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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?