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Bible Reading Tip #18: Read the Bible in a New Translation

by Pastor Clint Schnekloth

In previous months we've looked at how to pick a study Bible and where to read the Bible online.

Here's another way to study the Bible:

5. Read a fresh translation of the Bible

Many new translations of Scripture come out each year. It may interest you to read a translation other than the one you are used to. One of the best is the Common English Bible (CEB). The English is how it is spoken, today, and has a fresh feel to it. Try it out and see what you think.

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Does God Bless America (Only)?

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Matt Skinner. Article written by Matt Skinner.

It’s fine for Americans to express pride in America, to pray for America, and -- especially -- to work to make it a better, more just society. But no one should presume that God holds America in special regard, or that God plays favorites when it comes to the nations of the world.

Wherever they come from, assumptions about America enjoying a privileged place in God’s purposes have

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Bible Reading Tip #17: Read the Bible in its Original Languages

by Pastor Clint Schnekloth

Acts and Epistles, Title page of the Epistle to the Hebrews, Walters Manuscript W.533, fol. 291r (Creative Commons image by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts on flickr)So maybe you have decided to read the Bible in one year. Good for you! Now you are struggling with the very practical question: Where can I find Bible study tools?

In previous months we've looked at how to pick a study Bible and where to read the Bible online.

Here's another way to study the Bible:

4.Read the Bible in its original languages

It may interest you to do a little research into the original languages.

There are a number of resources available, including:

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What Happened at Pentecost? - Eric D. Barreto

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Matt Skinner. Article written by Eric Barreto.

Pieter Breugel, Tower of Babel (1563)

Wouldn’t life be easier if we were all the same? If we all spoke the same language, wouldn’t we avoid so many of the conflicts and rifts that destroy our relationships? If we all shared a common culture, wouldn’t we all be much better off?

Where We’ve Gone Astray

Too often, Christians have hoped for a time when our differences would cease, when in Christ we would all

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Bible Reading Tip #16 - Online Study Tools

by Pastor Clint Schnekloth

Codex Aureus of LorschSo maybe you have decided to read the Bible in one year. Good for you! Now you are struggling with the very practical question: Where can I find Bible study tools?

In previous months we've looked at how to pick a study Bible and where to read the Bible online.

Here's another way to study the Bible:

3. Use online study tools

Many people want to study the Bible, but with study tools embedded. For this purpose, there are many dynamic study resources. One of the best -- 

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Was Jesus a Threat to the Roman Empire? - Mary Hinkle Shore

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Mary Hinkle Shore. Article written by Mary Hinkle Shore.

Quentin Massys, Ecce Homo, 1530.Jesus was a small-town peasant in a Roman province far from the centers of political and religious power. People in such circumstances rarely threatened Rome in any serious way. A miracle-working Jewish prophet and teacher would not have posed much of a conventional threat to such power and brutality. For his own part, Jesus never took up arms, nor did he encourage his followers to do

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Bible Reading Tip #15 - Read the Bible Online

by Pastor Clint Schnekloth

So maybe you have decided to read the Bible in one year, or three years, or three months. Good for you! Now you are struggling with the very practical question: What Bible should I read?

Many of us try to figure out whether we should read the Bible from a good study edition (and which one?) or whether we should read it online, on our mobile device, or Kindle.

Last month we looked at how to pick a study Bible.

Here's another way to read the Bible:

2. Read a free

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Did God Forsake Jesus on the Cross? - Fred Gaiser

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Yellow Christ, Paul GauguinPodcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Fred Gaiser.Article written by Fred Gaiser.      

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34). Jesus was not the first to pray this prayer, nor was he the last. But when we hear this terrible outburst on the lips of Jesus, echoing the opening words of Psalm 22, we might be confused: Was not Jesus truly God? Was not Jesus "of one Being with the Father," as we confess in the Nicene Creed? So, how could God forsake

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God Says "I Love You" - Isaiah 43

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Luther Seminary Professor Terry Fretheim reads Isaiah 43, the only verse in the Bible where God uses the phrase, "I love you."

Watch Fretheim explain why this passage is so powerful: "God values who you are. God honors your place in this relationship. And God places confidence in you to speak, and act, and pray in ways that God can use. For you are God's own vineyard, God's own garden of imagination, God's very own beloved."

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Bible Reading Tip #14 - Pick a Study Bible

by Pastor Clint Schnekloth

Matthew -- Lindisfarne, 7th CenturySo you have decided to read the Bible in one year, or three, or three months, but you are struggling with the very practical question: What Bible should I read? Many of us try to figure out whether we should read the bible from a good study edition (and which one) or whether we should read it online, on our mobile device, or Kindle.

So here's one way to read the Bible:

Read a print Study Bible

I have two favorites. The Lutheran Study Bible is the one we give our

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