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Apr
15

Three Cheers for Celibacy

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Sometimes in the life of the church we need to reclaim a forgotten or dormant teaching. My sense is that now is such a time and that the teaching we need to dust off and put into practice is celibacy. Celibacy is not a very popular idea. We Protestants see the Catholic Church overdoing it…
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Apr
13

Book review for Donald Sunukjian’s Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church

Old Book. Selective focus

Review by Demetrius Rogers, Th.M. The Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church series offers Invitation to the Life of Jacob: Winning through Losing, Invitation to Philippians: Building a Great Church through Humility, and Invitation to James: Preserving through Trials to Win the Crown (all  by Donald R. Sunukjian, Weaver Book Company, 2014). The three main…
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Feb
27

Jonah and the Great Fish (Jonah 1:16)

Picture of whale head.

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 Engineering (cited in Princeton…
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Feb
25

What I Learned from Dean Smith

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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 when I heard…
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Feb
11

Using A Theological Dictionary for Word Studies

distraction word

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,’ are such harmless things to say? It doesn’t really mean anything.…
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