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Bible News Roundup – Week of August 18, 2019

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Devotional Insights on Risk by Bear Grylls

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By Bear Grylls

Life is so inherently full of risk that if we never train to deal with it we become woefully ill-prepared to deal with life. There is risk in relationships, business, hobbies, and in all our aspirations and hopes. There is risk in living a life of faith. We might face ridicule, persecution, and worse. But risk always has a converse positive side: it is called reward. And the game of life is to balance the two and seek the rewards.

But first will always come the risk.

Risk is like a muscle. The more we use it, the stronger our ability becomes to deal with the fear, judge the dangers, and trust our instinct. The more risks we take, the bigger risks we can manage. We know what we can and can’t do.

If we never want to have an impact on anything or anyone, then we should stay at home, be “safe,” and accept the fact that there will be no ripples emanating from our lives. But if we want to live the fullest version of life possible, we need to become a ninja at dealing with risk.

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A Recent Bible Gateway Plus Update Makes This Bible Dictionary a Joy To Use

Can’t read ancient Greek? 

Neither can I.

Which is why we made a recent update to one of the most detailed dictionaries on Bible Gateway Plus.

We wanted the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology to be far more accessible for those who don’t have biblical Greek language training. Or even for those who do!

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How to Be a Peacemaker: An Interview with P. Brian Noble

P. Brian NobleWhat does it mean to be not only a peacekeeper, but a peacemaker? How can peace be achieved when conflict is inevitable? How do we find peace without ignoring our problems? How do we pursue unity without compromising on our principles?

Bible Gateway interviewed P. Brian Noble (@PMMinistries) about his book, The Path of a Peacemaker: Your Biblical Guide to Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, and a Life of Peace (Baker Books, 2019).

Please explain the Peacemaker Ministries’ approach to conflict and how that is applied in this book.

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P. Brian Noble: Peacemaker Ministries’ believes that God’s Word is full of principles, expectations, and examples of how to resolve conflict and, more importantly, reconcile relationships. The Path of a Peacemaker is simple. When we discover that we’re in the pig pen of life, we need to come to our senses by discovering our story, return to our heavenly Father by setting our mind on the things above, take full responsibility by getting the log out of our own eye, and connect by moving toward a heart and actions of reconciliation.

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The New English Translation (NET) Bible Available in Print with 60,000 Translators’ Notes

Buy your copy of the NET Bible in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayThe Bible translation that explains itself in more than 60,000 translators’ notes offering unprecedented transparency is now about to be released in multiple printed editions. Thomas Nelson Bibles is partnering with Bible.org/Biblical Studies Press to publish New English Translation Bible (NET) Full-Notes print editions that will be available October 1, 2019.

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The planning, development, and online publication of the NET began in 1995, when a team of more than 25 of the world’s foremost Bible scholars (led by three Dallas Theological Seminary professors: W. Hall Harris, Daniel B. Wallace, and Robert B. Chisholm), gathered around the shared vision of creating an English Bible translation with a ministry mission.

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The Significance of Shepherds and Sheep in the Bible

Margaret FeinbergBy Margaret Feinberg

Before my in-depth study, shepherds and sheep were merely token characters in a handful of biblical stories—part of the landscape, the lifestyle. Like the animal figurines in my family’s Christmas crèche, they could be pushed to the back to make room for more central characters. But as I dug deeper, I began to realize that sheep are integral to the stories of God. The early church even embraced the shepherd as one of its primary images.

Sheep graze throughout the pages of the Bible, beginning in Genesis. Though sheep are not specifically mentioned in the account of creation, God made these animals a valuable source of food and clothing. Because of their worth, contention soon came. The original bloody conflict between brothers Cain and Abel is over an offering; Abel’s acceptable gift from the flock versus Cain’s rejected gift from the field. The split between Lot and Abram is also sheep-related, as the duo discovers the land can’t sustain both of their flocks.

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The Old Testament in Seven Sentences: An Interview with Christopher J.H. Wright

Christopher J.H. WrightDo you think the Old Testament is confusing, out of date, and essentially replaced by the New Testament? What if you could capture in a few sentences its grand narrative that reveals God’s work, his purposes, and his wisdom, and understand how the Old Testament Scriptures prepared for the identity and mission of Jesus as Messiah, Savior, and Lord?

Bible Gateway interviewed Christopher J.H. Wright about his book, The Old Testament in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic (IVP Academic, 2019).

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Is it presumptuous to summarize the Old Testament in seven brief sentences?

Christopher J.H. Wright: Well, Jesus summarized it in two! There’s some value in taking an X-Ray view of the skeleton structure of the whole canon of the Law, Prophets, and Writings (the Hebrew canon). And, of course, I do use my seven sentences as ‘bones’ on which to hang as much of the essential sinews and muscles of the rest of the book as I can.

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How to Access These Volumes of the NIV Application Commentary

Over the past few months, Bible Gateway Plus has been updated with a collection of volumes of the celebrated NIV Application Commentary.

The NIV Application Commentary is a robust Bible reference series, the goal of which is to bear a scholar’s level of focus on each individual book of the Bible. Each volume is edited by a separate Bible scholar, each of whom approach the biblical text with the utmost seriousness and always provide thorough justification for their positions by grounding them in the historical data and textual evidence.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of August 11, 2019

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Bible Reflections: The Taming of the Tongue

Scripture is clear that God holds us accountable for our words. They are not taken lightly, and this theme appears again and again throughout the Bible. The Psalms and Proverbs are full of the separation of the righteous from the foolish by the words that come from their mouths. And James writes (3:6) that the tongue “corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

A study of this noun that appears in the Bible more than 160 times, reveals that “tongue”—in Hebrew and in Greek—can refer both to the physical part of the body or more broadly to a person’s language. An important distinction in a time when so much of our casual communication takes place via writing (in text messages, emails, and social media posts).

James’ warning of the tongue’s corruption is clear and timely. So undisciplined is the tongue that the author speaks of attaining perfection if only a person could never be at fault in the words they use (James 3:2).

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