How to read what the wood, glass, and stone say about God. God is bigger than a church building. He reveals himself to us in myriad ways: through the Bible savored in silence or thundered in a sermon, through prayerful solitude or bread broken with others. He reveals himself in the contours of nature and whispers of wind. We do not rely on church buildings for divine encounter. And yet churches can reveal God to us. If we pay attention. As an architect, I am learning how to read buildings. In the same way musicians must be musically literate, architects…

O soul, are you weary and troubled?No light in the darkness you see?There’s light for a look at the Savior,And life more abundant and free! Refrain:Turn your eyes upon Jesus,Look full in His wonderful face,And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,In the light of His glory and grace. Thro’ death into life everlasting,He passed, and we follow Him there;O’er us sin no more hath dominion—For more than conqu’rors we are! Refrain His Word shall not fail you—He promised;Believe Him, and all will be well:Then go to a world that is dying,His perfect salvation to tell! Refrain Listen to…

Written for an audience of Jewish believers in a time of persecution, the book of Hebrews proclaims an eternal truth: Jesus is both the Son of God and our Great High Priest. He is the perfect mediator between God and humanity. As he considers Christ’s work from its foreshadowing in the Old Testament to its present impact, the writer of Hebrews exhorts believers to “fix our eyes on Jesus” as God’s perfect and only provision for mankind’s sins. Volume 1  Listen (Free) | Download (Free – 184mb) | Purchase CD ($17.20) | Purchase MP3 CD ($1.25) In volume one of this…

By Dr. Tony Evans Have you ever watched The Price is Right? There is a particular game on that show called Plinko. Contestants drop giant chips down a slanted board covered in wooden spikes. At its bottom are nine slots, each labeled with a diff erent cash prize amount, ranging in value. The goal is to get one of your chips to land in the $10,000 slot in the middle. But as a chip slides down the board, it will hit many of the spikes as it falls, causing it to move erratically downward. Therefore, though a contestant will start…

This is the seventy-fourth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. See Mel Lawrenz’s book, How to Study the Bible: A Practical Guide. Sometimes we see something, but we don’t really see it. We don’t look deeply, or we’re distracted or misled. Reading, understanding, and living the Bible must involve the deeper look. We must be enlightened by Scripture, and that…

In the search for extraterrestrial life, scientists turn to the ocean for inspiration. The research has spurred collaborations between oceanographers and NASA.

Months of domestic unrest will crescendo Sunday when Albania holds municipal elections – or not. The opposition plans to boycott, and the president has said the vote is canceled. Meanwhile, the government remains committed to this important democratic test.

Alypius was a Roman law student with strong moral convictions. His friends had invited him to the Colosseum to watch the gladiatorial games, but he had refused. Friends are nothing if not persistent, and young Alypius’s friends eventually won him over.   He said he would go, but that he would close his eyes when things got too gory. During the games, a roar exploded from the crowd and Alypius talked himself out of his plan. He opened his eyes. Things would never be the same.   His friend, Augustine, writes in his Confessions,  He fell more dreadfully than the other man whose fall had…

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 Our faith must be the eyes we use to see what we cannot see. The unseen, the unknown, the questions without answers… (If God had put every answer in the Bible, we wouldn’t need faith, and our Bible would be so big we couldn’t carry it!) God told us what He wanted us to know and called on us…

Wrinkles and grey hair in the mirror. Rain in the forecast. Gaining a clothing size. Modern Bible readers view all of these as negatives, but in the biblical world, just the opposite would have been true. Old age was an advantage when elders were chosen as leaders, and rain was an occasion for rejoicing in the parched Middle East. Beauty was associated with gaining weight because hunger was a common struggle. Cultural differences large and small separate modern readers from how the Bible “thinks.” Bible Gateway interviewed Lois Tverberg (@loistverberg) about her book, Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How…