In her newly published revision of Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels, Julie M. Smith invites readers to engage the gospels devotionally by asking questions critically. In our podcast, Julie elaborates on the benefits she sees in this approach. We also discuss the pitfalls of ignoring the assessments and conclusions of Bible scholars. Julie skillfully articulates why she believes biblical scholarship can help fortify rather than harm faith.
She comes to the discussion well prepared with an MA in biblical studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, CA. She is also a member of the steering committee for the BYU New Testament Commentary series and is writing the commentary on Mark. A prolific blogger, Julie’s posts can be found across the Bloggernacle.
(Intro and outro music: “History Song” performed by The Good, the Bad, & the Queen from their eponymous album.)