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Join Us for the 2018 Friends Banquet posted by Scott Lanser MA

Dr. Scott Stripling is the keynote speaker for the 2018 ABR Friends Banquet

Dr. Scott Stripling is the Director of Excavations at Shiloh. He directed the excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir from 2013-2016, served as Field Supervisor of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in from 2005 to 2010, and as a supervisor of the Jerusalem Temple Mount Salvage Project in Jerusalem. His academic affiliation is with The Bible Seminary in Katy (Houston), Texas where he serves as the Provost. Scott is the former Department Chair of Humanities at Wharton County Junior College, he has also taught at Houston Baptist University, Belhaven University, International Bible College, and Texas Southmost College/University of Brownsville. A popular speaker and author, Stripling has served on a variety of community, education and ministry Boards and organizations, currently serving on the Board of the Near East Archaeological Society. He and his wife, Janet, have four children and two grandchildren.

Dr. Scott Stripling will present "Murder at Maqatir: The Grim Fate of Those Who Hid from the Romans." After two years of enforced secrecy, we can now tell the story of the eight human bodies discovered in a hidden chamber at the ABR's Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation. Come join us!

Plus, be the first to see ABR's new traveling exhibit, "The World of Jesus."

Sign up early to reserve your seat in advance. We are looking forward to a great night of Christian fellowship.


The Banquet will take place on Thursday April 12, 2018 at:

Shady Maple Smorgasbord
129 Toddy Dr.
East Earl, PA 17519

Doors open at 6pm, and the banquet begins at 6:30 pm.

1. Tickets are $35 per person for adults and $25 for children ages 12-17 but you must pre-register.

2. Early Bird Registration: If you register before March 28th, the cost is $30 per person and $20 for children ages 12-17.

3. Registration deadline is Tuesday April 3, 2018 by 12 Noon.

4. How to Register and make payment:

a. Call the ABR office and pay for your tickets over the phone. The ABR office is open Monday through Thursday, 9-3 EST.

b. Print this Registration Form (PDF), fill out by hand, and mail to the ABR office. Associates for Biblical Research PO Box 144 Akron, PA 17501.

c. Pay and register online, click here: Banquet Tickets

5. Would you kindly consider sponsoring a table at the banquet? Table sponsorships are $300.00 each, and help to pay for the costs associated with running this important event. This way, all donations collected the night of the banquet can be used to support the ongoing work of the ABR mission. Businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals may sponsor tables; won’t you prayerfully consider a table sponsorship if this is something God would have you do?

Important Note: Table sponsorships pay for your meal, plus 7 guests. Table Sponsors must provide ABR a list of invited guests for table assignment purposes. Maximum 8 persons per table. You may sponsor additional table(s) if you would like to invite more additional guests, or purchase individual tickets.

6. Church Group Rates of 8 or more people: $25 per person.

7. If you plan to pay for a guest(s), we must have their complete information, including name, address and phone number.

8. You will be served a delicious dinner and desert, combined with a sensational message from Dr. Stripling.

9. ABR is a non-profit Christian ministry. We depend entirely upon the generosity of our constituents to fulfill our mission. We pray you will come to this wonderful event, prepared to give generously. Only a limited number of walk in seats will be available, so sign up TODAY!

Map to Shady Maple: 129 Toddy Dr. East Earl, PA 17519

10. If you are unable to attend the banquet, but would like to support this event with a gift, you may give a gift that will be designated towards the event. Please follow these instructions:

a. Click here:

a. Enter dollar amount in ONE TIME GIFT field.

b. Under SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS, type "Gift towards SCOTT STRIPLING BANQUET 2018, I am unable to attend."

c. Follow the donation page to PayPal and follow the instructions for payment.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Associates for Biblical Research PO Box 144 Akron, PA 17501

Your Year End Gift to ABR 2013 posted by Scott Lanser MA

Make a Gift to Associates for Biblical Research Today

Partner with us to promote the authority of the Bible and to help equip this generation of students and seekers with powerful biblical and apologetic research.  Support us as we provide critical scholarly resources for Pastors, Professors, and Bible students of all ages.

Your end-of-year gift can help Associates for Biblical Research continue to promote the authority of the Bible and to show the world that the Bible is entirely trustworthy. Of greatest concern for all of us is the current crisis with our 12 to 24 year olds who are having their faith stolen from them through the lies of atheists and those consumed with drowning out the gospel in our culture. We are losing our students, but with your help we will turn the tide. Young people need clear answers and straight-forward information that will contradict and correct the uninformed opinions of social media and popular culture. In a generation of slogans and bumper-sticker propaganda we must promote the truth with honest, clear statements and then back them up with solid, sound research.  Your gift is an investment in our future and in the ministry of ABR.

Consider how your generous support will expand our efforts to impact lives:

· ABR’s Youth Faith-Builder Curriculum is moving forward. Your gifts will help us create a much needed biblical archaeological curriculum that can be used in church ministries, Christian schools, and for home-school students

· The dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir needs your continued support.  Extraordinary recent discoveries at the excavation have shown the critical importance of our efforts there. Remember the exponential impact of establishing the location of biblical Ai, as students can be shown clearly that historical accounts in the Old Testament are true and they can trust the Bible! Consider the impact for Pastors as they can teach the account of Joshua and the Conquest with evidence that will strengthen their preaching to those who are seekers.

· Your gifts will help us do a redesign of our website which reaches 60,000 people each month. The hundreds of articles available to seekers and scholars promote the authority of the Bible and strengthen the faith of God’s people.

·  Your sacrificial giving provides resources to grow the ABR staff and meet the needs of those doing original research that supports the authority of Scripture. ABR is a team of missionary scholars and researchers all committed to the truth of God’s word to the glory God!



Did You Know? Tax-Free IRA Rollover Extended!

As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 individuals aged 70 ½ or older may make tax-free transfers up to $100,000 from an IRA to Associates for Biblical Research for the 2013 tax year.

Thank you for partnering with ABR! Thank you for your generosity!

Gifts to Associates for Biblical Research for the 2013 tax year may be made until December 31, 2013

ABR Volunteer Opportunities posted by Scott Lanser MA

Dear ABR family,

I write today to share some very particular needs that we have that requires some timely, practical help from those of you who support this ministry. ABR needs helping hands in three areas:

·    Conference ministry:  Each year ABR conducts conferences and activities in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. that require volunteer assistance in setting up our booth, laying out our materials and then packing everything up at the conclusion of the event.

Certain individuals or couples might also like to help at our booth in assisting our staff as we avail conference participants of the many archaeological and apologetic resources available for their spiritual growth and edification.  For right now, we desperately need helpers who can assist us with set-up and tear-down at various events (requires modest physical labor.)  The next event where we will need this type of practical help will be on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.  If you live near this region of Pennsylvania and you would like to help, please contact us at our home office as soon as possible.  Of course there will be other conferences and activities throughout 2013 and 2014 where your help would be greatly appreciated as well.

·    Homeschool and Christian Education Conventions: ABR currently is very limited in representing its ministries to homeschool families throughout the U.S.  In the next few years we would like to expand this outreach by being represented in a larger and expanding number of Homeschool and Christian Education conferences across the U.S. Our immediate focus is upon the east coast and the mid-Atlantic region in particular. We are looking for several retired individuals or couples who might read this announcement and have the time and commitment to assist us with this need. Conferences typically run one or two days.  Responsibilities would include the set-up and tear-down of the ABR booth and the handling of the materials and products we offer conference participants. During a convention, responsibilities would include meeting new people and representing ABR, selling ABR products, signing up participants for ABR memberships and connecting those with questions with our ABR staff. 

·    Website Blog Entry Assistant: ABR is seeking an individual with experience with web formatting and .html. This volunteer position includes the text preparation of articles and outreach events, importing them into the ABR website blog software, correcting errors and formatting articles, uploading pictures, and posting the articles for review. The volunteer must have knowledge of .html and have excellent computer skills. This volunteer would also be able to help clean up articles presently on the ABR website that require updated formatting. (Please do not inquire about this role unless you have experience with html and internet coding).

More than ever ABR needs the support of Christian friends like you who are led of the Lord to assist us with these practical needs.  Is the Lord tugging at your heart?  Please contact us and let us know. If you have questions about these opportunities, or others, please don’t hesitate to call. You can reach us by calling Michelle at our home office at 800-430-0008, by email:, or send us a comment through our website at:

Thank you and God bless you in your service to the King of Kings.

ABR reports from the AIG Apologetics Conference posted by Scott Lanser MA

Henry Smith presents the evidence on Jericho and Ai.

Scott Lanser and Henry Smith have some fun at the ABR booth.

Scott Lanser speaks to a full house.

Scott debunks the critics with evidence from archaeology.

Volunteer Suzanne Lattimer shows some children pottery from Khirbet el Maqatir.


Refuting the Critics Handouts (in MS Word)

Great Discoveries OT 2 handout.doc (46.50 kb)

Five Great Discoveries OT handout Revised 8.7.10.doc (27.00 kb)

Jericho_handout.doc (407.50 kb)

Great Discoveries NT handout.doc (34.50 kb)

Great Discoveries OT 1 handout Revised 10.11.10.doc (45.50 kb)

Christmas 2009: A Message from ABR's Executive Director posted by Scott Lanser MA

My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”  Hosea 4:6


Dear friend of ABR,


God’s plan to rescue mankind from sin was perfectly fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ!  Indeed, the Apostle Paul tells us in his epistle to the Galatians that God sent Jesus into the world “in the fullness of time.” (Gal.4:4)  God had planned for this and Jesus perfectly fulfilled God’s plan.  Jesus was actually born in true space and time in real history.  God acted on purpose with a plan that was according to the “counsel of His own will.”  In advance of the actual events the prophetic revelation (vision) for his purposes was communicated to the prophets and those He had chosen to record His words, and we find God’s vision laid out for us in the Old Testament scriptures. Without that vision and the knowledge that the revelation contained the people were utterly lost, spiritually blind and incapable of knowing or doing the will of God.  This explains Jesus’ own incredulity when “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”  (John 1:11)  They were unprepared for the events that were unfolding at His birth and throughout His life because they had rejected the revelation of God.  When God’s chosen ones refuse to believe what He has supernaturally revealed in the prophetic word then darkness surrounds His people.  And this tragic reality is going on again today within the church of Jesus Christ.


The symptoms of this tragedy are readily apparent:


  • Open and flagrant belief and statements among professing Christians claiming that the Bible contains errors and mistakes.
  • Using preaching, biblical research, and the Bible as a means of personal gain and for personal advancement (seeking one’s own glory, not God’s glory.)
  • The intentional misuse and misinterpretation of Scripture to teach ideas foreign to biblical revelation.
  • Using the Bible for proof-texts for business principles, personal schemes and programs instead of teaching the Bible in its historical context.
  • Forcing the Bible to fit within the framework of post-modern philosophy, instead of making post-modern ideology submit to the revelation of Scripture. 
  • The continuing collapse of a sound doctrine of Scripture at Christian institutions of higher education from the undergraduate to the post-graduate level.
  • The willingness to deny the plain statements of Scripture in order to accommodate unproven “scientific” dogma that supports humanist philosophy that openly contradicts the accounts of Creation and the other historical narratives of the Old Testament.
  • Christians who are seeking spiritual experiences and signs BEYOND the boundaries of and in place of biblical revelation.

These symptoms are profoundly serious.  And as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, countless numbers of “believers” will gather to worship a Jesus that they aren’t even sure truly existed.  Pastors will preach sermons devoid of power because doubts were sown into their mind and hearts by cynical professors who have openly undermined the doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture.  When God’s people are under such a cloud of doubt and darkness, there are destructive consequences for the body of Christ.  “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…”


In response to these issues ABR is responding with leadership and a number of important initiatives that need your support. 


  • We support the local church!  We will answer questions and provide resources that will help the seeker, the new believer, or the mature in the faith so that their walk with Christ will grow.  Our seminars, website, and individual responses help many in the body of Christ to stand strong upon the word of God.
  • We support Pastors and teachers.  We stand ready to provide apologetic resources for those leaders in ministry who are already stressed with the demands of their calling.  Pastors, let us be a resource for you in dealing with complicated questions and assertions that undermine the authority of the Bible. 
  • We perform original fieldwork and research.  Our professional research staff are experts in the field of biblical archaeology and questions related to the history of the Bible. 
  • We confront the outrageous claims of those intentionally trying to attack the Bible and those scholars who are simply misguided in their interpretations of history, the Bible, and archaeology. 

During this Christmas season we are asking you to help us to continue this important mission.  You can be a part of our work through your regular prayers and generous financial support.  We hope you will consider giving a very special gift at this time of year so that our programs and ministries can go on without interruption.  Thank you for standing with us!  And may you and yours have a most blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our loving Savior.


For Jesus’ Sake,


Scott Lanser


Scott Lanser, Director

Associates for Biblical Research



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An Update from ABR posted by Scott Lanser MA

Dear Friend of ABR,

A few weeks ago, I alerted the ABR family about a serious drop-off in support that was threatening to undermine the strategic activities of ABR.  Many thanks to those of you who responded to this need and who have supported ABR throughout the year.  Since ABR does not receive funds from any government source or from foundations to undergird its ongoing work, we depend on the faithful support of friends like you.  Although my previous communication was alarming, rest assured that we have taken steps to help ABR reposition itself in light of the economic downturn we are facing.

Some of you who are new to ABR contacted me about how you can help in an ongoing way; others asked for more information about our ministry in order to more fully appreciate the scope and impact of ABR’s work.  It was clear that many of our friends have not understood the extraordinary devotion and sacrifices of our staff in fulfilling the calling God has given us.  Did you know that ABR’s scholars are fully supported as missionaries in their role with ABR?  In this way, every dollar you contribute can go directly to support the research projects and outreach activities of ABR.  I am extremely proud of our small administrative staff and our many volunteers whose efficiency and output are nothing short of extraordinary.

If you have been following the updates in our publications and on our website, you have undoubtedly heard that we have been involved in a number of important strategic activities.  First, we have received permission from the Israeli Antiquities Authority to re-open our dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir, in our ongoing investigation to locate biblical Ai.  This search was first begun by Dr. David Livingston, founder of ABR, at Khirbet Nisya, and continues at Khirbet el-Maqatir under the faithful leadership of Dr. Bryant Wood.  Your prayers are coveted at this time, as the current conflict in Israel is seriously threatening the viability of returning to the dig in 2009.  We are grateful that the opportunity is before us, but the timing must come from the Lord.

We continue to do extensive work in the area of Noah’s Ark research.  Two of our scholars, Gordon Franz and Rick Lanser, continue to bring fresh insights and research in the effort to find the location of the Ark.  This has included on-site investigation at Mt. Cudi in Turkey and the ongoing analysis of radar satellite imaging of Mount Ararat.  Dr. Wood continues his quest to locate Mt. Sinai, and has done on-site surveying at Gebel Khashm et-Tarif in Egypt.  Our involvement with the Temple Mount Sifting Project brought great blessing to our team of sifters, under the capable and knowledgeable leadership of Gordon Franz.

Thank you for all your help in making these projects possible.  We continue to ask for your prayers and your support as we press on to fulfill God’s mission for ABR in 2009.

For His Glory,

Scott Lanser

Executive Director


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ABR in Urgent Need of Help posted by Scott Lanser MA

Dear Friends,

As you are all well aware, an economic earthquake has occurred in our country and around the world that has brought great hardship and difficulty to many people. Everyone is feeling the effects of this turmoil. Here at ABR we have experienced a serious and steady decline of financial support that profoundly threatens our ability to carry out our ministry. I do not make this statement lightly or carelessly. ABR is facing a serious problem and I know that those of you who care very deeply about ABR would want to be made aware of this. Please understand that we have already taken strong steps to operate with extraordinary efficiency, and to honor each gift given through careful stewardship.

Due to the fact that so many ministries are struggling in these perilous financial times, we know we are not alone in asking for help. We recognize that it is critical that each of us first takes care of our own local church’s needs and that we honor the giving commitments we have already made. In light of those commitments, we are asking those of you who can find your way clear to help us, and that you would respond as generously as you are able and as the Lord directs.

We are encouraged by David in Psalm 112 of important truths we all need to keep in mind at this time: “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear….” May the Lord help each of us to walk in security and without fear. And may He help us to continue to be generous in spite of the bad news we hear all around us.

Thank you for allowing me to share this need with you and for any help you can provide at this time. May the Lord direct each of us with wisdom, courage, and generosity as we face the challenges ahead.

For His honor,

Scott Lanser, Director
Associates for Biblical Research

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