In How (Not) to Read the Bible, pastor and bestselling author Dan Kimball tackles one of the most pressing apologetic challenges of the twenty-first-century churchhow do we read and interpret the Bible? Kimball introduces several critical principles to utilize when you open a Bible or read a verse. Then, he looks at five of the most common challenges that arise when people read the Bible today, including: the relationship between science and the Bible, the violence we find in the Bible, the treatment of women in the Bible, the odd and strange commands we find in the Bible, and the Bible's controversial claim that there is only one way to know God. Kimball highlights several of the most common passages people find objectionable and shows readers how to correctly interpret them.
This is an ideal book for those exploring Christianity or new to the faith, as well as Christians who are wrestling with questions about these difficult issues and the challenges of interpreting the Bible. Filled with stories and examples, as well as visual illustrations and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How (Not) to Read the Bible will motivate readers who are confused or discouraged by questions they have about the Bible and guides themstep-by-stepto a clear understanding of what the Bible is saying in context. The book can also be taught as a six-week sermon series or used in small groups for study and discussion.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: The Dilemma of Liking Jesus but not the Church
1. Is the Church supposed to be Judgmental and Negative?
2. Judging the way Jesus told us to Judge
3. Is the Church supposed to be an Organized Religion?
4. Organized Religion as the Hope Of The Masses
5. Is the Church supposed to be Male-dominated and Chauvinistic?
6. Blowing Up the Boys Club for Adults
7. Is the Church Supposed to be Anti-Gay?
8. Love is an Orientation
9. Is the Church Supposed to be the Only Ones Right and All Other Religions Wrong?
10. Love is the Way and the Truth
11. Is the Church Supposed to be Teaching that the Bible is to all be taken Literally?
12. Fundamentalism isn’t Fun or Funny
Conclusion: Being a Christian without being “Christian”
Appendix A – The wonderful story of the “gospel”
Appendix B- Suggested Resources for further reading