What People Are Saying about The Mingling of Souls

Genesis 2:4

On Friday, we unlocked free access to Matt Chandler’s marriage book, The Mingling of Souls, for over 6,000 people in this Faithlife Group. (You can still get free access until February 15 if you follow the group.)

Here’s what people in the Faithlife Group are saying about the book so far:

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How to Enjoy a Meaningful Weekend with Your Spouse—without Leaving Home

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How long has it been since you had an entire weekend to enjoy with your spouse?

Your marriage and your home should be sources of spiritual comfort and rejuvenation in your life—but sometimes busyness and stress can strip that away.

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What Is the Separation of Church and State?

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The separation of church and state does not directly appear in the Constitution of the United States. Rather, the phrase represents an understanding of the First Amendment, popularized (but not invented) by a correspondence between a Baptist church and President Thomas Jefferson.

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What Pastors Talk about Most on Social Media

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A couple weeks ago, you couldn’t go on Facebook without seeing someone link to this plugin that calculated your most-used words. It runs through everything you’ve ever posted on Facebook to determine what words you say the most. The bigger the word appears on the “word cloud” and the more centrally it’s located, the more frequently that word shows up in the things you’ve posted.

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Follow Elyse Fitzpatrick’s Faithlife Group

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse Fitzpatrick has been counseling women since 1989. She’s a retreat and conference speaker and the head of Women Helping Women Ministries. She has a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEEF in San Diego and an MA in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary.
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Matt and Lauren Chandler Share the Biggest Mistakes They’ve Made in Their Marriage

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Even pastors and their wives make mistakes in marriage. Not everyone can be vulnerable enough to admit their mistakes, but Matt and Lauren Chandler want to show you that every Christian couple has their own challenges to overcome—and as you’ll see in the video below, the mistakes they’ve made were rooted in some of their biggest problems as individuals.

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Give Craig Blomberg Your Feedback on His Upcoming Work

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This fall, New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Blomberg is enjoying a well-deserved sabbatical. How is he spending it? Naturally, at Tyndale House in Cambridge, working on a new book on New Testament theology.

While he’s currently in the early stages of the work, Dr. Blomberg has hinted that his book will chronologically trace the promise-fulfillment scheme throughout the New Testament. He notes that even just a year ago, he could have summarized the opening chapters of Acts without touching on the fulfillment of Scripture. This new work will emphasize “the centrality of fulfillment” in the New Testament.

So what does this have to do with you?

Tell Blomberg what you think

Dr. Craig Blomberg wants to hear your feedback. If you’re interested in Dr. Blomberg’s new book, or New Testament scholarship in general, follow his Faithlife Group here. About once a week, Blomberg has been sharing where he’s at in his work, how his thesis is interacting with Scripture, and how you can join the discussion.

See how a top Bible scholar navigates Scripture

Perhaps one of the most valuable facets of Dr. Blomberg’s Faithlife Group is that you get to see his whole process. You get to see how he reads, writes, studies, and connects Scripture—all while interacting with him directly. Seeing Dr. Blomberg’s process behind-the-scenes could be just what you need to challenge and inspire your own study of Scripture.

Introduce yourself and join the conversation

Craig BlombergDr. Blomberg says, “I’m a 60-year old baby boomer who still likes to learn first and last names, if you’d be so kind. Tell us a little about yourself that would explain your interest in the group—past or present seminary or Bible college student, Bible teacher or translator, avid Logos techie, or whatever.”

The body of Christ is vast and full of brilliant minds. Not all of those minds get the opportunities they deserve to be a part of influencing future scholarship. Dr. Blomberg is tapping into the body of Christ to help him produce scholarship that will benefit the church the most.


Follow Dr. Blomberg’s Faithlife Group and introduce yourself!

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You can browse all of Blomberg’s previous works here.

Read This Christian Book with the Pastor Who Wrote It

reading a bookA few months ago, I read Radically Normal by Josh Kelley, right after I read Radical by David Platt. The two books presented very different perspectives on a similar issue: how do we live out the gospel and devote our lives to Christ in this modern world? What does it look like to be “all in”? Platt advocated for radical abandonment of the American lifestyle and finding our place within the global mission of Christianity. Kelley suggested that a radical devotion to Christianity could be just as dangerous to the Christian as living a life of complacency, and urged that we invite God into every aspect of our life instead.

As a reader, the relationship between these two books was fascinating. I don’t normally reach out to authors, but at the end of Radically Normal, Josh’s invitation to continue the conversation seemed genuine, so I figured, “Why not?” and tweeted him. He responded right away, and we had a great conversation about his book over email (and eventually in an interview on Faithlife Today).

Josh Kelley with daughterRadically Normal is too close to Josh’s heart for him to not be invested in what you think as a reader. The book shares what his family has shown him about enjoying life’s pleasures as a child of the creator. He discusses what he learned when he took a second job at Starbucks and became a bivocational pastor during one of the busiest, most stressful times of his life. Most importantly, he casts his vision for modern Christians called to live in this world but not of it. As a pastor, Josh wants to stir up meaningful conversations—and participate in them.

That’s why Josh is inviting you to join his Faithlife Group for Radically Normal. Once you get the book, you can ask Josh questions directly within the book using Community Notes, or you can start a discussion with Josh and other readers.

Josh has included two suggested reading plans to help you get started (note: you can’t join the reading plan until you own the book), as well as a small group planning guide and small group discussion questions—you can find it all in the documents tab.

Grab your copy of Radically Normal today, and start a conversation in the Faithlife Group.

The All-Knowing God in Psalm 139

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The Bible is constantly revealing how big, how wise, how powerful, and how awesome God is. Psalm 139 is one of the many passages where God’s omniscience is put on display—but here, God’s omniscience is a powerful reminder that nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38–39).

Here’s how Pastor Skip Heitzig puts it in the Faithlife Study Bible:

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