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REVIEW | Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

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Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall I enjoyed this book. As a person in full-time ministry and a Bible nerd, it's rare for a book written on a popular level to keep my attention and interest. Many popular level books are great for the lay person, the average church goer, or the new Christian. With Rachel Held Evans' latest, she hits all the right notes for me.

Her style is imaginative and informative. She takes liberties while also trying to stay true to the text. I found her creative retellings of the stories compelling. Evans will definitely go against the grain of traditional, fundamental, and literalist readings of Scripture - but in my opinion, that's a good thing. We often try to make the Bible do and say things it was never meant to do or say.

I've been following RHE on Twitter for a while now, and while she was in the process of writing this book she talked about the importan…

Biblical Enneagram Types: FIVES

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Fives are some of the unsung heroes of the Enneagram. They don't like the recognition and the spotlight. They don't seek to be honored at banquets or showered with public praise. Fives know what they know and they do what they do - and they do it well. I've never met a Five who wasn't at least somewhat knowledgable in virtually everything. Fives are the researchers behind the project. They are the quality engineers making sure your new car runs perfectly. They are the chemists developing new, safer, more sustainable formulas and medicines.

If you have a five in your life, you know they are great to have around. They're like a walking Google search. Ask them a question, and they can probably give you an answer. If not, they'll disappear for a while and then come back with one.

Fives read the Encyclopedia for fun as children.

Fives, often called Observers or Investigators, are not typically very outgoing - which is interesting because they share a line with Seven…

rCQ: Questions from an atheist

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/r/Christianity Questions
Recently, I came across this series of of questions asked by a Reddit user:
1) Do you agree with everything in the bible, sometimes it can be really messed up (like those quotes atheists like to bring up when they are debating with christians for example "Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves. Numbers 31:17-18" 2) Is the Bible like your law or advice for better life? 3) How often do you question your beliefs? 4) Are creationists the majority of christians? Here are my answers:

1) It is my belief that if it can't be said about Christ, it can't be said about God (seeing as they are one and the same). I read about the violence of the nations in the Hebrew Scriptures in light of the cross of Christ. Jesus' violent death at the hands of the state reveals the evil of state-sanctioned killing. So no, I don…

High Five Thursday!

Interesting turn this week. Here is my list of my
Top 5 Not-So-Preachable Bible Verses
WARNING: Reader discretion may be advised.
Genesis 1:29-30 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Wait...so, every animal was originally created to be strictly vegetarian? Apparently so. I guess this means that in God's original design, humans were not encouraged to eat steak, hamburgers, or chicken nuggets. I suppose this also applied to lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
A world in which every creature is vegetarian, thus eliminating the need to kill any other living being. Try preaching that right before the monthly pot-luck!
Genesis 6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those …

Summer Reads

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This is the list of books I have read this summer so far in order from the bottom up. Jesus Manifesto was definitely my favorite. Fearless and The Christian Atheist were somewhat similar in scope and content, but both worth the read. Jesus Wants to Save Christians does a good job of capturing the Exodus themes throughout the Bible. And The Happiest Baby on the Block was an interesting read in preparation for our child on the way.

The only question is what to read next? I'm kinda thinking I need to read more Bible before reading more books about the Bible.