Tag Archives: Geography

Why context reigns in archaeology and bible study

If you are a writer, pastor or creative you might have heard the adage that “content is king.” It has been the mantra of the blogosphere for years. Even non-creatives have adopted the phrase making it the center of new forms of “content marketing.” But when it comes to archaeology and biblical studies, “context is […]

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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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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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Why I Search … The numbers prove I should.

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love the biblical text! Really I should say text[s] because, though the bible carries the authoritative voice of one God in our lives, that voice comes through a number of different languages, in a number of different places, at a number of different times, by a number of different individuals. Nearly three quarters of a […]

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If you’re standing in a crossroads … Stay Put!

Have you found yourself in a busy crossroads? Not a crossroads of choice, where you have to decide which way to go, but the crossroads of a community. One in which you stand out for your ideas or even your faith. Feeling vulnerable? If so, you may want to take a lesson from God’s redemptive […]

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New study group Sundays starting July 1st through August

I am thrilled to announce that I will leading a new Study Group every Sunday morning in July and August at Harvest Bible Chapel, Naperville which is FREE and open to the public.   When: Every Sunday 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, from 07/01/2012 to 08/27/2012 Where: Harvest Bible Chapel, Naperville – 1st Floor (Prayer […]

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