Bible Engager's Blog
Bible Engager’s Blog
Bible Engager's Blog
The Formation of the Bible: Where Did It Come From?
November 13th, 2017

The Formation of the Bible: Where Did It Come From?

Dr. Kara Lyons-Pardue

After seventy years in exile, the exiled people of Judah were permitted to return to their ancestral home in and around Jerusalem. Did they come singing and celebrating? Or did they come with some trepidation—their long-held hopes finally materializing? Some may even have dragged their feet, lamenting the life ...

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How to Sustain an Ongoing Conversation with God
November 6th, 2017

How to Sustain an Ongoing Conversation with God

Lydia Sheldon

Recently I lamented to a friend that even though I want to memorize Bible verses, I can’t work up the willpower to do it. I don’t understand this disconnect in myself, because the times that I’ve intentionally worked on memorizing a passage of Scripture, I’ve experienced ...

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Are Your Words Helpful or Harmful?
October 30th, 2017

Are Your Words Helpful or Harmful?

Gary Wiley

I grew up in a home where I learned at an early age that words matter. I remember times when a prohibited word would slip out of my mouth. I would receive “that look” from my mother, a reprimand, and possibly disciplinary action. My mother tells me that as ...

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How to Study a Bible Passage
October 23rd, 2017

How to Study a Bible Passage

Christina Miller

Perhaps you’ve selected a Bible and started reading it. Maybe you’re even setting aside regular times to reflect or pray. You’ve gotten a taste of what’s inside, and a desire for God’s words is growing in you as you recognize the nourishment God offers in these encounters. What comes ...

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Wisdom Literature: How to Discern Between Good and Evil
October 16th, 2017

Wisdom Literature: How to Discern Between Good and Evil

Lydia Sheldon

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 ...

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What Did Jesus Really Think of Women?
October 9th, 2017

What Did Jesus Really Think of Women?

Rosalie J. Karjala

How does the Bible view women? At face value, some of its messages and examples can seem oppressive or devaluing. But when you learn more about how Jesus responded to the Bible’s historical and cultural context, you may rethink your first impressions. Christ entered into a specific time and ...

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What is Biblical Self-Care and How Can I Practice It?
October 1st, 2017

What is Biblical Self-Care and How Can I Practice It?

Joanna Mikhail

There is a lot of talk about self-care these days. It comes in all kinds of different forms: “me time, ” “treating myself, ” “boundaries, ” and a multi-billion dollar “self-improvement” industry. Often the mantra of “self-care” just feels self-ish, a tagline to the individualistic self-centeredness of our day. ...

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Hurricane Harvey: How to Remember Alongside Those Who Are Hurting
September 25th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: How to Remember Alongside Those Who Are Hurting

Rev. Carrie Graham

The sun was shining outside my window. But in the area of Texas known as the Golden Triangle, the week was all about survival. “Carrie, I’m scared. We’re on the second floor.” This chilling text from my aunt sent me into high alert. “House flooded. ...

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