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How Should We Interpret the Bible?

How Should We Interpret the Bible?

In her latest video, EPM’s Julia Stager gives some very helpful guidelines for interpreting the Bible. I think you’ll really enjoy her insights.

A Glimpse into an African Ordination

Pastoral candidateMy friend Garry Friesen was a member of the Bible College faculty at Multnomah University for 37 years. He is now in his second “dream job”, teaching at Africa College of Theology (ACT) in Kigali, Rwanda.

I was struck by Garry’s description of an African ordination of pastors, which he shared recently.


Comfort, Hope and Encouragement from God

IceSome days no one but God has the right words. Nothing I can say stacks up against what follows. Read, believe and thank God that even when we don’t sense His presence, He’s with us and at work in a thousand ways we can’t see. 

Why We Need the Whole Counsel of Scripture

ScriptureI once spoke to eighty college students about a sensitive theological question: “Can true Christians lose their salvation?” First, I asked them to commit themselves to a yes or no answer. I separated them, according to their answers, on opposite sides of the room, breaking them up into small groups.

The Best Theological Label Is “Berean”

BiblesThe Berean Christians were commended for carefully examining, in light of the Scriptures, the teachings of the apostle Paul (see Acts 17:11). This is a man who eventually wrote thirteen inspired biblical books. How much more should we evaluate the teachings of everyone else we read or listen to!


Meditating on God’s Word, a Verse at a Time: One Woman’s Hand-copied Bible

Handcopied BibleI wanted to share a recent message that came to me. A woman wrote:

Randy, here are pictures of my hand-copied Bible. This 9 plus year journey started when I read Safely Home. The main Chinese character’s mother hand copied the Bible. 

Purposefully Meditating on God’s Word

Reading the Bible / photo credit: Tojosan via photopin ccMeditation is more than reading the Bible. It is musing upon it, rehearsing it prayerfully and thoughtfully. It is not swallowing Scripture whole, but chewing long and hard before digesting it. 

John Newton on the Necessity of God’s Word and His Spirit

John Newton, Amazing GraceI am a great admirer of John Newton, and there are few people who I think have better understood God’s grace. How appropriate that the writer of the hymn “Amazing Grace”, the single most popular hymn in human history, said near the end of his life: “My memory is almost gone. But I remember two things: I am a great sinner, and Jesus is a great Savior.”

Planning Your New Year and Making God’s Word a Priority

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Colossians 3:16) / Planning Your Year and Time in God's WordLooking to make a New Year’s resolution? A great place to start is with what Colossians 3:16 says: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Holy habits such as meditation, prayer, and church should be determined commitments. Our choices show what we value most: TV, internet, sports, hobbies or God’s Word? “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

Why do Christians need to accept the whole Bible?

We need the whole Bible (Bible illuminated by window light)A. W. Tozer said, “Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a full Christian.” I think God has revealed to us what Scripture calls the whole counsel of God. Paul says in Acts 2:27, “for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”

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