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Julie Coleman on “Context”

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When Bible Interpretation Goes Wrong: Context Matters By Julie Coleman Location, location, location. It was our number one consideration when house shopping. Location largely determines the value and desirability of a home. A beautiful home too far from work or in a bad school district has little attraction to the buyer. It makes a huge difference where a home is planted. The same can be said about the location, or context, of a passage of Scripture. The reason we study the Bible is to glean truth from God—to discover His perspective, His instruction, and hear His heart. So the last [...]

Meadow Rue Merrill on Trusting God When Life Hurts, Act III: “Looking in the Word”

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  Trusting God When Life Hurts Contributed by Meadow Rue Merrill When our daughter Ruth, who had multiple special needs, died before her eighth birthday, my husband, Dana, and I were devastated. I don’t say “completely” devastated or “profoundly” devastated, because by its very definition devastation is total. There are no degrees. Rather, we experienced a black, bleak ruin where the flowering, fruitful garden of our lives once grew. Born in a hospital in Uganda and quickly abandoned, Ruth had spent much of the first year of her life in an orphanage before being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She then [...]

Aubrey Sampson on “Audacious Mary”: Overcoming Shame

Contributed by Aubrey Sampson It was the first time I had ever taught in “big church.” The first service seemed to go well, and I was excited for the second one to begin. But in between services I ran to the water fountain and overheard this conversation: Woman: “I am so excited that a woman is preaching today.” Man: “Umm…She isn’t preaching. She is sharing.” In the years that followed, as I began to book more and more speaking engagements, I was afraid to say the words aloud—I am preparing to preach a sermon. In fact, when asked about the [...]