Archives For 40 days

5 Answers to Tricky Bible Questions

Ever been downright stumped by a verse you read? Has a parable left you scratching your head?

Each week during the #LentChallenge, we’re inviting YOU to ask your Bible questions. My friend and New Testament scholar, Dr. Craig Blomberg is weighing in and shedding light on even the trickiest Bible questions.

1. Is Matthew 27:52 literal? I’ve been in church my whole life and never looked into this verse. Did believers actually raise from the dead? Continue Reading...

No Bull About It—Why We Don't Have Sacrifices Today

Each week during the #LentChallenge, we’re collecting YOUR questions to send to our oh-so-brilliant New Testament scholar and professor, Dr. Craig Blomberg. 

Soak up his wisdom and insight today.

(Stumped by a passage or verse as you’re reading? Leave your question for Dr. Blomberg as a comment to this blog post). 

Lent is 40 days. Jesus fasts for 40 days. What is the significance of 40 days throughout the Bible? Continue Reading...

What Happens When 10,000 People Read the Same Book

Over 10,000 friends are joining us for the #LentChallenge.

Can you believe it?

10,000 people from around the world dedicating about 30 minutes per day to read through the entire New Testament. My heart is bursting at its seams in anticipation for what God is going to do in and through our lives during the next 40 days.

(Psst… it’s not too late to join us. Download the free reading guide, here. Subscribe to the YouVersion reading guide, here).

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are abuzz with #LentChallenge posts. I wanted to share a few of my favorite tweets, blogs, and emails from our first week of the #LentChallenge: Continue Reading...

You Don't Want to Miss This


The day we come together as an expectant community to unwrap the story of God.

We never expected the thousands of individuals, churches, small groups, families, youth groups, and more who are joining in the #LentChallenge.

Still not sure if the #LentChallenge is for you?

I don’t know exactly what the next 40 days will look like in your life. You may be facing a pile of bills, a heart-wrenching diagnosis, the pieces of a broken relationship, a schedule that just.won’t.stop.

But I do know that God has something wonderful in store for you and for me. Verses that will breathe life to your soul. Passages that will come alive in a whole new way. Facets of Jesus’ character that will seep their way into your heart. Challenges and convictions. Whispers and echoes.

And here’s the one requirement: Continue Reading...

Lent 2014 : 5 Ways to Revolutionize Your Walk With Christ

What if you spent the 40 days leading up to Easter walking alongside Jesus, listening to His life-changing teachings, visiting churches with Paul, and falling more in love with God with each turning page?

You’re invited to read through the entire New Testament in 40 days—with a Sabbath rest each week.

Now reading the entire New Testament in 40 days isn’t easy. It demands intentionality. It requires us to reach for the Bible instead of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or that latest episode of Duck Dynasty (wait, don’t miss my favorite show!).

Here are 5 ways to read the New Testament during Lent: Continue Reading...