What is Courage: Self-Confidence or God-Confidence?
February 12th, 2018

What is Courage: Self-Confidence or God-Confidence?

Ann-Margret Hovsepian

If a child fell into the deep end of a pool, a trained lifeguard would not hesitate to jump in and rescue him. That’s confidence . If I was the only adult nearby, I’d have to momentarily forget that I am terrified of being in water past my ...

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What is the Gospel? Uncover A ‘Thicker’ Reading
January 8th, 2018

What is the Gospel? Uncover A ‘Thicker’ Reading

Jennifer M Buck

Lisa Sharon Harper’s understanding of the gospel was transformed when she took a trip to the Cherokee Trail of Tears memorial and the former slave plantations of Georgia. As she walked in the physical location of some of America’s greatest atrocities—when people were forced off their land, enslaved, and abused—she ...

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Feeling Blue this Christmas? You are Not Forgotten
December 25th, 2017

Feeling Blue this Christmas? You are Not Forgotten

Anna Panzo

It’s that time of year again: evergreen trees, gingerbread, carols, holiday cheer, family, and gifts. Christmas is here! But as people are hanging up stockings, children are making gift wish lists, and relatives are coming to town, I can’t help but think of those for whom Christmas is a ...

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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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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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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 Do the Gospels Reveal About Jesus?
September 4th, 2017

What Do the Gospels Reveal About Jesus?

Gary Wiley

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, poetry, and apocalyptic literature. Understanding the genre in which the passage is written can help guide our reading. Follow the Biblical Genre Series ...

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