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How to Understand the Bible: A Complete List of Articles

The How to Understand the Bible series has wrapped up! If you’ve been following along since the beginning, you’ve taken a tour of the entire Bible, and given thought to the major themes and questions raised by each section of Scripture. If you missed out on some or all of the series, this is a […]

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A Word About Faith

This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. One day some religious people, a group known as the […]

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What Are Some Good Disciplines for Reading Scripture?

As we near the end of this part of the series of “How to Understand the Bible,” we take up one very practical question: what can we do to make sure we are reading Scripture regularly? I still cherish my boyhood memories of going fishing with my grandfather. It seems like it was yesterday. One […]

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Invitation to the New Testament: An Interview with Ben Witherington III

One way to understand the New Testament and its world is to enter into that world and begin to think as the people living then thought. For example, modern culture is primarily text-based with a preponderance of books and documents. But in ancient cultures the oral word was primary and documents were secondary (due, in […]

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How Can We Know If Someone is Giving False Teaching?

This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in […]

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How Can We Refine Our Understanding of Biblical Theology?

This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. Theology is not limited to the work of professors and […]

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Holy Resilience: An Interview with David Carr

Human trauma gave birth to the Bible, suggests religious scholar Dr. David M. Carr (@davidcarrbible). He says the Bible’s ability to speak to suffering is a major reason why the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity have retained their relevance for thousands of years. He’s studied how the Jewish people and Christian community have adapted […]

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How Should We Apply Scripture to Life?

This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. It is dangerous to understand the Bible better. It is […]

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How Can We Hear God’s Voice in Scripture?

This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. Some years back, I did a survey of our church’s […]

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Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?

In recent years the nature of the Genesis narrative has sparked much debate among Christians. The book Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? (Zondervan, 2015), in the Counterpoints book series, introduces three predominant interpretive genres and their implications for biblical understanding. In point/counterpoint arguments, each contributor identifies and defends his position on the genre of Genesis […]

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