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Forgiving the Killer of the Charleston Church Shooting: An Interview with Rev. Anthony B. Thompson


While the murder of his wife June 17, 2015 devastated Rev. Anthony Thompson, he and three other relatives of victims chose to privately and publicly forgive the shooter. Years later, the church and community still struggle to understand the family members' deliberate choice to forgive the racist murderer. But as Charlestonians have witnessed these incredible acts of forgiveness, something significant has happened to the community—black and white leaders and residents have united, coming together peaceably and even showing acts of selfless love. Bible Gateway interviewed Rev. Anthony B. Thompson about his book, Called to Forgive: The Charleston Church Shooting, a Victim's Husband, and the Path to Healing and Peace (Bethany House, 2019).


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


Do you see the Bible as intolerant, outdated, out of step with societal norms at best, and a tool of oppression at worst?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 and Lauren McAfee about their book, Not What You Think: Why the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need (Zondervan, 2019).


Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie (1930–2019)


Pastor, broadcaster, author, and US Senate Chaplain Lloyd John Ogilvie, 88, died June 5, 2019. A lover of preaching the Bible, he was the general editor of The Preacher's Commentary (Thomas Nelson).



Pentecost Sunday was June 9. Browse the Pentecost/Holy Spirit section in the Bible Gateway Store.


Father's Day is June 16. Browse the Gifts for Fathers section in the Bible Gateway Store.


BLOG SERIES: John Maxwell Profiles in Leadership: Jacob – Let Go


This leadership study in the life of Paul – the 18th in the weekly series on the Bible Gateway Blog – is one of the 120 “Profiles in Leadership” lessons in The Maxwell Leadership Bible / Third Edition.


Bible Reflections: A Sudden Second Arrival


What if we lived our day-to-day lives under the constant assumption that Christ could come at this exact moment (as in, while you're reading this)? How might we live differently?

How the Story of the Bible is Incredibly Unfair


Michael and Lauren McAfee, authors of Not What You Think: How the Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need (Zondervan, 2019), say, "The story of the gospel, the story of Jesus, is incredibly unfair. God takes this unfairness on himself, suffering the punishment that we deserve...."

5 Clever Tricks for Bible Gateway Plus Members


If you’re a Bible Gateway Plus member, be sure to explore the many valuable resources available to you, such as “Gospel Awakening” sermons by Dwight L. Moody....

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How to Live the Bible — Being Committed to the Word


In this 65th lesson on how to live the Bible, pastor and author Dr. Mel Lawrenz, says, “Some of the great Christian leaders of the past based their lives and work on their intimate and deep knowledge of the truth of God in Scripture. Their commitment rose from their deep-seated conviction. Here are a few examples....” 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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6 Bible Verses on the Responsibilities of Fathers


According to the free Dictionary of Bible Themes on Bible Gateway, fathers have a responsibility to love, instruct, and discipline their children in the ways of the Lord. In return they are to be honored and obeyed by their children.

Inspirational: The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible Storybook


Right from the beginning of the Bible to its end, the Holy Spirit is dramatically acknowledged. The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible (Zonderkidz, 2018). colorfully reveals for children how God’s Spirit is included in 45 Bible stories.

A Classic Free Email Devotional Adapted Just for Kids


Sign up now for the free weekly email devotional Streams in the Desert for Kids that includes inspiring stories, sports info, scientific facts, and timeless wisdom for you to read to your 9- to 12-year-olds.

Watch the Free Webcast with Dr. Bill Mounce June 25 on the ChurchSource Channel


Register now for ChurchSource's free 30-minute webcast June 25 at 3pm EDT with Dr. Bill Mounce, author of Greek for the Rest of Us: The Essentials of Biblical Greek (Zondervan, 2013) and Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament, available free on Bible Gateway. The topic will be: Demystifying Bible Translations. Can’t make it? Sign up anyway and you'll be sent the recording after it's over.


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Join NOW the FREE Anxious for Nothing Online Bible Study Beginning June 24


In this free 5-session online video Bible study from June 24 to July 28, Max Lucado, author of Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World, invites you to dive deep into Scripture and explore God's treatment plan for worry found in the most underlined verse in the Bible: Philippians 4:6-7. Sign up NOW for the study and get the schedule, free downloads, and all the great bonuses!

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Anxious for Nothing: An Interview with Max Lucado.

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