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Surprising Insights From Googling The Bible

In recent years, queries related to the Bible have been steadily rising according to Google Trends. We lament the dwindling faith in God’s inspired words, but does that mean people are less interested? How can we have an upswing in searches … Continue reading

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Negotiating the Debt Limit with PharObama

It doesn’t take long to think of a Biblical example of an intractable negotiation between leaders of nations. Anyone could pick out the clash between Moses and Pharaoh as a prime illustration. Our repeated showdowns over the debt ceiling draw … Continue reading

Daniel Taylor's interactive visualization of the Skeptic's Annotated Bible

Skeptics Are All Out of Ideas

Criticism of God’s word is nothing new.  It was there in the beginning (Gen 3:1) and it lives on today. The ideas are always the same, just repackaged and recopied from someone else. Sometimes the tactic is simple mockery – … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Genealogy and the Tribes of Israel [Interactive]

When I created Mapping God’s Bloodline, I had no idea what a turning point it would be for this website.  Until then, few had visited the site.  Once a few influential people shared it on social media, I discovered how … Continue reading

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MetaV 2.1.5 Now Includes All References to Deity

Previously only top-end software would allow students of scripture to easily find where God is called “Lamb,” “Word,” “Prince,” “Son,” “He,” “I,” etc. Timothy, the developer of Bible Analyzer, recently completed efforts to tag references like those for over 25,000 … Continue reading

Hell Fire

Why Some Choose Hell Over Heaven

It’s absurd to think that some people make a conscious choice to suffer in eternal torment rather than experience the glory of Heaven. Evangelists hardly even ask whether people want to go to Heaven. Most assume everyone wants to be … Continue reading

Daniels Vision Featured

Nebuchadnezzar’s Nightmare

The Book of Daniel, which many call the Old Testament’s Revelation, develops the story of certain captive Jews in Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon’s court. The vision we illustrate here is situated on the second chapter, because it was originally revealed to Nebuchadnezzar one night, in one of his dreams. Continue reading

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Why Settle for Santa?

In 1897, a little girl named Virginia wrote to the The Sun, a New York City newspaper, to ask if Santa Claus is real. The editor’s response to her has since become famous. As a new parent, I (like many other … Continue reading

Religious Fanaticism of Apple

Evangelists in the Cult of Technology

Imagine someone walking up to a stranger and saying: “Hi, my name is Robert and I’d like to share with you the good news.” The stranger replies: “No, thanks. I don’t want to hear anything about Jesus today.” The evangelist … Continue reading

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Logos 5 Review: Connecting Content With Context

The growth of Logos Bible Software in recent years has transformed their downtown community of Bellingham, Washington.  With the release of Logos 5 they have transformed the nature of Bible study technology.  I decided to do a thorough review of the new version because it … Continue reading

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Answering Big Questions With Big Data

The words of scripture create a tightly knit fabric; exciting pictures emerge when we weave them together with silicon and electrons.  The field of Big Data is rapidly expanding the possibilities for quantitatively and visually analyzing text as complex and rich as … Continue reading

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Startup Conversation

I love exploring new technologies, especially the ones still in “startup mode.”  Sure, I like the newness of it, but they also give me ideas that help some of my projects.  Lately I’ve been beta testing a technology that has … Continue reading

MetaV 2.1.4 Update

The Cross Reference Index has been rebuilt due to some errors leading to irrelevant connections found by a studious reader. This data now only includes references from the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and excludes other cross reference sources. This and all … Continue reading

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Confidence and Consistency

I can recall two experiences, both of which occurred in a single afternoon, which taught me more about handling tough situations than anything else I remember.  It was during an Air Force training exercise in Japan.  The scenario was to … Continue reading

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ChurchMag Top 20 and A Note to New Readers

Today, a popular church tech blog, ChurchMag, listed my site as number 14 on their 2012 list of “Top 20″ blogs in that class based on website stats, social media networks, and Google PageRank.  Newcomers here may be wondering how this site fits in … Continue reading