I have read and learned a lot about the Bible.
Now I want to read the Bible again.
This has been a long time coming.
For the past 10-15 years I have been growing increasingly unsatisfied with the either/or options that were being presented.
- Creation or Evolution
- Catholic or Protestant
- Democrat or Republican
- Gay or Straight
- Married or Single
- Conservative or Liberal
- Public or Private
- Think or Do
- Talk or Act
- Faith or Reason
I have come to see that these binaries are not only unsatisfying and impotent but are in reality inaccurate and often deceptive. If nothing else, they result in a round-and-round series of dead-end debates that lead nowhere and only serve to produce cul-de-sac brands of christianity that where folks in one camp don’t trust and don’t even know how to talk to folks from the ‘other’ camp.
When it comes to reading the Bible, the either/or options seemed to be:
- one-dimensional black & white literalism
- reductive dismissal and criticism
Both of those are unsatisfying and impotent.
So over the past 4 years I have been comparing notes with trusted friends and trading ideas with respected thinkers and practitioners. I have tried some new stuff out on Sundays in the pulpit and I have read lots of books about the Bible.
About a year and a half ago I have got to the point where I was tired of reading and talking about the Bible … and I want to actually read the Bible.
I know better than to do that alone … so I went on a journey and I found some fellow travelers. We come from all over the country but we have crossed paths in Portland.
We want to take a classic and give it a twist:
Starting Wednesday September 6th at 7pm we are going to meet in a church basement with Bibles open and read the scriptures together through a progressive lens.
So it begins …
I have asked a few close friends to take a look at it and now I am wondering if you will take a minute to help me out before we go public with this thing!
If you get a chance to look at it or to share it with someone who might be interested in the topic, that would mean a lot to us. You can post comments here, on that site, or email us at ProgressiveBible@gmail.com
Thank you ahead of time!