Month: January 2013

David Lamb: Is God really’Angry, Sexist and Racist’? – The Washington Post

Another version of the interview, this time from The Washington Post (I’ve heard of them):

David Lamb: Is God really’Angry, Sexist and Racist’? – The Washington Post.

The big news yesterday was John Kerry and Dave Lamb.  It must have been a slow news day.

You don’t need to read the same interview over and over again, but you should at least check out the Post’s website.

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David Lamb: Is God really Angry, Sexist and Racist? | Religion News Service

Another interview?  Yes, but this ones short.

RNS-LAMB-QANDADavid Lamb: Is God really Angry, Sexist and Racist? | Religion News Service.

I discussed my book God Behaving Badly with Kellie Kotraba while I was in Columbia, Missouri to speak at Memorial Baptist Church.  Her interview started out on this website:

http://columbiafavs.com/culture/entertainment-and-pop-culture/angry-sexist-racist-…-and-loving-qa-with-god-behaving-badly-author-david

But the interview eventually got picked up by the Religion News Service (which gets picked up by the Washington Post).

I promise to make some new posts soon that aren’t related to interviews with me.

I’ve started reading Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxis, so I’ll be posting a few blogs about that soon.  Have you read it?  You should.

MLK and the death of King David’s son

Google MLKGoogle comes through again.  How could anyone prefer Bing, when Google is so much cooler.

How have you celebrated MLK day?  I went to work because I don’t get the day off.  And I posted a very short note on my blog about MLK.  See my MLK post from a year ago.

On a completely unrelated note, a few days ago, a friend sent me this email asking advice about a question that came up during their family’s devotions (they have young kids):

This morning the devotional brought up David & Bathsheba (personally I thought, why would a devotional for kids deal with that? but I digress…). It didn’t get very specific. Just said ‘David wanted to marry a beautiful woman so he had her husband killed.’ But it did say that as a result God said his child had to die. Our daughter responds like any 10 year-old who is inquisitive would respond, ‘Why did God punish David by killing his son? Why not kill David?’

Of course I answered the only way I knew how: ‘That’s a great question and I don’t really know. We know God loves us but we don’t understand everything he does.’

David and BathshebaI made 5 comments to my friend:

1) I think its great that the devotional material includes the story of David and Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11-12).  Although, I understand why you’d wonder about that.  I don’t have girls.  But we’re supposed to teach the Bible to our kids, and God inspired the whole thing, so I think it’s good to talk about it.  Children that discuss sex and sexuality with their parents are more likely to take on their parents values on sex.

2) I’d tell your daughter that she’s asking a great question.  How clever of her!  It’s tough to understand, but by asking good questions, you’re taking a step in the right direction.

3) In the OT, God often punishes children for sins of parents.  It doesn’t make sense to us, but we tend to think individualistically.  In many ways, to punish a child is a more severe form of punishment for parents.  Most parent’s would rather suffer, than allow their children to suffer.  God punishes the sons of Jeroboam and Ahab.  Jonathan is prevented from becoming king because of the sins of his father Saul.

4) God promised David an eternal dynasty (2 Sam 7), so perhaps that promise was meant to keep him alive.  God also said that the sword would never leave his house, and violence did characterize the remaining years of his reign.  His sons Absalom and Adonijah both tried to rebel against their father, so other consequences came his way.

5) Your response of “I don’t understand” is great.  It models humility.  That’s great parenting.

So, what would you have said to this 10 year-old girl? 

No, I haven’t seen the Gregory Peck portrayal of this story.  Have you?  Is it any good?

Mo. Pastor Takes on ‘God Behaving Badly’ in 9-Part Sermon Series

Christian Post

After preaching at Memorial Baptist Church (Columbia, MO), The Christian Post interviewed both myself and Kevin Glenn, the pastor of the church.

Here’s the link to the article: Mo. Pastor Takes on ‘God Behaving Badly’ in 9-Part Sermon Series.

CP is the top-ranked website for Religion and Spirituality.  (Yes, this is more Shameless Marketing that readers of my blog have become accustomed to.)

Kudos to Kevin Glenn for being willing to “take on” this topic at his church.  Most churches, pastors, Sunday school teachers, even seminary professors are afraid of the problematic texts of the Old Testament (the Canaanite slaughter, the smiting of Uzzah, Elisha calling down bears on the boys).  We don’t really believe what Paul says that “all Scripture is inspired and profitable for teaching” (2 Tim. 3:16).

But by ignoring these texts we aren’t helping Christians get to know God and his word better.  These problematic texts don’t just go away.

We’ve got to stop ignoring the difficult parts of the Bible.  Otherwise Christians will only encounter them when they are:
1) Reading through their Bibles on their own and have no one to talk to.  Confusion.
2) Talking to atheist, agnostic or seeker friends who bring them up in a debate.  Embarrassment.
3) Sitting in a religion class taught by a follower of the New Atheists.  Frustration. 

To be prepared for these situations, we need to study and discuss these texts, to preach and teach them.  If we believe that God inspired these texts, then he must want us to learn from them.

Kevin’s church will be prepared to deal with these difficult situations.  Are you?