Rewards in Heaven? Count Me In!

Today I have a guest post from Lori Morrow, one of Clay’s students at Biola University. In an on-line class discussion she posted such an exuberant explanation of how two verses about rewards in heaven changed her life that I wanted to share it with all of you. She writes about what we have to […]

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“Why Do You Believe That?” Bible Study

EDIT 9/1/14: See my blog, “Review: ‘Why Do You Believe That?’“ EDIT 6/19: We ran out of room on Thursday mornings so we’re offering a second session Thursday evenings beginning 6/26! How confident do you feel in talking about matters of faith? Do you wish you could express your beliefs with more effectiveness? Join us […]

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Don’t Judge Me Because I’m Childless

By Jean E. Jones Is there a place at church for those of us who don’t have kids? January 7, 2014 | Today’s Christian Woman Recently, a woman asked, “My husband and I are childless. How do you cope with the feelings of rejection and of being a minority in the church community?” Both she […]

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Judging Motives: Bad Idea!

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet famously misjudges Mr. Darcy’s motives and severs their friendship and (apparently) her best hope of marital bliss. Indeed, judging motives is the cause of many a damaged relationship. One of the best ways to improve marriages, enhance friendships, get along better with colleagues, and become more winsome […]

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Was Martha’s sister Mary a prostitute?

Was Martha’s sister Mary a prostitute? What about Mary Magdalene? Was Martha’s sister Mary the same person as Mary Magdalene, from whom seven demons were cast? I hear these questions surprisingly often. Here’s why. The gospels have an account of Mary of Bethany—the sister of Martha and Lazarus—anointing Jesus’ feet and wiping them with her hair, and […]

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Why did Jesus say, “Eat his flesh”?

Question: I was chewing on the passage where Jesus says we have to eat his flesh and drink his blood. How would you approach why Jesus would use these words? That is a great question. After all, Jesus’ words in John 6:53-57 caused many people to stop following him. Let’s look first at the context […]

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Top Posts for 2013

These are the six top posts and pages in 2013–see if you missed any of them: Download The Story: This was by far the most popular page in 2013, with over 4,000 downloads of “The Story: Personal Journal & Discussion Guide” in 2013! Telescoped Genealogies: Was Rahab the Mother of Boaz? It’s not as straightforward as one […]

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Trying to Turn Things into What They’re Not

When I was a child, I tried to turn a Chihuahua into Lassie. I wanted a dog like Lassie, that heroic TV collie who had long orangish/brown fur, bits of black around her perky ears, and a huge white mane that fluffed softly from her chest and was always clean and brushed. Every week I […]

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Great Intro to Apologetics and Philosophy

A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists by Mitch Stokes: a witty intro to apologetics and philosophy Two moms of teenage boys toying with atheism asked how they could better address their sons’ questions. Among the books I recommended they read was this gem: A […]

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Who are “the Righteous” in Psalms and Proverbs?

Today I’ll address a common question: The Bible says no one is righteous, so to whom are the Psalms and Proverbs referring when they talk about “the righteous”? That’s a great question. We read that all have sinned and no one is righteous in both the Old and New Testament: “…no one living is righteous […]

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Weaknesses & Learning to Walk

Seeing the heavenly Father’s patience with our weaknesses isn’t always easy. Years ago a young man barely out of high school asked me how he could know God still loved him despite his repeated failings. People had told him God is a loving and patient Father who forgives sin, and had given him many verses, […]

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Encouraging More Talk in Quiet Discussion Groups

A small group leader asks: “My discussion group is quiet, and I seem to be doing most of the talking. The group members complete a workbook at home, but they’re not sharing their answers much. Do you have any ideas about how to encourage more discussion?” This is a question I’ve spent a lot of time praying […]

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