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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. 



Bible Translations

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.



Books

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

by Rachel Held Evans


What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything

by Rob Bell


Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women

by Sarah Bessey


Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today

by Adam Hamilton 



Podcasts

The Bible For Normal People

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

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.


The Rob Cast

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.



Apps

YouVersion: the Bible App 

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.)


Our Bible App

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.

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