Author: Clay Libolt

  • THE CONVERSATION II

    This is the third in a series of posts responding to questions put to me by readers of my earlier series of posts I grouped together under the general title, “The Quest for “A Foundation-Laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality.” All are available on the website. The questions were broadly about two claims I made […]

  • THE CONVERSATION

    A recent correspondent put two questions to me. One was about whether the Bible has a plot. It’s often thought that it does. This plot is often presented as constituting “salvation history.” I not infrequently hear people saying something like, “The Bible made no sense to me at all until I learned to see it […]

  • THE CATHEDRAL

    Did you mumble a bit on the creed? Many years ago, Adria and I brought Tim (not his real name) to church. Tim was a consultant working on a project for the state of Michigan that Adria was also working on. He came to church with us several times during while he was in town. […]

  • DOES THE BIBLE HAVE A PLOT? A Second Take on a Theme

    A bit of clarification is in order. In my previous series, “The Quest for “A Foundation-Laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality,” I took aim at a number of assumptions and methods that underlie the approach taken to questions of human sexuality by a synodical study committee in their looooong (175 pages) and controversial report, now […]

  • DOES THE BIBLE HAVE A PLOT? II An Introduction

    I get mail. I do, although like you a lot of what comes into my email inbox is junk mail, people trying to sell me stuff or, worse, trying to scam me out of my credit card and social security numbers. Or, if I click where they tell me to click,” loading spyware onto my […]

  • WHAT KIND OF BOOK IS THE BIBLE? (4/6)

    The Quest for “a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality” In the previous two posts (well, three, if you count the ‘Read This First’ introduction) in this series (“The Quest for ‘a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality”), I looked, first, at how a new report on human sexuality, commissioned by Synod 2016 of the […]

  • HOW THE STUDY COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SEXUALITY HANDLED THE TEXTS (2/6)

    Reading Matthew 19 (The first in a series on looking for “a foundation-laying biblical theology of human sexuality”) If you were to go looking for “a foundation-laying biblical theology of human sexuality,” where would you turn? Finding such a theology of human sexuality was the task presented by the synod of the Christian Reformed Church […]

  • DOES THE BIBLE HAVE A PLOT? (3/6)

    The Quest for “a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality In a previous post (“How the Study Committee on Human Sexuality Handled the Texts”), I looked at how a new report on human sexuality, commissioned by Synod 2016 of the Christian Reformed Church, handles Matthew 19, a scripture central to the study committee’s case. In […]

  • THE PRIESTHOOD OF BIBLE SCHOLARS (5/6)

    The Quest for “a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality In the previous posts in this series (see, in order, “How the Study Committee on Human Sexuality Handled the Texts,” “Does the Bible Have a Plot?” and “What Kind of Book Is the Bible?”), I have looked at how a new report on human sexuality […]

  • THE BIBLICAL TEXTS ON HOMOSEXUALITY (6/6)

    The Quest for “a Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality I thought to write one more post in the series I’m calling “The Quest for ‘A Foundation-laying Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality,’” looking this time directly at the seven texts that are said to address homosexuality in the Bible. The occasion for these posts is […]