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Bible Studies on Ezra Lesson 13: A Time of Reformation

Introduction When Ezra talks about intermarriage, he is not making distinctions along narrow ethnic lines. This book cannot be construed as a call for ethnic cleansing or for white supremacy or anything like that. This is a call for religious purity, for marriage only between believers, and for a rejection of marriage between believer and […]

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Bible Studies on Ezra Lesson 12: Ezra’s Lament for Israel

Scripture Reading: Ezra 9 Background Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:6–13; 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1 Discussion Starters 1. What is the response of the leaders of Israel to the arrival and the teaching of Ezra? Did they come forward voluntarily, or were they coerced? (See Note 9:1.) Compare this with Achan’s confession in Joshua 7:13–21. 2. What specific […]

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Scripture Reading: Ezra 6 Background Reading: Zechariah 1 Discussion Starters 1. What was the response of King Darius to the request he had received from Tattenai and Shethar-Boznai? What did their research uncover? (See Note 6:1.) 2. Compare the text of the decree found in 6:3–5 with that found in 1:2–4. Are they identical? What […]

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Making Thoughts Captive to Christ

About this time of the year, when we contemplate the excitement of starting another school year and wonder aloud how we are going to payoff the tuition account, the necessity of Christian schools again begins to nag us. Are Christian schools really worth the cost of tuition? Is there enough difference between Christian and secular […]

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OBE – Bane or Blessing?

If you want to start a lively debate, one sure way to do so is to make a statement about Outcomes-Based Education, “OBE” for short. During the last few years the clash of opinions on this issue has been heard loud and long in many of our Christian school communities. In some of those communities, […]

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Who Will Teach “Ref Doc”?

Sometime during the Christian School convention that was held some time ago, someone, I don’t recall who, asked the above question and thereby stirred up a rather animated set of responses. The question was, who is teaching Reformed doctrine to our children? The answer, I am afraid, at least in most of our so-called “Reformed […]

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How Old is the Earth?

Some years ago I got involved in a discussion with some colleagues, presumably friends, about the age of the earth. In the course of our discussion (debate, maybe?), I offered the proposition that the earth was relatively young and certainly not millions or billions of years old. As one form of proof, I suggested that […]

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