Bible Study Magazine is a brand new print magazine (not an e-magazine) published by Logos Bible Software. 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 on their lives and the power of Scripture in yours.
"Bible study can happen anywhere,” says the 38-year-old pastor. In his office at the top of an unmarked warehouse in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, wearing dark blue jeans and a tight, light brown leather jacket with stripes down the sleeves, this gruff fellow looks like any other ex-rocker in the rainy city, but Mark Driscoll is the Preaching Pastor of the largest church in all of Seattle, WA—Mars Hill Church.
Driscoll is one of the most controversial pastors in America, but no matter how you feel about his tactics, he is reaching a city which may have abandoned church otherwise. . . . Bible Study Magazine asked Driscoll for some practical advice on studying the Bible. “First, get a good translation and a number of additional translations, so you’re familiar with the different ways of translating the biblical text. Second, you’ve got to build a basic library: a concordance, a commentary, a topical study guide, and Bible dictionary. That is the basic set of tools. It’s just like anything else."
Christians working in the entertainment industry face challenges to their faith uncommon to other professions. Some separate themselves from mainstream culture, creating overtly faith-based films, novels and artwork, while others eagerly engage with secular culture, creating media for believers and unbelievers alike.
Even with these challenges, the devotional needs of show business professionals are not that different from everyone else. Like the teacher or businessman who relies on a weekly small group or Bible study, there is a growing number of entertainment professionals finding support and encouragement through Bible studies specifically tailored to address their unique challenges.
The author of Ecclesiastes if often labeled a depressed pessimist. But a careful study reveals the author to be an honest—and hopeful—realist about life, not a candidate for Prozac. It’s easy to understand why people think Ecclesiastes is depressing, or think that the conclusion of the book is that life is meaningless. Verses like “And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive” (Eccl 4:2 NIV) make the book seem less than hopeful. Even its famous phrase “vanity of vanities”—found at the beginning and the end of the book (1:2; 12:8) makes the author sound like a complete pessimist. I’ve found, though, that if you give the book enough serious attention, Ecclesiastes reveals that the author is actually hopeful, and his message can easily be applied to each of us.
Elisha’s healing of Naaman the leper, commander of the army of the king of Syria, is a familiar story to many (2 Kings 5:1–17). Naaman hears that Elisha, the prophet of Israel, can heal him, so he makes the trip. When the two meet, Elisha tells him rather dismissively that he needs to take a bath in the Jordan River. Naaman doesn’t take this well and prepares to go home. At the behest of some servants, he consents to dip himself in the Jordan. He is miraculously healed by the simple act. The display of power, so transparently without sacrifice or incantation, awakens Naaman to the fact that Yahweh of Israel is the true God. Here’s where the story usually ends in our telling, but that would result in the omission of one very odd detail—what Naaman asks to take back home.
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