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Learn More About the Genealogy of Jesus this Christmas

See the Fulfillment of God’s Covenant in the Names of a Family Tree From the first chapter of Matthew, the New Testament displays how God keeps the covenants he gives to his people throughout the Old Testament. Matthew 1:1-17 lists the incredible genealogy that stretches from Abraham to the Messiah, outlining the long and breathtakingly […]

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The Key to a Real, Unshakable Faith

By Charles Colson Boris Kornfeld is the great paradox personified. A Jew who betrayed the faith of his fathers. A doctor whose years of training were senselessly wasted. A political idealist whose utopian vision led only to a barren Siberian prison. A prisoner who gave up his life for nothing more than a loaf of […]

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How Many Denominations Are There?: An Interview with Roger E. Olson

What are denominations and why are they important? What’s their history, doctrines, and practices? How many are there and why do they exist? Bible Gateway interviewed Roger E. Olson, who, along with Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill, and Craig D. Atwood, is editor of the Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 14th Edition […]

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What is The Apostles’ Creed: An Interview with Ben Myers

Is the Apostles’ Creed still relevant? How was it created and why has it endured through the centuries? What does it actually mean and how is it counter-cultural? [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Why Creeds are Still a Big Deal: An Interview with Justin Holcomb] Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Ben Myers (@_BenMyers_) about his […]

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How Should Christians Engage with Culture?

By Philip Yancey The shift in American society from admiring Christians to fearing and criticizing them provides an opportunity for self-reflection. How have we been presenting the message we believe in? Might there be a more grace-filled way? Some want to focus on personal morality and leave public morality to secular politicians. Others seek ways […]

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The Man Behind the Story That Sparked the US Civil War

by Jared Brock Almost every American has heard of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the ground-breaking anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was the #1-selling book of the 19th century, aside from the Bible. It sparked a massive debate over slavery, and when Abraham Lincoln met the author, he supposedly quipped, “So you’re the little lady […]

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“Liberty or Death—One or the Other, I Mean to Have”

By Lauren Green McAfee & Jackie Green Editor’s Note: With the celebration of Juneteenth right around the corner, it behooves us to take a look at one of the heroes of the America Civil War—one who’s Christian faith compelled her to not only seek freedom for herself, but also to risk her life again and […]

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The Bible and the Spread of Christianity: An Interview with Brian Stiller

Christianity started in Jerusalem and spread widely in the West, in Europe, and North America. In the past century, the church expanded rapidly across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Now Christianity’s geographic center of density is in the West African country of Mali—in Timbuktu. What led to the church’s vibrant growth throughout the Global South? […]

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Never Stop Believin’

By Jonathan Cain Editor’s note: Taken from Jonathan Caine’s new memoir, Don’t Stop Believin’, this post captures Jonathan’s reflections about former lead singer and co-song writer Steve Perry, with whom he wrote many of Journey’s iconic hits. There are two ways to look back on the canvas of your life. You can let the dark […]

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25 Journeys of the Bible

Following the journeys of God’s people throughout Scripture can provide us with a fuller picture of the intricacy of his plan for our salvation. It can also deepen our trust in a Creator and Protector whose understanding of time is not our own understanding. As you read through this series of 25 journeys throughout the Bible […]

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