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Genre: How to Read the Narrative and Law of the Bible
May 22nd, 2017

Genre: How to Read the Narrative and Law of the Bible

John D. Barry

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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Ethnicity in the Bible: A Closer Look into Jesus’s World
May 15th, 2017

Ethnicity in the Bible: A Closer Look into Jesus’s World

Veronica Podbury

History is strewn with examples of ethnic groups being disregarded, persecuted, or treated as less than human. Tragically, isolated verses from the Bible have been used to justify such atrocities as the slave trade or anti-Semitism. But throughout the Bible we see Gods intention to reach all races and ...

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What Millennials Can Teach Us About Reading the Bible
May 10th, 2017

What Millennials Can Teach Us About Reading the Bible

Christina Miller

There is a lot of buzz about Millennials in the church, and it’s not all good. They lack follow-through. They don’t go to church. They are flighty, entitled and self-absorbed. They want to do things their way or not at all. At the same time, ...

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Discovering My Mother’s Courage in the Stories of Scripture
May 8th, 2017

Discovering My Mother’s Courage in the Stories of Scripture

Alcira Lafferty

My mother had a penchant for storytelling. I remember the stories she told my brother and me when we were small to soothe our wounded hearts after some childhood disappointment. Through times when we experienced academic trials, difficulties with friends, and lost love, my mother always encouraged us. She ...

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Can God be a Father and Mother?
May 1st, 2017

Can God be a Father and Mother?

Jennifer M Buck

A whole host of people shaped my formative years. I was parented not only by my wonderful mother and father, but I was also given an incredible legacy of grandparents and relatives. Alongside my biological family, I was raised in an evangelical Quaker church where I was given spiritual ...

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How Can We Rejoice During Suffering?
April 24th, 2017

How Can We Rejoice During Suffering?

Joanna Mikhail

I drove to church in a tumult of tears and anger. It was Holy Week and I woke up to devastating news from our sister churches in Egypt. During their Palm Sunday services, two Coptic cathedrals were bombed by the Islamic State in Egypt.   Egypt is my ...

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How to Find Your Way Home in the Pages of Scripture
April 17th, 2017

How to Find Your Way Home in the Pages of Scripture

Jen Pollock Michel

To come of age—at least in our family—means earning the right to watch The Wizard of Oz . (Isnt a certain degree of maturity required for facing those evil monkeys?) The film adaptation of L. Frank Baums novel is a classic story about the search for home. Dorothy ...

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The Women at the Tomb: Arriving at Resurrection
April 10th, 2017

The Women at the Tomb: Arriving at Resurrection

Christina Miller

It is early Sunday morning and light is just beginning to seep above the horizon line. The garden is cool with night air, still damp with sleep. Trees, shrouded in darkness, start coming into focus. One leaf ignites after another. Then the first stir of life: two women, shuffling ...

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