Around the world, millions of Muslims are midway through Ramadan—a period during which faithful Muslims fast, pray, and reflect on their moral responsibilities as followers of Islam. Christians, of course, do not observe Ramadan. Why should Christians spend time thinking about a Muslim holy season? First, it’s neighborly to be aware of any event that […]
Memorial Day in the United States is when Americans pause to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by members of their armed forces over the years and centuries. Many countries and cultures designate holidays, festivals, or monuments to help people remember important events in their shared cultural history. That’s as true of ancient people […]
Is the word “Easter” derived from the name of a pagan goddess? Is it appropriate to use that term to refer to the Resurrection day of Jesus Christ—and is the entire Lent season and Easter holiday tainted by association with ancient pagan religion? We’re asked these questions each year during Lent. We’ve asked Mel Lawrenz, […]
We’re slightly over a month into the new year. How are you doing on your 2016 resolutions so far? Last month, we ran an informal poll of Bible Gateway visitors to find out what they were resolving to do in the new year. Here’s a breakdown of responses: What Bible Gateway Visitors Resolved to do […]
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, arrives next week. Have you thought about observing Lent this year? There’s no Scriptural requirement to observe Lent—ultimately, it’s just the six week lead-up to Easter Sunday in the church calendar—but many Christians find it helpful and inspirational to observe the Lent season in some way. Generally speaking, […]
Each year, when we start talking about Lent and Easter, we hear a familiar question from some Bible Gateway visitors: “What is Lent?” Is it an official Christian holiday? Was it instituted in the Bible? What does it mean to observe Lent, and are Christians “required” to do so? For the interested, we’ll try to answer those questions here.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it seems appropriate to look at some of King’s best-known sermons and identify the Bible passages upon which they are based.
Tomorrow is New Year’s Day, which is when our email Bible reading plans (and our Verse of the Day emails) all restart. If you’re thinking about reading through some or all of the Bible in 2011, these plans are a free and easy way to do just that. You can sign up anytime, but if […]
Have you and your family read the Christmas story lately? Our new family devotional email walks you through the Christmas story with a daily Bible reading, discussion questions, and interesting facts.