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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...]

Dec
22

Why Do We Blame the World for Being the World?

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This weekend I received a well-intentioned but misplaced charge against the world. In the form of a song, it went something like this: “If the store clerk doesn’t greet you with ‘Merry Christmas’ but rather a ‘Happy Holidays’ or some other secular form of greeting, leave the store and go find one that still believes…
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Dec
19

Present for His Purposes

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Western Seminary’s Ryan Lister has recently published The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives and was asked to blog on the topic of his book for Crossway. This is the second of three parts. The Story So Far As we saw in my last post, God is…
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Dec
17

Thank the Lord Christmas Has Nothing To Do With Santa

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Something has always puzzled me: why in the world is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” such a beloved and often sung Christmas song? Even more, why would anyone teach it or sing it to their children? The song is nothing more than fuel for good nightmares. “You better watch out. You better not cry.…
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Dec
15

5 Ways Pastors Can Outmaneuver Holiday Stress

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Want to see a volcanic eruption? No need to visit Hawaii, take a flight to Japan or pitch a tent near Mt. Saint Helens – just ask a pastor to do one more thing between  Thanksgiving and Christmas and then take a few steps back and enjoy the show. Truth is that some will respond…
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Dec
12

Victory through the Lamb: A Guide to Revelation in Plain Language – Book Review

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Victory through the Lamb: A Guide to Revelation in Plain Language By Mark Wilson. Wooster, Ohio; Weaver Book Company, 223 pp. $17.99. I first became acquainted with the author, Mark Wilson, through his book Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor (2010). Mark has lived in Turkey since 2004…
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