“In Zion Alone”: based on Psalm 2

A few weeks ago, Jeffrey shared a song based on Psalm 1. There’s a lot more in the works on this project, which you’ll be hearing about soon.

In the meantime, here’s a song based on Psalm 2: In Zion Alone. 

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Melchizedek: 8 facts every Christian should know

Melchizedek is one of the most intriguing characters the Bible says almost nothing about. He’s only mentioned in three books of the Bible, but the conversation surrounding Melchizedek is expansive.

You’ve heard some people say Melchizedek is Jesus. You’ve heard some people say he’s just a guy who worshiped God. You’ve probably heard all kinds of ways Melchizedek’s life applies to yours.

He’s a mysterious figure, and I’ve found that mysterious Bible figures (like Michael the archangel) attract a lot of speculation, which ends up spreading some extra-biblical ideas. This means that when we sit down to study someone like Melchizedek (or a passage that mentions him), we’re often looking through folklore-tinted lenses.

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The Best Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias are my secret weapon when it comes to Bible study. They’re my go-to resources for when I want to get a full view of how a person, place, thing, or idea is treated across Scripture.

That makes Bible dictionaries instrumental in answering questions like:

  • Which Herod tried to kill baby Jesus—and which one killed John the Baptist?
  • Why is Michael called an archangel, and are there any other archangels in the Bible?
  • Who wrote the book of Hebrews? (Well, I don’t get a solid answer on this, but I get a lot of historical theories.)

Bible dictionaries are insanely useful for digging into Scripture, and I wanted to share a few that I tend to reference more often than others. Continue reading “The Best Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias”

Guide to the four Gospels

The first four books of the New Testament are known as the Gospels. These books tell us about the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They are named for their authors: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Each Gospel is about the same character and the same general narrative, and so they all share several elements:

  • Statement of Jesus’ deity near the beginning (Mt 1:23; Mk 1:1; Lk 1:32–35; Jn 1:1)
  • John the Baptist’s ministry (Mt 3:1–3; Mk 1:2–4; Lk 3:2–3; Jn 1:6–7)
  • Jesus’ baptism (Mt 3:13–17; Mk 1:9–11; Lk 3:21-22; Jn 1:29–34)
  • Jesus’ miracles and teachings (Mt 4–25; Mk 1–13; Lk 4–19:27; Jn 2–17)
  • Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and death (Mt 26–27; Mk 14–15; Lk 19:28–23:56; Jn 18–19)
  • Discovery of Jesus’ resurrection (Mt 28:1–15; Mk 16:1–8; Lk 24:1–12; Jn 20:1–10
  • Encouragement and commission for Jesus’ disciples (Mt 28:16–20; Mk 16:9–20; Lk 24:13–53; Jn 20:11–21:23)

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12 interesting facts about the prophet Samuel

Samuel is one of the most intriguing Old Testament figures (to me, at least). He’s a star player in the story of David and Saul: the first two God-anointed kings of Israel.

We meet him as a baby. We see him as a national leader, intercessor, and even a ghost.

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Study Bibles: the epic list (and how to choose one)

Let’s face it, understanding the Bible isn’t always easy. It’s hard for 21st-century people to understand all the historical and contextual background—and then apply to modern life.  Study Bibles provide readers the tools they need to make the Bible immediately easier to observe, interpret, and apply.

Jeffrey and I teamed up to assess many of the study Bibles that are available. As time goes on, we’ll be adding more Bibles to this post to give you a broader understanding of the Bibles available and their strengths. Continue reading “Study Bibles: the epic list (and how to choose one)”

Genesis: the story begins

Overview of the book of Genesis

The book of Genesis answers the question, “Where did all this come from?” Genesis is the first book of the Bible, and the first of the Penteteuch (the five books of Moses). Genesis is the story of how Israel began as a nation, but the author tells this story as a series of beginnings—starting with the creation of the universe (Gn 1:1) and narrowing down to one family: Israel’s.

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20 Bible verses that mention all Trinity members

You won’t find the word “trinity” in your Bible—so is the idea of a three-in-one God even biblical?

I’ve been working through the Bible book by book, and every once in a while I’ll come across a clause that mentions all three members of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.

Not one God in three phases. Not three different gods coexisting. One divine being, three offices.

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Who wrote the Psalms? Hint: it wasn’t just David

I grew up assuming two things about the book of Psalms, and they both turned out to be wrong:

  1. Psalms is the longest book of the Bible (see what the longest book actually is).
  2. Psalms was written by David.

David didn’t write the book of Psalms. In fact, David only wrote about half of the Psalms—73 out of all 150, to be precise (though the Latin Vulgate and Septuagint credit a few more to him).

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Exodus: God saves His people from Egypt

Overview of Exodus

The book of Exodus is the story of God rescuing the children of Israel from Egypt and making them His people. Exodus is the second book of the Pentateuch (the five books of Moses), and it’s where we find the stories of the Ten Plagues, the first Passover, the parting of the Red Sea, and the Ten Commandments.

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