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Once-Saved, Always-Saved? Maybe Not

There are different definitions of once-saved-always-saved,…

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How Can There Be Three Persons in One Trinity?

How can we speak of more than one “person” within the…

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When Prophecies Don’t Happen

For various reasons, prophecies sometimes don’t happen.…

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A Common Objection to Studying in Context

I will deal here with one objection to studying the Bible in…

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Abram’s Growing Faith

We rightly think of Abraham as our ancestor in faith, but…

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Which Day Is the Sabbath?

Jesus says that the Sabbath was made for people’s benefit…

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True Purification

Mere religious tradition can blind us to what really matters…

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Enemy Soldiers Torture and Mock Jesus in Matthew 27:27-34

Over six hundred Roman soldiers were staying at the Fortress…

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The Empty List

It could easily be the world’s scariest list if it had even…

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Confessions of an Overpacker

I was never a Boy Scout (or even a Girl Scout) but “be…

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God is Not Tired of You

I get it. Living in a world like ours drains you. It’s not…

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Why I Love Other People’s Prayers

Sure… prayer is, for the most part, a personal thing.…

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Dark Safety

I can still picture it clearly, though I was probably about…

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New Motherhood Lessons from Ancient Mommas

Motherhood, it seems, is one long series of lessons held in…

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Was it cruel for Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away?

In Genesis 21:14, Abraham sends Hagar and Ishmael away into…

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Getting too comfortable in Egypt?

Exodus opens where Genesis leaves off: Jacob and his family…

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Beating a tyrant at his own game

The unscrupulous Pharaoh, determining to act shrewdly (NRSV,…

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Moses as a third-culture kid

Did Moses know that he was a Hebrew? Contrary to some of the…

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The Banquets of Two Kingdoms

Matthew’s narratives often concretely illustrate his…

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The Hebrews were sinners too

In Exod 2:11-12, Moses killed an Egyptian who was striking…

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Moses as a refugee

Moses may have thought that killing an Egyptian oppressor…

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Settling in a new land

When I travel to speak in various parts of the world, my…

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Jesus, the Living Word

Modern writers have proposed many valuable aspects of…

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God has not forgotten them

When our lives become more comfortable, it’s easy to forget…

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The Kingdom Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

Many pagans added up as many names of their deities as…

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Overcoming Prejudice: The Roman Centurion

The Gentile mission was at most peripheral to Jesus’ earthly…

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Meeting the holy God

God sometimes meets us in the ordinary events of our lives,…

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Is God or an angel speaking from the burning bush?

The angel of the LORD appears to Jacob in a dream (Gen…

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How to Make Disciples According to Matthew 28:18-20

The immediate context of Matt 28:18-20 provides us examples…

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The God who sees

In Genesis 16:13, Hagar called the Lord, “the God who sees.”…

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Faith and God’s calling

God’s promises are good, but sometimes these promises are…

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Resisting God’s calling

When God calls Moses to confront Pharaoh, God not only…

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God’s Scary Promises

The Lord was now “visiting” or paying attention to his…

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Striking the striker

God enacts justice, though mercifully tempered by his…

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God equips Moses with signs

God dismisses Moses’s concern about Moses’s own inadequacy;…

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You’ve got the wrong person, Lord

Moses thus raises another objection: even if signs would…

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A commission whether you like it or not

As long as Moses is raising logistical problems, God has…

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The staff of Moses becomes the staff of God

If you’re like me, maybe you have thought, “God healed…

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Obedience even before much faith

God’s signs had put the fear of God in Moses, enough to make…

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Saving a Lot: Abram Fights Slave Traders

While Christian theologians today debate whether God demands…

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Dreams and Destiny: the Lord is in control

In Genesis 37:9, Joseph dreamed that the sun, moon, and…

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God’s son versus Pharaoh’s son

The Lord continues to reaffirm his commission to Moses to…

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God’s Covenant With Moses

In Exod 4:23, God warns that he will kill Pharaoh’s son…

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The Bible Exposes Sexual Harassment

The media is currently awash with public exposures of sexual…

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Aaron’s obedience and God’s call

Quite in contrast to Moses’s reticence to return to Egypt,…

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Excitement versus Tested Faith

Moses and Aaron gathered the elders of the people, who would…

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Who Are Christ’s Ambassadors?

Who are Christ’s ambassadors in 2 Corinthians 5:20? When…

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When People Belittle God

Presumably presented by the elders as representatives of…

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Punished for Hope in God

Pharaoh insults God (Exod 5:2) and orders his slaves to just…

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When Most Prophets are Wrong

When God gives a promise, we are right to believe it with…