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Does the Bible Make You Squeamish, Skeptical, and Uncertain?: An Interview with Michael and Lauren McAfee

Michael McAfeeDo you see the Bible as intolerant, outdated, out of step with societal norms at best, and a tool of oppression at worst? What if you cleared the deck on your preconceptions of this book and encountered it anew? What if you came with the understanding that your questions are welcome? And what if you approached the Bible as less of a system to figure out and more of a story to step into; a story with more surprising plot twists than you might think?

Bible Gateway interviewed Michael McAfee (@MichaelMcAfee) and Lauren McAfee (@LaurenAMcAfee) about their book, Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need (Zondervan, 2019).

Lauren McAfee

What is the message you’re conveying with the main title of the book?

Michael and Lauren McAfee: The Bible is the most significant book in history, yet because Bible illiteracy is on the rise, many may not know its message. While the Bible is the most read, printed, and debated book of all time, many in our (millennial) generation have never engaged with the text of Scripture. We hope our book provides a conversational invitation inviting our generation to give the Bible a chance.

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Inspirational: The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Storybook

Buy your copy of The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayRight from the beginning of the Bible to its end, the Holy Spirit is dramatically acknowledged: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2) and “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible: Over 40 Stories of God’s Power and Presence (Zonderkidz, 2018) (@zonderkidz) colorfully reveals in 45 Bible stories how God’s Spirit, depicted by artist Fernando Juarez as a dramatic swirling mist, has been with us since the beginning and continues to be with us today. Highlighted are 29 Old and 16 New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and the Pentecost. The stories are retold by author Doris Rikkers especially for children 4 to 8 years old, but everyone will enjoy contemplating the presence and power of God through the Holy Spirit.

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John Maxwell Profiles in Leadership: Jacob – Let Go

John Maxwell This is the eighteenth lesson in bestselling author and speaker John Maxwell’s Leadership by the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, tell them to sign up to receive John’s free email devotional here.

By John C. Maxwell

Genesis 46:1-7

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After running most of his life and trying to control his circumstance, Jacob finally let go and listened to God. He traveled to Egypt and spent his final days there. What can you learn from Jacob’s journey?

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Bible News Roundup – Week of June 9, 2019

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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 goes on, in verse 4, to describe a major aspect of what it means to be a follower of Christ: “But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.”

In a recent sermon, my pastor paused mid-message and asked, “What if he comes right now?” He waited for laughter. Or, since no one was likely to be brash enough to laugh during a sermon, he watched us a moment for more subtle signs of incredulity… What if he comes right now? He wanted to know if we took that question as seriously as Paul did.

To the secular world, this is probably at the core of what makes Christians seem absurd. After all, it has been about 2,000 years. What are we expecting at this point? Where is your God? Paul consigns these people to the night—to a time for sleeping and drunkenness (5:7), a time when thieves break in and steal.

But to the followers of Christ, he writes, “…since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet” (5:8). And let us do these things now, not concerning ourselves with “times and seasons,” as he says in 5:1. God is outside of time. What is 2,000 years? What is 2 seconds? What if he comes right now?

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

Matthew BarrettHave 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 the book you argue that Christians in the past century absorbed a view of God that is far too small; one that is not in sync with both Scripture and the classical portrait of God. How did the doctrine of God fare in the 20th century?

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Matthew Barrett: When I reflect on my upbringing as a young Christian, I’ve found that it’s not unique to the way other 20th century Christians grew up in the church. God had always been introduced into conversations in a very experiential way: love is a common human experience, so God must be a God of love; mercy is a commendable virtue, so God must be a God of mercy; and so on. Thinking about God was always from the bottom up—that is, from my experience to who God is.

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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. Pages 1692-1693. All rights reserved.

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The news of Jesus cannot be stopped. Beginning with a fledgling band of disciples, the transforming message of hope offered by Jesus would spread from Jerusalem to Rome in less than 35 years. The leaders of Jesus’ day assumed his death would forever stamp out his claims. In God-sized irony, Jesus’ death only fueled the spread of this message because he did not remain dead but defeated death through his glorious resurrection.

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The resurrected Christ forever changed those who witnessed these events. They trusted that he would send them his Spirit to empower them for the mission that lay ahead (Acts 2:1–4). At Pentecost, the Spirit came in might and power and established the church that will prevail over the gates of Hades for all time (Matthew 16:18). Peter’s sermon following the sending of the Spirit made it clear that this miracle was the fulfillment of God’s promises and further validated the claims of Jesus to be God’s Messiah and the Savior of the world.

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What I Learned from the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: An Interview with the Editor

Melinda BoumaBy Melinda Bouma

One of the coolest parts about working in Bible publishing is getting first-hand experience in reading new insights about the Bible, and learning at the feet (well, minds and hands!) of incredible Bible scholars and teachers. A popular Bible in the past few years—that is so popular it’s now available in three Bible translations—has been the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Zondervan, 2017). The Zondervan Bible editor who worked on the project, Mike Vander Klipp, has worked on Bibles for over 20 years. Working on this Bible was invigorating for him, so I sat down to ask him why and to give you a glimpse “behind the scenes.”

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How to Live the Bible — Discovery and Our Questions


This is the sixty-fourth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.

See Mel Lawrenz’s most recent book is How to Study the Bible: A Practical Guide, from which today’s lesson is adapted.

There are two basic ways we get to know the Word of God. The first way is to come to Scripture with an attitude of discovery, letting the words of the biblical authors have their impact. In this approach, we allow the Word of God to set the agenda, form the issues, shape the questions, determine the emphases. This is when we read Exodus and see new things about God’s love and power, or we read a Psalm and get a fresh sense of the main heart issues that come through, or we read 2 Corinthians and understand the angst out of which Paul approaches a church that has given him many headaches. Reading the Bible in this way is true discovery. It is a spiritual attitude that says: God, my mind and heart are open. Say what you will, tear down what you will, build what you will.

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How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything: An Interview with Jeremy R. Treat

Jeremy R. TreatWhat does the phrase “kingdom of God” really mean? How does it bring profound and practical clarity and coherence to living all of life—identity, work, play, relationships, justice, and character—in this age of distraction?

Bible Gateway interviewed Jeremy R. Treat (@JeremyTreat5) about his book, Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything (Zondervan, 2019).

Why did you write this book?

Jeremy R. Treat: I’ll never forget the first time I heard that the kingdom of God was the number one thing that Jesus talked about. I was shocked. Having been in the church for a long time, I knew all about heaven and hell, the cross of Christ, and God’s love for sinners, but the kingdom did not have a place in my understanding of the message of Jesus.

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