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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...]

Jan
20

Why I Quit My Job

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Before joining the faculty at Western Seminary in 2009, I worked for a technology company that was (and is) consistently named by FORTUNE magazine as one of the best companies to work for in America. In fact, the year I quit the company was the number one best company to work for. They deserved the…
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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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Jan
08

A New Year–A New Beginning with God

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A new year often provides new opportunities and new beginnings. And like many of the biblical characters, Christians often need a new beginning of obedience with God. Second Samuel 11 records a sad and sordid story in the life of David. While his army was off at war, David was back in Jerusalem with time…
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Dec
31

Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord

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I am in the intensive care unit of the hospital, waiting for a patient to have a breathing tube placed down her airway. I have spent the past 5-10 minutes holding my patient’s hand and praying for her at her request, hearing her prayers and her praising God. She asked that I stay in the…
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