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Diagramming: An Aid to Better Understanding the Text

The old addage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true. But what about a picture of words, more or less? Most people think of diagramming sentences as being laborious, unproductive, and not very helpful. But when you apply the above saying it can be viewed in an entirely different light. A digram is simply a picture of how…

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Growing Up Cultural: Three Ways to Stop Reading Modern Culture into the Bible

Recognizing Cultural Biases When I was kid growing up in church I used to hear, “the eagle shall overcome the bear.” The meaning was supposed to be that America, the eagle, would defeat Russia, the bear, in war. Many evangelicals latched onto this idea and began espousing it. They were psyched because they believed that the bible was teaching America’s…

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Forgiven, Justification, The Gospel

I Am a Glass Darkly

For now we see in a [glass darkly], but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1Corinthians 13:12 I am a glass darkly. I am cracked. I am broken. My soul is tainted in this flesh, full of sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy,…

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Bible Study, Grammar

Text Flow: Basic Grammatical Concepts.

The word ‘grammar’ scares some people, and that is understandable. But it doesn’t really have to be that scary. The authors of Scripture used grammar, believe it or not, to convey the message of salvation and practical Christian living. They used things like subjects, verbs, direct objects while they wrote. It’s the same process for us, too. We use grammar…

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BibleArc, Devotional

The Good Promise of the God Who Keeps You (Gen 28:10-15)

Summary Statement The promise to God’s people is that He Himself will be with us and lead us into His presence. This promise is not based upon what (or what we do not) do. It is grounded in the covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.   Logical Connections The passage is tied together with an Idea/Explanation. These…

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Bible Study, BibleArc, Exegesis, Hermeneutics

Types of Phrases in Text Flow Diagramming

  We are now diving into the meat of block diagramming! In this tutorial we are going to learn the different types of phrases and how they work within a sentence to give it meaning.Remember that I am using the words ‘clause’ and ‘phrase’ interchangeably. Some of the types of phrases we will discuss will grammatically be a clause. Using…

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Bible Study, BibleArc, Exegesis, Hermeneutics

Grammar + Logic = Meaning

Anyone who studies Greek will stress the importance of grammar and syntax in understanding the biblical text. Grammar is the building block of sentences and the bible is no different. The writers were purposeful in choosing certain words and phrases to convey the intended meaning to their audiences. Their current culture, traditions, customs, and the like all played a part…

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Bible Study, Exegesis, Hermeneutics

Introduction to Text Flow Diagramming: Exposing the Flow of Thought

What is Text Flow Diagramming? Text flow diagramming, simply put, is a method that visually lays out a scriptural passage to expose the author’s flow of thought. It keeps the main thoughts, or independent clauses, to the left margin and indents the subordinating clauses underneath each main clause, thus creating a block-like structure. An example photo and video of the…

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Bible Study, Exegesis, links to make you think, Theology

Herescope: Search The Scriptures

Christian believers have a duty that lies in the command to “search the Scriptures” (John 5:39), ἐρευνᾶτε τὰς γραφάς: i.e., make a diligent investigation of the mind of God in them.1 Corinthians 2:13 speaks of  “comparing spiritual things with spiritual” — examining what the Spirit has declared of the mind of God in one place in Scripture with what He,…

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Heresy, Rob Bell

FALSE TEACHER ROB BELL CLAIMS IN NEW DOCUMENTARY ‘THE HERETIC’: ‘JESUS WOULD BE MORTIFIED SOMEONE STARTED A RELIGION IN HIS NAME’: Christian Research Network

(Heather Clark – Christian News Network) A new documentary called “The Heretic,” which centers on false teacher Rob Bell, is set to be released on March 1, and features a number of statements that are already raising concern, such as, “The Bible has caused so much damage” and “Jesus would be absolutely mortified that someone started a religion in His name.”…

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