When we desire to have a closer relationship with God, the best way to do so is through the practice of spiritual disciplines. The practice of spiritual disciplines helps us grow in the knowledge of God, his teachings, and how to live life, pleasing in His sight. It is through studying God’s Word that we receive instructions in righteousness that allows us to be transformed by the renewing of minds. (2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 12:2) There is a multitude of resources and tools available to assist us with the understanding of the Scriptures. Sorting through the numerous resources and tools to obtain the basic knowledge of Bible can be a daunting task and disheartening to some who are new to Bible Study.
Christopher D. Hudson has written a plain, user-friendly companion resource book entitled, “Self-Guided Tour of the Bible.” This book is designed to be used with the Bible. As the name implies, it allows one to study at his/her own pace. It is written using real-world scenarios and modern day examples to illustrate different concepts in the Bible. It features maps, timelines, overviews, and charts all full-colored and reproducible for classrooms or small group studies. There are 242 pages. Hudson cleverly uses a museum analogy to feature and highlight the various components of this companion guide. Each chapter acts as an “Exhibit Hall.” Each “Exhibit Hall” provides a description of content featured.
This book serves well as a quick reference guide with multiple maps, charts, overviews, and timelines at your fingertips. It would be great for new theologians beginning the journey of discovery of God’s Word. It is ideal for teaching biblical foundation training and teaching in a small group setting and for individual study. I would definitely recommend this as a resource that should be a part of your arsenal.
Rose Publishing has distributed a pamphlet entitled, “Evidence for the Resurrection.” It is a 14 page pamphlet (with 12 pages of actual content) that responds to seven objections and addresses four theories raised by skeptics. Skeptics question the deity of Jesus Christ and produce arguments that the accounts of Jesus Christ is that of a mythological figure or a mortal man and His ministry is folklore.
This publication denotes prominent Scriptures to illustrate biblical truths relating to Jesus’ resurrection. However, it also identifies archaeology and historical discoveries that supports the reliability of the Bible. Although I appreciate the attempt, I believe that there needs to be more information provided from the archaeology and historical points that coincide with the Scriptures. If this document acts as an apologetic writing then there needs to be more balance. Typically, skeptics will reject biblical truths because the Bible is the source.
I believe those that have questions relating to the resurrection but believe that Jesus is God would find the information compelling read. Also, I believe that Christians who are actively evangelizing would benefit from the information in this publication. It would also be a conversation opening for small groups, Bible Study, or Sunday school.
Our teens are faced with peer pressure and ideologies that conflict with what they learn in school. It is critical that we provide them with biblical foundations that will keep them rooted in their faith and respond to the various dogmas that they are inundated with continuously. As I endeavored to identify biblical resources for our teens at our church, I had the opportunity to review “Answers to Evolution” issued by Rose Publishing.
This pamphlet provides sixteen questions about evolution and the origins of life. Both scientific and scriptural perspectives are examined. Specifically, it addresses the numerous scientific theories highlighting the erroneous points that conflict with the Bible. It offers additional resources for a more in-depth study on the topics. This is definitely a conversation starter that will aid in discussion of sciences versus God.
I believe that the pamphlet is balanced. It will aid teenagers who are navigating through science classes that are introduced to conflicting accounts on body development, evolution of life forms, and origins of life. It will give teenagers the opportunity to perform more research into these theories and the Scriptures. I am hopeful that Rose Publishing will produce a more in depth book to address these issues. I would recommend this pamphlet to Sunday School teachers or parents that have children questioning the accuracy of the Scriptures relating to creation.