What the Bible Is Not

I’m reading an excellent book titled CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet.  Chapter 2 is an introduction to what the essential nature of the Scriptures is.  Michael Emlet lists and explains 4 false views of the nature of Scripture that leave the interpreter short-sighted and shallow.

1. The Bible is not primarily a book of do’s and don’ts.

2. The Bible is not primarily a book of timeless principles for the problems of life.

3. The Bible is not primarily a casebook of characters to imitate or avoid.

4. The Bible is not primarily a system of doctrines.


All of these approaches produce a Gospel-deficient Bible.  The Bible is The Story of God.


I’d encourage you to check out the book yourself and order it:


CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet

by Mike Emlet

CrossTalk book coverAnnouncing a New Book by Mike Emlet

A Remedy for “Take Two Verses and Call Me in the Morning”

Mike Emlet knows that Christians struggle with real life problems—and he believes the Bible offers divine wisdom for life’s challenges. But he discovered that effectively applying ancient Scripture to modern life is challenging, sometimes resulting in simplistic prescriptions, which resemble “Take two verses and call me in the morning.” So, Mike wrote the new book CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet to give Christians the tools to bridge the gap between the Bible and the everyday struggles of contemporary life. He provides not only specific guidelines for using Scripture in ministry, but also illustrates how it might look, by providing case studies of Scripture effectively applied to life struggles.

Read the Introduction and Chapter 1 (PDF) and watch a video (below) of author Mike Emlet talking about CrossTalk.

CrossTalk is available now through New Growth Press…and it’s selling FAST. Order yours today!

About the Author: Michael R. Emlet, M.Div., M.D., practiced as a family physician for twelve years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He has written numerous published articles and is the author of several CCEF booklets including Asperger Syndrome; Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control; Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength; and OCD: Freedom for the Obsessive Compulsive.

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  1. […] Emlet, in his excellent book CrossTalk, writes about worldview questions in the chapter “What’s Your Story?”: A way to speak about […]

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