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Got Questions?

This entry is part 1 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

Welcome to the Inquiring Minds blog posts! I’m glad you stopped in to check it out. Inquiring minds is all about asking questions about the Bible, God, Christian life, and theology. There are virtually no questions on these subjects I … Continue reading

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Inquiring Minds Subject Index

This entry is part 2 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

A-H Age of Creation Alcohol Altars of Uncut Stones Angels/Demons, Number Angry with Unbelievers Animals in Heaven Anointing and Spiritual Gifts Apocrypha and Early Church Fathers Apostles and Scripture Baptism for the Dead Bible Covenants Bible Study Tools Bible Truth … Continue reading

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Alcohol

This entry is part 3 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

Many Christians believe it is acceptable to drink alcohol. Can you provide insight into the Christian landscape regarding alcohol, credible theologies relating to alcohol, and how much those theologies are based in culture vs scripture? America has quite a history … Continue reading

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Profane Language

This entry is part 4 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

Some Christians believe it is acceptable to swear/use profanity (excluding taking God’s name in vain). Is there a Biblical basis for this position, and if there is, how strong is the position? Some people call it swearing or cussing. But … Continue reading

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Desiring the Greater Gifts

This entry is part 5 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

How should a Christian balance between focusing on gifts they currently have and eagerly desiring the “greater gifts”? Three times throughout explaining the spiritual gifts, Paul tells Christians to “eagerly desire the greater gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1, 39). Each … Continue reading

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Spiritual Gifts

This entry is part 6 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

What are spiritual gifts? Are the lists of spiritual gifts in the Bible complete? Spiritual gifts are a subset of the many gifts the Holy Spirit gives to his Church. The word spiritual, or as Paul puts it, “the spirituals” … Continue reading

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About Hell

This entry is part 7 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

Why don’t we talk about Hell anymore? It used to be that preachers would regularly preach about Hell and its dangers. Whether there was an unsaved person in the sanctuary or not, everyone knew about it. It seems that trend … Continue reading

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Old Testament Theophanies

This entry is part 8 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

Was Moses talking to Jesus on Mount Sinai? Who was at the burning bush? The most obvious answer to these questions is that Moses was talking to God. But I want to be more specific and say he was talking … Continue reading

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Face-To-Face with God

This entry is part 9 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

In Exodus 33, how can Moses speak with God face-to-face and then only look at his back when he passes by Moses in Exodus 34? “Face-to-face” is translated literally in Exodus 33:11. Very few Hebrew idioms are translated exactly because … Continue reading

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Abolishing the Old Covenant

This entry is part 10 of 163 in the series Inquiring Minds

Why did God abolish the old covenant laws? I don’t know if “abolish” is the proper word for it. This may be a more recent term used by scholars and people who write books about the Bible. It may be … Continue reading

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