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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.
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.
The Danger of a Text without a Context
Published: July 21st, 2015
Chances are, every single one of us at one time or another has been the victim of mistaken motives, simply because someone took something we said “out of context.” The fact is that without a full understanding of its socio-cultural context, any speech or action or event is subject to gross misinterpretation. The theological history recounted in Genesis 29:21—30:24 is an obvious case in point.
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.
The Big Idea: The Most Important Lesson I Learned from Haddon Robinson
Published: June 11th, 2018
When Haddon Robinson died last summer, tributes began to appear in print and online praising his gifts as a communicator, mentor, and as one website put it, “one of the world’s foremost experts in biblical preaching.” I had the privilege to study with him at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he served as my doctoral mentor. During my first year of taking courses there, my pastor asked me what was the single most important lesson I had learned from Dr. Robinson thus far. Embarrassingly, I couldn’t come up with an answer, but after reading what so many have said about him on the occasion of his passing, it has caused me to reflect on my own experiences while his student, and now I think I know how I would answer my pastor's question.
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.
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.
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.
Human Sacrifice and the Christian Lifestyle
Published: October 9th, 2019
In this blog, Dr. Marvin Gilbert expounds on animal sacrifices of the Old Testament. He explains how the 'ultimate sacrifice' has changed the process of God's atonement for sin in the New Testament and the daily sacrifices that we, as Christ-followers, must make in order to fully serve in humility!
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.
How Can the Church Minister to Youth during COVID-19?
Published: April 13th, 2020
Ministry practices are facing a great challenge during this time of uncertainty. One thing that has remained certain is that students need to hear the hope of the Gospel, be discipled, and experience Christian community. Dr. Garland Owensby, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Youth & Student Ministries Coordinator, spent time communicating with some SAGU Youth & Student Ministries alumni about how they are interacting and ministering to students during this time.
Guilty, by Reason of Association
Published: April 21st, 2016
In rendering the Greek text of 1 Thessalonians 5:22 as “Abstain from all APPEARANCE of evil” translators of the KJV may have unwittingly promoted an unorthodox and unhealthy dynamic between Christians and “The World.”
Exegesis Versus Eisegesis
Published: February 16th, 2017
The terms “exegesis” and “eisegesis” refer to how you read the Bible.
At the most basic level, exegesis relies on the original context of a biblical passage to determine that passage’s meaning, while eisegesis uses things other than the original context of a biblical passage to determine that passage’s meaning.
Craig Keener: The Purpose of Miracles
Published: July 9th, 2015
In this highlight video from a SAGU lecture series, Craig Keener, Ph.D. explains the purpose behind miracles.
Craig Keener: Lessons Learned from Miracles
Published: July 30th, 2015
In this highlight video from a SAGU lecture series, Craig Keener, Ph.D. explains the lessons modern Christians can learn from the topic of miracles.
Craig Keener: Challenging Skepticism on Miracles
Published: December 8th, 2015
Craig Keener, Ph.D. conducted a series of seminars at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) on the topic of miracles. He begins his defense by challenging historical and modern skeptics such as David Friedrich Strauss and David Hume and their view on miracles.
Abusive Shepherds: God's Anger over His Battered Flock
Published: December 15th, 2015
We discover the heart of God in Scripture both through his acts of redemption and judgment. Our attention needs to arise when we hear the iconic, “Woe unto you….” A Woe Oracle was more than a generic “Hey you, listen”; it warned recipients of impending judgment unless repentance ensued.
5 Applicable Insights from the Old Testament for Bible Study
Published: May 8th, 2018
In terms of page length, it’s most of the Bible. It covers God’s redemptive mission across a span of more than 4000 years. Many, because of it’s “Old” label, skip over it on their way to Philippians. Still, there are 39 books of history, miracles, challenges, and through it all, the love of God. Here are 5 principles to light up your study of God’s word through the Old Testament.
3 Ways the Church Can Utilize the Experience Economy
Published: March 15th, 2020
Have you ever done something that was exhilarating, unique, or maybe a bit scary? Maybe an experience that changed your life? Perhaps you have skydived, eaten exotic food, swam with dolphins, rode a rollercoaster, or traveled to a dream destination. If you have done something like that and the only thing you could take home was a memory, then you have been part of the Experience Economy. In this article, Dr. Garland Owensby shows how Gen-Z is pursuing the Experience Economy and how the church can use this desire to reach them.