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Discover Your Ministry in Everyday Living: An Interview with Shannan Martin


Are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how to live a life of intention and meaning? Where do we begin? How can you best learn what it means to love and be loved right where God has placed you? Bible Gateway interviewed Shannan Martin about her book, The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God's Goodness Around You (Thomas Nelson, 2018).

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ESV Story of Redemption Bible: An Interview with Greg Gilbert


Do you view the Bible as a disconnected series of moral tales interspersed between impossible commandments, woven into a maze of mysteries that somehow produces a message about a nice Jesus in the New Testament to counter the mean God of the Old Testament (as Bryan Chapell, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, has phrased it)? Bible Gateway interviewed Greg Gilbert, general editor of the ESV Story of Redemption Bible: A Journey Through the Unfolding Promises of God (Crossway, 2018).

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Eugene H. Peterson (1932 – 2018)


Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor Eugene Peterson, 85, best known for authoring The Message Bible, died Oct. 22, 2018, a week after entering hospice care for complications related to heart failure and dementia. Among his last words were, “Let’s go,” according to a statement from his family.

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Read These 5 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.” As Reformation Day (Oct. 31) approaches, here are five Bible verses that had special significance in the Reformation and are no less powerful today.



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 in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World (HarperOne, 2017).

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Was the Reformation a Mistake?: An Interview With Dr. Matthew Levering


What theological issues drove Martin Luther to post his 95 Theses? How can looking at the Reformation from a Catholic perspective be helpful? What is the biblical defense of Catholic doctrine? Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew Levering about his book, Was the Reformation a Mistake?: Why Catholic Doctrine is Not Unbiblical (Zondervan, 2017).

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How to Live the Bible — Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible


In this 43rd lesson on how to live the Bible, pastor and author Dr. Mel Lawrenz says, “One of the most helpful things we can do to understand the Bible better is to gain a clear comprehension of the whole sweep of the biblical text. To see the big picture....” If you want to know how to live the Bible every day, read this installment of his series on our Blog and encourage your friends and followers to receive it by email.

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When Truth Invades Your Brokenness


In this guest Blog post, Sandi Patty, the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history and author of The Voice: Listening for God’s Voice and Finding Your Own (Zondervan, 2018), says, "I pretended that I was good. Marriage was good. Life was good. Being a mom of young children was good. My career was good. I worked hard to make it look like I had it all together. I would sing from emotional depths, then leave the stage, go to my dressing room, where no one would see me, and sit in the corner and cry...."

Quiz: Frightening Facts in the Bible


Think you know frightening Bible facts that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Have fun taking this quiz to find out. Encourage your family, friends, and social media followers to try their hand at it, too!

The NIV Incredible Creatures and Creations Holy Bible


How long has it been since you and your family were amazed by God? The new NIV Incredible Creatures and Creations Holy Bible (Zonderkidz, 2018) illuminates some of the most ponderous mysteries of the Bible to remind your children the Bible is wonderous and even inexplicable at times.

5 Books on Why Reading the Bible is Important


Bible Gateway asked Bible scholar John Dickson, author of A Doubter's Guide to the Bible, for the five books he recommends to help people see why reading the Bible is important.

Be Inspired By Biblical Stories of Gratitude


The Thanksgiving holiday serves as a reminder for us to give thanks to our Creator. Many of us find it easier to focus on aspects of the holiday’s stress. But the Bible has radical advice for anyone who wants to live differently. To help you be a student of gratitude over the course of this season, Bible Gateway offers you the free Give Thanks email devotional.


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Tell Us What Bible Gateway Means to You


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Spotlight: International Standard Version (ISV)


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