Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons: Chapters 5-7

Click to OrderReading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons by Russell Pregeant

Here’s the conclusion of my look at Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons. (See Part One here)

Neither Rigid Rules nor Billy Club: The Nature of Biblical Ethics

How do we understand “the rules” of the Bible and how has the Bible’s rules been used to beat people over the head? To emphasize his point, Pregeant tells the story of a woman who suffered years of abuse and was told by he pastor to stay with her husband. Why? Because the Bible demanded it. And yes, this kind of Bible abuse continues today.

The Bible and Our Beliefs: Reflections on Christian Doctrine

Here Pregeant takes a look at traditional theology as well as some other branches of theology (open and process theology are referenced, although not named directly). Pregeant discusses God’s power, knowledge, and the problem of evil.

Life in the Spirit: The Gospel of Grace and Demand

How do we live in the world and not fall into the trap of idolatry? How do we live out the gospel of grace? These are the topics that Pregeant discusses in this final chapter. The answer for Pregeant is love: love of the other.

I think it’s a safe bet to say Pregeant and I are close theologically, so it should come as no surprise that I liked this book. I think this book is a great resource for anyone just starting to question their understanding of the Bible as Pregeant is very careful to provide options, not absolute answers. Pick it up and give it a read. It’s not that thick and is a relatively easy read.

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I'm a former American Baptist turned Agnostic turned Lutheran. I have a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. I also blog at Bad Theology.

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  1. I believe that you may be the same Craig Falvo began feeding the “homeless’ in the Library Park, Elizabeth City< NC in the winter of 2007 – 2008. I, along with several others fro Church of the Redeemer, Camden, NC joined you in your efforts in March of 2008.

    One of your very first friends from the streets was a lady named Zelda Allen. I write to tell you that Zelda left this earthly life early Sunday morning of last week. Her years of close association with spirits other than the Holy Spirit resulted in liver and kidney failure.

    The feeding ministry you began four years ago is now known as S.O.U.L.S (ServingOthers in Understanding with Love). Thirty four teams (250 volutneers) from 21 area congregations purchase, prepar and serve an average of 60 persons per night in the former band room of the abandoned MIddle School building on Elizabeth Street. Zelda has been a blessing to all on both sides of the table. She will live foreever in our hearts.
    Like all who knew her, I loved her. I will always hear her rendition of Amazing Grace and her raspy greeting , "Hey Daddy"!

    God bless you for lighting the fire which is now S.O.U.L.S.

    Harry Cannnon

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