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A 10-lesson Bible Study on the Biblical book of Galatians, the letter the apostle Paul wrote to several churches.
What was Paul so worked up about in his letter to the Galatians? Learn the fascinating backstory to the drama! We’ll discover how to follow the strange Old Testament stories to the true good news: that we are part of God’s new, multi-ethnic family of faith who live by the Spirit. We are new creations who live and love like Jesus!
Find all the class videos, reading assignments, and study questions for this discussion course.Continue reading
Have you wondered what's going on with the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11? Did you know that the Hebrew word for Babel can also be translated Babylon? It's the same place! So what is so bad about building a tower? And why does God react as he does? Surely God isn't actually worried that they are going to get to "heaven" and reach him? Listen to this video lesson to hear how this story is the culmination of the sad story of fracturing humanity in Genesis 3-11, and why God reacts as he does.
This is a 15-minute video lesson that can be watched on its own, or as a bonus lesson in the series Daniel: Hope for the Faithful. Comment or message me to talk about it, or if you have questions!
I recently got to answer some questions about Bible translations, and since it was on my mind I recorded this video overview. I may write more about this, so if you have questions you'd like answered, let me know!
And, here's an answer to the question, "Is there a Catholic Bible that's different from the Protestant Bible?"
Are you wondering why the Bible sometimes puts the word LORD in small caps, or in all caps, and whether it means anything? It definitely does mean something! It represents the personal name of God.
Something New: The Name of God
In the progressive narrative of Scripture (I talk more about Scripture being progressive in "What is the Bible?"), God reveals his personal name for the first time to Moses in Exodus 3, at the burning bush.Continue reading
Recently I spoke for our local campus ministry, Longhorns for Christ, on the campus of the University of Texas. They were doing a series entitled Believable Lies, addressing one a week.
A Believable Lie: “The Bible Isn’t Very Important”
One of the ideas we sometimes hear, or think ourselves, is that the Bible just isn’t very important, or worth following closely. It was written a long time ago, when societies were very different. It’s a strange book, written over more than a thousand years, by many different authors, with a bunch of different kinds of stuff in it. The stuff in it is strange – when we look for instructions, sometimes we get poems. When we look for heroes, we get dubious moral choices.
My sister lives just outside Tucson, Az in a semi-rural neighborhood. The pest they fight most there is packrats. Packrats are desert animals, but they are quick to move into any areas of your house or yard where they find a hole – in the shed foundation, under the grill, anywhere. The way they chew and shred material for nests and pack in all sorts of debris is quite destructive. They wreck stuff, and the nests smell gross, and if you give them any little area, any hole, any opportunity, they are right in there.Continue reading
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