Why An 81-Hour MDiv?

This sponsored post was prepared by Jason G. Duesing on behalf of MBTS. In an effort to ensure the health of the types of trees that outlive most humans, often the best course of action an arborist has is counterintuitive. Instead of leaving a century old oak tree alone to weather the elements as it has for decades or attempt to survive encroaching modernity, the life of the tree is best prolonged after careful pruning or even replanting. Yet, such …

The Story Behind The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon

This sponsored post was provided by Christian George on behalf of The Lost Sermons on C.H. Spurgeon. Before the U.S. Civil War, Southern Baptists burned Charles Spurgeon’s sermons and even threatened to murder him. In 1860, a prophecy was uttered against him in The Christian Index: “Southern Baptists will not, hereafter, when they visit London, desire to commune with this prodigy of the nineteenth century. We venture the prophecy that his books in [the] future will not crowd the shelves of …

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The Importance of Staying Curious in Bible Study

This sponsored post was provided by Dr. Michael Bird, Lecturer in Theology and New Testament at Ridley College, on behalf of the NIV Faithlife Study Bible. The new NIV Faithlife Study Bible, created in partnership with Faithlife Corporation, creators of Logos Bible Software, is now available in print and is full of eye-catching graphics, charts, and timelines built for curious readers. With contributors including Charles Stanley, Randy Alcorn, Ed Stetzer and Lee Strobel, the study Bible presents innovative insights and multiple points …

Bible Translations and the Pastor’s Dilemma

This sponsored post, a Q&A with Trevin Wax, was provided by the Christian Standard Bible. People care greatly about their Bible translations. Some believe there is only one “right” translation. Others, even those sitting next to you in church, may not have a grasp on the differences between all the Bible translations. Trevin Wax, author, pastor and Bible publisher, talks at length about short-comings he sees in most Bible translations and why he’s both preaching from and giving away the …

For The Church, With The Church

This sponsored post was provided by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It’s a common dilemma for every young student considering residential seminary education. You know God has called you to vocational ministry, and you’ve been eager to begin putting some mileage into answering that call for a while. After 4 years of college studies, though, you’re reluctant to further delay getting in-the-field ministry experience for another few years of ministry study. Unable to disrupt or delay local ministry commitments, this is …

4 Essentials of Running Your Church Website Well

This sponsored post was provided by MereChurch. Are you pondering a redesign of your site, or struggling with managing your site? We can take care of the technical headache of running a church website so you can focus on your ministry. Get in touch with MereChurch to get started. I have been working on church websites for about sixteen years. I have worked with hundreds of organizations, some of them through many iterations of their sites, and I’ve noticed a thing …

Using the NIV Zondervan Study Bible in Ministry

This sponsored Q.A. with Dr. D.A. Carson was prepared by Zondervan for the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. Use coupon code NIVZSB50 and get the personal size for just $20 with free shipping! Q: While the church obviously shouldn’t repeat the medieval error of restricting access to knowledge in today’s information age, pastors certainly have an obligation to guide inquisitive believers to trustworthy sources. What role could a resource like the NIV Zondervan Study Bible play in helping church leaders direct seekers into finding …

How a Minister in the Northeast Went to Seminary Online in the Midwest

This sponsored post, an interview by Jared Wilson, was prepared by Midwestern Seminary. I met Mitch Bedzyk last year, when his church in Elmira, New York invited me to come speak at their annual student conference. I had a great time in upstate New York, as I always do, meeting a lot great people, eating some really good BBQ (no, really!), and even visiting the grave of one of my favorite authors, Mark Twain. But my favorite part of the visit …

Study the Gospels with Eyes on the Gospel

This sponsored post was prepared by The Gospel Project. Is it possible to study the Gospels and miss the gospel? Perhaps that sounds strange, even absurd. But for those of us who’ve been Christians for any significant amount of time, the story of Jesus’ life is well known. We can rehearse the details quickly: He was born to a virgin girl named Mary, and His birth was announced to shepherds by angels. He was hated by the religious leaders of …

Context Changes Everything

This sponsored post was prepared by Zondervan. You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture. The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively …