Explore the River Blog

Why Not Just Start Reading?

So many Bible study books, with long chapters and multiplied “principles,” imply you need to master some specific content before you can feel confident that you could actually read the Bible. It’s not that there aren’t principles to be learned, but too often the...

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Don’t Abandon the Personal Examination!

In her book Every Patient Tells a Story (New York: Broadway Books, 2009), Dr. Lisa Sanders addresses a number issues related to the “art of diagnosis”—exploring how doctors’ experience, training, and intuition aid them in rightly solving the most challenging of...

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Who Raised Him From the Dead?

We are in the season of Easter—the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. That truth, that reality, is central to the Christian message of “good news;” it is at the heart of the Gospel. (See how Paul underscored that in 1 Corinthians 15:12–19.) But...

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The Doctor’s Examination and Reading

In her book Every Patient Tells a Story (New York: Broadway Books, 2009), Dr. Lisa Sanders addresses a number issues related to the “art of diagnosis”—exploring how doctors’ experience, training, and intuition aid them in rightly solving the most challenging of...

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Help or Hindrance?

In his fascinating book The Glass Cage (NY: Norton, 2014), Nicholas Carr explores how automation and computer assistance across a variety of endeavors can leave users “de-skilled.” The idea? The more our tools do for us, the less attentive, the less thoughtful, the...

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He Didn’t Try to Say Something

Sadly, I have caught myself doing it. When opening up the Bible and discussing a passage with someone I can find myself saying something like: What Jesus was trying to say . . .What God tried to communicate . . .What the Spirit was attempting to convey . . . And I...

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Casting Your Vote

You can’t escape it. Political ads on the radio and television. Broadcast debates and newspaper editorials. Discussions at work and home and disagreements between friends. America is in the midst of the election cycle. Even in church we can't escape the subtle...

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Consider Turning a Page

It’s convenient. You see it everywhere. People aren’t reading print books; they are reading electronic books—looking at words on screens, whether on a cell phone, a tablet, or an e-reader. Should that raise a question for a Christian—for the person who believes...

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Why does He command that?

Augustine, in The Confessions, addresses a profound and simply prayer to God: "O God, command what you will, and give what you command." I think what he captures in that short cry is becoming increasingly more important to my understanding of how God intends to...

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A Seemingly Indirect Way to Go

Have you ever wondered what God is doing in your life? Most people do. If you have some sense that you are in relationship with God through what Jesus has done for you, you will likely have those moments when you say to yourself: I thought God was up to something...

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202213dec6:30 pm8:30 pmWhy THAT Epistle? Reading PhilemonOne night event on Tuesday, December 13.6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Type :Online Course Event Tagsone-evening

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