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Category Archives: Reflections

Happy New Year!

In our world of murky uncertainty, the stars of the night remind us of God’s incredible handiwork and we can take consolation in these words from the Bible: Psalm 139 You have searched me, Lord,     and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;     you perceive my thoughts from afar. You […]

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Considering “Noah”: What Makes a Good (or Accurate) Bible Film?

Are you planning to watch the Noah movie? Unless you’ve managed to stay completely off the internet in recent weeks, you’ve witnessed some of the many ongoing discussions, reviews, and debates about the film’s merits, both as a work of art and as a dramatization of an important Bible story. The movie premieres today in […]

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A City On A Hill (Guest Post by Annie Downs)

This is the second post in a series; in part 1, Annie discussed what it means to be a “light to the world.” Your words matter. How you speak to those around you makes a bigger difference than you could ever know. In Matthew, Jesus tells us four ways we can be a light. “You […]

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The Light of the World (Guest Post by Annie Downs)

What does it mean to the “light of the world”? Annie Downs, author of Speak Love and other books, shares her thoughts.

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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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The Notes We Take

Do you take notes in your Bible? A recent article about the experience of reading through a family member’s heavily-annotated Bible prompts some reflection on the act of taking notes in the margins of our Bibles.

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God our Refuge and Strength: Reflections on Tragedy

How should Christians respond to tragedy? And how is a Christian’s reaction to tragedy different than a non-Christian’s? Chances are that sometime today, the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, you’ll see footage or hear conversations about the horrible experience of watching the Twin Towers fall. Like the 7/7 London bombings, the 2011 Norway attacks, […]

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Four Things Christians Can Do During Ramadan

It’s midway through the Islamic season of Ramadan. Here are four things Christians can do to better understand and show grace to our Muslim neighbors.

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In Pursuit of the Crown

We’ve returned to the beginning of the 4-year circuit once again. Today the world’s top athletes are filling London, each of them hoping break to take home a medal….

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Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering?

It was the worst mass shooting in American history – 70 people shot by a gunman, 12 of them killed, while they were watching the midnight showing of a new movie just 21 miles from where we’re sitting. There are no words to describe the anguish being felt by those who are suffering today; our heart and prayers have – and will – go out to them. There are so many tragic stories, so much pain. And many people are asking the question, “Why? Why did God allow this?”

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