Happy Reformation Day! [Quiz + Book Recommendations]

Today marks a momentous day in Church history—its 503rd anniversary, to be exact. Though eclipsed by other holidays, Reformation Day deserves an observance. How much do you know about it?

Take this Reformation Day quiz and find out!  [Read more…]

3 Reasons We Should Read C. S. Lewis’ Pre-Conversion Poems

In 1919—only a year after World War I—a young atheist named Clive Hamilton published a collection of poems about the material world, the problem of evil, and a longing for who-knows-what. Today, you know Clive Hamilton as C. S. Lewis, and Spirits in Bondage, Lewis’ first published work, gives us a glimpse into the depths of his pre-conversion state.

Maybe you’d ask, “Why would I read C. S. Lewis’ writings from before he became a Christian?” It’s a question I’ve asked too, and here’s what convinced me: [Read more…]

Scholars Agree: The Paideia Commentaries Stand Out

The series name alone sold me on this commentary set: paideia (παιδεία) in Greek means “education,” or “instruction intended for a person who is in the process of growing up.”1 And that’s that goal of the Paideia commentaries publisher: to come alongside contemporary students in that lifelong journey of “growing up” by giving them a basic grounding in academic New Testament studies and guiding their engagement with New Testament text.2 [Read more…]

Going to Seminary? 3 Mercifully Simple Tips for the Journey

Seminary will challenge you beyond what you might imagine—spiritually, intellectually, and even physically.1 For me, going to seminary was the hardest and most wonderful experience of my life.

Whether you are already going to seminary or plan to start soon, here are three things you can do now to help smooth out potential bumps in the road and make the journey a pleasant one. [Read more…]

12 Verses: Where Is the Promised Land? and 4 Other Questions

View from Mount Nebo, Jordan, where Moses was granted a view of the promised land. Source: commons.wikimedia.org

 

In Genesis 12, God promised Abram:

I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. (2–3) [Read more…]

Was Joseph in Egypt? When Archaeology and the Bible Converge

By David B. Schreiner

Because Christianity is built upon certain historical events, discussions about Scripture’s historical truthfulness are constant. Regarding Genesis, such discussions revolve around several issues, including the flood and patriarchal narratives. People want to know, “Did a global flood actually happen? Did the patriarchs really exist?” Frustratingly, these discussions are complicated by the lack of explicit evidence from outside the Bible that could serve as historical verification. [Read more…]

What Are the 6 Dreams in the Story of Joseph?

By Wendy Widder

Dreams dominate the story of Joseph, but their importance in the narrative derives from the significance of dreams in the culture and theology of the ancient Near East. While many of us dismiss dreams as a mental reworking of the day’s events or as the result of indigestion, ancients considered dreams to have potential revelatory significance. Dreams were one way the gods communicated from the divine realm to the human realm—a belief that is clearly evident in the Joseph narrative. [Read more…]

What Do Dreams in the Bible Mean? These 9 Words Reveal Hints

In the Bible, dreams are sources of divine revelation that indicate what someone should do, reveal what is going to happen, or explain current events. 

The Bible uses different Hebrew and Greek words when it talks about dreams and visions.  [Read more…]

Are Demons Fallen Angels and 2 Other Common Misconceptions

Are demons fallen angels? Is the Satan figure as the archnemesis of God foreign to the Old Testament? Did a third of the angels fall from heaven before humanity’s fall?

The following excerpt from Demons by Michael S. Heiser is adapted from the book’s final chapter, where Heiser addresses these myths and misconceptions.

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Revelation: Why We Must Fight the Lie That God Doesn’t Care

By Aubry Smith

Through windows, televisions, and internet portals, my view of the world looks bleak. Conflicts erupt across the globe; protests escalate into riots. The global refugee crisis continues to expand, and injustices in refugee camps call out to us. Shooters invade schools, synagogues, mosques, churches. In my own life, the past few years have seen my mother’s descent into dementia, then her sudden death by cancer, and the suicide of my younger brother. It often feels as if the darkness is overcoming the light.  [Read more…]