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Apr
27

Matthew’s Geographical Overlay: The Return of the Exiled King

Map of Matthew's Gospel

Geography in the Ancient Near East was a physical representation of transcendent reality. Mapping things geographically was a visible form of Israel’s theology. For example, since Jerusalem was central to Israel’s worldview, it was also central to the cartography of the time. The temple therefore was not only at the center of religious, economic, or…
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Apr
20

What is the “Unpardonable Sin?”

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A young man came to my office and expressed his concern that he had committed the “unpardonable sin” and there was nothing he could do to be saved from eternal condemnation and judgment. Many believers have been troubled by the question, “Have I committed the unpardonable sin?” A proper understanding of the historical circumstances can…
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Feb
09

The Bible Project

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Transformed Blog recently caught up with Tim Mackie, adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary and pastor at Door of Hope in Portland, OR. Tim, along with storyteller Jon Collins, founded The Bible Project: a non-profit that is creating short, animated videos for each book of the Bible, as well as its central themes, free to…
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Jan
30

Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture

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Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture By R. Paul Stevens $16.00 Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012.   Of the four books on the subject of “work” I have read in the last eight months, R. Paul Stevens, Work Matters, is on the top of my list. Stevens is professor emeritus of marketplace…
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Jan
09

4 Kinds of Fake Faith and How to Spot Them

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Many years ago while visiting New York City, a friend and I were approached by a guy selling Rolex watches… for forty dollars each. My friend bought one. The watch kind of looked like the real deal. Although it wasn’t very heavy and the second hand didn’t move smoothly, it could fool the casual glance.…
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