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Category Archives: Theology

Bible Reflections: “My God, my God…”

The Dark Night of the Soul Psalm 22 begins as an outcry of tremendous affliction. So much so, that just before Jesus dies on the cross, he appears to quote the first line of David’s outcry: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (22:1) I say that Jesus appears to quote this line […]

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Bible Reflections: A Sudden Second Arrival

Even though it’s likely one of the earliest Christian documents, 1 Thessalonians makes it clear that Paul considers the suddenness of Christ’s return to be apparent to believers. “…for you know very well,” he writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:2, “that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” But he […]

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Don’t Try to Tame God: An Interview with Matthew Barrett

Have Christians domesticated God? Or do we properly see God who is high and lifted up, the Creator rather than the creature, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, and someone than whom none greater can be conceived? In this interview, Matthew Barrett (@mattmbarrett) talks about his book, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker Books, 2019). In […]

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Pentecost: The Holy Spirit Advancing the Church

The following article is excerpted from The Jesus Bible (Zondervan, 2018), available in NIV, ESV, and (Spanish) NVI Bible translations. Copyright © 2018 by Zondervan. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. Pages 1692-1693. All rights reserved. The news of Jesus cannot be stopped. Beginning with a fledgling band of disciples, the transforming message of hope […]

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A Week in the Life of Ancient Rome: An Interview with James L. Papandrea

What do you know about the every-day living conditions of first-century Rome? How did that ancient culture impose a tremendous social cost on the followers of Jesus? What were the daily struggles of the church in Rome and how does an awareness of that time period influence readers of the New Testament in the 21st […]

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The Bible Shows How God Overcomes Chaos: An Interview with Sidney Greidanus

When God created the world, he brought perfect order out of what was “without form and void.” But with human rebellion against God, disorder (chaos) was introduced into creation which God continues to redeem (cosmos). How is this “chaos to cosmos” theme interwoven through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation? Bible Gateway interviewed Sidney Greidanus […]

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When Two Christian Scientists Disagree About Creation and Evolution: An Interview with Todd Charles Wood and Darrel R. Falk

The topics of creation and evolution can be divisive in today’s church. How can followers of Jesus who worship together but differ in their views on these topics get along with each other? How can they demonstrate the practice of loving one another, friendship, and mutual respect despite arriving at opposite scientific conclusions? Bible Gateway […]

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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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Can Science Explain All the Complexities of Our World?

By Lee Strobel Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? —Isaiah 40:12 Allan Rex Sandage, the greatest observational cosmologist in the world—who deciphered the secrets of the stars, plumbed the mysteries of quasars, revealed the age of globular clusters, pinpointed […]

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Love Biblical Theology But Don’t Know Where to Start Reading?

Biblical Theology answers the question, “How has God revealed his Word historically and organically?” It studies themes of individual books of the Bible and then traces out these themes as they develop through Scripture. Zondervan is releasing a new study Bible that specializes in helping readers see God’s redemptive plan as it unfolds throughout Scripture: […]

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