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  • 7 “Churchy” Words and the Need for Clarity

    We are moving in the West further along this path as a post-Christian culture. No longer are Christian terms and biblical concepts commonplace. Here’s my list of seven troublesome words and brief explanations, with suggested alternatives.
    The Good Book Blog
    September 17,2014
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  • Embrace Your Weakness

    Have you ever examined your heart and glimpsed sin and darkness and defeat? I have. It is discouraging and demoralizing. There is no doubt that I am a flawed vessel. But does that mean that I am a useless vessel?
    The Good Book Blog
    September 10,2014
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  • Minding the Heart

    Robert Saucy, distinguished professor of systematic theology at Talbot, just released the new book, Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation. He kindly took some time to answer a few questions about the book.
    The Good Book Blog
    September 3,2014
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  • A Handy Way to Demonstrate the Stability of the Greek Text

    People often get up-tight when they first learn of the existence of variations in the text of the Greek New Testament, but their concerns are baseless. Here's what I mean.
    The Good Book Blog
    August 27,2014
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  • 5 Ways to Know if Someone is “Free from the Love of Money”

    One of the qualifications for an overseer/elder/pastor (all the same office in the Bible) is that he be “free from the love of money.” But how do we know if this is the case? Here are 5 ways to tell.
    The Good Book Blog
    August 20,2014
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  • I am Here for the Church

    God’s primary GOAL in this Christian adventure is not my spiritual growth as an individual. It’s not about me, after all! It is about the growth of “the whole body.”
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    August 13,2014
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  • How to Keep Up

    A frequently asked question from my graduate advisees is this: How do you keep up with the latest scholarship in your discipline? Or, how do you stay on the “cutting edge” in your academic field? There are at least five maintenance disciplines that come immediately to my mind.
    The Good Book Blog
    August 6,2014
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  • What is a Leader?

    What exactly makes a leader? Answering this question is not as easy as one might think.
    The Good Book Blog
    July 30,2014
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  • Going into Exile

    How would you like to be going into exile? Leaving your home, your places of repose and safety, your income earning ability?
    The Good Book Blog
    July 23,2014
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  • Wealth and Following Jesus

    Is it better to be poor than to be rich? Does one have to give up everything in order to follow Jesus? Does wealth itself ever keep people out of the kingdom of God?
    The Good Book Blog
    July 16,2014
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  • The Genocide of the Canaanites?

    The Canaanite destruction is the major ethical problem in the Old Testament. How can we serve a God who commanded genocide? Or did He?
    The Good Book Blog
    July 9,2014
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  • How Does Mission Relate to Spiritual Formation?

    I wrote this article with two groups in mind: 1) Those who are so task-oriented that they underemphasize the foundational role of spiritual life for the mission God has called them to do; 2) those who are so focused on the inner life that they underemphasize the very positive role that involvement in ministry and mission has upon the spiritual life.
    The Good Book Blog
    July 2,2014
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  • When the Bible Grabs Me

    Simply put, I am reading—even engaging the story or passage—and it all comes to a crashing halt when my eyes hit certain words, my brain immediately gives them meaning, and my heart is arrested.
    The Good Book Blog
    June 25,2014
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  • Jesus Is Worthy: Sending Our Sons and Daughters

    Family opposition may be the number one reason young people with a call to overseas missions don’t ever arrive there. And this is a grave sin on the part of the parents.
    The Good Book Blog
    June 18,2014
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  • Did God Condemn All the Canaanites?

    The Canaanite destruction is the major ethical problem in the Old Testament. How can we serve a God who commanded genocide? Or did He?
    The Good Book Blog
    June 11,2014
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  • A Hill to Die On: How Biblical Backgrounds Help Make Scripture More Engaging

    What is striking in Josephus’s account, however, is just how high both Jews and Samaritans were willing to “set the stakes,” so to speak, with respect to the outcome of the debate.
    The Good Book Blog
    June 4,2014
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  • Questions about Hell: What Does the Bible Say?

    Find out what Scripture teaches about hell and eternal judgment.
    The Good Book Blog
    May 28,2014
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  • Questions about Hell: The Conquest of Sin?

    At final judgment, all evildoers will be reconciled to God’s purposes in the sense that they will be subdued, conquered, and stopped from hostility and resistance to God. By contrast, believers have already surrendered to Jesus voluntarily.
    The Good Book Blog
    May 21,2014
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  • Questions about Hell: Degrees of Punishment?

    God's perfect justice means that worse criminals will suffer worse punishments for their crimes. This is not torture or exacting pain as somehow accomplishing something for God, as if God were a fiendish tormentor. But then what is it?
    The Good Book Blog
    May 14,2014
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  • Questions about Hell: Is It a Literal Fire? Or Worse?

    All of us can imagine the great horror of being immersed in a lake of hot flame forever. With that pain in mind, I think the Bible leads us to conclude that hell is even worse than that.
    The Good Book Blog
    May 7,2014
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