Advice to Pastors on the Bible in an Post-Christian Culture


The religious landscape in the West has changed drastically in the last several decades. What experts call post-christendom presents a challenging new opportunity for pastors and preachers to let the light of the Bible shine afresh.

In this video interview, Dr. Bill Arnold and Dr. Ben Witherington encourage leaders to handle the word of God with deep passion and piety, and to look to the early church for models on how to handle Scripture.

The quote referenced in the video by Ben Witherington: “Apply the whole of the text to yourself, and the whole of yourself to the text.” Johannes Bengel

View the rest of the videos in this series:
What Bible Did Jesus Use?
The Divine-Human Authorship of Scripture
The Bible Must Be Read in Context
Is the Bible Still Relevant?
Where Is Jesus in the Old Testament?
Christians and the Old Testament
How to Interpret the Bible Correctly
Reading the Bible with Fresh Eyes

Find all of our resources on Scripture here. Read articles from Dr. Bill Arnold here. Watch more videos from Dr. Ben Witherington here. Explore our OneBook Bible Study resources here.

View all of our video interviews here.


Bill Arnold is professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a "cradle Methodist," having been raised in a Methodist parsonage. When not traveling, he teaches an adult Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY. He enjoys Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati baseball, although his wife finds something else to do when games are too intense. He and Susan are survivors of three sons, who are now beginning to provide grandchildren in order to atone for all their offenses against their parents.