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Kindness: A Fruit of the Spirit

Does it go against human nature to be kind? Why do we pat ourselves on the back when we do a kind deed and/or extend a kindness to another individual or group?

Studying the Word: 2011 Survey of Bibles and Bible Reference

The biggest news in books and Bibles this year has been the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version. Many today fail to recognize the pervasive, worldwide impact this one translation has had as it became the book of the English empire just as that empire spread to the ends of the earth, taking with it the KJV. The publication of this translation is one of the keys being led by it. Quite appropriately several books have been published this year on the King James Version.

Sermon Application: How Does It Work?

Engaging exposition that is faithful to Scripture not only will explain the text; it also of biblical and theological necessity will apply the text. Unfortunately, this area displays some homiletical confusion so the church has suffered. On one hand, topical and felt-needs preaching gives significant attention to application, but it fails to expound the text and provide the necessary biblical and theological grounding for the application. On the other hand, some expositors of the Bible provide a running commentary on the text, but neglect to show the relevance of the text for the eagerly listening audience that is desperate for a word from God that will educate the mind, motivate the heart and activate the will.

Theological Thoughts from a Thunderstorm

Thunderstorms are threatening, but the theology surrounding them can be thrilling! The term theological refers to something that is of or pertaining to the field of theology. Theology is the study of the nature of God and true religion. This word comes from a combination of two words, theo meaning "God" and logy meaning "study."