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    Jonah and the Great Fish (Jonah 1:16)

    Have you ever wondered about the possibility that someone could survive being swallowed by a great fish? Few people would question the historicity of Jonah apart from the "fish story." It is a whale of a tale! But could it have actually happened? In Sir Francis Fox's book, Sixty‑three Years of … [Read More...]

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    What I Learned from Dean Smith

    The longtime coaching icon Dean Smith died earlier this month. Newspapers here in North Carolina haven’t stopped running coverage of his life, his death, and his legacy in the weeks since his passing. His was a life of such substance that he left an incredibly large wake. I was on an airplane … [Read More...]

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    Using A Theological Dictionary for Word Studies

    New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis Second Edition Revision Editor: Moisés Silva     Words are important, even the smallest ones. The comedian Demetri Martin said in one of his routines, “Have you ever noticed that filler words, like ‘sort of,’ … [Read More...]

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    The Bible Project

    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 … [Read More...]

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    Should Christians Carry Guns?

    Recently, I considered buying a handgun. The consideration came after a series of violent crimes grabbed the headlines in my area. The crime spree led to a number of conversations with neighbors, friends and family members. Most of my conversation partners argued that owning and carrying a handgun … [Read More...]

Feb
04

Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo

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Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo. Matthew S. Harmon and J. E. Smith, editors. Zondervan, 2014. 311 pages. $49.99. As the title suggests, this book is a collection of essays on the Pauline epistles written in honor of an incredibly gifted and productive New Testament scholar, Douglas J. Moo.…
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Feb
02

Is Your Job Your Calling?

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Recently I asked a asked a couple of friends if I should give up on my campaign to encourage people to stop using the word “calling” in the sense of “finding one’s calling” in the realm of work. They both said “yes.” They agreed that the idea was too ingrained in both the Christian culture…
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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
28

American Values Are Not Necessarily Christian Values

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Recently British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke in defense of an official letter to British Muslim leaders following the attacks in Paris. In the letter, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles urged Muslim leaders “to show our young people, who may be targeted, that extremists have nothing to offer them.” Toward the middle of the letter he…
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Jan
26

4 Ways to Become a Horrible Pastor

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No one sets out to be a horrible pastor, it just sort of happens. My guess is you aren’t reading this article to learn how to be more horrible as a pastor, but to make sure that you aren’t on the list. Sometimes horrible pastors are bad from the very beginning, but often they don’t…
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