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Does David Exist?

Posted: November 16, 2018

Is king David a real person, or a mythological figure created after the fact to support the notion of a divine origin for the nation of Israel? Continue reading: Does David… Read More

Can We Trust the Gospels? by Peter Williams (book review)

Posted: November 15, 2018

Peter Williams is one impressive person. He isn’t just Principal of Tyndale House, Cambridge and Editor of theTyndale Bulletin. He is also Chair of the International Greek New Testament Project and… Read More

Q&A 1547 – Jefferson’s New Testament

Posted: November 14, 2018

Did you know Thomas Jefferson edited his own Bible? I found it here. Apparently he wanted to focus on Jesus rather than on his miracles? What doctrine might have influenced… Read More

Q&A 1546 – Murder mysteries and youth ministry

Posted: November 14, 2018

My question is about murder mysteries. Some in our church really like this genre. Our campus ministry, planning one of these, invited our teens to a locally written murder mystery… Read More

Q&A 1545 – What is meant by “godhead”?

Posted: November 14, 2018

What is meant by the word “godhead”? While many use “godhead” to stand for the trinity, the word actually means (only) divinity. In older English, god-head = god-hood. All three… Read More

Q&A 1544 – Camels in the Bible anachronistic? (a contradiction?)

Posted: November 14, 2018

My professors in seminary told me that the Bible’s claims that there were camels in Israel is false. They say it’s anachronistic. What do you say? Is the Bible wrong?… Read More

Tyndale House — A little Greek goes a long way

Posted: November 7, 2018

Getting familiar with Bible languages can have huge benefits — and it may be easier than you think.   . Keep reading here.

FREE National Forum Theme eBook: Featured at 2018 Event

Posted: November 7, 2018

Dear Discipleship-First Tribe, I am still basking in the afterglow of our best National Disciple Making Forum to date, which we hosted a couple of weeks ago. Affirming feedback keeps… Read More

Were you there? The Renew launch summary…

Posted: November 5, 2018

It was just over a week ago that Renew launched. According to our feedback, it was a very successful gathering. Whether you were in attendance or not please join us… Read More

Beyond Conflict: Science, Faith, and the Big Questions

Posted: November 2, 2018

Registration is now open for the 2019 BioLogos Conference! March 27-29, 2019, Baltimore, MD Explore the tough questions with top scholars and communicators. As we explore the harmony between science and faith, we’re… Read More

Q&A 1543 – The meaning of “everlasting”

Posted: November 2, 2018

I was reading your article on Heaven and Hell. What is your explanation of the words “everlasting destruction” in 2 Thess 1:9? — B.W. You were reading the article on… Read More

Q&A 1542 – John boiled in oil?

Posted: November 2, 2018

At my church this morning it was preached that the apostle John survived being boiled in oil before he was exiled on Patmos. Is this true? It is certainly true… Read More

Q&A 1541 – God tempts the false prophets to lie?

Posted: November 2, 2018

In 1 Kings 22:19-22 it appears God is sending a spirit to tempt false prophets to lie. This would be contrary to James 1:13-14. I see this as similar to… Read More

How do you respond to arguments against the Bible?

Posted: October 31, 2018

“The Victory of Joshua over the Amalekites” by Nicholas Poussin, via Wikimedia Commons. October 01, 2018 | By Tremper Longman (guest author) BioLogos.org The Bible holds an essential place in Christian faith. The… Read More

On the Mount of Olives: David & the Son of David

Posted: October 31, 2018

Christians are familiar with the story of Jesus’ last night on earth: the Last Supper, Gethsemane prayer, betrayal, arrest, trial, and crucifixion the following morning. But Jesus isn’t the only… Read More

Three Great Opportunities for  Members of SIW

Posted: October 30, 2018

#1: SIW Support Groups One of the biggest challenges that same-gender attracted Christians face is that they often feel alone, as if they are the only one going through these… Read More

My Favorite Mistranslation (Proverbs 22:6) – Douglas Stuart

Posted: October 25, 2018

To listen to this podcast, click here.

Renew Network Launch

Posted: October 22, 2018

Dear UNBOXED followers, I’m excited about a free resource and a new network for church leaders called the Renew Network (renew.org). I am joining people like Douglas Jacoby, Christian Ray,… Read More

New Link to Debate: Is Jesus Prophet or Son of God?

Posted: October 22, 2018

Here is an edited version (with Q&A included) to the debate in Atlanta, GA between Dr. Douglas Jacoby and Sheikh Shabir Ally. 10-13-2018 – Debate – Is Jesus Prophet or… Read More

Q&A 1540 – The eternal destiny of those who die violently?

Posted: October 22, 2018

How do we come to grips with the eternal destiny of the multitudes that die because of weather catastrophes like tsunamis, or atrocities like the Holocaust? First of all, we… Read More

Q&A 1539 – The deaths of innocent children (school shootings)

Posted: October 22, 2018

Why does God allow the death of innocent children, like in school shootings?** Because we have free will. Killing is something that we do to each other, and we can… Read More

Q&A 1538 – Proverbs 22:6 guarantees godly children?

Posted: October 22, 2018

I have frequently heard Proverbs 22:6 referenced as a promise that godly parenting always leads to godly children. One of my children has rejected God. Is this my fault? Certainly… Read More

Q&A 1537 – Birth Defects from Satan?

Posted: October 22, 2018

Are birth defects a work of Satan? Birth defects happen because of genetic accidents. Both biology and physics reveal a certain degree of randomness in our world. This is not… Read More

What Was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Posted: October 18, 2018

It’s become popular to claim that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was something other than homosexuality. What does the Bible say? Read an extended explanation of this topic here.

A Bible for every tribe, every tongue

Posted: October 18, 2018

In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, a Christian university student experiences the ministry of Pioneer Bible Translators. Continue reading here. Website: pioneerbible.org

Q&A 1536 – Painkillers – Opioids

Posted: October 17, 2018

A lot of people I know are on painkillers. Given the role that suffering plays in developing character and a cruciform life, should we avoid taking pills? There are always… Read More

It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God

Posted: October 16, 2018

Here’s an interesting piece from The New York Times. The decline in our spiritual vocabulary has many real-world consequences. More than 70 percent of Americans identify as Christian, but you… Read More

Don’t Be Fooled Into Believing These Final Two GRIEF MYTHS

Posted: October 13, 2018

You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape; my eyes are dim with grief. —Psalm 88:8-9 Last… Read More

Q&A 1535 – The marriage bed (Heb 13:4)

Posted: October 12, 2018

Hebrew 13:4 says, “Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.” I recently read a book that claimed, “It… Read More

Who was the Historical Jesus?

Posted: October 11, 2018

Dialogue and Q&A. Free event. Details on the attached flyer. Click here.

Outreach Tools for a Mobile Generation

Posted: October 11, 2018

Wycliffe translators utilize cartoon animation to produce films in remote parts of the world—to communicate the gospel. http://www.indigitube.tv/

Renew.org – Video 3 (check it out)

Posted: October 11, 2018

Watch this Renew.org video by clicking here.

Untangling Addiction – a free download

Posted: October 10, 2018

Dr. De Carvalho is passionate about helping people regain their lives and become “unstuck” from the addictions and mental illnesses that have kept them in the darkness. In his new… Read More

N.T. Character Podcast 67 – James (the brother of Jesus)

Posted: October 9, 2018

James: background There are many Jameses in the Bible. This translates the original name Jacob. This James is the younger brother of Jesus (the 2nd of Mary’s 5 sons). Ya’akov was… Read More

Renew.org – video 2 (check this out)

Posted: October 9, 2018

Watch this Renew.org video by clicking here.

Q&A 1534 – Zeitgeist

Posted: October 9, 2018

How should we respond to the claims of the Zeitgeist internet movie? Although I have addressed this elsewhere, let me direct you to a useful refutation of the numerous bogus… Read More

Are Rich People More Immoral?

Posted: October 8, 2018

  Money is the Root of all Evil. Aphorisms have rarely been factual. The oldest ones, at least, are based on opinions, and opinions change. Not more than 500 years… Read More

Most people don’t know this about addiction…

Posted: October 8, 2018

Dear Renew Subscriber, We would like to ask you to make time for a special webinar. It will focus on two of the seven key elements of renewal – Surrendering… Read More

Renew.org – video 1 (check this out)

Posted: October 6, 2018

Watch by clicking on this link: Renew video 1  

Public Dialogue at KSU (Atlanta)

Posted: October 6, 2018

On October 24 New Testament scholar Michael Licona is scheduled to have a public dialogue with the iconic liberal historian of Jesus, John Dominic Crossan, one of the co-founders of… Read More

How Can You Invest in a Few to Build a Disciple Making Culture in Your Church?

Posted: October 5, 2018

To the Discipleship-First Community,   There is a good deal of literature today on the subject of corporate culture. Culture shapes behavior Culture defines priorities Culture determines outcomes Every organization… Read More

Be Flexible – Sermon by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: October 3, 2018

Sermon given at the North River church on Sunday, September 30, 2018

What Prolific Author Greg Ogden Has to Say about Disciple Making

Posted: October 2, 2018

Discipleship-First Tribe, Greg Ogden has written many books on discipleship, including the best-selling books Transforming Discipleship and Discipleship Essentials. He is one of the most prolific discipleship authors of our time. So what… Read More

Q&A 1533 – Location of the true Holy Sepulchre?

Posted: September 27, 2018

I visited the National Geographic Museum in DC today and went through the “Tomb of Jesus” exhibit, where they have done a good job of showing what the Church of… Read More

Q&A 1532 – David’s (amazing) respect for Saul

Posted: September 27, 2018

Do you think it is plausible that David is basing his conviction in 1 Samuel 24:6, not to kill Saul, on Psalm 105:15? — Reto Zingg (For those who have… Read More

When Christians Forget They’re Christians on FB

Posted: September 25, 2018

By Guy Hammond Executive Director; Strength in Weakness Ministries Often when I speak publicly on the issues of homosexuality and the church, Christian family values and Biblical sexual ethics, I… Read More

Q&A 1531 – Must Christians fast thrice weekly? And give 100%?

Posted: September 25, 2018

I strongly believe that we Christians should fast thrice a week, not for to be righteous, since (as you point out) this can’t be quantified, but to subordinate flesh to… Read More

1530 – Wrong to watch the news / propaganda?

Posted: September 25, 2018

I was a little surprised when you mentioned you have apps for BBC and CNN, and although I understand we need to get our news from somewhere, these news agencies… Read More

How should you respond to men and women who are transgender?

Posted: September 24, 2018

Dear Renew Network Subscriber, We are sending out the Renew Newsletter earlier this week so that you can make time for a special webinar. It will focus on two of… Read More

AIM Classes through 2019

Posted: September 24, 2018

Here is the schedule of topics and dates for the next several months of the Athens Institute of Ministry. Click on this link: AIM UNITS

PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER, by Bob Koivisto

Posted: September 24, 2018

Jesus spoke out often about the very things which lead to a misguided understanding of God’s revealed truth in the Scriptures. Those influences are ignorance, apathy, religion, tradition and open… Read More

The Cassandra Curse | Hidden Brain : NPR

Posted: September 23, 2018

After a disaster happens, we want to know, could something have been done to avoid it? Did anyone see this coming? Many times, the answer is yes. There was a… Read More

Q&A 1529 – Wealthy families who donate little?

Posted: September 21, 2018

In your podcast, you mentioned fairly wealthy families you know who give very little. How do you deal with this? I think about Ephesians 5, where Paul says no immoral,… Read More

AIM Class, Sept. 22, North River

Posted: September 21, 2018

We have a great opportunity this Saturday (Sept 22) to attend three classes on Counseling & Psychology. These sessions will equip us to minister to those around us – or maybe… Read More

Origins (Genesis 1-11) — O.T. Scholars Weigh In

Posted: September 19, 2018

Philosopher and Christian apologist and I have written a book on early Genesis. See what Old Testament scholars are saying about Origins. . “Genesis 1–11 is the foundation of the… Read More

The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel – response by Michael Burns

Posted: September 18, 2018

Note: the smaller navy blue text is Michael Burns’s response. Recently a group of American evangelical leaders signed and released a statement on social justice to voice concerns that they have over… Read More

What is Progressive Christianity and Why is it Dangerous?

Posted: September 18, 2018

Dear Renew Network Subscribers, Would you be interested in some really great Biblical teaching this week? We have two opportunities for you and one other upcoming event that is sure… Read More

An Easy Principle to Test Your Take on Scripture

Posted: September 17, 2018

by Greg Koukl | info@str.org As an ambassador for Christ, how can you be clear-thinking and confident if you’re not sure whether or not you’re misinterpreting a Bible passage? I want… Read More

The Life of Jesus (Pt. I and Pt. II)

Posted: September 14, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa, 9 Sept 2018 In this session (consisting of two parts) Douglas Jacoby paints an outstanding picture as to the life and context of Jesus as a… Read More

Thoughts on Holiness, by Alberto Schirmer

Posted: September 13, 2018

Hagiasmos [Greek}: Separated unto God. Hagios [Greek}: Separated from sin, and therefore consecrated to God. Qôdesh [Hebrew]: A sacred, consecrated, dedicated, hallowed thing or place. Qȃdȃsh [Hebrew]: To appoint, bid,… Read More

91 Key Dates in Church History

Posted: September 13, 2018

Some Key Dates in Church History

9 facts on the End-times

Posted: September 12, 2018

1 Thess 5:1—Don’t get caught up in predictions. These are futile. William Miller Adventists Jehovah’s Witnesses 88 Reasons the Rapture Will Happen in 1988 Eschatology = the study of the… Read More

Why America’s ‘nones’ don’t identify with a religion

Posted: September 11, 2018

By Becka A. Alper, www.pewresearch.org A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more than 1,300 of these “nones” why they choose not to identify with a religion. Out… Read More

How Do You Resist Culture?

Posted: September 5, 2018

Dear Renew Network Subscriber, We are all being discipled. We are all being influenced by the many voices of culture around us every day. It is hard to resist. But… Read More

How to Ruin Your Life in Your Twenties

Posted: September 5, 2018

The choices we make in our twenties set a trajectory for our entire lives. Here are seven tested ways young adults often ruin their lives. Read article here. www.desiringgod.org

Global Persecution

Posted: September 5, 2018

From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On arriving there, they gathered the… Read More

Does Your Pastor Love God or Money?, by David Mathis

Posted: September 3, 2018

Article on desiringGod.org How Christians handle money speaks volumes about our Christ. It’s one of our greatest opportunities today to show ourselves distinct from the world, or just like it…. Read More

Israel Winter Tour, February 2019

Posted: August 31, 2018

PAGE 1 of 2 2019 ISRAEL WINTER TOUR (4-11 February)   Spaces: 40. Registered to date: 32. Benefits of joining the tour: Your faith will be strengthened. You’ll no longer… Read More

Preferring Infertility, by Abigail Dodds

Posted: August 29, 2018

How We Worship the Queen of Heaven What must God think of a society that has made child sacrifice normal for the sake of elective infertility? Read here.

Storyline: Strength in Weakness

Posted: August 29, 2018

Christian Ray Flores tells the story of Max Agapitov – weightlifting world champion. Watch video here.

Recording of the Webinar on Marijuana and other Updates …

Posted: August 29, 2018

Good morning Renew Network subscribers, Would you join us as we seek to renew the teachings of King Jesus in our day? It is a bold aspiration. It will require… Read More

Ministry

Posted: August 29, 2018

I. Who is in the ministry”?” II. What is “the ministry”? III. Does it matter what we call it? Listen to the podcast to find out the answers to these… Read More

2018 Biblical Study Tour, 22-29 Oct (or 1 Nov, incl. Post-tour)

Posted: August 27, 2018

2018 TOUR WALK WHERE JESUS WALKED There’s a lot of talk about doing what Jesus would do (WWJD?), but how about walking where Jesus walked? We would like to invite… Read More

BST 2019 Info

Posted: August 27, 2018

Page 2 of 2 How to Register All communication is through email. If you’d like to join the tour, please email me. I’ll add you to the interest list, and then contact… Read More

Wanna see Robby Gallaty’s disciple making blueprint?

Posted: August 26, 2018

The #1 question I’ve gotten since launching Discipleship.Org is this: You’re telling me that there’s a REAL way you can make disciples that make disciples— how is that even possible?… Read More

2018 Biblical Study Tour

Posted: August 25, 2018

The 2018 group, in the Garden of Gethsemane (Photo Mark Mancini) WALK WHERE JESUS WALKED There’s a lot of talk about doing what Jesus would do (WWJD?), but how about… Read More

How Do I Develop a Passion for the Bible?, by Greg Koukl

Posted: August 24, 2018

Greg shares how to make Bible reading more than a chore. Click on this link to see podcast & notes.

Q&A 1528 – Santa Claus and the Faith of Small Children

Posted: August 24, 2018

I often wonder about how it will affect my daughter when she finds out that Santa is not real. She associates Christmas with Santa and with Jesus. When she finds… Read More

Teen Evidences Curriculum: From Facts to Faith

Posted: August 22, 2018

The attached teen evidences curriculum was produced by Douglas Jacoby and Page Pennell. It is simple, written at a basic level, and intended to be presented in class series format…. Read More

African teaching ministry, by Gilbert Kimeng

Posted: August 13, 2018

Gilbert Kimeng 9 August 2018 Kinshasa, D.R.C. The past 10 days spent in the company of Dr. Douglas Jacoby has been transformational. He arrived Lagos on Monday July 30th, and… Read More

Helpful Books (extensive bibliography)

Posted: August 11, 2018

Click below for this extensive, and continually developing, bibliography, for the reading Christian. Helpful Books by Category Nov 2018 (Version XV)  

John Oakes’ journal: Russia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia

Posted: August 10, 2018

Dr. John Oakes Journal for East and Central Asia teaching trip: Vladivostok, Osaka, Tokyo, Ulan Bataar and Bishkek July, 2018 John Oakes is a recently retired university professor and PhD… Read More

Genesis & the Beginnings of Humanity, by Bill Golightly

Posted: August 9, 2018

Dr. Golightly shares his view on the implications of modern science for the narratives of the first chapters of Genesis. He strives, as a scientist and a Christian, to maintain… Read More

Pray for the Peace of Chicago, by Steve Kinnard

Posted: August 9, 2018

Pray for the Peace of Chicago by stevekinnard War on the Sidewalks of Chicago. This morning I opened my paper edition of The New York Times for Tuesday, August 7, 2018 and saw a… Read More

Join This Free Webinar w/ Mandisa: American Idol to Disciple Maker

Posted: August 9, 2018

As the reader of the weekly Discipleship.org newsletter, you are the hero. Most of you are already committed to making disciples. But you face challenges—and we exist to help you with those… Read More

Renew Network: 3 Ways We Can Help

Posted: August 8, 2018

Dear Renew Subscribers, Those seeking to be true disciples of Jesus face big challenges. Here are 3 ways we can help you. 1. Prayer Team – true renewal is the work… Read More

Unashamed of the Bible, by John Piper

Posted: August 4, 2018

No matter which way my mind turns these days, I cannot escape the absolutely unique and essential role that the Bible plays in God’s purpose for the universe, and for… Read More

Evangelical Black Exodus, by Danny Anderson

Posted: August 4, 2018

Listen to this podcast by clicking on link, and choosing Review 81. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sectarian-review/id1031613670?mt=2

Renew.org – Web Page with New Logo, Podcasts, and October 24th Leadership Launch Link is Up

Posted: August 1, 2018

Introducing Renew Network By Bobby Harrington and Jason Henderson Renew Network is being launched to help church leaders and everyday disciples to renew Biblical Christianity and Jesus-style disciple-making. The hope… Read More

Are We at War with Muslims?, by Alan Schlemon

Posted: July 31, 2018

When the topic of violent jihad comes up, the first thing I hear most Muslims say is that they don’t practice violence, nor do most Muslims they know. Islam is… Read More

40 Years of Broken Chains

Posted: July 31, 2018

By Jim McCartney – Boston, MA, USA /  16 Jul, 2018 40 years ago today, I made a decision that dramatically changed the trajectory of my life. An only child of… Read More

Live Webinar with Bill Hull: The Disciple Making Pastor

Posted: July 31, 2018

Bill Hull’s book, The Disciple Making Pastor, has sold over 150,000 copies. That is a really big seller in the Christian leadership space…I think I know why. The disciple-making pastor cuts through… Read More

Précis of Instone-Brewer’s books on divorce and remarriage

Posted: July 31, 2018

David Instone-Brewer, a British scholar who specializes in Rabbinic Judaism, writes the most biblically on-track books on the subject of marriage-divorce-remarriage. Instone-Brewer (updated) on Divorce & Remarriage 29178 Note: you… Read More

How to Sabotage a Bible Study, by Greg Morse

Posted: July 30, 2018

The tragic irony in many group Bible studies is that God’s word sits open on our laps while we discuss our own thoughts and… Continue reading this article here.

Accountability in the Pulpit

Posted: July 27, 2018

The following is a free adaptation of Eric Scalise’s excellent article, “Accountability in the Pulpit: Where are the Truth-Tellers?”, in Christian Counseling Connection, vol 19, issue 4, p.14. (This is… Read More

How Does a Network Differ from a Denomination? (Pt 1 of 2)

Posted: July 25, 2018

Hello Renew Newsletter Subscribers,   We hope and pray that Renew.org will become the hub for a network of millions of disciples of Jesus. When we say network, we do not mean… Read More

OT Character Podcast 60, Mephibosheth

Posted: July 24, 2018

Introduction Our O.T. character today is a minor character. And yet doesn’t mean he isn’t important. The relationship between David and Jonathan (Saul’s son, next in line for the throne)… Read More

Grief Myths – Part Two

Posted: July 24, 2018

Don’t Be Fooled Into Believing These Three GRIEF MYTHS – Part Two Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. – Job 42:3… Read More

Live Webinar with Ken Adams: “The Making of a Disciple Making Church”

Posted: July 24, 2018

In 1989 Ken Adams was the first pastor of Crossroads Church in Newnan, Georgia, which has the purpose to “Be and Build Disciples of Jesus Christ.” With spiritual growth as… Read More

Summer Newsletter, Tyndale House

Posted: July 21, 2018

Dear Friend, Summer is one of the most exciting times of the year for us at Tyndale House. This year’s busy season began in May with the arrival of scientists… Read More

Want to Share the Gospel Effectively? Always Ask About the Tattoo, by John Teter

Posted: July 20, 2018

The simplest questions can open the door to amazing conversations. I asked Mike about his tattoo partly out of curiosity but primarily from an instinct of self-preservation. He was helping his… Read More

Christianity vs. Biblicism, by Brian Zahnd

Posted: July 20, 2018

(This is my foreword to Keith Giles’ excellent new book, Jesus Unbound.) As modern Christians we are children of a broken home. Five centuries ago the Western church went through a… Read More

The New Testament – Historically Speaking, by Brian Felushko

Posted: July 17, 2018

Understanding the New Testament Historically Do you ever struggle with any of the content in the New Testament (NT) books? Do you ever wonder how their messages, now 2000 years… Read More

Busting Grief Myths, by Dr. Timothy Sumerlin

Posted: July 16, 2018

Don’t Be Fooled Into Believing These Four GRIEF MYTHS Then Job replied: “How long will you torment me and crush me with words?—Job 19:1-2 Say nothing. Our friends may feel like… Read More

Learn More at this Year’s Pre-Forum Gatherings, Bobby Harrington

Posted: July 16, 2018

We are a little over three months out from the National Disciple Making Forum on October 25-26th and last week many of you purchased tickets. Last year we had over… Read More

Welcome to Renew!

Posted: July 16, 2018

Jesus will soon return and renew all things (Matt. 19:28; Acts 3:21). We want to help everyone prepare for that day. We are a Restoration and Renewal Movement. We believe… Read More

Top 10 Free Disciple Making Resources in 2018

Posted: July 15, 2018

Dear Renew Leaders, I want to give you a sneak peak at a resource that will soon come out by Discipleship.org. Because I have the privilege of leading both organizations,… Read More

Recommended: Preaching Sticky Sermons

Posted: July 13, 2018

Preaching Sticky Sermons, by Brandon Kelley and Joe Hoagland (Rainer Publishing, 2016), is an excellent book. The authors are graduates of Cincinnati Christian University (an institution affiliated with the Christian… Read More

Mary Magdalene (the movie)

Posted: July 13, 2018

A Review (anonymous) of Mary Magdalene (2018) How Mary is portrayed Mary is shown as a fisherman—she is not portrayed as a prostitute (in the end of the movie they explain… Read More

Cool quotes from Socrates, Plato, & Aristotle

Posted: July 10, 2018

The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms. I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make him think. I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a… Read More

“Filling & Following,” sermon by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: July 9, 2018

7-8-2018 Douglas Jacoby “Filling and Following” at the North River Church of Christ, Marietta, Georgia, USA

New Research: Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers

Posted: July 8, 2018

Don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Continue reading here.

Should Patriotism Have a Place in Church?, by John Piper

Posted: July 4, 2018

[Today] we celebrate July 4th, Independence Day as it’s known for us in the States. And the day itself raises questions about national loyalty for those of us who are… Read More

Park Farthest Away: 5 Simple Pastoral Habits To Defy Our “Me First” Culture

Posted: July 1, 2018

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. Anyone who doesn’t see it that way is not a leader, just a boss. Karl Vaters Read more

Eugene Cho: Why I Am Stepping Down as Pastor of Quest Church

Posted: July 1, 2018

“I don’t feel burned out, but I am realizing my limitations.” Interview by Kyle Rohane In 2001 Eugene Cho and his wife, Minhee, founded Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational… Read More

Renew Network Conversations

Posted: June 28, 2018

Hi Folks, As we seek to build a network of renew leaders, churches, and everyday disciples, we are having great initial conversations. This morning I am at the North American… Read More

Review of Paul: Apostle of Christ

Posted: June 27, 2018

A friend recently suggested I watch the film Paul: Apostle of Christ. I am glad I did. Here is my take, for what it’s worth. General Acting: superb. Not sappy, as with some… Read More

Q&A 1527 – Theudas: Did Luke Make a Mistake?

Posted: June 26, 2018

Doesn’t Luke get it wrong when he has Gamaliel say, “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men.  For some time ago Theudas rose… Read More

A 3,000-year-old glass head deepens one of the Bible’s oldest mysteries

Posted: June 26, 2018

By Avi Selk June 9, 2018   Buried under a pair of hills at Israel’s northern border, at the nexus of three ancient kingdoms, is one of the last large biblical sites yet… Read More

How to Move from Informational to Relational Discipleship

Posted: June 26, 2018

Maybe you are like most church leaders in North America – you are confused about what is meant by the expression “discipleship”.   Is it a class? Is it Bible… Read More

Free eBook: Evangelism or Discipleship: Can They Effectively Work Together?

Posted: June 25, 2018

Which is more important, people often ask, evangelism or discipleship? It is often stated as though discipleship is just about growth after conversion. Sometimes people describe it as an apparent… Read More

Q&A 1526 – Can a Christian Go to a Gay Pride Parade? (by Guy Hammond)

Posted: June 24, 2018

It’s Gay Pride Week in Toronto right now, with the festivities ending with the largest Gay Pride Parade in North America tomorrow afternoon. Over the years I have had several… Read More

Renew Network update, by Bobby Harrington

Posted: June 22, 2018

We sense God’s blessings on Renew Network initiatives and we want to share that with you in this week’s email. Here are some of the highlights: Key Leaders from three… Read More

Francis Collins Speaks on Genetic Engineering and Christian Faith

Posted: June 22, 2018

On June 18, 2018, leading geneticist and BioLogos founder Francis Collins gave a landmark lecture at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by The Trinity Forum,… Read More

2018 Israel tour itinerary (provisional)

Posted: June 21, 2018

Oct 22 Mon: Arrive Tel Aviv 1900                Welcome dinner at hotel (Metropolitan) Oct 23 Tue: Caesarea Maritima – Mt. Carmel – Magdala – Sea of Galilee 0630                Wakeup call 0700  … Read More

Transgender suicide

Posted: June 15, 2018

A friend of mine who is a medical doctor passed along an article on Transgender Suicide Rate. The article is interesting. Equally interesting was his analysis of the article. “Research on… Read More

Black Panther

Posted: June 13, 2018

In April someone asked me if I’d seen Black Panther. I had heard of it, but admitted I wasn’t particularly interested in yet another superhero movie. “I’ll probably watch it once it… Read More

Diplomado en Bienestar Psicológico 2018, ¡Inscripciones Abiertas!

Posted: June 12, 2018

Ya está lista nuestra nueva edición 2018 del Diplomado en Bienestar Psicológico que ha ayudado a decenas de personas en todo el continente americano y en Europa. Da click para… Read More

A Tool to Help Your Church Build a Disciple-Making Culture

Posted: June 12, 2018

We champion leaders, networks, and organizations that help disciples of Jesus make more disciples. Two of the most important aspects of effective disciple making are an intentional strategy and an… Read More

Scientists and God: Frank Tipler

Posted: June 12, 2018

Used with permission from John Clayton of Does God Exist? (Vol. 45, no. 1, 2018) Editor’s Note: Atheists attempt to suggest that scientists are intelligent people who have rejected faith… Read More

France Erases Christianity from Public View

Posted: June 12, 2018

Used with permission from John Clayton and Does God Exist? (Vol. 45, no. 1, 2018) FRANCE ERASES CHRISTIANITY FROM PUBLIC VIEW If you remember studying the history of France, you… Read More

The Wit and Wisdom of Ancient Jewish Graffiti – Atlas Obscura

Posted: June 10, 2018

Researchers in the field have uncovered related messages ranging from “Lasius is a pervert” to “Good luck in your resurrection.” Read more here.

Update: Renew Network instead of The Renewal Network

Posted: June 4, 2018

Hi Friends, I am excited to tell you that we landed on a name for the network and a website that is a little different than when we last communicated… Read More

Q&A 1525 – Refusing medical treatment (fatalism)?

Posted: June 1, 2018

A friend has been diagnosed with cancer. She is refusing treatment, despite her cancer growing from stage 1 to stage 2. Her reasoning: she believes her days are already numbered… Read More

Disciple Maker’s Forum – Introducing: The Main Session Speakers

Posted: May 29, 2018

From Bobby Harrington, Executive Director, Discipleship.org: I am excited about the Main Sessions we have planned for our upcoming National Disciple Making Forum. We have confirmed six of our main sessions… Read More

An Inspirational Video Series for Supporters of SIW

Posted: May 26, 2018

Every Saturday for 6 weeks Strength in Weakness Ministries is releasing a new brief episode. We pray these are a blessing and encouragement. Insights from the Valley Click here for… Read More

Where Does God Want Me to Work?, by David Mathis

Posted: May 23, 2018

David Mathis leads us in finding God’s will through three major factors. Read here.

Free Webinar This Thursday: “Boost Discipleship Through Group Bible Reading”

Posted: May 23, 2018

I Was Surprised at How Many Un-Churched People Committed to Read the New Testament in 8 Weeks! As a lead pastor, I have led my team to try many different… Read More

“I am a Christian … even to death.”

Posted: May 23, 2018

Boko Haram terrorists ordered Habila and his family out of their home in northern Nigeria at gunpoint. Then they told Habila to recite the Islamic creed, leave Christianity behind and… Read More

2019 BST Israel

Posted: May 22, 2018

[ For the Winter 2019 Israel tour, click here. ]   PAGE 1 of 2 2019 BIBLICAL STUDY TOUR (27 May – 3 June) Spaces: 85. Registered to date: 23…. Read More

Refresh: Ready for College (from RZIM)

Posted: May 21, 2018

Are you a high school upperclassman or a college freshman? Then don’t miss out on ReFresh. As students, you know what it’s like to be surrounded by questions. It can be… Read More

World Premiere of Seals of Isaiah and Hezekiah

Posted: May 16, 2018

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Q&A 1524 – Were the Jews authorized to execute?

Posted: May 16, 2018

In your podcast on John 18 you note that the Jews were prevented by Roman law from inflicting capital punishment during Jesus’ time. But if the Jews were unable to… Read More

Q&A 1523 – Mystical interpretations of Hebrew letters?

Posted: May 16, 2018

I need a little insight from those familiar with the Hebrew language. I ran into someone who claimed that not only does the Hebrew alphabet convey the letters by which… Read More

A Biblical Primer on Dating

Posted: May 15, 2018

This is from a Singles Devotional done in the Greater Houston Church on May 12, 2018 by Toney Mulhollan. “Here is my two page outline. The second page was a… Read More

“Mother’s Day Reflection,” by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: May 14, 2018

Message given at the North River Church of Christ on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the 9 & 11am services.

BBC News: ‘One family’ behind Indonesia blasts

Posted: May 13, 2018

Members of one family were behind a wave of blasts targeting three churches in Indonesia’s second city of Surabaya, police say. At least 11 people were killed and dozens of… Read More

Diplomado “CONOCE” 2018 – ¡Inscripciones Abiertas!

Posted: May 8, 2018

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Is It OK for Christians to Have Doubt? by Tim Barnett

Posted: May 8, 2018

Every Christian has had doubts at some point in their Christian life. We’re all finite creatures. We don’t know everything. Sometimes we get things wrong. And this possibility can cause… Read More

New eBook “Fill Your Seats” by Regi Campbell

Posted: May 8, 2018

What would you say about a man who has Andy Stanley in his discipleship group? Well, that is precisely what is happening in Regi Campbell’s Radical Mentoring Group this year…. Read More

Sheep Not Goats Newsletter for April 2018

Posted: April 30, 2018

Attached is the latest newsletter about what’s happening in Nicaragua, including all the Sheep Dreamzzz blankets being made and the breakfasts for the elderly that are held in Malpaisillo every Thursday morning…. Read More

Does God Guide Evolution?

Posted: April 30, 2018

We’ve been asked by many people over the last few months for a response to the book Theistic Evolution, published late last year by Crossway. President Haarsma offered one in her post;… Read More

Renewal Network Launches in Nashville/Franklin, TN – Oct 24

Posted: April 27, 2018

You’re Invited! Please join us at Harpeth Christian Church in Franklin, TN on Wednesday, October 24th – 9:00am – 5:00pm for the public launching of TheRenewalNetwork.com! We will have some of the best… Read More

Brother Lawrence

Posted: April 25, 2018

Introduction We may be tempted to conceive of Christian history as a vast wasteland stretching from the post-apostolic period till fairly modern times; yet this is not quite accurate. Even… Read More

Special, New-Release Interview w/Robert Coleman

Posted: April 24, 2018

A Note on Robert “Robert Coleman is the spiritual father of the modern disciple-making movement, and we have some special resources for you to get an up-close and personal view… Read More

Q&A 1522 – Spontaneous Quantum Creation?

Posted: April 20, 2018

I’ve been reading an article by Stephen Hawking on his theory of the “Spontaneous Quantum Creation of the Universe,” as promoted in this article. I would love to hear your… Read More

A Brief Review of STEP: Scripture Tools for Every Person, by Joey Harris

Posted: April 18, 2018

The STEP Bible (STEP stands for “Scripture Tools for Every Person”) is a free digital Bible software project run by the Bible and religious book publisher, Tyndale House. The underlying software powering… Read More

No Sign Will Be Given! Jesus: Playing Down the Miraculous

Posted: April 18, 2018

(Adapted from chapter 21 of The Spirit.) Jesus deliberately played down the miraculous. Then why did he do so many miracles — if they weren’t really necessary? Now, we never… Read More

Marshall Keeble fought racism by melting hearts

Posted: April 17, 2018

By Hamil R. Harris, Christian Chronicle ‘He had intellect, insight and a humble spirit that he used to stand at the front door of the angry lion of racism.’ While Marshall… Read More

I Could Be Wrong… (Greg Koukl)

Posted: April 16, 2018

Is it a good idea for Christians to use the phrase “I could be wrong…” when discussing their convictions? Click here to watch & find out. The speaker is Greg… Read More

Scripture Memorization | Jon Sherwood | Fueling Faith In The 21st Century

Posted: April 16, 2018

Many of us as Christians have heard of the concept, and even some of the benefits of memorizing Scripture, and yet very few of us actually do it.  Why is that?  Many… Read More

Prosperity Gospel, by Patrick Blair

Posted: April 16, 2018

A Section from Chapter 8 – Riches and Righteousness IS THE GOSPEL ALSO A GOSPEL OF PROSPERITY? The prosperity gospel (a.k.a. the health and wealth gospel) “is a religious belief… Read More

Holiness: “Even the tassels are holy,” by Graydon Stephenson

Posted: April 16, 2018

What is ‘holiness’? ‘Holiness’ is the state of being ‘holy’. The noun ‘holiness’ appears infrequently in the scriptures, but the adjective ‘holy’ appears often. Certain concepts are paired with ‘holiness’. A… Read More

The Gospel of Prosperity, by Patrick Blair

Posted: April 16, 2018

The file is a chapter from an upcoming book by Patrick Blair. Prosperity-Gospel-Blair

Millennials & the Degradation of Truth (Unboxed 2018)

Posted: April 6, 2018

This is my PowerPoint from the 2018 Unboxed Conference in Long Beach, California, 5-7 April 2018. Unboxed-Truth-1-2-1

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th Anniversary of his Death

Posted: April 4, 2018

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th Anniversary of his Death By Dr. G. Steve Kinnard Let Justice Roll, A Social Justice Blog. Volume Three. “But let justice roll down… Read More

“The Kingdom Unleashed” eBook on Prayer and Disciple-Making Movement

Posted: April 4, 2018

There are no true disciple-making movements in North America right now. That statement may come as a surprise, but it is the conclusion of most (if not all) missions experts…. Read More

Two legacies, 50 years later

Posted: April 3, 2018

Marshall Keeble and Martin Luther King Jr. fought for ‘different things in different ages.’   By Hamil R. Harris and Bobby Ross Jr. Marshall Keeble was calling sinners home at a… Read More

Thrive – Jacoby lesson for NECC

Posted: April 1, 2018

NECC Thrive The file is the .pdf (3 pages) accompanying the class recorded for the 2018 NECC (Northeast Christian Conference, Providence RI, July 2018). Here is the audio file (58… Read More

Q&A 1521 – Is Jeremiah really the longest book in the Bible?

Posted: March 30, 2018

“Most of us assume Psalms is the longest book in the Bible, since it has 150 chapters. In your recent Bible quiz, however, you listed Jeremiah as the longest book…. Read More

Q&A 1520 – How best to learn NT Greek?

Posted: March 30, 2018

“I just finished a textbook on New Testament Greek and am honing my linguistic skills. I’d appreciate any advice you may have to offer.” — R. Jones My advice is… Read More

Q&A 1519 – Actual forgiveness in OT times?

Posted: March 30, 2018

“On page 75 of your Exodus book you state, ‘Nowhere either does the Bible associate obedience and works with the old covenant, or faith and grace exclusively with the new… Read More

UNBOXED FINAL PROMO

Posted: March 27, 2018

Here is a link to the final promo video:

The Staurogram

Posted: March 27, 2018

The earliest images of Jesus on the cross How and when did Christians start to depict images of Jesus on the cross? Some believe the early church avoided images of… Read More

Jesus and the Cross

Posted: March 27, 2018

How the cross became Christianity’s most popular symbol Throughout the world, images of the cross adorn the walls and steeples of churches. For some Christians, the cross is part of their daily… Read More

Did Seinfeld and Letterman ruin us?

Posted: March 24, 2018

Article by Tony Reinke, Senior writer, desiringGod.org My generation was raised on The Simpsons. The popular cartoon is postmodern TV at its finest: liberated from prolonged storylines, a series of jests… Read More

What’s your favorite discipleship material?

Posted: March 23, 2018

At Discipleship.org, we aggregate top discipleship material, resources, and channels to help you as a disciple maker. In order to do that, we’re asking for your input! Answer our brief… Read More

Are Suffering and God’s Love Compatible?

Posted: March 21, 2018

Greg Koukl highlights important connections between God’s love and human suffering. Watch video here.

The Productivity Paradox: A Better Way to Boost Focus & Efficiency

Posted: March 21, 2018

Productivity’s Paradox by Michael Hyatt What if trying to get more done was actually making us less productive? Workplace culture preaches longer days and buckled-down efforts to do more, faster… yet our success falters…. Read More

The Passover 1: Hurry!

Posted: March 19, 2018

Sermon given by Douglas Jacoby at the North River Church of Christ on March 18, 2018, based on Exodus 12.

King Hezekiah in the Bible: Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light

Posted: March 16, 2018

Hezekiah in the Bible and on the ground   For the first time, the royal seal of King Hezekiah in the Bible was found in an archaeological excavation. The stamped clay seal,… Read More

A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches

Posted: March 10, 2018

By Campbell Robertson March 9, 2018 FORT WORTH — Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on a sheet of paper, tore the paper into 12 strips, and dropped them… Read More

“I Am an Arab and I Am a Christian: An Autobiography”

Posted: March 6, 2018

Former Muslim shows Islam from the inside. by David Duncan Many well-written books on Islam have appeared in the years since 9/11. So have many not-so-great books, written from a… Read More

The Ten Commandments of Teaching, by Brian Fontaine

Posted: March 3, 2018

The 10 Commandments of Effective Teaching 1st Commandment: Know thy content, backward and forward, for your students’ respect and attention begins here. 2nd Commandment: Proper Planning and Preparation Prevent Poor… Read More

Q&A 1518 – Did Pharaoh’s Firstborn Son Die in the 10th Plague?

Posted: March 2, 2018

Exodus 12:29-30 says. “At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the… Read More

Strength in Weakness is going Español!

Posted: March 1, 2018

Strength in Weakness Ministries is going Español! Lo que Todos los Cristianos Necesitan Saber Acerca de la Homosexualidad La Homosexualidad: ¿hay un tema más controvertido en nuestro mundo de hoy? ¿Alguna vez te… Read More

Mennonite woman jailed for refusing to testify in death-penalty case

Posted: March 1, 2018

“I feel like I’m having to choose between you and God.” Read this article in the Washington Post here.

Q&A 1517 – Dark skin a divine curse?

Posted: March 1, 2018

How can some people say that dark skin is a curse from God? They point to the curse of Ham in Genesis 9. The target of Noah’s curse wasn’t so… Read More

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Posted: February 26, 2018

Kate Fehlhaber is the editor in chief of Knowing Neurons and a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles. Read complete article here.

“Why Are There Verses Missing from my Bible?”, by Nick Zola

Posted: February 26, 2018

Ever wonder, “Why Are There Verses Missing from my Bible?” Nick Zola, of Baylor University, tackles the subject in a compact and interesting presentation. Click here to watch video on… Read More

New series on John (daily study for 2018)

Posted: February 23, 2018

The 2018 series is A Tour Through John. Length: 50 days. Units average about 20 minutes, just right if you have to go to work early, or want to listen as… Read More

An Update on Cathy Hammond’s health

Posted: February 21, 2018

    Dear friend of the Hammonds and the Strength in Weakness ministry, Many have asked about my wife’s health, thank you. Cathy remains seriously ill. In spite of the… Read More

The Serpent & The Savior

Posted: February 21, 2018

Q&A 1516 – What was myrrh used for?

Posted: February 20, 2018

Myrrh is a strange word. But it’s in the Bible many times. What is this substance? You’re right. It’s in the Bible a lot (Gen 37:27; 43:11; Exod 30:23; Esth… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 50

Posted: February 19, 2018

If you prefer not to listen to the audio, but prefer only to read the questions below, that is fine — but the answers are in the podcast file. Click on… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 49

Posted: February 18, 2018

Lesson 49 is the third podcast in a series of 3 introducing the Revelation of John. Click on the arrow to play the podcast (9 minutes), or right click here, save and… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 48

Posted: February 17, 2018

Rev B is the middle podcast in a series of 3 introducing the Revelation of John. Click on the arrow to play the podcast (17 minutes), or right click here,… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 47

Posted: February 16, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (13 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. (1) General 1 Paul 87 chapters ~ 1/4 of NT 2 Luke 52… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 46 (verses)

Posted: February 15, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (8 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. Scripture for memory  1 John 1:7 — But if we walk in the… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 45

Posted: February 14, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (23 minutes), or right click here, in order to download, save, and listen later. 1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I… Read More