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Bible Study Magazine—July–August 2017 Issue

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Bible Study Magazine is a print magazine (not an emagazine) published by Lexham Press. Six times a year, Bible Study Magazine delivers tools and methods for Bible study as well as insights from respected teachers, professors, historians, and archeologists.

Read pastor profiles, author interviews, and stories of individuals whose thoughtful engagement with Scripture has shaped their thinking and defined their ministries. Bible Study Magazine reveals the impact of God’s Word in their lives—and the power of Scripture in yours.

There is a limited supply of back issues of the July–August 2017 Bible Study Magazine.

  • Feature Stories
    Discover new ways to connect the Bible with your ministry and life through in-depth interviews and articles from the biggest names in the church and biblical scholarship.
  • Bible Study Tips
    Explore the Word—thoughtful and engaging authors tackle the tough passages in Scripture, explain difficult concepts, and confront complex interpretations in a way that helps the Gospel make sense in your life.
  • On the Cutting Edge
    Keep up to date on the latest news in biblical research, including archaeological and historical findings.
  • A New Kind of Bible Study
    Encounter God by yourself or with other believers with an ongoing Bible study in each issue.
  • On Teaching
    Get advice on how to preach or teach the Bible in any setting from well-known pastors and teachers who use the Bible every day.
  • Tool Box
    Learn how to effectively use the latest Bible study tools with our how-to guides.
  • In the News
    Keep informed about the latest news in biblically related topics, discoveries, and events.
  • Thoughts from the Ancients
    Read the Bible together with those who have come before you, and learn from the wisdom of the early church—in its own words.
  • Word Studies
    Get a close-up view of the Bible! Each issue contains insights about specific words found in the Bible and tutorials on how to do word studies.
  • If Only Someone Would Explain It to Me
    Enrich your understanding of the Bible with explanations of biblical and theological concepts by top scholars.
  • Did You Know?
    Discover interesting facts about the place of the Bible in the contemporary and the ancient world.
  • What They Don’t Tell You in Church
    See things you never noticed in biblical passages you have read dozens of times.
  • Biblical Humor
    The funniest stories and the best comics related to the Bible, useful for any setting.
  • Book Reviews
    Stay on top of the latest books about Bible study. Each issue contains reviews of books and commentaries to equip you in your study of God’s Word.

The Challenge of Trusting God

"How long O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? Forever?" The opening lyrics of "I Don't Know," from Trip Lee's latest mixtape, The Waiting Room, might sound familiar. Feeling burdened to write songs expressing lament, the hip-hop artist turned to the psalms for inspiration.

—Rebecca Van Noord

The Burden of Slavery and the Image of God

Things are not the way they’re supposed to be. We live in a world filled with suffering and injustice, where the wicked often prosper and the righteous often languish. Scripture assumes this basic truth. Yet it doesn’t provide a clear and simple reason why this is so. Instead the Bible gives us rhythms and words of protest, prayer, and praise.

—Todd R. Hains

The Gospel Advances with Power

In the decades after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Apostle Paul planted churches throughout the northeastern Mediterranean region. His missionary work led to countless Christian converts, and he experienced miraculous displays of God’s power. He also encountered stiff resistance at times, leading to imprisonments and beatings. The narrative of Paul’s journeys is recorded in the book of Acts. In the July/August issue of Bible Study Magazine, we invited authors to explore each episode of Paul’s initial westward mission, from Syria to Cyprus to Galatia.

—John D. Barry

Love Divided Against Itself?

Like many Americans, I’ve been concerned over the political and social divisions that exist in our country. On a more local level, my church has recently gone through a prolonged theological debate that we “settled” by majority vote. Conflict inside and outside the church is nothing new. New Testament churches arose from a society with great diversity in cultures. Like us, they too knew divisions. When differences of opinion arise, we have to ask: Can a church that is to be known by its love cohere when it experiences passionate dissension?

—Michael S. Heiser


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