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Randy Petersen

Randy Petersen is Director of Scripture Engagement Content for American Bible Society. Writer of more than sixty books and hundreds of church curriculum lessons, he has also served churches as a Bible teacher, small-groups coordinator, drama director, preaching consultant and softball pitcher.

How to Read the Bible’s Apocalyptic Literature
November 27th, 2017

How to Read the Bible’s Apocalyptic Literature

Randy Petersen

“Revelation, ” they said. “We want to study Revelation.” My Bible study group was insisting that I lead them through the last book of the Bible. They hoped that I would be able to explain it all for them. Ha! I had been avoiding Revelation all ...

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2 Lessons from the Ephesian Church: Love and Struggle
March 1st, 2017

2 Lessons from the Ephesian Church: Love and Struggle

Randy Petersen

A popular TV drama follows different generations of a family in different times. Its fascinating to see the history of relationships, the roots of conflict, and underlying issues that keep surfacing over the years. We find a similar story in the New Testament, as we follow the progress ...

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Do You Ever Talk About the Bible?
September 6th, 2016

Do You Ever Talk About the Bible?

Randy Petersen

The last place I heard Scripture quoted was in a laundromat. He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord, said a middle-aged woman as she folded childrens clothes. In an animated conversation with another woman, she was complaining about her ex-husband, ...

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Have You Read the Arts Section of the Bible?
August 16th, 2016

Have You Read the Arts Section of the Bible?

Randy Petersen

You might call it the Arts Section of the Bible. Five books, smack dab in the center, that follow their own rules. Some call them Wisdom Literature, or the Writings, or the Poetic Books, but nothing else in Scripture is quite like this collection. The Psalms, of course, ...

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How to Learn from Wise Women in the Bible
August 9th, 2016

How to Learn from Wise Women in the Bible

Randy Petersen

We each must die and disappear like water poured out on the ground. But God doesnt take our lives. Instead, he figures out ways of bringing us back when we run away (2 Sam 14:14 CEV). With these words, a woman courageously challenged King David to bring back ...

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5 Ways My Dad Helped Me Love the Bible
June 19th, 2016

5 Ways My Dad Helped Me Love the Bible

Randy Petersen

What does the Bible say about families? We never did well with family devotions, and I think Dad felt guilty about that. Church leaders kept telling us that it was crucial for a Christian home to have such a regular household gathering. We agreed with the principle, but we were ...

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What is the Biblical Response to Terrorism?
June 17th, 2016

What is the Biblical Response to Terrorism?

Randy Petersen

O LORD, how long must I call for help before you listen, before you save us from violence? Why do you make me see such trouble? How can you stand to look on such wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are all around me, and there is fighting and quarreling everywhere ...

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3 Helpful Questions to Engage with Any Bible Passage
May 10th, 2016

3 Helpful Questions to Engage with Any Bible Passage

Randy Petersen

Youre sitting down for some much-needed Bible study. You really want to dig into a passage, but where do you start? You read the text and ask for a divine download of inspiration. But what then? Or maybe youve gathered with a group of Christian friends to study ...

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