‘Hallelujah’ is a combination of two Hebrew words, ‘Hallelu’ and ‘Jah’. ‘Jah’ is pronounced ‘Yah’. It is an abbreviated version - Yhwh, a common name for God. Unfortunately, history does not share how Yhwh was pronounced, but it is pronounced as Yahweh today ('Jehovah' is also a popular, but incorrect pronounciation). Yhwh is usually rendered "the LORD" in Bible translations. 'Hallelu' is another form of the Hebrew word 'Hallal', which means 'praise'.
I was sitting in a bar on an evangelistic Q&A panel. It was Cambridge University in the mid 1990s. Suddenly, an audience member stormed to the front, grabbed the microphone in front of me, turned it around and shouted, “You believe in one God, right?” I was pleased something we’d said had connected, so I simply shouted back above the din of general merriment: “Right!” The audience member then replied with equal
In this day and age everyone has access to the creative tools to become an artist – just set up a MacBook Pro, a mic, and strap some pillows to a wall and you have a studio. Many people do not understand how much the industry is saturated with singers, musicians, graphic artists, dancers and creatives. Though true artists are full of passion and artistic integrity, in such a
There is no secret, one of the most amazing gifts that God graced us with is the birth of Jesus Christ. The love of God through Jesus Christ is the ultimate sacrifice. However, how do we continue to keep Christ the center in a world that tells us that everything else is more important? Here are three ways that we can work to keep Christ at the center of
Exercising your gifts in excellence takes both commitment and discipline. It is not always the easiest thing to do, but often it is what separates those who are good from great. Here are five steps to ensure that you are exercising your gift in excellence. Always strive for better – Always nurture, perfect, and hone your gift. Instead of competing with others, seek to top YOUR best. This
Yes in certain countries and traditions, These things are part of any culture’s normal gift giving process, though, and the gifts were not the same as they are today. Often they focused on the poor, for example. None of this came to America, which really ‘invented’ the tradition as we see it today. I’ll have some follow up video posts that go into this more. Basically, America took echoes
It’s been two decades since Don Carson published The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (Zondervan, 1996). In more than 600 pages he addressed a number of societal trends and pitfalls, including hermeneutical pluralism, deconstruction, and the disappearance of objective truth—heady subjects with massive influence on our day-to-day lives. Since 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Gold Medallion Award-winning book, I asked TGC’s co-founder and president why he spent three years writing this book, whether we’ve moved away from postmodernism, if he’s optimistic about
“The issue of race is complicated today. In Scripture, the idea of race or ethnicity isn’t rooted in racist hierarchy whereby a majority group scientifically argues a non-majority group is biologically inferior. That’s nowhere in the Bible, but that’s exactly what race is in our modern experience. We must recognize this: put simply, the idea of race as a modern construct was developed by racists who believed non-whiteness—blackness in particular—was biologically inferior to whiteness. It’s from that construct racism
The back cover of Glenn Paauw’s Saving the Bible from Ourselves: Learning to Read and Live the Bible Well asks in all caps, “DOES THE BIBLE NEED TO BE SAVED?” As reflected in the rather audacious title, the author’s answer to this question is yes. Over the centuries, and especially in recent years, the church has cluttered Scripture with chapters, verses, cross-references, footnotes, study helps, and all manner of non-inspired materials.
The story of Scripture ultimately culminates with all tribes, tongues, and nations—a multi-ethnic community of the redeemed—bowed before the Lamb in the new heavens and new earth. This is the same vision God calls the local church to support and advance here on earth. In this new eight-minute roundtable, Kristie Anyabwile (pastor’s wife and frequent speaker at TGC events), Mary Willson (associate director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition), and Blair