Resources for re-imagining the Bible
If you're looking to go deeper after Sunday's message, here are a few resources for re-imagining the Bible. Remember: whenever you’re reading the Bible be on the look out for Jesus. As Martin Luther said, "the Bible is the cradle that holds the Christ child.” We don’t worship the Bible, we worship the one the Bible points to. So we pay special attention to the passages that “illustrate Jesus,” passages that embody Jesus life and witness to be good news for the poor and powerless and oppressed and hurting and abandoned.
While the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is the common American Lutheran translation (in part because it is one of the most gender inclusive translations - read more about that here) I recommend keeping the New Living Translation (NLT) handy. On the whole translators have made the NLT gender inclusive and also improved the readability for our modern ear. I struggle from time to time with the clunkiness of the NRSV. The Message is also a great option because of the radically accessible translation Eugene Petersen and crew pursued.
by Rachel Held Evans
by Rob Bell
by Sarah Bessey
by Adam Hamilton
Author Pete Enns interviews a wide range of people tackling tough questions about the Bible and exploring faith in everyday life.
The Bible Project podcast, offers a dialogue concerning the biblical theology behind the incredible videos the Bible project creates to help people explore the Bible in a new way.
Rob Bell is a great story teller and interviews some fascinating people on his podcast. The podcast often features Rob's masterful re-imagining of scripture in light of the Jewish tradition and historical context.
Check out the New Living Translation (NLT) or The Message (MSG) for a more accessible and inclusive read. Also, a word of caution: many of the reading plans have devotionals that take a more conservative view of scripture.)
A Bible app with progressive devotional content.
How about you? What books and resources have you found helpful in navigating the beautiful and complicated world of the Bible? Share your ideas in the comments below.