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Category Archives: Bible Study

Robin Williams’ Death an Opportunity to Look at Depression in the Scriptures

By Mel Lawrenz, Director of The Brook Network and creator of The Influence Project. “The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14). The shocking news of the suicide death of actor Robin Williams has left millions of people all over the world with a mystery: how could […]

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Ten Obstacles That Get in the Way of Bible Fluency

This week, I’m attending the Conference on the Bible in American Life in Indianapolis. I thought it would be helpful to share some of what I’m learning here. This morning, Diane Jacobson (professor of Old Testament and director of the ELCA’s Book of Faith intiative) talked about the challenges facing churches that want to become […]

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New Digital Bible Study: A Look at “How to Read the Bible Book by Book”

By now, I hope you’ve had a chance to look at Bible Gateway’s new Digital Store. The six titles there work a little differently than other ebooks—when you buy one of these titles, you unlock it within the Bible Gateway interface, and can access it right alongside Scripture as you read online. (Read more about […]

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Unlock Digital Bible Studies and More at Bible Gateway

Did you know that you can unlock digital Bible studies to read alongside Scripture at Bible Gateway? Unlockable Digital Products are new to Bible Gateway—they’re a great way to deepen your Bible reading experience (and support Bible Gateway at the same time). A Digital Product is a Bible study or other reference book that you […]

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Does God Ever Refuse to Answer Our Prayers?

Most of us believe that when we “cry out” to God—that is, appeal to Him through prayer—He always hears those prayers. “Ask,” we read in Matthew 7:7, “and it will be given to you.” But what about Bible passages that suggest that sometimes God doesn’t listen to our prayers? Consider Psalm 66, in which the […]

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The Life-Enriching Benefit of a Phrase: An Interview with Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

Aside from concentrating on entire books of the Bible or chapters or even verses, sometimes brief, simple phrases can do the most to inspire and draw a reader closer to God. Bible Gateway interviewed Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (@marilynmcentyre) about her book, What’s in a Phrase?: Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing […]

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New: Unlock Digital Study Tools at Bible Gateway

Did you know that you can build your own library of Bible study and reference books at the new Bible Gateway? For many years, Bible Gateway has made a varied selection of Bible reference works freely available alongside your Bible reading. (They’re available in the Related Resources drawer alongside any Bible passage page. This video […]

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Do the Biblical Accounts of Easter Contradict Each Other?

Is the Bible full of contradictions? At some point every Bible reader, whether they’re a skeptic or a believer, must come to terms with perceived differences and contradictions in the Bible text. And these questions naturally assume a particular urgency around Easter. Why is that? Because the events of Easter—Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection, as […]

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Sweeter Than Honey

By Mel Lawrenz of The Brook Network, author of Spiritual Influence: the Hidden Power Behind Leadership. God longs for us to receive his word as contained in the Scriptures. To demonstrate this God had a prophet eat a scroll that tasted as sweet as honey in his mouth (Ezek. 3:3). Psalm 119:103 says, “How sweet […]

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What Does it Mean to be “Bible-minded”?

What does it mean to be “Bible-minded”? That term has seen a lot of use in the last week (including by us) in discussions of American Bible Society’s survey of America’s most “Bible-minded” cities. (As followers of our blog know, we’ve responded to the survey by running our own analyses of the top Bible-reading cities […]

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