Sortes Biblicae, Sortilege, or Bible Lottery

Bruce Metzger wrote a fascinating article in The Oxford Companion to the Bible (which he also co-edited) called Sortes Biblicae.  Sortes is a very ancient method of fortune-telling (also called sortilege), which consisted of using popular literature in a random way which would in turn be followed as guidance for life.  For example, people would write verses of Virgil or Homer… Continue reading Sortes Biblicae, Sortilege, or Bible Lottery

American Churches: The Evangelical Answer to Home Depot

  You've got to get this book: This Little Church Went to Market by Gary Gilley (Darlington: EP Books, 2010 [reprint]).  The subtitle is telling: "Is the Modern Church Reaching Out or Selling out?"  In this book, Gilley takes on the American church growth industry.  From Saddleback to Willow Creek to Lee Strobel to Bill Hybels, churches and church… Continue reading American Churches: The Evangelical Answer to Home Depot