Less & Less of the Old Testament?

Earlier this month Yonat Shimron's Religion News Service article "Is the Old Testament Dying?" captured my attention. Put differently: Is the First Testament losing importance for those who follow the Way of Jesus? Do Christians have far greater biblical literacy in the Christian Scriptures than in the Hebrew Scriptures? Less & Less? Shimron's article answers the initial and repackaged questions affirmatively based on a new book by Brent Strawn titled The Old Testament Is Read More …

The Bible in 4 Minutes

Chuck Knows Church is an educational resource funded by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.  Every Thursday, a somewhat goofy yet always personable, pastoral and knowledgeable man named Chuck shares a new 2-4 minute YouTube video on a basic topic related to Christianity.  The site now features a library of over 40 videos with past topics that include Advent wreath, baptismal font, candles, and doxology. Recently, Chuck provided an overview of the Bible in 4 Read More …

Declining Biblical Literacy

Almost everyone agrees that Americans are not very religiously literate.  While lacking basic knowledge of the world's great religions, Americans typical know more about Christianity. Last week the Barna Group reported on research it undertook for a noteworthy client: the American Bible Society.  The following snapshot shows how people responded to some basic questions about Christianity: So What? John 3:16 has been among the most popular signs at American professional football Read More …

Review of Beginnings

Meet the Author and Translator Meir Shalev is well-know internationally for his writing. He is a columnist for the most widely circulated Israeli daily newspaper: Yedioth Ahronoth.  Shalev has authored six novels, including the Brenner Prize winning A Pigeon and a Boy (2009).  Additionally, Shalev has written five works of nonfiction, including Beginnings: Reflections on the Bible's Intriguing Firsts (2011).  His writings have been translated into more than twenty languages and he has Read More …