City Nights: An Evening with Dr. Matthew Mullins
Do you struggle to think of the Bible as “literature,” as a story meant to capture the imagination? Do you have a hard time enjoying, much less trusting, the Bible? Please join us for our next City Night, featuring professor and author Dr. Matthew Mullins, whose most recent book is titled Enjoying the Bible: Literary Approaches to Loving the Scriptures. The talk will take place at MATCH in Midtown, followed by an informal reception at Holman Draft Hall across the street. RSVP here!
Understanding the Bible Requires Reading with Our Guts
Most people think of the Bible as an instruction manual and thus primarily approach it looking for information, whether practical, historical, moral, or theological. But these views of the Bible and how to read it cannot account for the Bible’s artistry, complexity, and narrative power. To read the Bible well, we need a more robust approach to reading, one that includes mind, body, soul, and strength. We need an approach that enables not only intellectual assent but also gut knowledge, the kind of understanding only made possible by enjoyment.
About Dr. Mullins: Matthew Mullins is Associate Professor of English and History of Ideas at the College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he teaches classes on American literature, interpretation, and great books. Matt divides his research and writing time between the academy and the church, publishing both academic literary criticism and treatments of literature aimed at a broader, yet specifically Christian, audience. His most recent book fits into that second category and is entitled Enjoying the Bible: Literary Approaches to Loving the Scriptures (Baker 2021).
Questions? Contact Clint Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.