Psalm 137 and Dashing Babies on Rocks

What does Psalm 137:8-9 mean: “O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us! Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!”? Why would a supposedly righteous person use such an awful image? How can […]

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Review: “Why Do You Believe That?”

Here’s a terrific Bible study guide for women who want to grow better at talking about their faith: Why Do You Believe That? A Faith Conversation. Author Mary Jo Sharp packs six weeks of personal Bible study into 160 pages. She’s sprinkled Confidence Builders throughout that address handling tricky conversations. A helpful leader guide at […]

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How to Switch on Spiritual Habits

Many Christians with great intentions set goals for starting new spiritual habits, such as reading through the Bible, having a regular prayer time, or developing faith conversation skills. But real life often waylays our plans, dumping a bag load of discouragement on our backs that makes it hard to stand up and try again. I’ve been […]

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Giving Reasons for Faith: Four Basic Resources

Four resources for those just getting started in Christian apologetics–giving reasons for faith First Peter 3:15 tells us to always be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” But when you first start answering seekers and skeptics, preparing can seem overwhelming because […]

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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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