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Interview with Brad Gray, author of Make Your Mark

In this eighteen minute video, I talk with author and pastor, Brad Gray about his new book Make Your Mark; Getting Right what Samson got Wrong. His book takes a new look at the character of Samson from the book of Judges. Using all of the archaeological, cultural and linguistic data available to him, Gray, […]

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Recapture the “ideal biblical family”

We had the “2014 Largent Family Reunion” two weeks ago in Minnesota. The running joke for the entire reunion was that my wife and I, as the sole surviving son, had to “get busy” producing a son to carry on the Largent family name. Things haven’t changed much in three and half thousand years. Indeed, […]

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Every house in 1st century Israel needed a tekton. Do you?

Most people, who know me personally, know that I come from a family of craftsmen, my grandfathers were machinists and carpenters, my father is a concrete mason, my brother is a stone and brick mason. Since the age of fifteen I have spent nearly every summer working alongside them, augmenting and building homes for our […]

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Judas: Villain or Guest of Honor?

For most of us, Judas Iscariot is the great villain of the passion narrative, but for Jesus, Judas was the guest of honor. We know this because of one seemingly innocuous detail that every gospel writer chose to include when discussing the last days of Jesus.  At the Last supper, Jesus and the twelve disciples […]

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Part 3: Do Ancient Near-Eastern studies cause a crisis for Biblical faith?

Now that we’ve covered how the biblical text can interact with the cultures that surround it in Part 1 and the Crisis of faith that can Cause in Part 2, I would like to explore how Elijah responds to this encultured self-revelation of God Reconciling a worldly text to a transcendent God       […]

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Part 2: Do Ancient Near-Eastern Studies cause a crisis for biblical faith?

Elijah’s Crisis As we discussed in Part 1, the biblical text continually interacts with, adopts, rejects, augments, and ignores the cognitive environment of the ancient Near-East in a thousand different ways. In some instances, the interaction of the biblical text with the cultural environment of extra-biblical sources has led to a crisis of faith for […]

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Part 1: Do ancient Near-Eastern studies cause a crisis for biblical faith?

The flurry of reviews about this weekend’s opening of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, have also meant that media outlets and commentators have highlighted the many extra-biblical versions of the deluge narrative in hopes of accounting for and commenting on Aronofsky’s unique reimagining of the well-worn tale.  With the veritable flood of extra-biblical texts being presented to […]

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Seven Resources to Help you Preach the Context of Scripture

Graeme Goldsworthy in his preface to Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture laments the neglect of biblical theology in evangelical preaching. He argues that in drawing out the deeper theological implications of scripture in our sermons our audience gains better access to the foundation of Christ in all scripture. If I were to write […]

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When I’m anxious I eat bugs!

I spent my morning munching on bugs the other day — little brown beetles and little white worms (some might call them maggots). No — my granola was not expired — but it had been in my cupboard, open, much longer than I care to admit. It was there, growing this tiny unknown infestation, because of […]

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Should you celebrate Sukkot?

Summer is hot in Jerusalem. In the early summer, winds sweep westward across the deserts of Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula desiccating the southern Levant and the land of Israel for the next four to five months. Summer rain is very rare. Without the advent of modern desalination plants water can thus only be obtained […]

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