Diccionario Enciclopédico Bíblico Ilustrado, de Editorial Clie (Eds. Alfonso Ropero, Alfonso Triviño y Silvia Martínez, 2016)

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Los diccionarios bíblicos son una herramienta indispensable y fundamental para cualquier estudiante de la Biblia, aún más si uno se dedica a los ministerios de enseñanza y predicación. Podríamos decir que no estamos faltos de diccionarios bíblicos en español, pero tampoco es que abunden sobremanera. Así que, cualquier adición de calidad que se haga, siempre será bienvenida. Por ello, hoy quiero presentar el Diccionario Enciclopédico Bíblico Ilustrado, de Editorial Clie (Eds. Alfonso Ropero, Alfonso Triviño y Silvia Martínez, 2016)

Lo primero que hay que resaltar es el tamaño que el diccionario presenta a primera vista. Esto ya le hace imaginarse a uno la cantidad de artículos, definiciones y gráficas que el lector podrá encontrar. Pero lo mejor es comprobarlo por uno mismo.

Como no podía (ni debería) ser de otra forma, la tapa es dura y se anticipa que duradera. El tiempo y el uso que uno le dé a este diccionario lo dirá.

Al abrir este diccionario se aprecia la calidad del papel estucado, ideal para este tipo de obras debido a las imágenes a todo color que se ofrecen de manera generosa en este volumen, para no dejar nada a la imaginación del lector. Ya se sabe, una imagen vale más que mil palabras. Este tipo de papel estucado es grueso y fuerte, ofreciendo así una garantía de durabilidad. Hay una tabla de abreviaturas generales convenientemente ofrecida para provecho del lector.

Las imágenes se componente de mapas, tablas, cuadros, y fotografías de carácter arqueológico, todas con sus correspondientes leyendas al pie de la imagen.

Lo siguiente que se debe de destacar de este diccionario es la calidad y erudición de los artículos. Cada palabra que representa a un artículo está etiquetada en color azul, en contraste con el color negro del texto del artículo. Eso facilita la búsqueda y localización dentro de la página.

La mayoría de los artículos comienzan proveyendo información acerca del origen etimológico de la palabra (hebreo, griego, arameo o latín) seguido de la ya conocida pero útil numeración Strong. Esto es un acierto total, ya que el lector que disponga de la concordancia y/o diccionario Strong, podrá sacar aún más rendimiento a este diccionario enciclopédico combinando ambas herramientas. A esto le sigue una transliteración a nuestro idioma de la palabra en cuestión. Y por supuesto, citas bíblicas donde se encuentra dicha palabra.

Al final de este diccionario encontramos el índice general de artículos, un índice general de gráficos y la lista de créditos y reconocimientos.

En resumen, si estás buscando un diccionario bíblico que sea útil, efectivo, de calidad, y a un precio competente, no busques más. Cuando alguien me pregunta qué diccionario bíblico le recomiendo, no lo dudo: el Diccionario Enciclopédico Bíblico Ilustrado de Editorial Clie. Un diccionario y una editorial confiables.

Para comprarlo accede a este link y si estás en Estados Unidos a este 

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Spurgeon Can Help Your Depression

https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/blog-entries/spurgeon-can-help-your-depression

CSB Pastor’s Bible

The Christian Standard Bible translation (CSB) is the most recent version published by B&H. They have extended this new version to the study Bible market. The result is outstanding addition for pastors and Bible students. One example is the Pastor’s Bible (this review is based on the genuine leather edition).

Outside:

The first thing we should notice is the cover. The material used is a brown goatskin leather (printed on the back) and it feels so smooth though it has texture. Flexibility and durability guaranteed.  The spine gives a solid and elegant view this Bible. There are three spine ribs that divide three inscriptions printed in gold: Holy Bible, Christian Standard Bible, and Holman. The ribs are prominent enough to be noticed. The perimeter of this cover comes with stitches, contributing to an elegant and fine cover. Then points out of ten on the cover.  Edges are also gold.

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Inside:

The vinyl liner is the first thing you will find inside this Bible. It helps the cover to feel strong and to get to its original position when manipulated. The next feature is a presentation page, in case you want to give this Bible to someone as a present. Then, a list with the books of the Bible and a table of content can be found. An introduction to the CSB precedes the table of abbreviations, followed by the Bible text.

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Readers will find a single column format with a generous size font (Bible Serif 10 points) and bold enough to make reading so comfortable. The single column design offers a generous margin for personal notes. Footnotes are separated from the main text by a horizontal line and notes can be distinguished by the chapter and verse in bold. The paper selected for this Bible is thin, resulting in show-trough thought it is not disturbing as in other Bibles. Appropriate highlighting pens or markers are recommended. Distribution, font, and bolding invite readers to read this text without getting tired.

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Footnotes are textual explanations and alternative translations for some words. One thing potential buyers must be aware of is that this Bible is not a study Bible (and it does not intend to be so), and for that reason there are no commentaries on the text. So, if you are looking for a study Bible based on the CSB, you may want to consider the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible.

Three ribbons (5mm black, brown and red) help readers mark the texts they are studying, or to mark the texts readers will be using for their sermons or study Bible.

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Additional features:

As a Bible addressed to pastors, this volume includes articles covering different topics:

  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Funeral Preparation
  • Funeral Sermons
  • Where to Turn
  • A Brief Biblical Theology of Leadership
  • Eight Traits of Effective Church Leaders
  • Pastor, Find Your Identity in Christ
  • Glorifying God in Your Ministry
  • What is Biblical Preaching?
  • Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures
  • What is Doctrinal Preaching?
  • Four Keys for Giving an Effective Invitation
  • Five Ways to Improve Congregational Singing
  • Soul Care: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love
  • Letter to the Church
  • Five Steps to Start and Keep an Evangelistic Culture
  • How Do You Disciple Others?
  • The One Thing You Must Do as a Student Pastor
  • Sharing the Gospel with Children

I am still wondering why the first three additional resources (Wedding Ceremonies, Funeral Preparation, and Funeral Sermons) have been placed between Psalms and Proverbs instead of at the end of the Bible text where the rest of the articles can be found. I also miss a resource addressing baptism services preparation.

A concordance and eight full color maps can be found at the end of this Bible.

Summarizing, this Bible is a great addition to the pastor’s Bible market. The CSB translation along with the material and text format make this Bible a highly recommended Bible for pastors and church leaders.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

Biblia Germanica 1545

9781619708945oNow that the Protestant world has celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it is a wonderful occasion to review the Biblia Germanica 1545 (Hendrickson, 2017). This volume is a replica of the 1545 Luther Bible, and of course, it is written in German.

Luther wrote many volumes, but none of them has the value and relevance of the translation of the Latin Bible to German language. That allowed people from German Speaking countries to read the Bible in their own langue. We have to consider the risk Luther faced at that time by translating the Bible from Latin to German. Thanks to his braveness and determination the door for other translation to different common languages opened. Now we can say the Bible is the most translated book in the world. Even minorities can read the Bible in their native language.

The Biblia Germanica 1545 comes in a box that helps to preserve the Bible from damage, as this is a volume that is not designed for regular use. The cover is a cloth over board with the title Biblia Germanica 1545 in gold color over a black square on the spine. The ribbon is a 5 mm, gold color and large enough to make it easy to manipulate it without any issues. The paper is not white but bond color. The font is the same size as Luther’s original Bible. In fact, this whole volume is an exact replica of the Bible Luther wrote. Even the notes Luther wrote on the margin are included in this beautiful and commemorative Biblia Germanica 1545.

This is a heavy volume due to the number of pages (1552) and the hard cover, but of course potential buyers would not carry this Bible with them. Who’s this Bible for? Well, even if you can read German, this is not the type of Bible you would use in your daily reading or study. This Bible is more designed for collectors, expositions, exhibit, or just display in an office. Why would someone buy the Biblia Germanica 1545? For commemorative reasons.

Size: 10 1/4 x 7 inches
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1552

To buy this Biblia click here 

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

The Handy Guide to Difficult and Irregular Verbs: Aids for Readers of the Greek New Testament, by Jon C. Laansma and Randall X. Gauthier.

downloadVerbs are one of the most important aspect in any language, including New Testament Greek. There are many resources available addressing the study of verbs specifically. I would like to present a new addition to the study of difficult and irregular Greek verbs. The Handy Guide to Difficult and Irregular Verbs: Aids for Readers of the Greek New Testament, by Jon C. Laansma and Randall X. Gauthier.

The quality of a book should not be only assessed by its content but also by its efficacy in accomplishing its purpose. Some people may find this handy guide to be too condensed (80 pages, including indexes), but as indicate by its title, it is a handy guide and an aid for readers. This volume does not pretend to present a deep study of the Greek verbs, but to help readers to navigate thought the reading of the New Testament in its original language, and this book accomplishes its purpose so well.

The authors have divided this guide into two parts. Part one presents a frequency list of difficult and irregular principal parts. Part two provides an alphabetical list of verbs with their compounds. Then the book is complemented with two appendixes. Appendix I offers the conjugation of the verb εἰμί. Appendix II includes an explanation of the perfect and pluperfect indicative and the optative mood.

Tables and colors in page design will help readers to have a pleasant experience while reading this guide. The authors have arranged the verbs in a logical and compressible manner, so readers can find and identify the verb under study without any problem.

This handy guide is extremely recommendable for students and experienced readers of the Greek New Testament, as this volume will assist readers in dealing with difficult and regular verbs.

You can buy this book here 

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

Book Review: Ben Witherington III, New Testament Theology and Ethics, Volumes 1 and 2

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Witherington III, Ben. New Testament Theology and Ethics, Volumes 1 & 2. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2016. 856 pgs.; Pb.; $40.00  Link to InterVarsity

When InterVarsity Press sent me a copy of this massive book my initial thought was that Witherington had simply written another massive book on New Testament Theology. But this is not the case, these two new paperback volumes were previously published as The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical World of the New Testament. Volume one was subtitled “The Individual Witnesses” and volume two was subtitled “The Collective Witness.”

New Testament Theology and EthicsAs Witherington wrote in the preface to the original publication of this work, there is a need to write yet another New Testament theology for several reasons. First, Witherington observes that the connection between theology and ethics is seldom explored. There are few New Testament theologies with attempt to write on the ethics of the New Testament…

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Book Review: Paul N. Jackson, Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume Two

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Jackson, Paul N. Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Volume Two. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2017. 189 pp. Pb; $18.99.  Link to Zondervan

This new volume of devotionals from the Greek New Testament follows the first volume edited by J. Scott Duvall and Verlyn Verbrugge (Zondervan, 2012). The idea of Greek devotionals rose out of the Exegetical Insights in Bill Mounce’s popular Basics of Biblical Greek. Each chapter of this introductory grammar began with a short illustration of why the grammatical lesson of the chapter plays out in Greek exegesis.

9780310529354The fifty-two devotionals in this small book are drawn from every New Testament book and focus on the details of a particular Greek text. After the title of the devotion and reference, the Greek text is provided. Occasionally the author provides a syntactical display (Paul Jackson on Mark 9:42-50; Dean Pinter on 1 Timothy 1:15-16). The author then…

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Paul’s Mission to Spain

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From the book of Acts we know Paul wrote Romans after a long and bitter controversies in both Galatia and Corinth. As a result of these conflicts, Romans “constitutes a ‘manifesto’ setting forth his deepest convictions on central issues” (Kruse, Romans, 9). This manifesto was written and published to gain the widest publicity. It is possible the core of the letter was sent to other Pauline churches, although there is no manuscript evidence for this.

Paul also wrote Romans just prior to his trip to Jerusalem to deliver the collection to the poor saints in Jerusalem. The book of Romans may have been intended to gain the favor of the Roman church as he approached the contentious Jerusalem church. Romans 15:30-33 specifically asks the Roman church to pray for Paul because he is not sure what reception he will receive when he arrives in Jerusalem.

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Logos Free (and almost free) Books of the Month – Three Anchor Bible Commentaries (Romans, Galatians and Habakkuk)

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The Logos Bible Software “Free book of the Month” for October is their best offer ever. During the month of October, you can add The Anchor Yale Bible commentary on Romans by Joseph A. Fitzmyer for free, and Francis I. Andersen’s Anchor Bible Commentary on Habakkuk for only $1.99, and J. Louis Martyn’s Galatians commentary for only $2.99. All three of these are excellent contributions to scholarship. Any work on Romans engages with Fitzmyer, and Martyn commentary on Galatians is one of the best available. The three books are about $150.00 retail, and you can get Logos 7 Basic Edition for free. So no excuses!

The Anchor Bible format begins with a fresh translation followed by a comment on the text and then a “notes” section for exegetical detail. All Greek is transliterated and all citations are in-text. All three commentaries interact with both ancient and modern scholarship and seek to explain the…

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5 Beneficios de leer libros completos de la Biblia de una sola sentada

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Remembering Haddon Robinson

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by David A. Currie, author of The Big Idea of Biblical Worship

Last night (9/7/17) I sat in a packed chapel at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, joined by thousands online (https://www.facebook.com/pg/GordonConwell/videos/?ref=page_internal), for a memorial service for Haddon Robinson. Since Haddon’s death, I’ve been reflecting upon his life and ministry and how they came to influence me.

HADDON THE AUTHOR

I first “met” Haddon through the first edition of his seminal book, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. As a recent seminary graduate, I had learned a lot about exegesis and a bit about preaching, but I was struggling to connect these two in my early sermons.  A faculty mentor, Richard Lovelace, had given me a copy of Haddon’s book, but since it wasn’t required for any of my courses, I hadn’t read it.  In my desperation to connect the people of God with the…

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Review: Jeremiah (BST)

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The Bible Speaks Today (BST) series has a threefold ideal:

  • to expound the biblical text with accuracy
  • to relate it to contemporary life, and
  • to be readable.

While it is not exactly a “commentary,” this is not a sermon series either (a la Preaching the Word). In his volume, Wright writes specifically to pastors and preachers, those called to fill God’s people with his word and a solid, biblical knowledge of him. Wright is an ideal person to write on Jeremiah. He is an OT theologian who has been writing on the OT, OT ethics, and OT commentaries for years (e.g., Deuteronomy, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel). Having written so much about the OT, Wright is able to keeps the entire story and canon of the Bible in mind as he fills in the details about the suffering prophet.

The weeping prophet, who weeps God’s tears…

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Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders (Books on the Ministry #19)

The Reagan Review

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There’s good books and there’s books you simply must have. While every Christian can glean so much spiritual help from this fine book, it would almost be a crime for a pastor to not own and carefully read this book by J. Oswald Sanders. Originally written in the late 1960s, this million-seller finds a new life in this stunning paperback edition by Moody. I’m not sure how to describe the material the cover was made from, but it’s the best paperback cover I’ve ever seen.

I don’t think this classic became so popular through a savvy marketing campaign, but simply by the fact that it is so captivating. It covers leadership as the title suggests, and though there is some overlap with the modern subject of leadership that floods the book market, you also see that spiritual leadership is worlds apart from modern leadership. The book is true to the…

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Book Review: Michael F. Bird, An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans

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Bird, Michael F. An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2017. xii + 322 pages; Pb. $28.   Link to Eerdmans

This new collection of essays from Michael Bird includes three chapters previously published and two lengthy chapters written for this volume. A lengthy thirty-page introduction explains what Bird means by “an anomalous Jew” (aside from the play on John Meier’s work on the Historical Jesus, A Marginal Jew or Daniel Boyarin’s Paul: A Radical Jew). Although it is commonplace in contemporary scholarship to acknowledge Paul’s Jewish roots, Bird points out Paul says things that no other Torah-affirming Jew would say and he was opposed violently by Torah-affirming Jews. Paul’s view of what God is doing in the present age through Jesus Christ led to his “decentering of the Torah” (7). So if Paul is a Jewish thinker, how should he be situated…

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Bible review: The New King James Study Bible.

9780718079154.jpg_5.1489947789Something I always recommend to new believers is to get a Bible for them to read on a daily basis. I do not recommend a regular Bible but a study Bible, so they can read notes and understand the context of the passage they are reading. Most of the study bible also include graphics and tables that help the reader to go deeper into the context.

The King James Study Bible (a classic published by Thomas Nelson) fulfills all the aforementioned features. This Bible is the full-color edition, and is full of notes and graphics and is perfect for daily Bible study and devotion.

Readers will find a very complete Bible from covert to covert. Even those who never owned a study Bible before will find this Bible a great fit for their spiritual lives. The “How to Use” section will facilitate its usage and will make it easier for initiated readers to navigate through this Bible.

The two columns text design is divided by a column with cross-references, a very helpful feature for Bible study. The font (in both the Bible text and notes) is big enough to make its reading extremely fluent.

Every book is preceded by an introduction and an outline, which constitute this Bible a perfect tool for pastors and church ministers. The doctrinal notes make this Bible a very solid tool in terms of doctrine and theology.

This Bible also provides tables with different topics such as Christ and the Gospels, Parables of Christ, Miracles of Christ, Prophecies of the Messiah Fulfilled in Christ, Topical Index to Paul and His Letters, and many other tables. The concordance comes with word studies, another outstanding feature.

Summarizing, this Bible is an excellent resource for pastors, Bible students, new believers, and Christians in general. The variety of features and doctrinal resources it contains will satisfy the needs of those who are considering buying a study Bible.

This Bible is available in both hard cover and leather. If you want to obtain this Bible, click here.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Rev. Ed.)-Volume 4: Chronicles-Job

The Reagan Review

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Volume 4 of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary EBC) series continues the winning record this revision has had of the popular, much beloved original EBC series. In the revised set, volume 4 covers from Chronicles to Job. In this case, we have two new authors (on Chronicles and Esther) creating completely new works along with two authors (on Ezra and Nehemiah and Job) doing a revision.

The new work on Chronicles was handled by Frederick Mabie. By all accounts this is a thorough, conservative improvement over the older series. He provides a succinct, interesting Introduction to First and Second Chronicles. In addition to great text, he provides a few charts and graphs that greatly enhance the work. He deviates from the usual synoptic approach to Chronicles with Samuel and Kings. That makes this a stronger commentary on the Chronicles itself. I’m particularly glad to have this work.

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Book Review: J. David Pleins, Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories

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Pleins, J. David  and Jonathan Homrighausen. Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student’s Guide to Nouns in the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2017. 176 pp.; Pb.; $17.99.   Link to Zondervan

The goal of this new book by J. David Pleins is to assist students to acquire a more fluid and intuitive grasp of Hebrew vocabulary. Word frequency lists are common, but after memorizing the most common words it is perhaps not as profitable to memorize words which appear rarely in the Hebrew Bible. Reading the Hebrew Bible becomes “tedious page-flipping exercises through lexicons” (16). By collecting Hebrew vocabulary into logical categories, Pleins hopes to provide a user-friendly method for becoming familiar with words via conceptual categories. The authors hope this book will “open the promised land of a more satisfying experience of reading the Hebrew Bible” (21).

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Esther (OTL) by Levenson

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Jon Levenson has written in the Old Testament Library (OTL) series one of the very best commentaries available from the critical camp on the exciting Book of Esther. As a conservative reviewer, any critical commentary on Esther grates on my nerves more than usual because of critical scholar’s disdain for Esther’s history, but if you are like me and want at least one of the better critical commentaries in your library on every book of the Bible, you should probably consider this one.

There’s no doubt that Mr. Levenson writes with skill. When he says in the first paragraph, “it is also a tale of the ascent of an orphan in exile to the rank of the most powerful woman – and perhaps even the most powerful person – in the Empire and, arguably, the world”, his writing prowess becomes clear.

He begins his discussion in the Introduction on the…

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Review: The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing

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30259200Jonathan T. Pennington is associate professor of New Testament Interpretation and director of research doctoral studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pennington received a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Along with numerous articles, Pennington is the author of Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew and Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction, and works on both Greek and Hebrew vocabulary. Most recently, Pennington has written a theological commentary that provides a fresh approach to the Sermon on the Mount that is both contextually informed and practically concerned with application in the Christian life.

The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentaryis strategically divided into three major parts: (1) Orientation, (2) Commentary, and (3) Theological Reflection. In the introduction, Pennington surveys the history of interpretation and positions the reader to better recognize the overall strategy of his approach…

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Having Mental Health Issues Doesn’t Mean You’re a Bad Christian

https://relevantmagazine.com/article/having-mental-health-issues-doesnt-mean-youre-a-bad-christian/