What do you do with an ancient book that’s full of wisdom and confusion, clarity and contradictions, love and violence? The words from the Bible have been used by preachers, liberators, musicians, kings, and politicians to inspire and lead, but to also bring fear and oppression. Many have asked, and continue to ask, “Is this book sacred scripture or something else?”
Questions, while often seen as doubt and disbelief, are where we think faith begins. So, rather than ignore the hard questions about the Bible, we spent an entire sermon series leaning into them and using them to lead us all to a more authentic faith.
This series has become an ongoing conversation that we invite you into through the sermons that we preached and resources we encourage you to check out.
Throughout the sermon series, we leaned into the tension caused by questions about the Bible and learned that, above all, we have to have a humble posture of learning in order to grow in our faith. The hard work doesn’t end just because the sermon series is over. In order to keep up the momentum from all we learned together, we’ve put together a set of resources that can help you along in your own journey.
By no means is this a definitive list of resources. Nor, is it a definitive endorsement of all the viewpoints found in each resource. We just think of these books, podcasts, and websites as a great place to begin a healthy conversation about the Bible.
The books below can be found at the public library (yeah, for local libraries!), at brick and mortar stores like Barnes and Noble, and online.
The Bible Tells Me So (Peter Enns)
Making Sense of the Bible (Adam Hamilton)
Inspired (Rachel Held Evans)
What Is the Bible? (Rob Bell)
Scripture and the Authority of God (N.T. Wright)
While we definitely encourage you to listen to our podcast, particularly our [conversation] entries, we also encourage you to check out a podcast called The Bible for Normal People. Led by scholars Pete Enns and Jared Byas, these smart, but normal guys, tackle difficult topics and break down issues of the Bible in ways that entertain and provide a jumping off point for further learning.
So many of us are visual learners, which is why we consider The Bible Project to be one of the best websites for learning more about the Bible. A non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere, The Bible Project creates videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story. Check it out at www.thebibleproject.com.