Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

New Testament

“Come Worship our Crucified God”: Not the Best Lead for Starting an Ancient Religion

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

“Hi everyone! The one we worship was crucified by the Romans. Come follow us.” This might not be the best way to start a religion in the ancient world.

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Why It’s Important that Jesus Didn’t Know Everything

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Much is at stake theologically for Jesus not knowing everything. It means grappling with the implications of the incarnation, no matter how challenging those implications may be to our own theology.

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Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus: A Story of How to Get Saved—Every Day

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

If we think of salvation as a one-time deal, a transaction with God, the ways that the Bible speaks of salvation, save, savior, etc. (Old and New Testaments) won’t make very much sense—like this story of Zacchaeus.

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Land and the Transformation of Israel’s Story in the New Testament

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

The early followers of Jesus, like the Gospel writers and Paul, took up the challenge of transforming Israel’s scripture—with its focus on Land, Temple, and Law—to connect it to the story of Jesus, where those elements were no longer central.

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the lord's prayer

3 Simple Things I’m Learning About the Lord’s Prayer

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

I’m really getting to like the Lord’s Prayer. Not in the slightest bit boring. Here are three things in particular have struck me these past couple of weeks (even though the prayer has a lot more going for it that just three things).

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jesus

Does Jesus Disagree with Himself?

By Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Hahaha. Funny meme. But seriously. Many of us have been taught to think something along these lines, that the Gospels are basically on the same page and any differences are either […]

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