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Pursuing Biblical God: Reflecting on God, the Bible, His Church, and Us

Peter DeHaan

The Near Death Experience of Jonah

The Near Death Experience of Jonah Live a life of obedience and without regret in order to finish strong Most people know the story of Jonah: God sends Jonah to help Nineveh. But Jonah gets in a boat headed in the opposite direction. God sends a storm to get Jonah’s attention. Jonah implores the crew […]

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Obadiah Proclaims Justice

Obadiah Proclaims Justice The book of Obadiah in the Bible contains a prophecy about the nation of Edom. Among other things, Edom is criticized for their pride. The primary issue, however, is not what they did, but what they didn’t do. Theirs is not an act of commission, but of omission. Specially, the gripe that […]

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Three Problems Caused by Theology

Three Problems Caused by Theology An Academic Pursuit of Religious Knowledge Can Cause Much Harm When I wrote about the dangers of pursuing a right theology, I noted that God doesn’t want us to know about him. He wants us to know him on a personal level. In our pursuit of knowledge, we seek to […]

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Reflecting on Church #6: A Pleasing Present and a Bleak Future

Reflecting on Church #6: A Pleasing Present and a Bleak Future With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #6. There are many positive aspects of this church, but with an aging congregation, their future is bleak. Caught in […]

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Nineveh, Part II: How Patient Should God Be?

Nineveh, Part II: How Patient Should God Be? The prophetic book of Nahum is essentially a sequel to the book of Jonah.  Both focus on the people of Nineveh. Jonah proclaims doom and destruction on them. They have a change of heart (repent). And God relents. A century or so later, they have forgotten all […]

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Be Careful What You Say: Advice for Prophets and to Us

Be Careful What You Say: Advice for Prophets and to Us The book of Deuteronomy has a curious passage about prophecy. It teaches if a prophet says something God didn’t instruct him or her to say, the prophet must be executed. That should certainly cause prophets to be careful with their words, saying only what […]

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How Important Is It to Have the Right Theology?

How Important Is It to Have the Right Theology? God Doesn’t Want Us to Study Him; He Wants Us to Know Him When people first learn that I have a PhD and where I did my postgrad work, they assume I’m into theology. Imagine their disappointment to find out I don’t care about the concept, […]

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Reflecting on Church #5: Intrigued but Frustrated

Reflecting on Church #5: Intrigued but Frustrated With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #5. A church growth buzzword is seeker sensitive, that churches need to conduct services that are friendly to visitors. Our experience at Mass was […]

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Jonah and the Big Fish

Jonah and the Big Fish You likely know the story of Jonah: He tries to run from God, Spends a 3-day “time out” in the belly of a large fish (the Bible doesn’t say it’s a whale), Is given a second chance, Then does what God commands, albeit with a bad attitude He proclaims, “Forty […]

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Hold on to Every Thought

Hold on to Every Thought Paul tells the church in Corinth to capture every thought and make it obedient to Jesus. Likewise, Proverbs advises us to guard our thoughts (Proverbs 4:23). (Some translations say to guard our hearts, putting a different twist on the same concept). This is often hard to do—but not impossible. Though […]

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Bible Verses That Give Us Comfort When the World Gives Fear

Bible Verses That Give Us Comfort When the World Gives Fear Consider These Passages about God’s Provisions for Us Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared verses with my friends through my email newsletter. These passages can encourage us during challenging times. And readers have responded by sending me their verses that they find especially […]

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Reflecting on Church #4: Focusing on What Matters Most

Reflecting on Church #4: Focusing on What Matters Most With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #4. A few years ago we visited this church when ours closed because of bad weather. At the time, they held two […]

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God’s Sovereignty At Work

God’s Sovereignty At Work In the story of Jonah, we see God’s sovereignty at work, with God exercising control over nature. Here’s what God does: He sends a wind (Jonah 1:4). He calms the sea (Jonah 1:15). He provides a fish to shallow Jonah (Jonah 1:17). He commands the fish to deposit Jonah on dry […]

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Who Are We to Judge? We May Have It Backwards

Who Are We to Judge? We May Have It Backwards Though the Bible tells us to judge, who we’re supposed to judge may shock you When Paul writes to his friends in Corinth, he has much to say because they struggle with many things, including judging others. He spends a whole chapter in his first […]

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What We Can’t Get from Online Church

What We Can’t Get from Online Church Embrace the Benefits of Meeting Together When we can’t attend church, to meet in person, and must experience a service online, does that count as going to church? The essential parts of the service are the same. There is music, a message, and a prayer or two. For […]

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Reflecting on Church #3: Pain is Real; Handle it Honestly

Reflecting on Church #3: Pain is Real; Handle it Honestly With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #3. This church set a fine example in how they confronted tragedy in an honest way. I’m encouraged to see the […]

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An Army of Angels To Protect Us

An Army of Angels to Protect Us The young girl gazes out into the desert. Something comes towards her. It is Solomon, her lover, traveling by carriage. He is accompanied by a protective band of weapon wielding warriors, tested and poised for whatever threat awaits them. With Solomon—and his army—she will be protected. In a […]

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The Bible Gives Us Eight Things to Think About

The Bible Gives Us Eight Things to Think About As Followers of Jesus We Must Focus Our Attention Paul encourages the church in Philippi to focus their thoughts (Philippians 4:8). We should do this too. But what should we think about? Fortunately, Paul gives us a list. We are to pursue these ideas. Think about […]

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Reflecting on Church #2: Size is the Enemy of Friendly

Reflecting on Church #2: Size is the Enemy of Friendly With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #2. Visiting this church, a newer, accessible, nondenominational gathering, was as easy as Church #1 was challenging. Here, there were no […]

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God’s Spirit To Be Poured Out On All People

God’s Spirit To Be Poured Out On All People Many passages in the New Testament of the Bible quote parts of the Old Testament, which was written hundreds of years before. In some versions of the Bible, footnotes—added by the translators—refer us to the original text. One verse, however, cites the source from the text. […]

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