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    Spend Your Summer in the Scriptures: 5 Tips

    If you’re anything like me, summer means less structure. That might equal more free time, but it also might mean your group Bible study has taken a break till fall. Or maybe your church holds a group study, but your VBS commitment,  kids’ softball schedule, or a road trip make participation impossible. How will you stay in the Word when pools and grills are in use? Whatever your situation, get active, not passive. Here are my suggestions for a great summer in the Scriptures: 1.     Pray. Ask, “Lord, please guide me. What part of your Word do I most need? Trust the Spirit to show you. Should you gather a small…

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    Treasure Hunting in God’s Word

      Many people believe that teaching the Old Testament to children is unnecessary or not as important as the New Testament. The truth of the matter is that “the New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament.”  When we are reading the Old Testament we will find many foreshadowing of things to come as well as promises that will be fulfilled in the New Testament. Look at the story in Genesis when God asks Abraham to sacrifice his promised son on Mount Moriah. This is a clear example of how the New Testament reveals the Old Testament. If you compare Genesis…

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    Taming the “Look-Imagine-See” Dragon

    I have been so saddened in recent months as I’ve seen prominent respected Christians pronounce their interpretation of certain scriptures based on a “look-imagine-see” method. What do I mean by “look-imagine-see?” Someone looks at a verse or passage, imagines what they want it to say, and then sees in their mind what they have imagined through twisting word meanings and interpretations. The result of their teaching feels a lot more comfy and cozy with the prevailing cultural views but is not intellectually honest. And, it really boils down to basing truth on someone’s opinion. Cultural influence on Bible interpretation feeds this “look-imagine-see” method. You look at the passage, imagine a…

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    Handling 6 “What if’s…” as You Lead a Study

    In the last post, I gave you 3 reasons why you can lead a Bible Study—by faith, without knowing all the answers, and even if you are scared. Actually, being scared is a good thing because it teaches you how to depend on Jesus Christ more. Today’s post addresses a few of those challenges that all Bible Study discussion leaders face. I call them the “What if’s….” What if someone keeps talking on and on and on? What if someone drops out of the group? What if I can’t get everyone to participate in the discussion? You can probably think of quite a few more. One thing I have learned through…

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    Helping Bible Study Newbies

    Over the past 5 years, I have become acutely aware of how adult women feel when they begin to read and study the Bible for the first time. And, I see the need for Bible studies designed for women who are reading and studying the Bible for the first time– “Bible study newbies.” I’ve recently finished writing another Bible study designed for women new to the Bible. For this new study, I’ve gathered together a group of women from all walks of life who remember what it was like for them to do their first Bible study. We are collaborating together to make the lessons as user-friendly as possible for “Bible study newbies.” We want a woman to be able…

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    Vindicating the Vixens

    Vindicating the Vixens (Kregel Academic, forthcoming, Octobre 2017) is the work of a diverse team of sixteen male and female theologians who’ve partnered to take a second look at vilified and marginalized women in the Bible. The church has often viewed women’s stories through sexist eyes, resulting in a range of distortions that cause us to miss what we should actually see in the text. In this panel discussion three theological professors and three seminary graduates talk about the women they revisited.  SaveSave SaveSave 0

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    Proper Feeding of Newborns

    “And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation,” 1 Peter 2:2 I recently heard a relatively new Christian adult woman say, “I just get lost in our small group Bible study especially when people start throwing out Greek words and what they’ve learned in other studies. I just want to understand the words that are actually printed here. They lose me. I feel so ignorant like I can never understand the Bible.” My heart just hurt for her. And, from my experience, I know this precious new-to-the-Bible Christian is not alone in how she feels in our Bible studies.…

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    Plan Now for a Great Summer Bible Study

    If you’re anything like me, summer means less structure in your life. That might equal more free time, but it also might mean your group Bible study won’t meet again until fall. Perhaps your church does offer a big group study, but your travel schedule, your VBS commitments, or your kids’ softball games make that option impractical. How will you stay in the Word when the pools and grills are in service? Whatever your situation, be active, not passive. You can make some easy plans now that will result in a summer immersed in the truth. Here are my seven suggestions: 1.     Pray. Really—don’t make prayer an afterthought. Ask, “Lord, please…

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    Thank you, Dr. Ryrie

      He was aging and death came and it came as a shock. Many have written tributes and have expressed deep sorrow. Like them, his death has moved me deeply. I have used the Ryrie Study Bible almost all my Christian life and without me realizing it, Ryrie’s work has meant more to me than I knew. It meant more. A lot more.   Ryrie wrote notes on Scripture and explained doctrines so people could comprehend difficult doctrines, so they too could discover a deeper relationship with God. Why did he do this?    Without his work, without the interpretations and explanations, I may have never wanted to learn more.…

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    On Coffee: Drinking and Thinking

    I’ll admit it, I’m hopelessly biased, but my son is a world-class Mr. Coffee expert. Kevin regularly travels to three different continents in search of relationships with farmers growing excellent coffee he can roast and sell in his San Francisco café. Over the years he has shared his coffee knowledge (and bags of really really good coffee) with my husband and me. We now know the difference between utilitarian commodity coffee that is just a caffeine delivery system, and the complex flavors of a cup of specialty coffee that stands alone even without cream or sugar. For Christmas, he gave us the perfect coffee-making setup to take with us on…