Perhaps it could be argued that I am simply trying to use the Bible to create another authoritative reading. I want to be clear on this. The Bible as we have it is not self-evidently authoritative. I am simply interested in reading the Bible well and gaining from what it has to offer. To continue down our current path is to continue the risk of allowing the Bible to be an authoritative object, or idol as we would call it in another vocabulary. I take the Bible very seriously. It is this seriousness that has led me to question how the Mennonite church continues to use the Bible.