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So what is the bible…really?

Filed under: books,God's movement — 10:14 pm

I finished Adam Hamilton’s book “Making Sense of the Bible” today, and I think it might be the most important book of the year.  The church needs it so badly.  Here’s why…

In 2004, we were a part of Mars Hill’s transition to allow women full participation in leadership. It was an explosive, divisive, tumultuous season.  And I remember the moment that it hit me: “Wait a second…this isn’t about women or the church or leadership or the issue.  This is about the bible.  What do we make of this holy book and how do we let it direct our lives?” And I wonder if the same could be said about other divisive issues like immigration, abortion, and homosexuality.  These issues are critically important, but the “issue beneath the issue” is the bible.

Thankfully, Adam Hamilton (pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City) has boldly and lovingly invited us to wrestle with this.  What is the bible?  Where did it come from?  What do we do with the contradictions?  Can we take it seriously but not literally?  What does it mean for the bible to be inspired?  How can we allow the bible to be everything God intends for it to be, but not more?  

These are really important questions.

To hear more, check out this short interview.  Hamilton shares the basic idea and heart behind the book.

You won’t agree with everything, and I don’t agree with every one of his conclusions, but the questions he raises are critical for every one of us who takes the scriptures seriously.

Let me know what you think!


  1. I had this on my “to read” list. I’ll have to move it higher! Love the question of whether we should take the bible literally or seriously. Also appreciate that you can recommend the discussion without agreeing with everything Pastor Hamilton concludes.

    Comment by Beth Demme — June 18, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

  2. I just ordered it on Amazon. I can’t wait to dive in I’ll let you know what I think.

    Comment by Jordan gilliam — July 3, 2014 @ 10:56 am

  3. […] more beautiful understanding of what the scriptures actually are. Adam Hamilton’s book Making Sense of the Bible is a wonderful place to start. But today, let’s look at Fr Richard Rohr’s perspective […]

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