39. Do you take the Bible literally?

“Do you take the Bible literally?” asked my neighbor.  We were just getting to know each other.  He knew that I was a pastor and, I think, was curious as to what sort of pastor I was.  He himself was a former Methodist, a man who, as far as I know, did not attend church, but labeled himself as “spiritual but not religious” (it was the first time I’d ever heard that now common description).

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