The Bible Study Magazine now by purchasing the July-August 2009 Back Issue for $3.95. That’s 20% off the newsstand price of $4.95!
Bible Study Magazine is a brand new print magazine (not an e-magazine) 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 on their lives and the power of Scripture in yours.
"I now spend my time helping non-believers identify with what Christians believe and why they believe it," says the atheist turned Christian, "as well as equipping Christians to understand and defend out faith." As the legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel sought to refute Christianity. Unrepentantly, his investigation categorically convinced him that Jesus died and was resurrected.
"Having been trained as a journalist and in law, I approach the Bible as an investigator," says Strobel. "I ask questions, and I want answers. And I don’t stop searching until I come to a resolution. I don’t approach the Bible with a skeptical eye, but I do ask questions of the biblical text, like a journalist who would conduct an interview. I use a large number of outside resources to help me understand the Bible. I’ve got shelves full of commentaries, Bible dictionaries and concordances—you name it, I’ve got it."
It’s no surprise that Ruth Graham, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, is passionate about God’s Word. However, Ruth never aspired to be a great evangelist like her dad. In fact, theological discussions were not even part of her childhood. Instead, Ruth says the focus was to love the Word of God and Jesus.
"The Scriptures are about the heart. If you and I are going to get to know each other, we’re going to meet together and learn what makes each other laugh, cry, and worry. And isn’t that the way we need to approach God?” says Graham. “We need to get to know God. It’s a relationship. We can study about Him, we can learn what other people have to say about Him, we can watch Him work, but what about a relationship where He comes down to our level? I think that has to underlie our study, our views and our dogma, because if you know about God but don’t really know God then there’s something missing. His heart longs for a relationship and for us to know who He really is."
My pastor shifted uncomfortably in the pulpit. He didn’t know how to begin his sermon. Finally he blurted out, "I can tell you one thing: the book of Acts was never meant to be preached through chapter-by-chapter!" He and his associate had been taking turns doing that, but their sermons had become disjointed, filled with digressions on "what we were talking about last time" and promises to "say more about this next week." The chapters just weren’t lining up with the episodes in the narrative.
There was a good reason for my pastor’s frustration. Chapters and verses in the New Testament were never intended to guide preaching or devotional reading. They were introduced so that reference works could be created. Chapters were added by Stephen Langton at the University of Paris around 1200 so passages could be cited in commentaries. Verses were put in around 1550 by Robert Estienne, a French scholar and printer who was working on a concordance to the Greek New Testament.
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