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Back Surgery Number 4

So I go in for back surgery number 4 on Wednesday. I’ll be in the hospital for a couple of days — stoned on pain meds. (I’ve loaded my iPod with “White Rabbit,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:45-58 (O, Death, where is your victory?)

Paul next returns to an earlier theme, the comparison of Adam and Jesus. (1Co 15:45 ESV) 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. Paul quotes Gen 2:7 … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Commentaries

For those new to serious Bible study, a “commentary” is a book that explains one or more books of the Bible in detail, generally verse by verse. Most commentaries are published as part of a set intended to cover the … Continue reading

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Bill Withers: “Grandma’s Hands”

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1 Corinthians 15:35-44 (How are the dead raised?)

Paul next begins to deal with much more serious objections — the sort a Greek philosopher might ask — beginning with, “With what kind of [dead] body do they come?” After all, the ancients weren’t stupid. They knew that the body … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Restoration Movement materials

I’ve had readers ask me for recommendations on books regarding Restoration Movement issues. For those of us who grew in the Churches of Christ, it’s helpful to know some of the books and authors that address the issues that are … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:29-34 (Baptism for the dead; Eat, drink & be merry)

We now come to one of the most puzzling passages in all of scripture — (1Co 15:29 ESV) 29 Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Authors

Where to begin? Let’s see … Most Christians don’t buy commentary series, theological encyclopedias, Greek lexicons, or the like. Most people buy individual books on topics that interest them. And most people buy more based on author than topic (which … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 15:27-28 (that God may be all in all)

Paul next builds on his explanation of Psalm 8 — (1Co 15:27-28 ESV) 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Study Bibles

I think anyone new to Bible study should own a good study Bible. A “study Bible” is simply a Bible with a whole bunch of study aids added. Typically, they’ll contain introductions to each Bible book giving some background and purpose … Continue reading

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