3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Stalled Bible Reading

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: It’s December 31, and you think, “This is it. This is the year I will read the Bible all the way through.” You start strong through Genesis and Exodus. You power your way through the ritual laws in Leviticus and the censuses in Numbers. But by the time the regulations start repeating themselves in Deuteronomy, you find yourself lagging behind. At first you miss only a day or two, which you make up for on the weekend. But soon (perhaps right now?) you are weeks behind, discouraged of any hope of catching up, and you quietly let your plan to read the Bible lapse for another year.

If that’s you, let me offer you some encouragement, some tools, and some alternatives.

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How Do You Apply a Passage When It Has No Commands?

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Exodus 20:15 is pretty practical: “Thou shalt not steal.” There are complexities, there are always complexities whenever fallible and finite people like us try to apply God’s norms to our situations. But for the most part, we Bible readers feel we know what to do with this command.

But what about the Bible passages that contain no clear commands? What are we supposed to do with them, or in response to them?

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3 Distinctions That Will Help You Understand the New Perspective on Paul

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In this post, we untangle complex theological issues surrounding the New Perspective on Paul. To tackle this and other challenging biblical topics, check out the courses included in Mobile Ed’s Tough Topics sale.

Since the 1970s, a tide of scholarship called the New Perspective on Paul has—depending upon whom you ask—either swept away hundreds of years of misconception . . . or threatens to sweep away the hard-won truths of the Reformation.

So which is it? Or, even more fundamentally, what is it? The New Perspective is notoriously challenging to summarize, but one thing is certain: everyone who takes biblical studies seriously should at least have a basic grasp of what’s new about the New Perspective.

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6 Ways Jesus’ Last Words Reveal the Glory of Reconciliation

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Jesus on the cross was more than a very good man having a very bad day. At Calvary, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” (2 Cor. 5:19). This reconciliation resonates through all of Jesus’ sacred statements on the cross. Considering them anew enriches our appreciation for what we celebrate every Easter.

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What Passage Should You Study This Easter?

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If you’re the kind of Christian who is now wondering, “Here’s another Easter; what part of the Bible do I study/teach this year?”—then let me admit that I’m in the same boat. I’ve got to write a blog post about Easter; where do I go?

Let’s steer this boat together, guiding it from the shoals of our mutual ignorance to the high seas of knowledge and joy, while fishing for the 153 fish of insight and avoiding the storms of bad hermeneutics.

Sometimes I have trouble picking a passage to study or preach on (that’s one reason I prefer expository series). When that happens, I look for a responsible path to serendipity. “Responsible,” meaning I don’t close my eyes, open my Bible, and stick my finger down. But “serendipity,” because I’m open to whatever insights jump out at me through responsible means.

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25 Resurrection Sermon Ideas for Easter Sunday

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More people go to church on Easter than any other day of the year, and churches around the world are preparing for more visitors. There are lots of ways to make sure your Easter service is great, but what about the sermon itself? With all the time and energy you’re investing in the service—extra parking, extra seating, extra childcare, extra ushers—what can you do to be sure your Easter sermon is as strong as possible?

For this post, we’ve pulled together 25 Resurrection sermon ideas for Easter Sunday. But we don’t want to just give you ideas for the sermon, we want to help you make your Easter sermon truly connect with your listeners.

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Is the Word “Easter” in the Bible?

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Why is the most important Christian holiday nowhere mentioned by name in the Bible?

Actually, the word “Easter” does appear in the Bible, but only once—and only in one translation. Among all major English translations of the Scripture, only the King James Version uses the word “Easter.” I won’t go into the history of that particular translation choice, but I will go into how to use Logos to puzzle out what’s going on—even if you don’t know Greek. And if you don’t have Logos, stick around: I’ll explain why this important word doesn’t show up in other English translations.

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What Do Lying Shrimp Have to Do with New Testament Exegesis?

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One fine South Carolina day my little family was driving down the road listening to the radio, and on came “Rudy Mancke’s Nature Notes,” a delightful little minute-long feature by a local naturalist who talks about flora and fauna in the Palmetto State. And I got a lesson for New Testament exegesis out of it. And you can, too.

A Nature Notes listener had written in for information on the Latin name for a dead shrimp found “lying against some of the pluff mud” on the Charleston coast. Our two-year-old immediately piped up from her carseat, informing us all with deep conviction, “Lying is bad!”

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How to Find Every Bird Mentioned in the Bible

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I recently officiated the funeral service of my aunt who lived a long, fruitful life. She thoroughly enjoyed bird watching so I wanted to include in my remarks several biblical passages about birds. Knowing both the Old and New Testaments mention various types of birds, I wanted to execute a search that would find all verses referencing birds and from those results I would make my selections.

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Tips to Create Sermon Slides While You Study

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When you study with Logos and present with Proclaim, you don’t have to spend hours preparing your sermon and then hours preparing your slides. You can get ready for the service while you study for your sermon.

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