What If You Struggle With Parts of the Bible?

Apologetics and Theology

I love the Bible and have spent much of the last two decades studying it both inside and outside of school. I teach it and I preach it. But there are parts, especially in the […]

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The Skeptical Argument That Bugs Me The Most

Apologetics and Theology

I don’t know how many times I have heard a skeptic say to me, “How can you trust the Bible when it has been translated so many times. What they are claiming is that the […]

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Disability in the Hebrew Bible – Review

Disability and Faith

Two of the biggest interests for me are the Bible and disabilities. When those two things come together, II am happy. That’s why I enjoyed Disability in the Hebrew Bible. Things can get complicated when […]

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Is Andy Stanley a Marcionite?

Apologetics and Theology

Andy Stanley has recently caused a stir by comments in a sermon about the Old Testament. Many people are concerned about his remarks. Some are even calling him a Marcionite. What is a Marcionite? A […]

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Is Satan in the Old Testament a Good Guy?

Apologetics and Theology

There is a common trend of contrasting the Old and New Testaments. Often it is comparing God as wrathful in the Old and loving in the New Testament. But there are also comparisons of different […]

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Is Jesus Like God or is God Like Jesus?

Jesus

Although I agree that Jesus is God (John 1:1), I have something specific in mind when I ask if Jesus is like God or God like Jesus. Traditionally, people have looked at Jesus and identified […]

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Why I’m Not a Pacifist: Part One

Pacifist

I have no problem with Christians who embrace pacifism. However, I have encountered people people have argued that Christians must be pacifists. To some it is absolutely clear that the Bible teaches non-violence in all […]

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Seeing the Psalms in a Fresh Way

Psalms

The Psalms are beloved by both Jews and Christians. Much of our worship is inspired by the Psalms. But it is easy to the Psalms as random collections of praise and reflection. This excellent video […]

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The IVP Background Bible Commentary: Old Testament

Apologetics and Theology

Every preacher and Bible student is told, “A text without a context becomes a pretext.” That context can be the verses surrounding the passage but it should also be the cultural context. One of the […]

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5 Things to Remember When Talking About the Bible and Genocide

One of the hardest topics to discuss is the Israelite invasion of Canaan and the complete destruction of certain cities. It makes both Christians and non-Christians uncomfortable. The intention of this post is not to […]

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Was the Bible Written Because People Were Afraid of Death?

Apologetics and Theology

“All religions are based on people’s fear of death and their desperate attempts to find hope after death.” Have you heard statements like this? Certainly the afterlife is an important part of many (but not […]

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10 More Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible

Some time back I wrote a post about 10 Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible. Since I believe that there are always more things to learn, here are 10 more things you […]

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10 Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible

Apologetics and Theology

The Bible is the most influential book in western culture. Even in this post-Christian era, we are surrounded by the influence of the Bible. The Bible was crucial for me in my own faith journey. […]

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7 Things to Remember When Reading the Bible

Bible

Many years ago, I had a couple of Roman Catholic ladies come to my door. They went on to explain to me that the problem with the world today was that too many people read […]

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Devotions: Hosea

A devotion based on Hosea 1:2. When God called prophets to serve him, there was always a cost. It might be persecution, it might even by martyrdom. Hosea had one of the cruelest prices to […]

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What is the Difference Between Samuel/Kings and Chronicles?

Apologetics and Theology

Have you ever had the experience of reading through 1-2 Samuel and 1-2 Kings and then being plunged right back into the same stories in 1-2 Chronicles? Why do we even have Chronicles? Isn’t it […]

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The Lord is With You

Sermons

This is the sermon I preached for the 160th anniversary of Woodford Baptist Church. Judges 6:11-18 Introduction Of all the judges, Gideon is one of my favourites. Most of the other judges are fairly one-dimensional […]

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Elijah and the Battle of the Gods

Is there any point of looking for background information on the Bible or should we just keep our reading on the surface level? Although I believe people can learn what they need to know to […]

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Devotions: Malachi

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Malachi 1:8. The Old Testament provides very clear guidelines for the sacrifices offered to God. Because God is holy and righteous, only the best animals are to be sacrificed. In the […]

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Devotions: Zechariah

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Zechariah 4:6. Zechariah was prophesying during a very dark time for Judah. The nation had been destroyed. Although the exile was technically over and people were coming back, the situation was […]

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Devotions: Haggai

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Haggai 2:5. The context of this passage was a very difficult time for Judah. Although the exile was technically over, things were not as prosperous as people had hoped. The Temple […]

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The Patience of Job

Apologetics and Theology

I have sometimes been accused of having “the patience of Job.” Not only is this giving me more credit when it comes to patience than I deserve, it also misrepresents the story of Job. Since […]

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Devotions: Zephaniah

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Zephaniah 3:9. Like many of the minor prophets, Zephaniah speaks of judgment. There will be judgment on both Judah and the nations. The nations are the gentiles or the non-Jewish peoples. […]

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Devotions: Habakkuk

A devotion based on Habakkuk 1:2. Although written thousands of years ago, Habakkuk’s prophecy is very timely. Habakkuk looked at the world around him with all its violence and injustice and felt despair. Where was […]

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Devotions: Nahum

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Nahum 1:7. While Jonah describes a Nineveh that repents of their sin, Nahum describes an unrepentant Nineveh that is under God’s wrath. Nahum goes into great detail about the power and […]

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Devotions: Micah

A devotion based on Micah 6:8. Micah 6:8 is one of the most well known passages in the minor prophets. However, the meaning of the verse really requires an understanding of the context. Before this […]

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Devotions: Obadiah

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Obadiah 1:15. Obadiah is a one chapter prophet but that does not mean that he is at lack for something to say. His focus is on the punishment that will come […]

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Devotions: Amos

A devotion based on Amos 5:14. The book of Amos is fairly typical of the minor prophets. The people sin. The prophet proclaims judgment. The people are challenged to repent. I am sure there were […]

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What You Need to Know About the Bible

Apologetics and Theology

If you can understand this one thing, you will avoid many of the problems that Christians encounter. Are your ready? This is very important. The Bible was not inspired as a western twenty-first century document […]

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Devotions: Joel

A devotion based on Joel 2:28. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was closely connected with prophecy. Prophecy was closely connected with authority. That authority was limited to a very small number. Far back […]

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Devotions: Daniel

A devotion based on Daniel 3:25. In this story, three of Daniel’s friends are arrested for refusing to worship a golden image. They are so devoted to their God that they would prefer to endure […]

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Devotions: Ezekiel

A devotion based on Ezekiel 37:5. At this point in history, Judah was in a terrible situation. People were in exile. Infrastructure was crippled. Political autonomy was crumbling. The Babylonians had taken everything away from Judah. […]

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Devotions: Jeremiah

A devotion based on Jeremiah 1:6-7 Jeremiah is one of the most well-known prophets in the Bible. He is among the three (with Isaiah and Ezekiel) major prophets in the Hebrew canon. Jeremiah would also […]

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Does the Bible Teach That Unicorns Exist?

I was recently listening to a Christian radio show and the host was trying to give an example of a myth and referred to unicorns.  The caller commented that since the Bible teaches that unicorns […]

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Religion as a Quest for Afterlife

Apologetics and Theology

It is common to hear the accusation that religion was created by those who feared death and needed some sort of afterlife.  Really?  And what research is that based on?  Your neighbour who had a […]

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Clay Jones on the Canaanite Question

Since there is much discussion about the war against the Canaanites, I thought I would add something else.  A few years ago, Clay Jones wrote an article for the journal Philosophia Christi on this topic. […]

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Early Hebrew Text Found

The earliest Hebrew text has just been discovered as you can read about here.  The text comes from the time of King David in the tenth century BC.  It has not been completely translated but […]

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