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I had a brief conversation with some Christians the other day who insisted that their denomination was the way that biblical Christianity should be practised – I expected them to tell me that it was (probably) the way Jesus did things. How, I wondered, can people be so insistent that their way is the way. Where is the love, peace and most of all humility in such dogmatism?

Alan Knox has an interesting way of telling the Bible as we experience it in the church today. I have listed a few examples from his blog for you to ponder. You might not agree with some of what he does with the Bible (I don’t), but it does make you think. (There are now over 100 on his blog).

And the Lord’s servant pastor must not be quarrelsome (except with heretics) but kind to everyone, able to teach preach, patiently enduring pointing out evil… (2 Timothy 2:4 re-mix)

But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another just make sure you have a real good reason. (Galatians 5:15 re-mix)

And the Lord’s servant the pastor of the church must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness not put up with teaching different than his own, but fiercely debate anyone who disagree with his theology in order to protect his church from heretical teaching.(2 Timothy 2:24-25a re-mix)

The grace of facts about the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of knowledge about God and the fellowship of theological description of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14 re-mix)

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