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The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible

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  • Posted October 18, 2008

    It Will Make You Think

    McKnight begins by observing we all want to know what the Bible says on a variety of issues such as homosexuality, charismatic gifts, and women in ministry. But the truth is, when it comes to the answers, we all pick and choose what portions of the Bible to follow. Most of us, to some degree or another, give lip service to the Bible¿s teachings in favor of convenience, political correctness, or social sensibility. <BR/><BR/>The book is divided up into four parts. The first deals with answering the question ¿what is the Bible.¿ Here McKnight argues we are to read the Bible ¿through¿ tradition. That is, we understand how the Bible has been historically read but we do not allow ourselves to be boxed in to the past. Part two is an encouragement to interact with the person who wrote the Bible, not the pages it¿s written on. In part three, McKnight writes about the need for discernment as we ¿pick and choose¿ which portions of Scripture are directly applicable to our 21st century lives. And finally, part four gives an example of discernment by investigating the role of women in the church.<BR/><BR/>The book will make you think. Many of the best points in the book force you to take stock of how you interpret (or ignore) certain portions of the Bible. I do not agree with all of McKnight¿s conclusions, but I appreciate his honesty when it comes to interpretation. In the end, the book serves as a reminder of the needed humility and grace when it comes to following what the Bible says.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011


    Greatly enjoyed the work. Would have enjoyed more depth on the issue of discernment as that seems to be the key to the entire work. Want to avoid complete subjectivity when exercising discernment. Great insight and spot on the issue of women in ministry.

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    Posted December 1, 2008

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