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Sent to Proclaim the Good News

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Part 7 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Like Jesus, we have been sent to proclaim the good news. In addition to telling His disciples to wait […]

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Sent by Jesus to Continue His Mission in the Power of the Spirit

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Part 5 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last two posts I summarized the mission of Jesus. In a nutshell: 1. Jesus was sent by […]

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The Mission of Jesus

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Part 3 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series If you were to ask the average Christian, “What was the mission of Jesus?” you’d no doubt hear that […]

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Mission Impossible and the Mission of God in the Old Testament

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Part 1 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Note: I began this series a couple of months ago, but became distracted by other issues. The content is […]

Inspiration from the Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 Click here to read all of Psalm 55 Prayer O Lord, what a welcome invitation! Not only […]

Can We Trust the Accuracy of the Oral Traditions About Jesus? Part 4

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If you’ve been following my blog in the past few days, you know I’ve been developing an analogy that helps to explain why we can have confidence in the oral traditions about Jesus. So far, here’s what I have: You […]

Can We Trust the Accuracy of the Oral Traditions About Jesus? Part 3

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In my last two posts I’ve been developing an analogy that helps to explain why we can trust that the oral traditions about Jesus accurately passed along what He really did and said. Here’s what I have so far: You […]

Can We Trust the Accuracy of the Oral Traditions About Jesus? Part 2

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In my last post I began to explain why we can trust the accuracy of the oral traditions about Jesus, using the following analogy: You are diagnosed with terminal cancer. But your doctor gives you a ray of hope. If […]

Can We Trust the Accuracy of the Oral Traditions About Jesus?

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Today I did an hour’s interview with Greg Koukl, president of Stand to Reason, a Christian apologetics ministry. Greg is one of my favorite apologists, not only because he’s very smart, but also because he believes in careful and calm […]

The House of the Virgin Mary?

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Part 10 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Until recently, I have never given much thought to what happened to Mary, the mother of Jesus, after His death. I […]

Paul and the Silversmiths, Part 2

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Part 9 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series When we last left our series on Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament, the city was in an uproar. A gang […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with […]

Week in Review

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This Week’s Blogging Inspiration from the Pray the Gospels Ephesus in the New Testament The Apostle Paul in Ephesus Artemis and Her Temple Paul and the Silversmiths Inspiring Picture I took the picture below at Andrew Molera State Park along […]

Paul and the Silversmiths

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Part 8 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Now that we know something about the goddess Artemis and her importance for Ephesus, we’re ready to get back to the […]

Artemis and Her Temple

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Part 7 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I summarized the beginning of Paul’s ministry in Ephesus as it’s described in Acts 19. We saw […]

The Apostle Paul in Ephesus

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Part 6 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I quoted a passage from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians in which he wrote, “But I […]

Ephesus in the New Testament

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Part 5 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Early Christianity was significantly an urban movement. This might sound surprising if you’re used to thinking of Christians continuing the mode […]

Inspiration from the Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. Psalm 42:1 Click here to read all of Psalm 42 Prayer Thank You, Gracious God, for times when life is hard, when I can’t […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt Happy are those who consider the poor; the LORD delivers them in the day of trouble. Psalm 41:1 Click here to read all of Psalm 41 Prayer I confess, Lord Jesus, that it’s easy for me to forget the […]

Week in Review

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Summary of This Week’s Blogging Hidden Treasure in the British Museum Monday, August 6 Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament: Introduction Tuesday, August 7 The Location and Environment of Ephesus Wednesday, August 8 Touring Ancient Ephesus Thursday, August 9 Touring […]

Touring Ancient Ephesus, Part 2

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Part 4 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A tour of Ephesus usually begins, as I explained yesterday, at the eastern end of the city because from the you […]

Touring Ancient Ephesus

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Part 3 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In late June I took a tour of Ephesus. It lasted about two hours, and was quite informative. Our tour guide, […]

The Location and Environment of Ephesus

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Part 1 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Ephesus, or what is left of it, lies on the western edge of modern day Turkey, just about five miles inland […]

Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament: Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series For many of us, the events of the Bible seem to take place in some magic world of “Bible lands,” a […]

Hidden Treasure in the British Museum

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The British Museum contains some of the greatest treasures of the world. Here you can view that actual Rosetta Stone. This amazing museum is filled with the finest remnants of the ancient world. If you visit the once-famous Temple of […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 Click here to read all of Psalm 34 Prayer Surely, Gracious God, You are worthy of my continual praise. Given all […]

One of My Pet Peeves

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Recently my family and I went on a short camping trip to Big Sur, California. This is one of the prettiest spots in the whole state, and, in my opinion, in the whole country. Big Sur combines rugged coastline with […]

Stumbling into Pottermania

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While Linda and I were in London, we stumbled into a bit of Pottermania. Taking the Tube to Leicester Square, we emerged to find unexpected crowds of people, especially teenage girls. What was going on? We had accidentally crashed the […]

Happy Surprise on the Fourth of July

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My wife and I were in London on July 4th, Independence Day for Americans. For the British, of course, July 4th represents the beginning of a losing war effort and the ultimate loss of the American colonies. So I was […]

Nisi Dominus Frustra

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While in London, my wife and I visited several of the usual tourist sites: Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London. For those who haven’t been to London, let me say that the Tower of […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
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