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A Conversation with Kent Hughes

April 6, 2016 1:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

R. Kent Hughes was in pastoral ministry for 41 years, the last 27 as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He earned his B.A. from Whittier College (history), an M.Div. from Talbot Seminary and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kent is the author of numerous books, among them the best-selling Disciplines of a Godly Man. He is also editor of the projected 50-volume Preaching the Word series to which he has made numerous contributions. I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Hughes and ask him to share how this series came about and to reflect on the role a commentary can play in a preacher’s study. Of the 29 volumes of the Preaching The Word Commentary, you wrote 22 volumes. How did this project start? I was [the pastor] at College Church in Wheaton which had lots of students and academics. I was very careful about doing all of my work on my sermons and then making them come alive when I preached. Lane Dennis (President of Crossway) and I were at an event and he approached me about publishing my sermons. We came up with the name Preaching the Word, which comes from... View Article

What’s the best Bible Translation?

March 31, 2016 10:59 am Published by 12 Comments

I’ll be upfront with you. I’m not actually going to tell you what Bible translation I think is the best. I won’t even tell you which one I prefer or if it may or may not have colorful illustrations that make Jesus look like a California surfer. I tend to agree with Pastor Rick Warren when he said, “The best Bible translation is one that is translated into your life.” In saying that, there are some things that are worth knowing that may help you decide what you use for study, what you recommend to new believers, and even what you read to your kids. Centuries of scholarship have gone into the English translations we have today. The two primary metrics for how scholars have translated the original language into the the English Bibles we have today are based on: 1. How close the translation is to the original, literal word (word for word). 2. How close the translation is to the original idea being communicated (thought for thought). The more technical terms are usually put into three categories: Formal Equivalent These translations attempt to reproduce the Greek and Hebrew as exactly as possible into the English language. Words, figures... View Article

He Is Risen

March 26, 2016 3:00 am Published by 11 Comments

Fully God and fully man. For over 30 years Jesus lived as a man, yet in the few years leading up to his death on a cross it became clear that he was no ordinary man. What man could do these type of things? End a storm with his words Multiply food Heal those who couldn’t walk, see, or talk Walk on water Raise the dead His miracles were always clues that this Jesus was more than a man.  Another astonishing clue to his divinity was that he was sinless. Tempted? Yes, but he had never given into that temptation. Sinless?! That fact alone seems to be impossible when we consider the world around us. From the beginning of time until that moment on the cross there had never been one to die having lived a sinless life. And like some sort of science fiction movie, when Jesus breathed his last breath as man something unseen shattered. The power of the unseen so great that the physical world manifested it by way of sudden darkness and a trembling earth. At that moment the sacrifice made by a sinless man would forever change destiny. The proof of this change? That’s what... View Article

Free NIV and NKJV!

March 21, 2016 2:41 pm Published by 12 Comments

Thanks to our publishing partners we are now able to offer both the New International Version, (NIV) and the New King James Version (NKJV) as a free download for the Bible+ App!There are two ways to add these translations to your account: -> Update to the latest version of Bible+ which is now available for mobile devices. At launch you will be given a brief walk-thru to add them to your account. -> Or, search for them in-app on Bible+ and add them to your account. (Don’t have an account? Create one easily in-app or by going HERE.)Click the appropriate link below for additional instructions on how to download your books:   iPad  iPhone/iPod  Android Phone  Android Tablet or Kindle Fire  Mac  PC

Palm Sunday

March 18, 2016 2:00 pm Published by 5 Comments

Today we remember Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem and – depending on your tradition – it is usually called Palm or Passion Sunday. All four gospels record this significant and prophetic event and I highly recommend you read them for yourself. You can find them in Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19. As I reread each account myself here are four things that stick out about this historic event that we still commemorate today. Jesus Fulfilled Prophecy Not only was Jesus the long awaited King, which the Jews had been longing for, but his very entry into Jerusalem was just how it had been prophesied over 500 years earlier. Zechariah 9:9 says, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” What’s with the Palms? The imagery of palms was a part of the Jewish culture and often reflected honor and nobility. 1 Kings 6 and 7 record how Solomon had them as part of the sacred carvings of the temple. In Mark’s account of Jesus entry, people... View Article

Free Resource Friday

March 11, 2016 3:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We love Bible study and know you do too! Thanks to our friends at David C. Cook you can get 1 & 2 Thessalonians of The Wiersbe Bible Study Series for free to use in the Bible+ App today only! The Wiersbe Bible Study Series delivers practical, in-depth guides to selected books of the Bible. Featuring insights from Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s Be Ready commentary, this eight-week study includes engaging questions and practical applications that will help you connect God’s Word with your life. Download this title for free to use in your Bible study with the Bible+ App by going HERE. Also make sure and check out some of our other great Bible study titles on special this week!

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February 26, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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