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Author: Mike

How to Preach and Teach Old Testament

*This volume is a follow-up to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. Why and how? Why should we preach and teach from the OT and how can we preach and teach from the OT? These are the two overarching questions that Wright asks in How to Preach the Old Testament for All Its Worth. Of course, the very title of the book would indicate that the topic of how would be discussed at length. However, in present day Western society, the people of God are in an unfortunate position in...

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From Topic to Thesis, A Review

From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research I love writing papers. Really. I’m not even kidding. Primarily, I enjoy the finished product–being able to hold a completed paper in my hands (or look at the PDF on my computer) and know that I put a significant amount of time and effort into it. Of course, I’m a weirdo, and not everyone is as enthusiastic about research papers as I am. And, for some reading this, you may not even feel comfortable approaching a research paper. You may ask, how do I narrow a general topic down to...

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How to Read Job by Walton and Longmann

We often turn to the book of Job when we encounter suffering. We look for an explanation for the questions “Why me?” or “Why her?” But what if it turns out that although Job does suffer, the book is not really about his suffering?

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Learning About the Way of Jesus from Confucius @Mike_Reynolds

The teachings of Confucius, who lived about 500 years prior to Jesus, are a hefty part of the philosophical foundation of the East. A big question that arises when looking a Confucianism and Christianity together in a single project is whether or not Confucianism is a religion or a philosophy. As any well-rounded discussion of Confucianism will admit, this question is heavily debated. When I graduated from college, I received a BA in Intercultural Studies with a specialization in Chinese Studies. Those studies were greatly bolstered by the opportunity to spend 3 summers in 4 years in China, learning the...

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How do you balance academics with Christian identity?

I love being a seminary student, and I am grateful for the Christian university that I had the opportunity to attend and earn my BA. However, as I have picked up momentum within my academic “career,” I have discovered just how hard it can be to separate Christian academics from Christian identity–especially in light of the fact that I am pursuing advanced degrees in biblical studies because of my Christian identity. My first experience in Christian higher education was when I transferred to Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. I spent four years (some of the best years of my life) there...

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