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Category Archives: Bible Study

Perspectives on Biblical Inerrancy: Live-blogging the ETS Inerrancy Discussion

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…. — 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) What does it mean to profess that the Bible is “God-breathed”? Does it mean the Bible is “true” and “perfect”—and if so, what do those words mean in this sense? Does it mean the Bible […]

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Get More Out of Your Bible Reading: How to Use Bible Commentaries on Bible Gateway

Last week, in talking about ways that Bible Gateway can be useful to students, we mentioned the existence of Bible commentaries on Bible Gateway. For the benefit of those of you who haven’t ever used (or known about) our Bible commentaries, I thought it might be a good idea to review how to access them. […]

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How Do You Explain Discrepancies in the Bible? Insight from R.C. Sproul

Over the last month, we’ve been talking about alleged contradictions in the Bible. It’s a common charge that the Bible is filled with discrepancies and contradictory statements; several weeks ago, we looked at an impressive-looking chart of Bible contradictions that’s been making the rounds—and we shared insights from theologian Darrell Bock and apologist Lee Strobel […]

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Becomin’ Awarrrrr of a New Language

Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, an annual event that gives everyone the opportunity to let out their inner child and have some fun. There’s even an online tutorial to learn the language. If you’ve read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, you’ll remember words uttered by Long John Silver such as, “Matey, […]

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When a Bible Contradiction Isn’t a Contradiction

Last week’s guest post by Darrell Bock talked about the challenging issue of apparent contradictions in the Bible. One of the points Bock made was that many initially-confusing “contradictions” lose their force when they’re more carefully examined. I thought it would be fitting to follow up Bock’s post with a few specific examples of not-so-constradictory contradictions, as described by apologist Lee Strobel.

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Differences, or Contradictions? Responding to Apparent Contradictions in the Bible

A list of apparent contradictions in the Bible is making the rounds again online. To help Christians think through this challenging but important issue, we asked Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, to offer his thoughts; he graciously agreed. Here’s his response.

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Study the Bible in its Own Language: Complete Interlinear New Testament with Greek Study Tools Now Available

Pastors, Bible students, and Greek language learners, rejoice: Bible Gateway now has a complete interlinear Greek-English New Testament! As you read the Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament, you can now click on any word to get a detailed breakdown of its meaning in the original biblical language. We added the English half of this Bible to […]

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Annie Downs: Words That Kill… And Heal

Annie Downs is an author who loves helping young people—especially teen girls and young women—overcome the challenges that life puts in the way of their spiritual development. Today, in the first post of a new series, Annie shares what she learned about the power and challenge of Scripture in the course of writing her new book Speak Love.

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Reading the Bible on a Tight Schedule

Even before the sun casts a shadow, the baby is crying and you’ve started your day. As your other kids awake, you feed and dress them while you’re getting ready yourself. The clock is relentless. Rushing out the door to daycare and then your job, you barely have time to nourish your physical body let […]

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Slavery, the Bible, and Our Need for Humility

Does the Bible condone slavery? As we mark the 150th anniversary of the turning point of the American Civil War, it’s a good time to think about the ways people have used, and mis-used, Scripture.

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