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The Message Bible

I have been enjoying reading the Message Bible, but agree that you MUST read it along with the KJV to compare. I was reading it by itself for awhile, but found an error in the book of Exodus. <p>I noticed it when I later read Deuteronomy 10 where it says: '1. GOD responded. He said, 'Shape two slabs of stone similar to the first ones. Climb the mountain and meet me. Also make yourself a wooden chest. 2. I WILL ENGRAVE the stone slabs with the words that were on the first ones, the ones you smashed. Then you will put them in the Chest.''<p> But earlier when I was reading in Exodus 34 it seems like the writer is saying that God had MOSES write the words on the stone this time when they were really written by the finger of God both times. <p>''Exodus 34 1. GOD spoke to Moses: 'Cut out two tablets of stone just like the originals and engrave on them the words that were on the original tablets you smashed.'<p> It seems to imply that God told Moses that Moses was to engrave the words onto the tablets instead of God. I compared it with KJV, NIV and New Century bibles and they all said that God said 'I will write' the words on again, not for Moses to write them.

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Need God? - www.needGod.com

To find out if you need God, you must ask yourself some very important questions.

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http://gatewaypeople.com/

 In the New Testament, the word kairos means “the appointed time in the purpose of God.” It’s the time when God acts. KAIROS is a time for you to ...

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9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible

V ery few of us have the inclination or interest in diving into three years of seminary education in order to get a better handle on the Scriptures. However, every believer should long to get a better grip on the Bible. The good news is that it does not require a graduate education to do so.

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Four Reasons Why Some Preachers Get Better and Others Don’t

For the last 16 years I’ve sat in a seminary classroom, listening to student sermons on an almost daily basis, and I’ve heard every kind of sermon and every level of preacher. I’ve seen guys so nervous that they had to stop and vomit during the sermon, and I’ve been so moved by a student’s sermon that I felt I had been ushered into the presence of the risen Christ. I’ve seen guys who were no better the fifth time they preached for me than they were the first time, but I’ve seen guys whose initial sermon was depressingly awful turn it around so radically by the end of the semester that I almost couldn’t recognize them as the same preacher.

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Grace to You

In the future, “the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus” (2 Thess. 1:7–8), because God “has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). On that final, terrible day of judgment, those who rejected Jesus will hear Him say, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23).

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What Mark Driscoll Teaches Us About Grace and Accountability

Very good article, but I take issue with one thing; it is a theological point that should be accepted, the one pr. Driscoll teaches when it comes to marriage. Even if I don't believe this is the "only way" to do marriage, pr. Driscoll actually have a lot of biblical stuff behind him. And the bible also talks about "God's wrath", so it's kind of understandable that he preaches a God who judges. I agree with most of the things I read here, but when it comes to pr. Driscoll's theology, I can't blame the case on it... That is actually something the Western world needs right now; radical preaching. "Grace-theology" is blurring sin and moral from a lot of Christian fellowships, and that is scary! The perfect solution should be something in between, but the history of the church shows us that people like pr. Driscoll are needed, and theology like his change the worldview of a generation to be more Godlike. I hope I don't step on peoples toes right now, but I don't think it's fair to point at his teachings when the problems that led to this whole thing are about his personal style of preaching and doing ministry.

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Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

The controversy started when Mayor Parker, often described as the first openly gay mayor of a major American city, led the effort to adopt an anti-discrimination law that, among other things, allows transgender persons to file a complaint and bring charges if they are denied access to a bathroom. Several Houston-area pastors were involved in an effort to rescind the ordinance. They participated in a petition drive that would have put the question before voters, mobilizing their congregations on the issue. They were able to get more than the required number of signatures on the petition, but the city attorney ruled many of the signatures invalid due to technicalities. The city attorney intervened after the appropriate city official had already certified the petitions as adequate. This set the stage for the lawsuit, and the lawsuit set the stage for the subpoenas.

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Sex and the Single Woman

There is almost nothing as strange and painful as the act of choosing to trust God over the very fiber of your design. It’s a pretty hard sell to get your body on board with the idea that you’re not missing out on what you were created to enjoy. It’s challenging to not feel entitled to sex. In fact, it’s one of the things that has made it the hardest to trust my sweet and faithful God. And in some ways—in dark and frightened places—I feel forgotten and betrayed and confused because I know he knows me. I know he knows my body and my heart, and I know he designed and wired this desire inside of me in the same way he wired my belly to grumble every morning around 11:02 a.m. My hunger is designed to prompt me to eat. So I do. Yet my Father has told me that when I am hungry in this sense I must trust him and not find food for myself. And he has seen fit not to give me any guarantee that this hunger will ever be satisfied in this life.

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Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill

"I do not want to be the source of anything that might detract from our church’s mission."

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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Asia Bibi's Death Sentence Upheld by Lahore High Court

Asia Bibi’s death sentence was upheld by the Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday. Bibi, a Roman Catholic mother of five also known as Aasiya Noreen, was sentenced to die in 2010 after she was convicted of blasphemy. Bibi’s Muslim coworkers accused her of drinking the same water as them and verbally challenging their faith.

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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Expositors Summit

Preaching is not an advisory role based in religious expertise but a prophetic function whereby God speaks to his people. For this reason the Expositors Summit is designed to strengthen and instruct preachers and students for the glorious task of expository ministry. You’re invited to join R. Albert Mohler Jr., John MacArthur and H.B. Charles Jr. for the explication of God’s Word and gospel fellowship.

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http://erlc.com/article/4houston5-stand-with-houston-pastors

Everything's bigger in TX including the  troubling developments in Houston  as city attorneys have issued subpoenas to ministers who have been vocal in opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure which deals with gender identity and sexuality in public accommodations. The subpoenas, issued to five ministers, seek “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”

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Deal reached to free Nigerian school girls – Premier Radio

The government in Nigeria says it has agreed a deal with militants Boko Haram which will see the release of 219 kidnapped girls.

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How Boko Haram's Murders and Kidnappings Are Changing Nigeria's Churches

In April, the group’s kidnapping of 276 girls, mostly Christians, from a school in Chibok drew global outrage. But 219 of those girls are still missing as are hundreds of other abducted children. The group has killed at least 2,000 Nigerians in the first six months of this year, according to Nigerian officials. In total, 650,000 people fled northern Nigeria to escape violence. Some 1,600 Nigerian Christians have died at the hands of Boko Haram and other groups, according to the Jubilee Campaign.

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Innovative Apologetics: The Longest Known List of Self-refuting Statements

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A Man Has a Right to Own Her Body — Highlands Ministries

The truth is that when a woman begins to sleep with a man not her husband she is already in grave danger . She is giving herself to someone who isn’t giving himself back. She has chosen a man who has already determined that he can and will take from her. Which is why it should not surprise us that he ends up being the kind of man who puts his girlfriend in danger and murders his own child. That’s the kind of man that sleeps with a woman he has not committed to. That’s the kind of man who, after his crime, leaves the scene. Eighty percent of relationships will end within two months of procuring an abortion.

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God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: How to Refute Islam at Its Base

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Can revival come?

I remember the first time I came here Dr. Duke McCall was president. And he and I had become very close friends. I remember the thrill and the joy it was to stand before that student body and faculty and talk about Christ and realize that they were going to the ends of the earth with the gospel of Christ as professors and as evangelists and as pastors. That’s what happened. Wherever you go throughout the world you’ll see Southern graduates and people that have come from here. Dr. Roy Honeycutt followed along with the same pattern and now comes Dr. Mohler. Now he has come young enough to be here at least 40 years. I’ve tried to figure out how old I will be 40 years from now. I will have been in heaven a number of years. But if we’re able to look down here, I will be watching and praying up there for him and for you and for all of us because I think he’s laid out a tremendous vision of what can be done with the largest Protestant denomination in this country. It’s making an impact all over the world.

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Innovative Apologetics: Why I Know God Must Exist

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How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: New Book: How Jesus Became God In The Flesh: Bart Ehrman Refuted

In my search for truth, I’ve discovered that anti-biblical worldviews lack a foundation that can provide the necessary preconditions for analysis, including textual analysis. I thought I stumbled upon the smoking gun. My first notice of the smoking gun—the one that refuted hypercritical scholarship—gave me both intellectual satisfaction and great delight. But that wasn’t the only occasion I've enjoyed such a sensation. It also occurred when other historical and linguistic smoking guns were uncovered—the Hebraic language structure of the text pointed to the early production of the Gospels. Similarly, internal and external data revealed the historicity of the New Testament claims about Jesus of Nazareth.

27 Truthbomb Apologetics: Apologetics from the Pulpit

Welcome! It's been wisely stated that the way one answers the question, "Is there a God?" defines a life. Here at Truthbomb Apologetics we strive to offer apologetics resources to encourage and challenge both believer and unbeliever. Critical thinking is strongly encouraged, reason is a must, and all are welcomed!

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Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

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Innovative Apologetics: The Human Mind and The Brain Are Not Identical

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Preaching is War - Prince on Preaching

In the primeval garden, Adam and Eve rebelled by trusting in the word of the serpent rather than the word of God. God immediately pronounced judgment on his fallen image bearers and the ultimate, eschatological judgment on the serpent (Gen 3:14-19). In the midst of this judgment is the protoevangelium , the first gospel. The tragic events that disrupted the harmony of the entire created order, including the shame and alienation of man and woman in the presence of God, would not be the final word—God’s grace would be (Gen 3:15).

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Hillsong's Brian Houston on Gay Marriage: 'I Believe the Writings of Paul Are Clear on This Subject'

"I think with the church, the message is sacred but the methods have to change for the church to stay relevant," said Houston. "And it's challenging. It's challenging to stay relevant. I mean, if we go to the one big hot topic maybe for churches ... now with homosexual marriage legalized, and churches for generations, they hold a set of beliefs around what they believe the Word of God, the Bible says. All of a sudden in many circles the church can look like a pariah, because to many people it's so irrelevant now … So staying relevant is a big challenge. I think it's more than just singing more contemporary songs and the colors you paint your walls or whatever."

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Ligonier.org

 Sproul Jr. answer questions on a variety of topics, including the difference between justification and salvation by grace; the distinction between truths revealed in Scripture and those that come to light through science, and baptism.

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WORLD | Four score and seven reasons memorization is important | Amy Henry | Oct. 17, 2014

In the past couple of decades, memorization, aka “rote learning,” has become as unpopular an educational method as the use of the paddle. Rote learning conjures up images of strict schoolmarms smacking students’ hands for neglecting to learn their times tables or the Gettysburg Address, and that anecdotal picture has obscured the many benefits of memorization.

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TGC Spotlight 10.17.14

TGC Spotlight highlights TGC articles from earlier in the week, previews articles coming next week, and links to items around the web that you might have missed. 

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Do We Really Need to Teach Our Kids Apologetics When God is in Control Anyway?

If we were Christians living in New York in the 1830s, I would be writing about the importance of teaching your kids why the new Mormon religion in the area is false. If we were living during the Protestant Reformation, I would be writing about the importance of teaching your kids why a reformation is necessary. Just as Paul addressed the people of Athens in a culturally relevant way (Acts 17), we need to address our own kids in a culturally relevant way. We know the secular challenges they’ll face today, and apologetics is one major type of safety gear to deal with those challenges.

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EQUIPPED Vol. 1 No. 1: In The Beginning - Evidence for the Existence of God

IN NECESSARIIS UNITAS, IN DUBIIS LIBERTAS, IN OMNIBUS CARITAS. In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, in all things charity. The Christian Apologetics Alliance (CAA) is united in our Statement of Faith. The CAA does not, as an organization, have positions on many of the doctrinal or theological debates that take place within the church. Our primary concern is to promote the gracious, rational defense of the central claims of Christianity and the critique of opposing systems of thought. The CAA community is a diverse one of many denominations. Blog entries made by individual authors reflect the views of the author and not necessarily the view of other CAA authors, or the official position of the group at large.

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Vigil mass for murdered Catholic journalist – Premier Radio

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Ireland's Waterford Cathedral on Saturday for a vigil mass to remember James Foley, the American journalist murdered by Islamic State.

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Book Review: "The Resurrection of Jesus" by Mike Licona

The first two chapters of the book are well worth the price of admission. His opening treatments on the philosophy of history, the horizons of the historian, and historical methodology are, in my opinion, the best parts of the book. Not that his massive breakdown of the historical bedrock in chapter 4 isn’t impressive, but his treatment of the philosophy of history, horizons, and methodology have been sorely missed in other works related to evidence for the resurrection. Even if evidentalism or historical apologetics aren’t your strong suit (I lean more presuppositional in my apologetic methodology), the first chapter should be required reading for any apologist who may employ history in his or her defense of the faith. Examining the positions of David Hume, C. Behan McCullagh, John P. Meier, Bart Erhman, and others in chapter 2, Licona takes time to examine antagonistic stances on miracles and critique them. Taken together with the first chapter, these two chapters lay the groundwork for subjects beyond the scope of Licona’s text, making it a worthwhile read for all kinds of apologists.

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28 Petty Criminals Who Were Arrested in the Perfect Shirt for the Occasion

If a guy gets arrested while wearing a shirt that says “It’s all fun and games until the cops show up,” it will almost seem like he did it on purpose to be funny. We’re going to pretend that’s what’s happening here…

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Physicist Michael Strauss discusses Christianity and science at Stanford University

I received tenure in 2001 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in the summer of 2010. Most of the time at OU I have taught introductory physics classes to physics majors, engineers, and life science majors. In these classes I have used a number of interactive techniques to facilitate student participation and learning. I have been privileged to win a few awards for my teaching. In 1999, the Associated Students selected me as the Outstanding Professor in the College of Arts and Science, and in 2000 I was awarded the BP AMOCO Foundation Good Teaching Award. In 2002, I was given the Regents Award for Superior Teaching. I received the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurine Mabrey Presidential Professorship in 2006 which is given to “faculty members who excel in all their professional activities and who relate those activities to the students they teach and mentor.”

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Behind Every Superhero, There's a Dad - Dad Matters

According to the CW, Barry Allen became the Flash after he was struck by a bolt of scientifically augmented lightning, which gave him the ability to go super fast. But Allen’s origin story really doesn’t begin with that. When he was a kid—maybe 10 or 11 years old—his mother was killed by some strange electrical anomaly in the family living room. But the police didn’t buy the whole “indoor electrical storm” thing and instead pinned her death on Henry Allen, Barry Barry’s dad. Henry’s still serving time for his wife’s murder, and Barry would like nothing more than to clear his dad’s good name.

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Preachers on the Web: "Plant" and "Leaving Eden"

It's also completely delightful. Full disclosure: the director and writer of the series, Andrew Nielson, was my student, and a couple episodes are actually shot in the college where I teach (the bulk of the rest of the series is shot at Lamb's Church, a Nazarene church in midtown Manhattan). I knew he'd worked on it, but with my typical web series inertia, I hadn't watched it yet. But last week I was very sick, and while marooned on my couch with a pile of tissues I binge-watched Plant . And I laughed aloud. Some of the episodes are steadier than others, but the production quality is surprisingly high, the actors are terrific—particularly Liz Days, who plays Tammy, the fireball preachers' wife—and though the series sometimes skewers church culture, it does it lovingly. (If you, like me, have ever worked in worship ministry at a volunteer-driven church, then you, like me, will collapse into giggles watching the church try to gently tell Tammy she shouldn't be singing at the front.)

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Renewing Your Mind | The Bible and Apologetics, Part 5 | October 18, 2014

In the last of this series of discussions regarding the integrity and authority of the Bible, Dr. Sproul discusses some interesting arguments that have been advanced in church history to defend Scripture. In this lecture, he delves into Calvin’s “Institutes of the Christian Religion”, where Calvin himself gave some rather unusual arguments for the authority of sacred Scripture.

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Mann's Word: The Proof of God from Evil

The fact that evil exist is self-evident. However, premise #2 requires a little explanation. Without an immutable, universal, all-wise, and good God, objective evil cannot exist. If there is nothing greater than the human being, then there is nothing greater than their millions of differing moral opinion, and there is nothing to make my opinion any more correct than yours. Consequently, there is no objective standard by which we can say genocide and sex slavery is wrong.

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Answering Muslims: Fifty-Nine People Beheaded in Saudi Arabia Since January

Newsweek —The escalation of the war against the Islamic State was triggered by widespread revulsion at the gruesome beheading of two American journalists, relayed on YouTube. Since then, two British aid workers have met a similar grisly fate. And another American has been named as next in line by his terrorist captors. Yet, for all the outrage these executions have engendered the world over, decapitations are routine in Saudi Arabia, America’s closest Arab ally, for crimes including political dissent—and the international press hardly seems to notice. In fact, since January, 59 people have had their heads lopped off in the kingdom, where “punishment by the sword” has been practiced for centuries. The Saudi legal system is based on Islam’s Sharia law. Some countries that use Sharia possess a penal code, but Saudi Arabia does not, although some activists have been calling for reform. So, what’s it like to be beheaded there? Your last morning on Earth would likely be spent in isolation. You would rise early and eat a last breakfast.

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The Book Vs. The Library: Can I test the Bible against the Bible?

I know. Crazy, right? Here’s the thing. I totally get the point. If a book contradicts itself or is otherwise proven incorrect, then we should probably throw it out, right? That’s what I’d do to the Mormon book of Abraham. But here’s the thing: the Bible is not one book. It is a collection of 66 books. In fact the Greek word biblia (from which we derive the word Bible) also means Library. Not only that, but it’s 66 books written over a period over 1,400 years. Not only THAT, but it’s 66 books, written over 1,400 years, by over 40 DIFFERENT AUTHORS. Unlike every most other religions, the Bible didn’t come from a guy who saw stuff in a cave. “Well, of course it has contradictions. There’s tons of time and authors that put all this together.” Well, normally, I’d say that’s right. However, the Bible is a 66-booked, 40ish-authored, 1,400-year-time-spanned, library and IT’S INTERNALLY COHERANT. Seriously. I did an 18 part series on Bible contradictions and after dozens of supposed contradictions we found a grand total of zero.

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WORLD | Fire and Fury | Megan Basham | Nov. 1, 2014

This may go down hard with some readers, but I actually like that the evangelical Boyd drinks, smokes, and swears with the rest of the crew, though he does not join them in soliciting sex or stealing. He is a real, flesh-and-blood proselytizer who sometimes makes light of his Christian persona but never makes light of his Christianity. Yes, at times Boyd’s fleshly fear and grief win out over his reborn spirit (as it would with anyone in his situation), yet his faith is deeper than superficial rule-keeping. When other soldiers are stripping dying German combatants of their valuables, Boyd holds their hands and whispers into their ears, urging them in their last moments to call on the name of Christ and be saved. He offers an affecting image of an unconflicted heart carrying out the duties of country and Creator simultaneously.

49 Question of the Week: Least-Read Bible Book

As a whole, my least read book of the Bible is Leviticus. Why? Probably because it is so focused on the law, or maybe because it also focuses on the sacrificial system under the Law. Since Jesus is our perfect sacrifice, and we no longer have a need for the blood bulls, lambs, or doves, I guess Leviticus loses some significance for me. Now, having said that, I have read Leviticus a number of times, but I confess that I have only read chapter 1-9 of 1 Chronicles once in my life, and that was just to prove I had done it. The endless genealogy bores me out of my skull.

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WORLD | Point-counterpoint: Father Abraham’s children | Oct. 18, 2014

The Arab roots and the Jewish roots in this land go back for thousands of years. Both lay claim to the land not merely because of historical presence, but also because of divine right. I won’t try to lay out a detailed peace plan. But I will try to lay out some biblical truths that could guide all of us in thinking about peace and justice in that part of the world. What we think about this, and what we say, does matter, since politicians are influenced by their constituents in these religiously supercharged situations. And we need to know how to pray. And we need to know how to talk to others in a way that honors the truth. So for all those reasons, and for the reason that God is very much involved in this situation, we should talk about it in the context of Romans 11.

51 WORLD | How a founder of country rock found Christ | Warren Cole Smith | Oct. 18, 2014
52 Dr. Michael Egnor discusses the logical implications of atheism
53 Are Christians responsible for making plans and making good decisions?
54 WORLD | Singer-songwriter Steffany Gretzinger proclaims God’s steady love | Jeff Koch | Oct. 18, 2014
55 WORLD | Abortion battleground | Marvin Olasky | Nov. 1, 2014