They received the word with all readiness of mind, and search the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11)
Last Saturday I went to a Bible study at a “liberal” Baptist church, the kind I wouldn’t have set foot in a few years ago. I was surprised by what I found. They actually studied the Bible! I mean they really studied it. With commentaries lying open on the tables and hearts open before God, they searched the scriptures, asking hard questions and making life-changing applications. I was impressed that these folks, who don’t believe the Bible fell directly from heaven in its present form, took the text so seriously. In their worship they use the Revised Common Lectionary, read three passages of scripture from the pulpit every Sunday, and base their sermons on one or more of those texts. Theological conservatives could learn much from this purposeful, serious approach to the scriptures, whether or not they feel comfortable with a lectionary.
Liberal is not a term I feel comfortable applying to myself (yet). But if what I saw last Saturday was a liberal approach to the Bible, then, please, call me a liberal.