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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.

A Closer Look at the Bible’s Epistles
April 16th, 2018

A Closer Look at the Bible’s Epistles

Randy Petersen

Genres are categories of literature, each with its own tone and techniques. The Bible uses a handful of genres—narrative and law, prophecy and letters, wisdom literature, and apocalyptic literature. Understanding the genre in which the passage is written can help guide our reading. Follow the  Biblical Genre Series  to ...

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Meeting the Apostle Paul on the Big Screen
March 19th, 2018

Meeting the Apostle Paul on the Big Screen

Randy Petersen

While Paul: Apostle of Christ covers events just after the New Testament’s coverage ends, it is richly informed by Scripture. It draws us into the ancient world, where those who follow Jesus are exploring how to live out their faith in critical situations. Viewers will ...

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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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