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Has Jesus Already Returned?

As Jesus laments Jerusalem’s impending judgment, He connects the destruction of the temple with His second coming. Does that mean he already came back “figuratively”?

Standing at the Gates of Hell

The “gates of hell”? Why did Jesus respond to Peter’s confession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” in this way?

Do You Want to Change?

In the Bible, God came to various people in the way they needed Him to come.

Good Lies?

What are we supposed to do with the Bible stories where people not only lie, but seem to be honored for doing so?

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.

“Help” is a War Cry

“Help” is a word of desperation. It’s what we say when we think we can’t go on. That’s not the case for the biblical writers. For them, it’s a war cry.

A Destiny Destination

We aren’t sure if Paul made it, but he was passionate about getting to Spain. Why? He saw himself in the prophecy of Isaiah 66.

Paul the Pastoral Mediator

Romans 14 and 15 are often treated like an after-dinner mint to a theological feast. But these chapters are the pastoral climax of Paul’s letter. Here, we find Paul’s picture of the church becoming a reality.

The Intensity of Christ's Love and the Intentionality of His Death

The love of Christ for us in his dying was as conscious as his suffering was intentional.

Today Will Be a Good Day to Read First Peter

Whether we understand God's purposes or not, we “honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15).

God’s Family Tree

If these non-Jewish Christians are going to have any chance at getting things right on their own, they’re going to need a systematic introduction to Jewish history and their place in it.

A Female Apostle?

Paul’s final greetings to the Roman church seem typical. But one name within that list has become the focus of controversy and heated debate...

Paul’s Fight with Sin?

Is Paul really communicating that Christians are bound to struggle—that we should just acknowledge our weakness and move on? If Romans 7:14–25 reflects Paul’s fight and failure with sin, the rest of the letter doesn’t make much sense.

Why We Need the Book of James in the New Testament Canon

We should be immensely grateful that God has preserved this book for us. Despite its detractors, the book of James provides essential theological balance for the key doctrinal debates in the church today.

Slaying the Sea Monster of Psalm 74

When we think of creation, we think of everything beginning with God’s spoken word—as Genesis 1 tells us. But some Old Testament writers concentrate on another aspect of creation—and a weird one at that.

The Child That Raised an Army

When I learned Hebrew as an adult, I found out that Gideon was anything but a poster child saint.

So Good, They Told It Twice

The story of Deborah and Barak is so good they told it twice, once in narrative (Judg 4), and again in poetry (Judg 5). The two versions of the story play off one another in terms of genre, time, and viewpoint.

What Does It Mean to Abide in Christ?

One of Jesus’ most vivid and powerful illustrations for the believer’s relationship with him is the vine and branches. But what does it mean for us to abide in Jesus as branches in the vine?

Righting a Wrong

The story of Jephthah and his tragic vow is paralleled by other stories—including a New Testament story that subverts it.

  • Michael S. Heiser |
  • February 25, 2014 |
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We’re Pretending to Incorporate the Spirit

And then it hits us: We don’t really know how to incorporate the Holy Spirit into Bible study. That thought is so frightening that we won’t tell anyone. We will just sit the Bible on a shelf.

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