Tag Archive: Q&A

Mar 23 2016

Does God send good people to hell?

rats and good people

A reader asks this about good people:

There seem to be a lot of good people doing kind things out there; it’s hard to believe they will be condemned to hell because the only way there is Jesus. I reconcile myself with knowing my Savior is 100% good. But does God send good people to …

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Feb 17 2014

Was Martha’s sister Mary a prostitute?

Stained glass of Martha and Mary: Was 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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Mar 26 2013

Encouraging More Talk in Quiet Discussion Groups

Encouraging More Talk in 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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Feb 20 2013

How to Choose Discussion Questions

When you choose discussion questions, add segues

Last week a small group Bible study leader asked me how I choose discussion questions from workbooks. These workbooks typically have chapters with five or six daily lessons that group members complete at home and plan to discuss when they meet.

You can’t ask all the questions: there isn’t time. But it’s essential to get through all …

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Nov 15 2012

Did Joshua Cause Leap Years?

Sunlight backlights a Hawaiian island

This question came up in my summer Bible study on The Story: Did Joshua cause leap years by praying for the sun to stop?

Christians naturally want to pass along any information that might influence agnostic friends to trust the Bible. That’s great when the details are solid, but sometimes inaccurate claims bounce around, and …

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Oct 23 2012

Telescoped Genealogies: Was Rahab the Mother of Boaz?

Painting of Ruth in Boaz's Field

Recently in a discussion about the Bible’s book of Ruth, this question came up: Was Rahab the mother of Boaz? Rahab, you probably remember, was the Canaanite prostitute who hid the Israelite spies.

In the book of Ruth, the young Moabitess Ruth cares for her Israelite mother-in-law Naomi. Both are destitute widows. Ruth accompanies Naomi …

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