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Thomas Johnston
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Refracting Life through God's Lens
Refracting Life through God's Lens

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Why Biblical Languages Are a Seminary Priority
I was once a young and zealous seminary
student. Every class I took was considered through the lense of “How can this
help me on the streets.” I experienced the significant dissonance between academic
approaches to the Bible, church history, doctrine, apolo...

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The Problem of Dull Swords
I awoke this morning startled. My
mind was thinking of a former student preparing to go to the mission field. I
thought to myself, it’s good that he doesn’t need to translate the Scriptures
before he gets there. He can build on the work of those that have g...

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The Problem of Dull Swords
I awoke this morning startled. My
mind was thinking of a former student preparing to go to the mission field. I
thought to myself, it’s good that he doesn’t need to translate the Scriptures
before he gets there. He can build on the work of those that have g...

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Blessed Are the Poor
A common term for persons lacking money is to call them “poor.”
Being financially poor generally refers to lacking the essential elements of
life: food, shelter, and clothing. Jesus opened His “Sermon on the Mount” using
the metaphor of this condition: “ Bl...

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Top 10 Reasons the Bible is Relevant for Spiritual-Historical Study
The Bible provides Evangelical historians a full pallet of colors
by which they can divinely interpret the complexities of God’s work on the
canvas of history. However, in the late 19 th Century secularism
descended like a pastel fog hiding biblical insight...

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The Company of the Beheaded
Last night as I was applying the teachings of Rev 6:9-11
at our prayer meeting, I did not consider a third point of application that
came to me in the middle of the night. This passage in Revelation describes when Christ, the Lamb
of God, opened the fifth s...

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Ideas for Effective Church Evangelism
It is one thing to know how to share your faith and it is
another thing to lead an entire church evangelism program. Let me recommend
several ideas for church evangelism as we enter a new Fall of church ministry: Never
Badger Your People Pastor, as a husban...

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Top 12 Verses Using “Evangelize”
The following is a listing of the top New Testament verses
where the translators have determined to use the word “evangelize.” The totals are derived from the following 19 versions that use
“evangelize” at least once (for a combined total of 260 uses , from...

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Ode to a Street Preacher
Keep Pressing On! “For
you have need of endurance, So
that when you have done the will of God, You
may receive what was promised.” Hebrews 10:37 Standing on the sidewalk Sharing Jesus Christ With passers by Tears running down his face — Few seemed to care, ...

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Three Amazing Uses of the Verb “Evangelize” in the HCSB
The editors, translators, and publisher of the Holman
Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) are to be congratulated for their pioneering
spirit as concerns the translation of the verb “evangelize” in the HCSB. The HCSB is the only English language translation to ...
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