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Published:
February 15, 2019

One of the most effective teaching strategies that educators use is example and non-example. Wouldn’t we expect God, the master teacher, to use this educational technique as well? In fact, Jesus used this technique in many of His parables, and has even provided historical stories in the Bible to illustrate the principle. The life experience of one king of Judah, Hezekiah, is one of these illustrations, providing both an example and non-example concerning prayer and the after-effects.

Published:
February 14, 2019

In McEntyre’s latest book, Occasions (Resource Publications, 2018), the reader is immersed in poetry filled with the same grace and depth that echoes from her other works.

Published:
February 12, 2019

It is a remarkable fact, given Christianity’s 2,000 years of history, that Jesus was not a Christian nor is it at all certain that if he could walk among us in the flesh that he would know what to make of what we have made of him. Like a child’s bendable toy, Jesus can be made to assume almost any posture that we choose. And it has been pointed out innumerable times that what we make of Jesus says more about us than it does about him.

Published:
February 6, 2019

Editor's Note: Below is the Introduction to the book “How to Study the Bible with Postmoderns” by Marcos Torres. It is reprinted here with permission from the author. The free e-book is available on the author’s website, The Story Church Project.

Published:
February 5, 2019

Life is a series of tests, none of which we can cram for and many of which we will not see the results of until long after we’ve forgotten what we were tested on.

Published:
January 29, 2019

Bearing the Light in this world begins with us “accepting that we are accepted,” in Paul Tillich’s phrase, an experience so simple that it is difficult to grasp. It is the foolishness that leaps over the logic that would keep us in the dark.

Published:
January 24, 2019

In his latest book, Nathan Brown challenges us to move from belief to action, and shows that this should be a natural progression in our faith journey.

Published:
January 22, 2019

And so, our widow, bless her heart, lives from hour to hour, supported by the gossamer threads of her own unpretentious faith, and slips out of the temple, unaware that her silent act, remarkable in its unassuming nature, becomes a witness remembered for as long as Jesus’ words are treasured.

Published:
January 15, 2019

An epiphany is a manifestation, an appearance, perhaps of something that was always there but overlooked or excluded out of habit and tradition, brushed aside in our haste — only to become, when revealed, so compelling that we can’t take our eyes off it.

Published:
January 11, 2019

Jesus did not let religious or secular cultural norms cloud what was truly worthwhile. He embodied an expansive gospel. Sometimes, this debunked what false conservatives idolized. Jesus made room for the meaningful new by sifting out the irrelevant dross.

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