Featured Resource – Week of 06/03/2012

The Minor Prophets by Charles L. Feinberg

Moody Publishers, 1990
360 pages
ISBN 10: 0802453058

They are those books of the Bible that you rarely hear anything about.  The last 12 books of the Old Testament, collectively known to us as the “Minor Prophets”, contain some of the most overlooked and yet vitally important passages in all the Bible.  Other than a few passing references, most Christians know little about these prophets.  Sure, most of us know the story of Jonah, but how many know much about Obadiah?  Or Amos?

They are called “minor” not because they are less important, but rather simply because they are comparatively shorter than the other, more lengthy books of the prophets, such as Isaiah or Ezekiel.  This book by Charles Feinberg guides you through the riches of these prophets.  He will reveal much about the writers themselves, their times, and the great themes of each of the 12 Minor Prophets. It is a very helpful book that will shed light about a too often neglected portion of Scripture.

Featured Resource – Week of 05/20/2012

With the Word by Warren Wiersbe

Thomas Nelson, 1993
864 pages
ISBN-10: 0840792131

This resource provides a chapter-by-chapter commentary on every book of the Bible.  The format lends itself to a variety of uses.  It can be used as a commentary, a devotional, or a ready tool to prepare Bible studies or Sunday School lessons.

Wiersbe’s insights are practical and applicable to any audience.  His many years as a pastor and writer provide a wealth of insight into the Bible and how it relates to everyday life.

The book also has introductions to every book in the Bible, which provides important historical and cultural information to aid the reader in understanding God’s Word.

Featured Resource – Week of 05/06/2012

A Ready Defense by Josh McDowell

Thomas Nelson, 1992
496 pages
ISBN-10: 0840744196

This is a great resource for strengthening and defending your faith.  This book begins by upholding the authority of the Bible.  It addresses supposed contradictions and criticisms of God’s Word.  After laying that groundwork, a section on Jesus Christ shows that He is truly God incarnate and why Jesus must be exactly Who He claimed to be.

There are lengthy sections comparing Christianity with non-Christian religions, cults, and occult phenomena.  This is particularly helpful for defending your faith in light of these religious systems.

A section on most asked questions about Christianity covers common objections and inquiries people have when confronted with the person of Jesus Christ. This is valuable information that often comes up when sharing your faith with others.

The final section covers the uniqueness of the Christian faith.  The emphasis here is on how lives are changed through Jesus Christ.

The book is formatted so that it can be read from front to back or used as a reference book for specific topics.  The subject matter is divided into 45 chapters, so most chapters are relatively small and great for quick reading on a particular issue.

Featured Resource – Week of 04/29/2012

Basic Theology – A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth by Charles Ryrie

Moody Publishers, 1999
656 pages
ISBN-10: 0802427340

If you want to know more about God, this is the book for you.  This is the most approachable theology book I have found.  It is clear enough for the average person (see the word “popular” in the sub-title), yet it is deep enough that the pastor, Bible teacher, or seminary professor often finds it to be an indispensable resource. Continue reading

Featured Resource – Week of 04/22/2012

Daniel – The Key to Prophetic Revelation by John Walvoord

Moody Publishers, 1989
320 pages
ISBN-10: 0802417531

In my opinion, this is the best commentary on the book of Daniel available today.  Dr. Walvoord provides a thorough overview of the cultural background and theological issues of the book.  He addresses the considerations of dating the book and demonstrates that Daniel is indeed a book that fortells the future kingdoms of Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.  Walvoord’s essential argument in the book is that Daniel provides the framework in which biblical prophecy must be interpreted.  He accomplishes this goal while providing a thorough treatment of each chapter of Daniel.