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The Pilgrims May Not Be Who You Think They Were: An Interview with Jay Milbrandt

Do you see the Pilgrims as folksy people in funny hats? The true story of the Pilgrims’ great journey to America was one of courageous faith, daring escape, and tenuous survival. Theirs is the story of refugees who fled intense religious persecution. Bible Gateway interviewed Jay Milbrandt (@JayMilbrandt) about his book, They Came for Freedom: […]

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Secularization—The Unintended Consequence of the Reformation: An Interview with Brad S. Gregory

What are the complicated and unintended legacies of Martin Luther and the epochal 500-year-old movement known as the Reformation that continue to shape the world today? How did Luther’s earnest questioning lead to the rise of competing churches, political conflicts, social upheavals, and moral relativism? Bible Gateway interviewed Brad S. Gregory about his book, Rebel […]

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Read These Five Verses on Reformation Day

One of the most important doctrines to rise from the Reformation is known as sola scriptura, which is Latin for “by Scripture alone.” The Reformers argued that the Bible is the sole, infallible authority of faith. And although the Reformation was not a single, unified movement, most of the reformers were motivated by similar desires. One of […]

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Rebel in the Ranks: How Martin Luther’s Reformation Changed Much More Than the Church

What do you think about when you consider the Protestant Reformation (which started 500 years ago this year)? Most of us tend to picture Martin Luther nailing his famous “95 theses” to the wall of a Wittenberg church—an act of defiance that led to the Reformation and changed the religious landscape of Europe. In many […]

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Updated: Chart of Israel’s and Judah’s Kings and Prophets

Blogger Grid member Craig T. Owens (@craigtowens) created a while ago the helpful chart below delineating the Old Testament prophets and kings of Israel and Judah and has now updated it: [Sign up to receive in your inbox a free daily reading of the Old & New Testament from Bible Gateway] Craig says: One challenging […]

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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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Celebrate James I’s Birthday by Reading the King James Bible

Today is the 451st birthday of King James I! James’ long rule was marked by many noteworthy historical events and literary developments, but perhaps the most important was the Bible translation that he sponsored: the Bible we know today as the King James Version (also known as the King James Bible or KJV). The King […]

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D-Day June 6, 1944: The Bible and Prayer of WWII

During World War II, troops were given a pocket Bible in which was included a letter from US President Franklin Roosevelt encouraging them to read it. The letter reads: To the Armed Forces: As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the […]

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The Biography of Christianity: An Interview with Ian Shaw

How well do you know the story of Christianity from its birth and infancy among a handful of followers of Jesus Christ, through its years of development into a global religious movement, spanning continents and cultures and transcending educational and social backgrounds? Bible Gateway interviewed Ian J. Shaw about his book, Christianity, The Biography: 2000 […]

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Was Jesus’ Death on the Cross Faked?

by Lee Strobel [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Investigating Faith with Lee Strobel: Find Answers to Tough Questions About the Bible] The plush setting was starkly incongruous with the subject I was discussing with Alexander Metherell, MD, PhD. There we were, sitting in the living room of his comfortable California home on a balmy […]

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