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Bible Study Magazine—September–October 2015 Issue

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Get Bible Study Magazine now by purchasing the September–October 2015 back issue for $3.95. That’s 20% off the newsstand price of $4.95!

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.

Each Issue of Bible Study Magazine Includes:

  • 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.

Excerpts from the September–October 2015 Issue!

D.A. Carson: The Heart & Mind

“As a young chemistry graduate, Dr. D.A. Carson planned to pursue a PhD in organic synthesis and begin a career in research. When his pastor asked him to assist over the summer, he says, ‘I thought he had me confused with someone else. There were a number of young adults in our church who had decided to head into ministry. The pastor and I argued over my summer plans for close to two hours, and eventually I won. I spent my summer in a research lab.’ Even so, the seed had been planted. Carson went on to become a pastor, author, seminary professor, and co-founder of The Gospel Coalition.” —Jessi Strong

The Next Generation: Seble Denneque on Raising Ethiopia’s Children

“Few churches can trace their history directly to a passage of Scripture like Ethiopian Christians can. In Acts chapter 8, Philip, one of the twelve disciples, shares the good news about Jesus Christ with an Ethiopian eunuch he meets while traveling. The eunuch believes and insists on being baptized on the side of the road. According to church tradition, the eunuch returned to his home country and spread the gospel there.” —Jessi Strong

Exploring Commonly Misinterpreted Verses

“We are all looking for answers about how to act and how to live. Advice columns and self-help bestsellers promise easy solutions for all our problems. We even turn to the Bible for quick answers. My pastor calls it ‘bathroom-mirror Christianity’: Read a verse, write it on a sticky note, and put it on your bathroom mirror as a reminder of what to do. Sometimes we act like those verses show us what we need to do to please God and secure his blessing on our lives.” —Douglas Magnum

For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free

“‘It’s a free country!’” Often, this phrase rings out in my household with an air of belligerence. It usually means one child is blaring music that he knows the others dislike, or another is eating the last bite of a dessert that she ought to be sharing. While they may not be breaking any rules, my children are pushing the boundaries of grace and love.” —Kelley Mathews

The Mysterious Suffering Servant of Isaiah

“Who is the enigmatic suffering servant in Isaiah? Biblical scholars usually answer ‘Israel.’ Church leaders usually say ‘Jesus.’ But what if both answers are wrong—or at least kind of wrong? In Isaiah 42:1–9 the servant is clearly Israel (see Isa 41:8–9; 43:10; 44:1–2, 21; 45:4).1 We often assume that the servants in Isaiah 42:1–9 and Isaiah 49:1–12 have the same identity, but that would be a mistake.” —John D. Barry

We have a limited supply of back issues of the September-October 2015 Bible Study Magazine. Get your copy while you still can!

  • Exploring Commonly Misinterpreted Verses
  • For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free
  • D.A. Carson: The Heart & Mind
  • Title: Bible Study Magazine—September–October 2015 Issue
  • Editor-in-Chief: Rebecca Van Noord
  • Academic Editor: Douglas Mangum
  • Art Director: Christine Gerhart
  • Graphic Designers: Jim LePage, Patrick Fore, and Josh Warren
  • Advertising Sales: Kevin Bratcher
  • Marketing: Dan Pritchett, Phil Gons, Tayler Beede, Nick Kelly, and Scott Lindsey
  • Series: Bible Study Magazine
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Resource Type: Magazine
  • Topic: Biblical Studies


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  1. Keith Allan Moore