38 Loaded questions
The mass shootings that have prompted a national debate over gun control are tragic-but rare. What about the gun violence that takes the most American lives? Are we ready to pursue solutions that are hard-fought and long-term?
46 Places to see
Travel makes good opportunities to find evidence of God’s love, man’s fears, and creativity
50 A cold peace
The same men lead the United States and Israel as last year, but their relationship may soon become icier than ever
54 War of northern aggression
It’s been almost two years since Sudan divided into two countries, but the problems of political Islam and ethnic cleansing won’t go away
58 Grateful escape
Two North Korean refugees sleep every night in their own struggling restaurant and count it a blessing
6 FIRST PERSON
What to Do with Unprovenanced Artifacts Publish or Perish?
28 BIBLICAL VIEWS Images of Crucifixion: fresh Evidence
Ben Witherington Ill
30 ARCHAEOLOGICAL VIEWS
Israelite life Before the Kings Robert D. Miller
30 Where Is Sodom? The Case for TaU ei-Hammam
Biblical writers knew their geography quite precisely and realistically.
And we are told clearly in Genesis 13 where Sodom was located. Contrary to a number of modern scholars who locate Sodom near the southern end of the Dead Sea, our author locates it northeast of the Dead Sea,.where he has been excavating the site of Tall el-Hammam for eight years. Whether the story of Sodom’s destruction is literally true or simply a traditional
tale, the geography is real; the Biblical author is referring to an actual site.
Where is it?
42 When Pharaohs Ruled Jerusalem
Peter van der Veen
Spurred by a BAR article, author Peter van der Veen went on a hunt for additional archaeological support of ancient Egypt’s dominance in Jerusalem. Here is what he found. But it included nothing from the time King David captured the city. Was this why David was able to conquer Jemsalem?
49 The Staurogram:Earliest Depiction of Jesus’ Crucifixion
larry W. Hurtado
Cmcifixion was considered shameful in Jesus’ time, so until about the late fourth century Christians refrained from depicting Jesus’ crucifixion-or so it was thought. A depiction of Jesus’ crucifixion 200 years earlier has been identified in some ancient papyrus codices, consisting of a combination of two overlaid Greek letters.
53 Wet-Sift the Megiddo Dumps!
Wet-sifting-the process of pouring soil through a sieve while spraying
it with water-has proved its worth repeatedly by allowing the recovery of small finds from excavated soil. Why not try it on the 70-year-old excavation dumps at Megiddo?
209 Steve Walton, What is Progress in New Testament Studies?
227 Richard Jordan, The significance of Mark 3:20-end for understanding the message of Mark’s Gospel
Book of the Month
23 4Hannah M. Cocksworth
The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke’s account of God’s unfolding plan
Alan J. Thompson
Sermons for the Christian Year
237 Two Sermons on the Parable of the Prodigal Son for 1 Q<h March: 4’h Sunday in Lent:
238 Robert Jeffery, The Prodigal Society?
Alma Lewis, The Compassionate Father
243 Jenny Gaffin, 17’h March: S’h Sunday in Lent
Russell Barr, 24’h March: 6’h Sunday in Lent
John Shepherd, 31″ March: Easter Sunday
247 Sally Foster-Fulton, All- Age Worship Resources for Palm/Passion Sunday
259 Index of Books Reviewed
260 John Armes, And Finally… the Holy Sardine Tin
6 Towards a More Thoroughly Christian View of Education
BY NATHAN HUFFSTUTLER
Helping students develop a more thoroughly Christian view of education
13 Implementing a Class Debate
BY DEBBIE HIBBARD
An effective way to teach students to think and to be good discerners of information
16 Writing to Be Understood: Teaching Students in All Disciplines to Write With a Purpose
BY JEANIE STEWART
A cross-curricular approach to training students to write authoritatively, truthfully, and clearly
22 Elementary Corner-Incorporating PowerPoint in the Elementary Classroom
BY RACHEL RICHMOND
Suggestions for improving classroom instruction and creating interesting lessons through the use of PowerPoint
24 Combining English Classes While Preserving Sequence
BY GRACE COLLINS HARGIS
Maintaining sequence in writing and grammar even in combined classes
27 Good Readers Are Great Learners: Utilizing Lexile Scores
BY ALAN HODAK
Using Lexile scores to improve reading comprehension and college readiness
30 Bully pulpit By Lynne Shallcross
Counselors, and school counselors in particular, have a critical role to play
both in coming to the aid of children and adolescents targeted by bullying and in promoting a culture where bullying is confronted head-on rather than swept under the rug.
40 Are you what you eat?
By Stacy Notaras Murphy
Counselors are taking a closer look at how diet can affect the mental health of their clients.
46 Evaluating cloud-based practice management systems
By Rob Reinhardt
The paperless office may finally be within reach for private practitioners.
52 Knowledge Share
Thinking creatively: Expressive arts for counseling youth in the schools
By Patricia Van Velsor
The visual arts, movement, drama, music and writing provide school counselors with innoVative methods for engaging students in their academic, career and personal/social development.
56 Reader Viewpoint .
The paradox of empathy: When empathy hurts
By Eric W. Cowan, Jack Presbury & Lennis G. Echterling
In the counseling profession, we are taught to strive for empathic connection with clients, but what should we do when those clients do not want to be “completely known” because that depth of empathy evokes their deepest wounds?
34 Here they stand
Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate forces businesses to cover abortion-inducing drugs for employees. It has sent several evangelical and Catholic business owners to court to fight for their religious liberty-with varying degrees of success
44 Soldiering on
Armed by three decades of combatduty, retired Lt. Gen. WilliamBoykin takes
on Washington’s culture battles
48 Dry counties
Crops and cattle hang in the balance as drought in the Great Plains extends into winter
52 Herr professor
Religious freedom advocates, often ignored, find a friend
in UN representative Heiner Bielefeldt
54 Prayer and politics
A worldview split leads to sharp differences on how to fight oppression in North Korea
58 The silent treatment
For over four months, authorities jailed and bec; t Iranian-American Saeed Abedini in Tehran with no trial or U.S. intervention
Introduction: Baptist History and Preaching 3
John C. B. Webster
“Christian Statesmen”: Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Gardner
Calvin Taylor and the African American Civic Sermon 6
It All Begins with Character 28
My Homiletical Life: An Exploration into Peculiar Speech 40
W Kenneth Williams
Star Wars to Shubal Stearns: How to Preach About Baptist History without hearing Crickets 57
Homecoming Sunday 70
Henry H. Mitchell
The Great Exposure 77
Called to Be a Dabar People 87
Only In America 92
When Endings Become Beginnings 100
Carla Agus Romarate-Knipel
Off the Beaten Path 104
Jamison A. Collier
The King James Bible and Baptists over 400 Years 108
Transforming the Heart of High Calvinism: William Gadsby’s 135
A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship
Zion, The City of Solemnities, Being the Substance of Six Sermons from
Isaiah 33:20 163
Lines in Praise of Free-Will 173