The Bible

By Lindsay Olesberg and Lucy Meade

Urbana studies the Bible inductively, in community, by making space, relying on God's power, again and again. As you prepare for Urbana 15, be transformed with us by studying Matthew’s Gospel.

By Tom Lin

God has a mission. God has acted in history—and is still acting now—to reconcile people from every nation and all of creation to himself. He is the primary agent of his mission. He began his mission, and he continues to work it out in greater love and power than we can imagine.

By E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien

Westerners like systems, processes and checklists. It’s easy for us to believe that if we just work the right steps in the right order, we’re guaranteed to achieve the right outcome. That’s why...

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By E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien

Like the world we inhabit today, the worlds of both the Old and New Testaments were ethnically diverse and richly textured by an assortment of cultures, languages and customs. And also like...

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By Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

The nineteenth-century philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach theorized that we make our own gods by worshiping a projection of ourselves. This, he said, is why god is so powerful. Feuerbach was wrong...

By Lynn Kincaid, Austin Berger and Trever Risinger; edited by Lindsay Olesberg

Download StudyDownload All StudiesFor the leader: What’s the Core Message? Jesus is amazed by the centurion’s faith. This Gentile recognizes Jesus’ power and authority while others see Jesus as...

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By Lynn Kincaid, Austin Berger and Trever Risinger; edited by Lindsay Olesberg

Download StudyDownload All StudiesFor the leader: What’s the Core Message? Simon the Pharisee and the forgiven woman illustrate two different reactions to Jesus. Simon sees Jesus as a merely...

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By Bob Grahmann

Perhaps you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to start reading your Bible or to read it more often. Great! But how do you get started? And how do you stick to your resolution without just going...

By Alison and Dan Siewert

Below are three sample sets - Parables, Encounters with Jesus, and Luke - for organizing a semester's worth of small group Bible studies, followed by some comments from our experience doing...

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By John Reid

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. Part 2 is Jesus, the Great Missionary. Part 3 is Paul, the Cross-CulturalMissionary. God SendsIn the Old Testament, God is a sending or missionary God. There...

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