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Why I Search … Because Not Every Question Has An Answer

When I was a kid I lied to my grandmother every time I saw her. For as long as I can remember my parents, siblings and I would go on a road trip to visit my Grandmother in Wichita, Kansas every summer. Each time we went, when we neared the end of our visit, my […]

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Why a Trip to Turkey could Take your Ministry and Bible Study to the Next Level

​I used to hear the terms “Holy Land” or “Lands of the Bible” and immediately associate them with Israel and Palestine, maybe Egypt for good measure. I’ve come to realize that the biblical text gives primary setting to its stories in an area some four thousand miles across including parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, […]

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When we doubt – the wilderness between our mountain top experiences

I love the Elijah story, partly because it has so much to teach us about what role doubt plays in the life of a believer and, partly, because I think that the church in America has done a poor job of handling and responding to individual believers’ natural periods of doubt. We tend to excoriate […]

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Sometimes, the grass IS greener on the other side

Wayne Stiles recently posted on the importance of focus and sight in your daily thought life (Here). It reminded me that lines of sight played an important role in the thought life of the biblical characters as well. The geography of the land of the bible played an important role in creating and restricting particular […]

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Engaging the teenage mind with Biblical Geography

This is a Guest Post by my good friend Matt Engle. Matt is Pastor of Senior and Junior High Ministries at The River Church of the South Bay in Torrance, California. He has traveled extensively throughout Israel, Jordan and Egypt and will complete a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary next spring. The teenage […]

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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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Have you given God something to bless?

When I was a young Christian, I would frequently call on God to bless my life unilaterally. That is to say, I would petition God for him to act on my behalf, or the behalf of my family and friends without considering how I could, myself, be the source of that blessing. Unfortunately it’s a […]

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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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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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Why I search … God Inspired Hard Texts

There is a question that I run into all the time. Sometimes it is asked explicitly: “Aren’t you asking too much of believers; doesn’t the plain truth of scripture make knowing all this archaeological and historical material unnecessary?” Sometimes it’s not so explicit. Sometimes it’s a quiet nod followed by a  “Hmm … that’s interesting […]

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