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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.

Did Paul Write Hebrews?

If you think Paul wrote Hebrews, you’re in good company. One problem with this conclusion, however, is that what Paul says in Gal 1:11–12 seems to contradict what Paul says in Heb 2:3, presuming Paul wrote Heb 2:3.

  • Theologically Driven |
  • February 13, 2014 |
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Care Free Christianity

The word of comfort in 1 Peter 5:7 comes to the suffering and the worried, people with reason (humanly speaking) to be anxious.

  • Thabiti Anyabwile |
  • February 12, 2014 |
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Keeping Up with the Greeks

God doesn’t communicate to us in spite of the ancient context, but through it. Because of this, it’s our responsibility to learn about the history, culture, and values of the people of the Bible.

Bible Study: Genres Define What We Read

The Bible is not a single book. It’s an anthology nearly a thousand years in the making. It consists of books of diverse genres.

Teaching Children to Study the Bible Can Be Simple

Teaching the Bible to my children was easier than I thought. It’s easier than most parents think. Here are a few helpful tips.

Who Is the “Elect Lady” in 2 John?

Who is the elusive recipient of John’s second letter? A quick review of commentaries reveals divergent opinions.

Truth & Love

The symbiotic relationship between love and truth is essential. Authentic love “rejoices with the truth.”

What Are You Willing to Risk?

Jesus risked it all for us – not only did he risk it all, he gave it all. We should be willing to take risks for him.

How to Fight and Win Spiritual Battles for Eternity

Although a spiritual battle between good and evil is constantly going on around us, it’s easy to neglect giving it our attention.

Tough Love

While John writes that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9), he also tells us that sometimes God never gives us another chance to confess our sins and be forgiven.

  • Michael S. Heiser |
  • December 31, 2013 |
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The World's Wisdom Bows Down

Why else would the magi have taken such an arduous trip if not for an aching need to satisfy a hunger that all of the world’s wisdom had not yet satisfied?

How to Learn from Solomon, the Wisest Fool in the Bible

Despite his incredible God-given wisdom, Solomon still made many foolish decisions. Why?

Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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