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Bible Study Magazine is a print magazine (not an emagazine) published by Lexham Press. Six times a year, Bible Study Magazine delivers tools and methods for Bible study as well as insights from respected teachers, professors, historians, and archeologists.
Read pastor profiles, author interviews, and stories of individuals whose thoughtful engagement with Scripture has shaped their thinking and defined their ministries. Bible Study Magazine reveals the impact of God’s Word in their lives—and the power of Scripture in yours.
Writer and speaker Philip Yancey grew up thinking his church was a safe place. His family was deeply involved in the community. And he was saturated with Scripture, memorizing Old Testament stories and attending Sunday school and church camps. But as a young adult, he began to see the signs of an insular and unhealthy church life. “The attitude was one of keeping away from sinners to avoid being polluted by them. It was a very defensive mentality.” However, Yancey found that his early exposure to the Bible brought him back to faith. “The Bible corrected what I had picked up in that unsafe church. As I began to study Jesus, I realized that he didn’t have that insular approach at all. He was accused of hanging around sinners all the time. It seems like the least likely people were most attracted to Jesus, but the uptight religious people were threatened by him.”—Jessi Strong
Praying for direction, pastor David Kasali moved back to his war-torn home country of Democratic Republic of Congo to begin a ministry. “One of our goals is to train a new generation of Christian leaders who will serve God in church, in community, and in society. We need to raise up sharp Congolese minds who can address challenges from a difficult perspective and give answers to questions we are facing. It takes Christians who are intentionally prepared and ready to serve as nurses, teachers, politicians, businessmen, and communicators. Let them be agents of transformation.” So to train the next generation of leaders and to give the Congo Initiative visibility and credibility, they decided to start a university despite the chaos surrounding them.—Jessi Strong
Friends of mine are preparing a guest room in their home for a man leaving prison after seven years. He has a complicated past, a felony record, and a tattooed face. My friends have walked with this man through the end of his years as a gang leader and then a prisoner. They have walked with him along the path of a new calling: prison pastor and involved father. And now, with the support of their community, they are offering him a home—their home. Their actions remind me of the celebrated recipients of 2 and 3 John who are found “walking in the truth” (2 John 1:4; 3 John 1:3).—Carrie Sinclair Wolcott
“Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may be wise” (1 Cor 3:18). For anyone well-versed in Old Testament Wisdom literature, these words are jarring. Entire sections of Proverbs compare the way of the fool unfavorably to the way of Wisdom (Prov 1-2; 9). Why would Paul equate the two?—Mason Slater
Communication relies on much more than words: When we talk face to face, we rely on inflection and body language to grasp the speaker’s full meaning. Written communication, then, can be much more difficult to interpret, even when we know the writer. An unexpected word, a shift in tone, even a “wink” in an email can be jarring or confusing; we have to put more thought into understanding what the writer means to convey.—Derek Brown
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