I Love You, Bible . . . . Just Not That Way
Fri Noon | Main Stage
I love the Bible, but not for reasons you might think. I love it for its ancient, ambiguous, and diverse weirdness. When those qualities of the Bible are allowed to shine through, rather than clinging to the safe code words our tribe might expect us to use, we will see the Bible’s true depth and life-giving character. The Bible is not an owner’s manual of timeless information used by God to helicopter parent us, but a book that is set up to give us an “invitation we can’t refuse”—to accept for ourselves the sacred responsibility of reimagining God here and now rather than simply repeating the past.
Pete Enns is a Bible professor at Eastern University, but is nevertheless a semi-interesting person who loves animals and binge watching great dramas with his wife Sue. He writes a lot about dealing honestly with the messiness of the Bible and the reality of doubt in the life of faith, and his two most popular books are The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It and The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our “Correct” Beliefs. His popular blog and podcast, The Bible for Normal People, can be found at peteenns.com.
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