Christ: filter or lens? Is Steve Chalke’s hermeneutic right?

Steve Chalke argues that because Jesus is the infallible Word of God and the one to whom Scripture points, we must read Scripture in the light of his life and teaching. So far, so good except that for Chalke, this means that he looks at Scriptures which he struggles with and if he finds that they don’t fit with his understanding of Christ’s life and teaching then he does not have to agree with them. Continue reading

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..but the Bible doesn’t claim to be the Word of God does it? – more on the Steve Chalke debate

One of the oddest arguments by professing Christians in the most recent Steve Chalke dispute is “The Bible doesn’ claim to be the Word of God.” It’s an odd claim because: Continue reading

Steve Chalke Responds: Is the Bible the Word of God? Is it infallible?

Following David Robertson’s robust critique of his position, Premier Christianity invited Steve Chalke to respond and explain more about how he understood Scripture.

You can read Steve’s article here.

I want to pick up on a few things in Steve’s article.  Continue reading

Does the Bible require a woman to marry her rapist?

One of the reasons why people like Steve Chalke are asking us to re-evaluate the nature and role of Scripture is because of some of the challenging texts that seem to go against our contemporary cultural ethics and even against Christian morality.

One of the examples given of this is Deuteronomy 22:28-29 which the NIV translates:

“28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels[c] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.” Continue reading

Taking Scripture seriously: Why Steve Chalke gets the Bible wrong

Steve Chalke has been posting a series of 95 short film clips to mark the Reformation. His aim is to encourage a conversation and in effect a new reformation in our approach to Scripture.

In video 10 he talks about the Bible being a library of books that reflect the faulty cultural views of the authors.  This means that:

“These books chart the long discussion between God who inspired, initiated and pushed the conversation forward and men and women created in his image.”

“These books reveal the all too often partial but at the same time gradually expanding human understanding of the character of God and what it means to be human.” Continue reading

Why we should sing that “on the cross … the wrath of God was satisfied”

Not everyone likes Stuart Townend’s hymn “In Christ Alone.” Some people have a particular problem with the lyrics

“On that Cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.” Continue reading

The Greatest Love Story

In the last article, we saw that the Doctrine of Penal Substitution is part of God’s Great Love story.  I thought it might be helpful to highlight some other aspects of that Love Story. Continue reading