between scholarly and popular landscapes, serving as a trusted editor for both church/ministry resources and popular…

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5 Steps to Understanding Any Biblical Text: The Interpretive Journey from “Grasping God’s Word”

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How can we know what the Bible means?

This extract from Grasping God’s Word may serve as a quick guide to “the interpretive journey.” This is a journey we must take — across the barriers of time, culture, language, and other differences — if we are to rightly understand the Bible. Read on as authors J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays sketch the interpretive journey before us.

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Many of us want to be able to dig deeper into [God’s] Word. We want to see more and to understand more of the biblical text. We also want to know that we understand…

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Kenton Sparks: Genesis 1–11 is Ancient Historiography — An Excerpt from “Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?”

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,.

9780310514947What genre is Genesis 1–11? Is it history, fiction, or neither? A new book provides clarity by exploring the first eleven chapters of the Bible, which are often fraught with disagreement and confusion.

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? offers a vigorous discussion of primeval history from three distinct perspective. One of those voices is Kenton Sparks, who argues Genesis is neither history nor fiction:

I don’t intend to suggest that the authors were avoiding history, as might be the case in full-fledged allegory. I mean instead that they were so busy doing something else that historical questions were not in the foreground of their thinking.

Read the excerpt below and engage this important resource yourself to gain deeper insights into the important discussion of the genre and nature of Genesis 1–11.

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This Major Biblical Theme Is a Surprising Root of the Manhood Problem

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Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James

Single motherhood is becoming the new norm for how children are raised. In 2014:

4 out 10 children were born to unwed mothers; More than 80% of all single-parent families in America are headed by women; 1 in 4 children (17.4 million) are being raised without a father.

Carolyn Custis James calls this new fatherless norm an “epidemic” in her new book Malestrom, which explores, clarifies, and remedies the problem of manhood. She argues this fatherhood disaster stems from “a powerful malestrom undertow,” (78) resulting in violence, patriarchy, and male identity confusion.

Surprisingly, not only is this major feature of the malestrom a major theme of the male experience. It’s also a major biblical theme.

Some of us understand it well. It’s what James calls the father wound.

Father Wound Defined

James contends the root cause of much…

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Gordon Wenham: Genesis 1–11 is Proto-History — An Excerpt from “Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?”

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago.

9780310514947What genre is Genesis 1–11? Is it history, fiction, or neither? A new book provides clarity by exploring the first eleven chapters of the Bible, which are often fraught with disagreement and confusion.

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? offers a vigorous discussion of primeval history from three distinct perspective. One of those voices is Gordon Wenham, who argues the authors of Genesis wrote in typically ancient ways that did not intend to produce history:

I argued that the backbone of Gen 1 – 11 is an expanded linear genealogy…This interest in chronology and the causal explanation of the sequence of events in the dim and distant past makes protohistory a better description of Gen 1 – 11 than myth on the one hand and history on the other..

Read the excerpt below and…

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James Hoffmeier: Genesis 1–11 is History and Theology — An Excerpt from “Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?”

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,.

9780310514947What genre is Genesis 1–11? Is it history, fiction, or neither? A new book provides clarity by exploring the first eleven chapters of the Bible, which are often fraught with disagreement and confusion.

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? offers a vigorous discussion of primeval history from three distinct perspective. One of those voices is James Hoffmeier, who argues Genesis is history that reflects real facts and real events:

When we consider the framing of the books with the tôlĕdôt markers and the rather specific geographical settings, which I believe would lead an ancient audience to consider the Nephilim episode, the flood, and Tower of Babel narratives as historical events, then there are good reasons to read these texts this way even in the twenty-first century.

Read the excerpt below and

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How Is “Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?” Distinctive Among “Genesis” Books?

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(Can’t see the video? Watch it here)

9780310514947Thanks to biblical scholars like John Walton and cultural shapers like Darren Aronofsky, there seems to have been a resurgent interest in the opening chapters of the Bible.

But where many books address Genesis 1 or 2 and 3, the broader “primeval history” chapters are often left untreated. The new book Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? bridges this gap in engagement by addressing Genesis 1–11 in its entirety. Because as the book’s general editor Charles Halton argues:

You can’t really discuss Genesis 1 or Genesis 2–3 without looking at it in the entire narrative that goes from Genesis 1–11.

Genesis assembles the various discussions about Genesis, origins, and the beginning of the Bible into the bigger Biblical storyline using three distinct voices and three important pericope case…

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Take the 100 Page Challenge for the Classic of Classics

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A Doubter's Guide to the Bible(Can’t see the video? Watch it here)

A few years ago author John Dickson was challenged to read A Tale of Two Cities.

And he hated it. He hated the sentence length and rhythm, the historical background was too complicated.

But a hundred pages in something happened: he began to enjoy the rhythm of the sentences, the historical background came alive.

This is why he’s issued a “100 Pages Challenge” for the Classic of classics, the Bible. In the video above he explains why you should take it and how it will benefit you.

To enhance your reading and make the most of this challenge, grab his book A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible—a snapshot of the worldview and main themes of the Bible.

“If you give…

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What Genre Is Genesis 1–11: History, Fiction, or Neither?

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Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?

Four hundred years ago, the Roman Inquisition investigated the scientific exploits of a one Galileo Galilei, finding him guilty of all charges. They concluded Galileo’s scientific beliefs were false and contrary to Scripture, forced him to recant them, and confined him to house arrest.

His crime? Heliocentrism. To reconcile his scientific understand with Scripture, Galileo concluded the Bible often means “things which are quite different from what its bare words signify.”

Galileo gets at an important set of questions, which Charles Halton asks as editor of the new book Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?:

Is Genesis 1–11 similar to the genres of our culture? If so, what genre is it? Is it factual history, fictional fable, or somewhere in between? And how does its overall genre effect our interpretation of individual passages? (19–20)

In the last…

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