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4 Reasons You Should Visit the Museum of the Bible

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At the age of 10 I read E. L. Konigsburg beloved novel, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a story in which two young siblings run away from home and hide away for several days at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Ever since, I’ve wondered what museum I’d choose to live in if I were to embark on such an adventure. Now that I’m too old and risk-adverse to try it, I’ve finally found my answer: the Museum of the Bible.The Museum of a the Bible (MOTB) is a new 430,000-square-foot museum located near the National Mall and the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. that officially opened to the public yesterday. Even if, like the kids in Konigsburg’s novel, you could hide out in the museum for days you still wouldn’t be able to see everything it has to offer; the museum’s curators estimate it’d take nine days to explore every exhibit and artifact. But even if you only have a few hours to spare, here are four reasons why the MOTB is worth your time.1. The MOTB…

The Early Christians Were Odd, Too

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It can be disheartening, not to mention frightening, when our culture rejects aspects of Christianity as strange or offensive. When Christians feel isolated and alone, it’s helpful to remember this experience is nothing new for God’s people.Christians have been viewed as cultural misfits from the beginning, and the reasons for this assessment have changed little over the last two millennia.In the second century, four features of Christianity stood out to the Romans as peculiar, if not offensive: worship, doctrine, behavior, and writings. It’ll be quickly apparent that these four features still attract despisers today.1. Christian WorshipA fundamental aspect of early Christian worship was its exclusivity. Only Jesus was to be worshiped. Whatever other religious loyalties one possessed before coming to Christ, they had to be abandoned and full devotion given to Jesus the King.One might think the Roman state wouldn’t care about private worship practices. They cared because the Roman gove…

David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible Upgrade (4 vols.)

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Dig into Scripture with David Guzik’s accessible, practical commentaries that anyone can use. Based on the NKJV, Guzik’s commentaries assume the full trustworthiness and authority of Scripture, combining insights from scholars throughout the ages. Guzik provides clear exposition of four …

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Crossway Christological Studies Collection (8 vols.)

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Worshiping Christ is central to the Christian life. This collection of theological works and pastoral treatises highlight the work of Crist on the behalf of Christians. Better understand the response that Christians ought to have in light of their new standing before God as the redeemed.

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The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Books of Haggai and Malachi

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In this commentary on Haggai and Malachi, Mignon Jacobs offers clear and insightful interpretation of the text while highlighting themes that are especially relevant to contemporary concerns, such as honoring or dishonoring God, the responsibilities of leaders, questioning God, and …

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Mobile Ed: CO131 Integrative Counseling (10 hour course)

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In Introduction to Integrative Counseling, Dr. Dave Wenzel provides students with a comprehensive overview of a counseling technique that combines psychology, science, and physiology with theology, spirituality, and faith. Dr. Wenzel, a teacher and a practicing counselor, begins by …

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The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia

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Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is widely acknowledged to be one of America’s most important theologians and considered a fountainhead of American evangelicalism. He not only played an important role in his own time but also influenced the generations that followed in profound ways. With …

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Uncovering Treasures in Paul’s Shortest Letter

“This is Paul’s only letter that doesn’t mention his apostleship in the greeting. He wants to emphasize to Philemon that he is writing first as a friend, not as a superior. Rather than giving his spiritual son a direct command, he prefers to make his appeal on the basis of love.”I have a confession to make, one that may sound a little strange: Of all the apostle Paul’s epistles, I think his shortest—the letter to Philemon—may be my favorite.I’m glad it’s not the only Pauline letter that we have. But it would be a great loss to the church if this little book were not preserved in the canon.Over the past couple of years, I’ve read through the letter countless times, and I can attest from experience that there are many treasures—unique pieces of insight and wisdom—just waiting to be uncovered.The BackgroundThe apostle Paul—under house arrest in Rome—dictated a letter to his friend Philemon.Philemon, a wealthy Christian who hosted a house church in Colossae, had likely converted to Christ…

Reading the Bible: Ordinary Reading (Part 1)

“Don’t be discouraged. Reading, like anything else, is a skill that needs to be learned, practiced, and trained. You might think “I know how to read,” and once you know how to read it’s simply a matter of increasing your vocabulary. Reading is easy and intuitive, and therefore shouldn’t require any extra training once the skill is acquired. It’s like riding a bike.”Sitting down to read the Bible isn’t enough. We need to learn how to read it well; and, reading it well is actually more difficult than one might think. Many of us want to grow in our relationship with God, in our knowledge of what he has taught, and in our spiritual lives, and we know that reading the Bible is central to that goal, but we often find our bible reading frustratingly fruitless. What am I supposed to be getting from this text? How does it teach me about Jesus? How does it help me to grow?Don’t be discouraged. Reading, like anything else, is a skill that needs to be learned, practiced, and trained. You might th…

Is the Word of God a Quick Fix?

Brothers and sisters, may we never see God’s Word as our “quick fix”! Rather, my prayer is that we would love the Word of God increasingly more each day, hungering for it like the Psalmists did, when they wrote, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”When you come to God’s Word, are you looking for a “quick fix”?I was struck by the following quotation, as I read through one of Pastor Colin’s sermons from the radio series “The Anatomy of Faith”:God may be saying to you, “Instead of looking for a quick fix to the problems in your life, you need to establish a regular pattern of receiving my Word with faith, so that it will bear long-term fruit that you have not been bearing in years.” You never know what God is going to say to you, but you know He is going to say it through His Word. (Colin Smith)This statement is striking because it pegs our human tendency to view God’s…

Alzheimer’s Locks Up Its Victims, But Christ Holds The Key

“Many Americans today live in fear of Alzheimer’s, for that terrible disease seems able to steal our soul and obliterate our personality. But it does not. It only has the power to lock it up for a season, until the One who made it calls it back from its troubled slumber. The psyche does not die, but goes deep down into a place where neither moth nor rust can corrupt.”On September 15, 2010, my grandmother, Fannie Karedis, died peacefully in her hospital bed after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was one-week shy of her 95th birthday. The day after I learned the news, I hosted my weekly home Bible study for college students. That semester’s study was centered on C. S. Lewis’s The Problem of Pain, and that evening our focus was Lewis’s thought-provoking meditation on the fall of Adam and Eve.The Holy Spirit used the serendipitous intersection of Lewis’s meditation and the news of Grandma’s passing to teach me a lesson about our unique status as human beings made in the image …

Evangelical Ky. Gov. Praised for Urging State Lawmakers Who Settled Sexual Harassment Lawsuits to Resign

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Bevin’s “moral clarity and candor on this issue stands out not only in the state of Kentucky but, frankly, in the entire national conversation for the fact that it is so laser-like.”Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, an evangelical Christian, drew high praises from the evangelical community this week for calling on state lawmakers who settled sexual harassment lawsuits to resign.Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Bevin’s “moral clarity and candor on this issue stands out not only in the state of Kentucky but, frankly, in the entire national conversation for the fact that it is so laser-like.”The call came just days before The Washington Post reported allegations of sexual misconduct between Judge Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Alabama’s upcoming special Senate election, and four teenagers including a 14-year-old decades ago.It also comes as Hollywood is also now mired in a …

James White’s 4 Keys to Effective Debating

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“When you explain their view on an issue, they should nod in agreement with everything you are saying before you explain why you disagree. If they don’t believe you understand their position or if they think you have misrepresented their beliefs, they will dismiss any argument you proffer against the faulty position you have presented.”I don’t know how I got there, but by some fluky mischance, I found myself embroiled in a debate with James White.Anyone who has witnessed one of White’s 150+ moderated debates will sympathize with my unhappy predicament. As gracious as his attitude invariably is, and as measured as his responses tend to be, White’s logical jiu-jitsu methodically maneuvers his adversary’s argument into an inescapable chokehold from which the only relief is to tap out. Resistance is futile and potentially humiliating.I was innocently ordering pizza when it happened. I asked the waiter for the gluten-free option, and in an instant recognized I had activated a launch sequen…

Doctrine Alone

“They debated the best way to formulate the great truths of the Bible not merely with their opponents within the Roman Catholic church, but also with each other – allowing legitimate latitude for interpretation. But they were equally passionate for godly living: behaviour that was shaped by the truth of God’s word.”The season of the Reformation ‘Solas’ has just ended and we have been reminded of the ‘aloneness’ of Scripture, grace, faith, Christ and the glory of God. But, hopefully, we will have also been reminded too that none of these are ‘alone’ in an absolute sense.The Reformers never divorced Scripture totally from tradition, nor did they isolate grace from the God in whom and by whom we enjoy it. Faith alone is the means by which a sinner is justified, but faith that justifies is never alone. Christ as the incarnate Son of God can never be understood or experienced apart from the Father and the Spirit with whom he exists in the eternity of the godhead. And the glory that belongs…

The Real Difference On Election

“When we consider the five points of Calvinism, it becomes clear that unconditional election is the ultimate point of difference. To put it in a very vernacular way, does God love me because He loves me, or does He love me because I am so lovable? Is the cause of salvation to be found in us or in God?”I was thinking recently about the doctrine of election, and I asked myself what really constitutes the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism on this doctrine? Does it really consist in Calvinism’s fixed number of elect, and Arminianism’s unfixed number? This cannot be, logically speaking. Arminianism must believe in a fixed number of saved people. How else can they posit that God only elected those He foresaw would have faith? Would they really want to say that God foresaw incorrectly or could foresee incorrectly, and that some of those God thought would come to faith did not, in fact, come to faith? Of course, open theists would hold this position, but not your average Arminian.I…

David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible Upgrade (4 vols.)

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Dig into Scripture with David Guzik’s accessible, practical commentaries that anyone can use.Based on the NKJV, Guzik’s commentaries assume the full trustworthiness and authority of Scripture, combining insights from scholars throughout the ages. Guzik provides clear exposition of four books of the Bible in his c...

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Crossway Christological Studies Collection (8 vols.)

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Worshiping Christ is central to the Christian life. This collection of theological works and pastoral treatises highlight the work of Crist on the behalf of Christians. Better understand the response that Christians ought to have in light of their new standing before God as the redeemed. Authors examine the birth of Jesus, his incarnatio...

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The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia

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Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) is widely acknowledged to be one of America’s most important theologians and considered a fountainhead of American evangelicalism. He not only played an important role in his own time but also influenced the generations that followed in profound ways.With more than four hundred entries, The Jonat...

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The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Books of Haggai and Malachi

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In this commentary on Haggai and Malachi, Mignon Jacobs offers clear and insightful interpretation of the text while highlighting themes that are especially relevant to contemporary concerns, such as honoring or dishonoring God, the responsibilities of leaders, questioning God, and hearing the prophetic word in challenging times. <...

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Mobile Ed: CO131 Integrative Counseling (10 hour course)

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Teología sistemática: dogmática reformada (5 Vols.), por Geerhardus Vos

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ReseñaLa Dogmática Reformada de Vos es uno de los más grandes hallazgos recientes en el campo de la teología sistemática. Aunque fue escrita hace más de medio siglo, permaneció en el anonimato por solo encontrarse en el idioma alemán. No fue sino hasta el año 2015 que gracias a Logos Bible Software se pudo disfrutar por primera ...

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Every Day Might Be His Last: Drinking from God in the Drought of Suffering

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Prolonged suffering is like sweltering heat.For my family, the drought began in a dark ultrasound room that foreshadowed the grief to come. At first, the news was vague — there might be some congenital birth defects. But over the next eleven weeks, foreboding fears materialized and our dreams withered and died.Our twin sons were born by emergency C-section nine weeks premature, their joints contracted, their muscles motionless. The culprit was a single mutation in a solitary gene.Isaac and Caleb spent the first four months of their fragile lives in the NICU, precariously sustained by a web of ventilator tubes, IVs, feeding tubes, and probes. Eventually we took our babies home to our own mini-ICU, where 24-7 care for severely disabled children became our new normal.Three years later Isaac died. We never expected the boys to live long, yet his death still blindsided me. Caleb has now outlived his brother by two and a half years, but we wonder every day if this one will be his last.Wheth…

The Attributes of God (17-Part MP3 Series)

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J. I. PackerThe Attributes of God (MP3 Series) Sydney Anglican Network Audio Sermons. The following files are in MP3 format.To download MP3, right click and save the file to your hard drive.Language About God - Part 1Language About God - Part 2The Character of GodThe Concept of God - Part 1The Concept of God - Part 2The Concept of God - Part 3The Triunity of God - Part 1The Triunity of God - Part 2The Trinity - Part 1The Trinity - Part 2Transcendence and CharacterGod's Praiseworthiness

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EDITORIAL: El Mensaje de Dios

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2AXgXTh; NEW - 19 minutes agoEDITORIAL: El Mensaje de DiosGRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Cristo sabía muy bien cuál iba ser Su ministerio aquí en esta tierra. Era de proclamar la salvación eterna que son las buenas nuevas de Dios para toda la humanidad. Cristo fue enviado por Dios a este mundo para redimir a un mundo perdido por causa del pecado."Y se le dio el libro del profeta Isaías; y habiendo abierto el libro, halló el lugar donde estaba escrito: El Espíritu del Señor está sobre mí, por cuanto me ha ungido para dar buenas nuevas a los pobres; me ha enviado a sanar a los quebrantados de corazón; a pregonar libertad a los cautivos, y vista a los ciegos; a poner en libertad a los oprimidos; a predicar el año agradable del Señor. Y enrollando el libro, lo dio al ministro, y se sentó; y los ojos de todos …

State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2yUlCUY NEW - 25 minutes agoState conventions denounce racism, white supremacyWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists in at least four state conventions have approved resolutions decrying racism or white supremacy.Image: iStock/license purchase required Image: iStock/license purchase required Messengers to the annual meetings of the Alabama, North Carolina, Oklahoma and SBC of Virginia (SBCV) conventions have passed statements in November addressing the rise of white nationalism and supremacy in the United States. Their resolutions expressed many of the same convictions offered in a resolution approved at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in June.Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore commended the actions by Baptists in the states."Messengers across our state conventions sent a signa…

Anthony Jordan delivers final address as BGCO exec

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2AVewki new - 42 minutes agoAnthony Jordan delivers final address as BGCO execOKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Anthony Jordan delivered his final address as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma during the Nov. 13-14 annual meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.Anthony Jordan delivers his final address as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma during the BGCO's Nov. 13-14 annual meeting in Oklahoma City. Jordan retires next April after 22 years of leading the convention.Baptist Messenger photo Anthony Jordan delivers his final address as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma during the BGCO's Nov. 13-14 annual meeting in Oklahoma City. Jordan retires next April after 22 years of le…

'Must-see' Bible museum opens to public

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2yVL5Nt; NEW - an hour ago'Must-see' Bible museum opens to publicWASHINGTON (BP) -- Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders from the U.S. and Israel joined Museum of the Bible board chairman Steve Green to dedicate the eight-story attraction in Washington today (Nov. 17) in advance of this weekend's public opening.The Gutenberg Gates exhibit at the main entrance of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, opening to the public Nov. 18, features the first 80 lines of the Book of Genesis in Latin.Photo by Alan Karchmer The Gutenberg Gates exhibit at the main entrance of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, opening to the public Nov. 18, features the first 80 lines of the Book of Genesis in Latin.Photo by Alan Karchmer The more-than-$500-million structure, located blocks from Capitol Hill at 400 4…

Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2ySvPAY new - an hour agoPlatt, IMB welcome 32 new missionariesMatthew Fisher (center), a new IMB missionary, is lifted in prayer by Gordon Fort, IMB ambassador for the president (front right), and Daniel Ethridge (left), who led worship from Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, Va. Photo by Roy Burroughs/IMBPhoto by Roy Burroughs/IMB Casey and Amy Jones (right), new International Mission Board missionaries to European peoples, are greeted by her mother, Kay Nicholson, and IMB employee Dennis Barton following a Sending Celebration Nov. 16. Photo by Roy Burroughs/IMBPhoto by Roy Burroughs/IMB IMB President David Platt, joined by some of the 32 new missionaries being sent by Southern Baptist churches to the nations, leads a responsive reading during a Sending Celebration Nov. 16 in Richmond, Va. Photo by Roy B…