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Frequent Questions & Answers
When looking for a church grounded in Biblical teaching, Michael suggests using this Church Finder tool by Dallas Theological Seminary. This finder shows you every church a DTS graduate is employed. Michael recommends seeing if there is a senior pastor or teaching pastor from DTS in your area using the Church Finder.
Bible translations exist on a spectrum from literal (word-for-word) translation to paraphrased (concept-for-concept) translation. Michael uses the New American Standard Bible, which is considered a literal translation. It translates words consistently (for example, the Hebrew word “Chesed” will always read “lovingkindness” in the NASB) and holds to divine capitalization, meaning God’s names and pronouns will always be capitalized. You can hear a breakdown of Michael’s thoughts about various bible translations in Ask Dr. E Episode 7, beginning at minute 37.
Michael feels strongly about the New American Standard Bible, so he recommends you use a NASB exhaustive concordance with your NASB Bible.
A list of Michael’s recommended books and study resources can be found in the Show Notes (Question #4) of the 10th Ask Dr. E. episode.
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This is the number one question Michael gets about traveling to Israel and he offers a longer answer to this question and a quick overview of the ongoing conflict in that area in the 8th Ask Dr. E Episode beginning at minute 26.
In short, there is always conflict over there and, like many places in the US, there are areas it’s wise to avoid. Tourism is a large and valuable resource for Israel and the Ministry of Tourism seeks to keep tourists safe. Additionally, Michael partners with local tour guides that will be able to give phenomenal, up-to-date information about your time in Israel to keep you safe. Michael has been to Israel at least 20 times and has never had an issue of safety.