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Category Archives: Culture

What Does the Bible Say About Violence?

Mel Lawrenz, the author of Spiritual Leadership Today and Minister at Large of Elmbrook Church, shares several ways to biblically approach and respond to the reality of violence in the world around us. He’s made an audio version of this post available at The Brook Network. Another horrific shooting at a school once again raises […]

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Honoring Black History Month: Great Books for the Whole Family to Read

If you’re looking for something to read in honor of Black History Month, look no further than some of the newest releases by Christian African-American authors published by Zondervan. From Olympians, to doctors, to inspirational figures, pastors, journalists, and performers, everyone in the family is sure to find something to inspire, educate, and encourage. [Read […]

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You Shall Have No Other #gods Before Me

By Craig Groeschel A friend of mine who visited a remote, impoverished village in India told me a story. He saw a woman sacrificing a chicken as an act of worship to her god. My friend was shocked to see such blatant, modern-day idolatry. After striking up a conversation with the woman, he was impressed […]

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Do I Have a Right to Die?

By Joni Eareckson Tada No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main . . . Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. ~JOHN […]

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Two Things Daniel Teaches Me about How to Thrive in a Hostile Culture

By Jess Connolly But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the […]

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Crossing Cultures in Scripture: An Interview with Marvin J. Newell

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is replete with narratives of God’s people crossing cultures in pursuit of God’s mission. What are the lessons for today to be learned from these stories? Bible Gateway interviewed Marvin J. Newell (@marvnewell) about his book, Crossing Cultures in Scripture: Biblical Principles for Mission Practice (InterVarsity Press, 2017). Briefly […]

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How to Avoid Email Anxiety: An Interview with Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

What does the Bible say about the proper way to communicate in our modern email and social media saturated world? How can truth, kindness, necessity, and clarity help you avoid a communication disaster? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Emerson Eggerichs (@loverespectinc) about his book, Before You Hit Send: Preventing Headache & Heartache (Thomas Nelson, 2017). What […]

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“I Had to Be the Voice for Those Who Could No Longer Speak for Themselves”

By Dr. Bennet Omalu Early in the fifth century, an ascetic monk from the east felt compelled to travel to Rome, a city he had never visited before. He arrived to find huge crowds all moving in one direction. Since he did not know why the Spirit had led him to the city, he decided to […]

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What Lukewarm in Laodicea Really Means

By Zach Hoag The concept of the lukewarm Christian is drawn from Revelation 3, which gives us the last in a series of seven messages to seven influential churches in Asia Minor. Jesus, speaking through the apostle John, saved his strongest words for last: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. […]

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The Daniel Code: An Interview with O. S. Hawkins

Are you struggling to live out your faith in a rapidly changing culture that seems to have lost its way? The ancient book of Daniel speaks of how he survived and thrived in a pagan, permissive, and perverted society. [Sign up for The Daniel Code free email devotional] Bible Gateway interviewed O. S. Hawkins (@OSHawkins) […]

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