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For Such A Time As This

One of my most favorite Bible verses is Esther 4:14. It is Mordecai’s response to Queen Esther’s hesitation to approach the king for relief for her people. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And […]

How Do You Think It Happened?

Matthew 9:9 says that Jesus saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. He said, “Follow me,” and Matthew got up and followed him. When you read that verse, what comes to your mind? Do you think this is a complete description of their interaction? Do you think this was the first […]

Bad Breath Proves the Point

I love talking to students of the Bible about their imaginative inferences. While writing a script for the upcoming Genesis & Job Series, I had the pleasure of lunching with Scott L. Johnson, a true scholar of the Old Testament book of Job. Scott is a master at pointing out interesting perspectives. For instance, many people […]

How Eyewitness Bible Series Came About

We are often asked about the origin of the Eyewitness Bible Series. Phil Smith, the creator of the series had been reading and studying about the use of storytelling in teaching the Bible (called the Orality Movement). Over two years ago, the teacher of Phil’s Bible class announced they would be doing a verse-by-verse study of Acts, he asked if the teacher would consider another alternative. The teacher gave Phil a couple of weeks to propose a different way to teach it.