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Can Christians Really Do “All Things”?

Bible Study Magazine with Lysa TerkeurstFrom infographics to insights, Bible Study Magazine provides you with engaging, in-depth articles that help you dig deep into the biblical text. The September–October ’14 issue on Philippians is no exception. Derek R. Brown sheds light on the deeper life-slogan behind the oft-quoted phrase, “I can do all things” (Phil. 4:13). Michael S. Heiser explains what Paul was saying when he warned the Philippians to “look out for the dogs” and “those who mutilate the flesh” (Phil. 3:2). Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today, and you’ll also get the following articles on one of Paul’s most joyful letters:

  • A Fruitful Partnership: Nijay K. Gupta explores the financial rhetoric in Paul’s letter—helping us better understand the relationship between the church and money today.
  • Feeling Anxious? E. Tod Twist examines the Greek behind Paul’s exhortation to “not be anxious about anything” to understand how we really can “rejoice in the Lord always.”
  • Watch Your Language! Michael S. Heiser looks at Paul’s surprising use of scatological language in Philippians.

This issue also includes our regular lineup of Bible study insights. In this issue, you’ll receive:

  • A new eight-week Bible study on 1–3 John: Carrie Sinclair Wolcott writes about what it means to live as lights in the darkness.
  • A feature story on the Romanian church: Pastor Gelu Paul-Faina shares the challenges the Romanian church through both oppression and freedom.
  • A cover story on Lysa TerKeurst: The president of Proverbs 31 Ministries discusses her faith story and her Bible study methods.

For only $19.95 (30% off the cover price!), you can gain access to a full year of such insights and features.

Subscribe now and start your subscription with the September–October ’14 issue!

I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible

I-Dare-You_Cover_200x300The Bible is filled with passages so baffling we tend to ignore them. Yet the passages that seem the weirdest might be some of the most important.

For the past six years, Michael S. Heiser has been unveiling these passages’ ancient context in his articles for Bible Study Magazine. Now you can read these articles in the newly available essay collection I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible.

Explore the meaning of passages like Zipporah’s circumcision of Moses, Jephthah’s tragic vow in the book of Judges, and the warring sea monsters in Psalm 74. Connect yourself to the time during which the biblical writers lived and wrote with articles on worldview, like “The Ancient’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

Get answers to the Bible’s most perplexing questions

You’ll get help on some of the Bible’s most interesting topics:

  • “What Walking on Water Really Means”
  • “Born Again . . . and Again and Again?”
  • “Dumbledore Meets Philip & Peter”
  • “Paul’s Lost Letters”
  • “The New Testament Misquotes the Old Testament?”
  • “666: What Theories Add Up?”
  • And many more

The book will help you study the Bible in a whole new way—and it’ll ensure that you never skip a Bible passage again.

Get this essay collection while it’s still discounted at $4.95: pre-order yours today!

Prepare for Easter with 40 Days to the Cross

40 days to the crossThis Wednesday, Christians who follow the Western church calendar will enter a 40-day period of prayer, fasting, and spiritual reflection known as Lent. This spiritual practice is recognized by many high Christian traditions, but it’s also widely practiced in nonliturgical circles.

Lent is a season of preparation that traditionally includes penitence, prayer, and fasting; it culminates in the celebration of Easter.

A fresh perspective for Lent

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In addition to regular Bible readings, devotional resources can bring fresh perspective to this season. Lexham Press is pleased to introduce 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers, a resource that will guide you through Lent. You’ll journey with Augustine, Irenaeus, Thomas à Kempis, Thomas Aquinas, John Newton, Charles Spurgeon, and others as they offer insights into Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection.

You’ll be prompted to the act of confession with readings from the Psalms, and reflect on Christ’s journey to the cross with readings from Matthew. In our busy world, it’s easy to neglect the simple act of self-examination. Probing response questions at the end of each devotional will prompt you to dig deep and then end your devotional in prayer.

40 Days to the Cross will help you contemplate our shared experience of Jesus’ death and resurrection—the very center of our faith.

Get 40 Days the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers for only $8.99 through Sunday!

Craig Groeschel, Christianity in Hong Kong, and a Prophet on the Run

SubscribeNow270x350If you tithe, will God “open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need”? While Malachi 3:10 is often used to encourage tithing among parishioners, the passage is not primarily about giving—or getting. In the latest issue of Bible Study Magazine, Douglas Mangum addresses the historical and literary context of Malachi’s message.

Subscribe now to get the Mar–Apr ’14 issue, and you’ll receive these articles on the Minor Prophets:

  • A Family Picture: Obadiah contains some of the Bible’s most scathing remarks regarding the nation of Edom. Understand how this snapshot of a national dispute fits into the greater biblical narrative.
  • A Prophet on the Run: Catch the final installment of Not Your Average Bible Study on the rebel prophet, Jonah.
  • God of War or Peace? The prophets’ depictions of God can seem confusing. Is he a powerful warrior (Mal. 4:1)? Or is he a God of peace, who looks forward to a day when “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isa. 2:2–4)?
  • Wrestling with God: When God reveals his plan to Habakkuk, it’s far from what the prophet expected. What lessons does this text have for us today?

You’ll also receive a cover story on Craig Groeschel, a feature story on Christianity in Hong Kong, and four book reviews. Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today to get the Mar–Apr ’14 issue!

Ann Voskamp, Christianity in Nigeria, and No Pollyanna Prophets

bible-study-magazineWe often read Micah 5:2 at Christmastime: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you one will go out for me, to be ruler in Israel; and his origins are from of old, from ancient days” (LEB). Reading this verse against the backdrop of Christ’s birth, we envision Micah as a gentle prophet bearing a gentle message. But Matt Morton explains that the context of Micah’s message reveals much more about its implications.

The January–February ’14 issue of Bible Study Magazine features this article and others as part our special section on the eighth- through seventh-century (BC) Minor Prophets. If you subscribe today, you’ll also get the following:

  • Do Prophecies Sometimes Fail? Explore the nature of biblical prophecy and how, sometimes, prophecies were designed to fail. (And why we should be glad they did.)
  • Making Sense of Severity. Divine justice in Nahum can be difficult to understand and explain. Here are some helpful steps for interpreting this prophetic book.
  • This Time, It’s Personal: Sometimes the prophets had to move beyond simply telling the truth. Sometimes, the message and the messenger were one.  
  • The Predestined, Yet Free, Prophet: How Jonah was free and God’s purposes were fulfilled anyway.

You’ll also receive a cover story featuring Ann Voskamp, a feature story on the state of Christianity in Nigeria, and an interview with Brad Lomenick, leader and director of Catalyst. Subscribe today!

Will It Preach?

Bible Study Magazine NovemberHow do you preach on that imprecatory psalm? What do you do with that seemingly bizarre vision in Ezekiel? And where do even begin with the book of Nahum—easily the most unpopular book of the Bible?

If you’ve been asked or done the asking, you know that these passages present special challenges for the preacher. It can be tempting to avoid or at least gloss over them. In the November–December ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, we address the passages least likely to see a pulpit. From the violence of the Minor Prophets to the strange visions of Ezekiel to the tedium of the genealogies, we ask “Will It Preach?” and “How?”

Here’s what else the issue offers:

  • An interview with David Platt on discipleship and an active church culture in “No More Spectators.”
  • A response to the ongoing conflict in Egypt. Tharwat Wahba, professor and chair of missions at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, explains how Egyptian Christians are responding to violence and offers hope.
  • Insights from June Hunt on studying the Bible and counseling others.

You’ll also get the latest book reviews, an eight-week Bible study on Ephesians, and more!

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Scapegoats and Sin Offerings

Sept Oct BSMMany reading plans stall at (or at least take a detour around) Leviticus. Forging through instruction on sacrifices, clean and unclean foods, and purity laws can be overwhelming for the modern reader.

In the Sept–Oct ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, you’ll find powerful articles that will help you wade through Leviticus’ bloody sacrifices and odd laws to find new meaning that applies to contemporary life. Our writers take on topics like scapegoats, sin offerings, and why rock badger wasn’t on the list of “clean” animals.

In addition to this special section, here’s what the Sept–Oct ’13 issue offers:

  • A cover story featuring Chip Ingram: In “Religion vs. Relationship,” Chip Ingram, senior pastor of Silicon Valley’s Venture Christian Church and president of Living on the Edge, discusses what the Bible says about discipleship. According to Ingram, “The goal isn’t that people know everything about the Bible; it’s that they apply what they learned . . . This is true spirituality. This is becoming a disciple of Christ.”
  • Helping the Hidden: In our feature story, John Ashmen, president of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, discusses both the plight and the hope of the homeless population. “Many homeless people need a life change before they need an address change,” said Ashmen. “That change comes from understanding who they are and how Christ in their life can make a difference.”
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Is Satan Omnipresent?

Steven Furtick BSM CoverWe often have built-in assumptions about the way Satan works. But do these assumptions match up with Scripture? In his article in the July–Aug ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, Derek R. Brown poses four questions about Satan, like “Is he omnipresent?” and “Is he behind every temptation?” Some insights from Paul’s letters to the church in Thessalonica might surprise you.

It’s all part of the new July–Aug ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine. If you subscribe today, you’ll also get the following:

  • An interview with Steven Furtick. This New York Times bestselling author shows how Bible study is transformative in “Beyond Baseline Christianity.”
  • A feature story on Christine Caine. The speaker, author, and human rights activist shares how Scripture and the Spirit motivate and drive her work.
  • A special article by John Piper. What does a life of faith look like? John Piper explains in “The Moment You Become a Christian.”
  • A new eight-week Bible study. How can the modern, fragmented church be Christ’s body? This new study on Ephesians explores what Paul says about unity in a broken world.
  • A themed section on the books of 1–2 Thessalonians. Find other challenging articles, like “Your Grace Is Too Small” and “How Many Times Is Jesus Coming Back?”

Subscribe today to get this issue!

Discover How We Really Got the Bible

Why was the Epistle of Barnabas removed from Bibles? And why did the Gospel of Thomas never make it into the canon? Find out in the May–June ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, where we address one of the most controversial topics in recent history: how we got the Bible. We’ve brought in the world’s leading experts on the biblical canon to tell the story. This issue exposes myth, debunks fallacious claims, and shows how our modern Bibles came to be. You won’t want to miss it!

Here’s what’s included in the May–June ’13 issue:

  • What does “canon” mean, anyway? Dr. Nijay Gupta explains the history of the term, and why we use it today to refer to authoritative biblical books.   
  • 9 books that used to be in Bibles. They were once considered worth including in Bibles, but few modern Bibles contain them. What were they, and why were they removed?
  • A timeline of canon history. How and when did biblical books become authoritative? Get a bird’s-eye view with this stunning fold-out infographic.
  • Origins of the Old Testament. The story of the Old Testament is complex, but this article by Dr. Lee Martin McDonald helps you understand milestones in the history of its formation.
  • Making the cut of the New Testament canon. Four criteria characterize authoritative biblical texts. Find out what they are—and if inspiration is one of them—in this article by Dr. Craig D. Allert.
  • Do new archaeological discoveries answer our canon questions? How do the Dead Sea Scrolls shed light on the canon—if at all? Dr. Michael S. Heiser shows us which texts the community at Qumran used.
  • Which books are divine? What do we learn about the canon from church fathers like Athanasius?

In addition, this issue features Joni Eareckson Tada on the cover, an interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick, and a new eight-week Bible study on the Psalms. Subscribe today to get the May–June ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine!

Can God Be Surprised?

The newest issue of Bible Study Magazine explores four tough questions, including, “Can God be surprised?” Part of the theme section “Your Temple Won’t Save You,” this article and others dig deep into the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations.

It’s the type of nuanced biblical scholarship that Bible Study Magazine has been producing for more than four years. Each issue features in-depth articles and an 8-week Bible study, as well as insights from Christian leaders.

What’s new in the Mar–Apr ’13 issue:

  • “Church in the City,” featuring Tim Keller. Find out how this pastor leads his congregation to deeper Bible study and spreads the gospel in an urban context.
  • Insights from Sally Lloyd-Jones. The author of the Jesus Storybook Bible discusses how to share the Bible with small children.
  • Off-the-beaten-track feature. A story about the Bible in China.
  • In-depth, ongoing Bible studies: This issue features “8 Ways to Pray,” a new study on the book of Psalms. Wisdom literature expert Miles Custis explores how expressions of grief, frustration, and fear fit the mold of worship.
  • Special section: Is the Ark of the Covenant lost forever? Find out if Indiana Jones ever had a chance. Also, are there two versions of Jeremiah? Michael S. Heiser reveals the history behind this biblical book in “Double Vision.”
  • Devotionals: What do you do when everything crumbles? What does it means to abandon super-human strength? See what Jeremiah and Lamentations have to say about grief.

In addition to this, each issue of Bible Study Magazine features stunning infographics and reviews of the latest Bible study materials. Bible Study Magazine will help you go deep into the Word and apply it to your life. What are you waiting for? Subscribe today!

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