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Read your bible like a Missionary

How does modern church missions teach us to read the bible with greater clarity? You’ve probably been on a “missions trip” before. Studies as early as 2009 were indicating that 35% of all American Young Adults (age 25 and under) had either participated in or planned to participate in a service trip in the next […]

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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 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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Should we construct biblical narratives from archaeological facts?

Archaeologists tend to be storytellers. While I worked at Ashkelon, one of my most respected supervisors had an uncanny ability to stretch out long, detailed stories about the people who might have inhabited a space using nothing more than a mudbrick hearth and a few associated walls. The stories were captivating. They were more than […]

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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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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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