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Top 5 Breakthroughs in Bible Study

Top 5 Breakthroughs in Digital Bible Study

Published: October 17th, 2017

The last decade of the 20th century brought new vistas of adventure to the world of Bible study.  The word of God was unleashed from the printed page to the digitized screen.  For those pioneers who first encountered digital Bible study, it has been a fast-paced turn of events to a day where the Bible is now available for instant word-studies on the phone, quick word searches online, and sermons that can be shared to multiple platforms.  Whether you get your devotions from a web page, your lessons from a digital platform or the tried and true method of paper and pen, consider these advantages to the new options in digital Bible study.

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The tomb of Jesus can be described by comparing archaeological evidence with the scriptural texts. Giving us an idea of tombs in the bible and 1st century.

The Tomb of Jesus: First Century Jewish Burials

Published: March 24th, 2016

Many of us have heard the story of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Sadly, since we are removed from the historical context of this event, some of the details of the story can be lost to us. For example, the gospels tell us that Christ was buried in a tomb for three days. Have you ever given any thought to what the tomb of Jesus was actually like? Was it a gravesite like we use today or was it something different?

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Mark’s Description of the Crucifixion

The Sound of Silence: Mark’s Description of the Crucifixion

Published: July 5th, 2016

In “marked” contrast to the adopted practice of most modern historiographers who are fond of supplying graphic details of heinous events (compare, for example, Bill O’Reilly’s magnificent KILLING LINCOLN), Mark’s account of the crucifixion is striking in its silence regarding the physical torture of the cross.

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Dr. Franks explains the mindset needed and how to respond effectively to different types of objections to the truth of Christianity.

The Importance of Renewing Your Mind

Published: January 14th, 2016

In 2015, Dr. Paul Franks and Dr. Jeff Magruder hosted a three-part Christian Apologetics seminar at SAGU. In this session, Dr. Franks explains the mindset needed and how to respond effectively to different types of objections to the truth of Christianity.

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Amy George uses poetic imagery to explain the relationship between God, the Good Shepherd and His church.

The Conceit of the Shepherd

Published: March 9th, 2017

The Bible reflects the importance of sheep in biblical society. The relationship between the sheep and the shepherd was one of intimate knowledge - the shepherd’s duty to watch over and care for each sheep was directly tied to the success of the owner.

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The Blonde Leading the Blind

The Blonde Leading the Blind

Published: February 25th, 2015

Jesus’ imagery of a blind person leading a blind person (Matthew 15:14) is so familiar to most of us that it hardly elicits more than a quiet yawn. Altering the characters as in the above title just may create enough of a jolt to kick-start the engine of Jesus’ intention. Of course, it also risks offending all my fair-haired siblings in Christ, so for that I offer in advance my sincere apologies.

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 Dr. Magruder explores the reasons why a perfect God would allow evil.

The "Problem" With the Problem of Evil

Published: January 28th, 2016

In 2015, Dr. Paul Franks and Dr. Jeff Magruder hosted a three-part Christian Apologetics seminar at SAGU. In this session, Dr. Magruder explores the reasons why a perfect God would allow evil.

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Put Jesus Back on the Cross

Put Jesus Back on the Cross

Published: April 7th, 2015

Odds are you did not pass over that title in apathetic disregard. Let’s face it; the statement reeks of blasphemy. But before you accuse me of being a “hairy tick,” or haul me before a tribunal for doctrinal purity, give ear to the following story.

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Dr. Jeff Magruder talks about how Christians need to consider language and culture when preaching the gospel to non christians.

Presenting the Gospel to Non-Christians

Published: March 2nd, 2017

In this video, Dr. Jeff Magruder explains the importance of having an awareness of language, culture and other variables when presenting the gospel to non-Christians.

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Physical Disciplines According to Scripture - Part 1

Physical Disciplines According to Scripture - Part 1

Published: November 27th, 2017

In the beginning, humans were created in the image of God but soon sin disfigured that image. Since the Fall (Gen. 3), humankind has struggled to return to the image of God. Today, believers hold to the hope of John’s words that when Christ returns, “we shall be like Him” (1 John 3:2).[1] Christians live in the long struggle between the two images. This brief article reviews the Biblical teaching that addresses how believers may strive toward returning to a proper spiritual formation through the practice of less-emphasized, spiritual disciplines.

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Dr. W. Paul Franks speaks on the two threats to the Christian Worldview: 'New Atheism' and Religious Pluralism.

New Atheism and Religious Pluralism

Published: January 7th, 2016

In this three part Apologetics Seminar presented to SAGU students during chapel W. Paul Franks, Ph.D. and Jeff Magruder, D.Min. speak about more ways we can know God. In this first video Dr. W. Paul Franks discusses the two main threats to the Christian Worldview: 'New Atheism' and Religious Pluralism.

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Joseph's Suffering: A Model for Christian Life

Joseph's Suffering: A Model for Christian Life

Published: June 23rd, 2015

The behavioral aspect of “love-hate” relationships is undoubtedly in view in Genesis 37:3 where we read that “Israel (the converted Jacob) ‘loved’ Joseph more than all his sons.” This must not be taken to indicate Jacob’s emotional disconnection or disregard or, even worse, disdain for his “other” sons; the literary context and historical detail point clearly to the “preferential treatment” that Jacob rendered to Joseph.

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Is God Unfair in Working Good for Some and not for Others?

Is God Unfair in Working Good for Some and not for Others?

Published: March 19th, 2015

In Part 1 we argued that Paul’s use of an A—B—A’ literary structure to deliver the promise “All things work together for good” in Romans 8:28 serves two functions: first, it identifies God, not “chance” or “fate,” as the agent working together for good, and second, it restricts this promise to believers.

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Dan Langston gives 5 tips for new Christians to understand reading the Bible.

How to Read the Bible: 5 Tips for New Christians

Published: May 11th, 2017

Start with one verse wonders.

Romans 3:23 is often quoted when the decision is being made to come to Christ. While verse 23 is certainly true, Paul finishes his thought in verse 24. It’s truly good news.

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How to Evaluate Your Sermon Before You Preach It - Part 3

How to Evaluate Your Sermon Before You Preach It - Part 3

Published: December 5th, 2017

This is the third and final part of our series on evaluating your sermon before you preach it. Our goal with this series has been to help you become better at what God’s called you to do. In Part 3, we look at four more areas for you to consider when preparing a sermon.

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How to Evaluate Your Sermon Before You Preach It - Part 2

How to Evaluate Your Sermon Before You Preach It - Part 2

Published: November 2nd, 2017

This is the second part of our 3 part series on evaluating your sermon before you preach it.  In this article we look at three more areas for you to consider when preparing a sermon. 

How do you think considering these areas could impact your sermons in a positive way before you ever preach them?

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How to Evaluate Your Sermon Before You Preach It - Part 1

How to Evaluate Your Sermon Before You Preach It - Part 1

Published: September 28th, 2017

I’ve preached a lot of sermons.  Some of them good, and some of them not so good.  I now find myself in a different role.  Instead of preaching several times a week, I’m at a place where I just get to listen.  I listen to a lot of sermons.  But I also spend a lot of time thinking about those sermons.  What makes a good sermon?  What makes a sermon memorable?  How can I know those listening are going to live out this message?  One of the ways to answer those questions is to have a good system to evaluate your preaching.

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Jeff Magruder gives useful tips and tricks to establishing a successful sermon conclusion.

How to Develop an Effective Sermon Conclusion

Published: January 12th, 2017

Many preachers understand how to take off, but don’t know how to land. They can introduce a sermon, but they struggle with providing an effective conclusion. In this blog, I am describing three characteristics of an effective conclusion and offer some approaches that you can incorporate into your preaching.

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How Should a Christian Approach Science?

How Should a Christian Approach Science?

Published: April 14th, 2016

Throughout history faith and science have had many disagreements. What should a Christian's view be on these topics? Is there an unresolvable conflict between faith and science or can these two topics co-exist?

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By assessing the archaeological findings of 1st century jewish tombs and biblical references the determination of which could be the tomb of Jesus can be found.

Have Archaeologists Found the Tomb of Jesus?

Published: June 3rd, 2016

Do archaeologists know the location of the tomb of Jesus? Since the 4th century there has been an unbroken tradition identifying the location of Christ’s tomb. Can archaeology confirm or refute this claim?

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