“The Bible is an enormous and often difficult book. The Bible is an inspired and sacred text that has to be interpreted, and the interpretive options are myriad. We need to find a way to center our reading of Scripture — we need to find the interpretive center and read the rest of Scripture from that vantage point. Where do I center my reading of Scripture? In the New Testament. In the Gospels. In the words of Jesus. At the cross. My interpretive center of the Bible is right here: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” There is nothing more central to my understanding of God than this. God is like Jesus. God has always been like Jesus. There’s never been a time when God was not like Jesus. We haven’t always known this, but now we do.” (Brian Zahnd)