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Bible Resource Spotlight: Matthew: A Theological Commentary on the Bible

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Bible teachers Genre: Commentary FBSN Rating: B+   It seems strange that asking a theologian to write a Bible commentary would be considered, well, strange. But in the “academic silo” world we live in, the fact is […]

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Bible Resource Spotlight: After Acts

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Bible teachers, students, Bible Study Nerds Genre: Christian History FBSN Rating: B   Dr. Bryan Litfin is a theology professor at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He also holds a Ph.D. in the field of ancient church […]

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Bible Resource Spotlight: Reformation Commentary on Scripture, New Testament III: Luke

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Teachers, Seminary Students Genre: Commentary FBSN Rating: A   The risk with Christian history and theology is that voices from our shared past are often drowned out by the voices of today’s popular thought leaders and megachurch […]

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Bible Resource Spotlight: Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Thessalonians

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Sunday School Teachers Genre: Bible Commentary FBSN Rating: B   The distinctive aspects of the Christ-Centered Exposition series are two-fold. First, as the editors say, “The Bible is a Christ-centered book … We purpose to exalt Jesus […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Small group leaders, Sunday School teachers, Pastors Genre: Bible Dictionary FBSN Rating: A-   OK, yes, this is the “New and Enhanced Edition” of Herbert Lockyer’s 1986 original, and an update of the 1995 update of the same […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Complete Bible Handbook

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Small Group Leaders, Sunday School Teachers Genre: Bible Reference FBSN Rating: A   Full disclosure first: I’m a total fan of Stephen Miller. I own several of his Bible reference books because I always find his work […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The Illustrated Guide to Bible Customs and Curiosities

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Students, Nerds Genre: Bible Reference FBSN Rating: A   Don’t be deceived by the “pocket” size of George Knight’s book, The Illustrated Guide to Bible Customs and Curiosities. Sure, it looks small compared to the thick commentaries […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Discovering Romans

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Small Group Leaders Genre: Bible Commentary / Sermons FBSN Rating: B+   When S. Lewis Johnson was a college man in the 1930s, he had little interest in God, let alone in preaching the Bible. All he […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: 30 Events That Shaped the Church

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Bible Students, Pastors, Pew-Sitters Genre: Christian History FBSN Rating: A   It’s rare to find a book that could appeal to both a Bible Study Nerd and the average pew-sitter, but Alton Gansky has made one anyway. 30 […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Instant Small Group

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Small Group Leaders Genre: Bible Studies FBSN Rating: A   OK, yes, I’m talking about my own book in today’s column, so if that offends you feel free to skip to the next column. But this is the […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The Holman Apologetic Commentary on the Bible #1: The Gospels and Acts

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Teachers, Small Group Leaders Genre: Bible Commentary FBSN Rating: B+   The Holman Apologetic Commentary on the Bible series is unique in that its main focus is not verse by verse exposition of the Scriptures. In fact, […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: God in Slow Motion

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Teachers, Pew-Sitters Genre: Christian Living FBSN Rating: A   Guest Columnist – Jill Wuellner Have you ever read a story from the Bible and let the depth of it slip from your fingers? Missed some of the […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: How God Became Jesus

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Teachers, Seminary Students Genre: Theology / Apologetics FBSN Rating: B   Bart Ehrman has made a cottage industry of creating new, marketable conspiracy theories about Jesus. In the process, he’s made it OK to talk about religion […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The Complete Guide to the Bible

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Bible students of all ages Genre: Reference Book FBSN Rating: A   Guest Columnist – Rebbekka Messenger Here’s a book that’s a great pick for Bible study beginners and veterans alike. In here, Stephen Miller’s given us a […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Jesus the King

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Small Group Leaders, Students Genre: Biblical Study FBSN Rating: A   Guest Columnist – Dr. Norm Wakefield If you want the Bible to come alive and relate to the 21st century then this book is for you. […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Parents, Teens, Pastors Genre: Christian Living FBSN Rating: B It’s tempting to think of Lee Strobel as a one-trick writer, simply because he keeps publishing random books titled “The Case for…” That temptation gets even stronger when you […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The Christian Faith by Michael Horton

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Seminary students; Professors; Pastors Genre: Theology FBSN Rating: A The first thing you say when you see Michael Horton’s book of systematic theology is “wow.” That’s because, at over 1,000 pages, this brick-sized tome gives new meaning to […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The Study Bible for Women

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Mothers; Bible students; Teens Genre: Study Bibles FBSN Rating: B+ Envisioned by women, for women, and created by more than a dozen biblical scholars, The Study Bible for Women features the accurate-and-readable Holman Christian Standard Bible translation and […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: A Visual Guide to Gospel Events

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Bible Study Leaders, Seminary Students, History Buffs Genre: Historical Reference FBSN Rating: A   Who knew ancient public archives were important for biblical understanding? Well, James Martin, John Beck, and David Hansen did—and that’s why their very interesting […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Illustrated Life of Paul

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Seminary Professors and Students Genre: Biography / History FBSN Rating: C+ As far as biographies go, the Illustrated Life of Paul can seem a bit dry. It comes off as more of a “travel guide to the life of […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Christ-Centered Exposition – Matthew

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Teachers, Small Group Leaders Genre: Bible Commentary FBSN Rating: B Christ-Centered Exposition – Matthew is somewhat unique as a Bible commentary in a few specific ways. First, it’s designed with sermon preparation in mind, working on the […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: All the Names in the Bible

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Pastors, Seminary Students Genre: Dictionaries FBSN Rating: B+ If you’re the kind of nerd who likes flipping open a dictionary and reading random entries—or if you’re just a Bible Study Nerd who needs random access to biblical information—then […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The Baker Illustrated Guide to Everyday Life in Bible Times

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Pastors, Youth Pastors Genre: Cultural / Historical Reference FBSN Rating: B   One big obstacle to understanding the Bible, especially for younger Christians, is the enormous cultural differences between our modern society and the lives of the […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: Chronological Study Bible (NIV)

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Adults, Teens, Young Adults Genre: Bibles FBSN Rating: A- If you, or anyone in your family, ever wanted to read the Bible from beginning to end, this is the way to do it. The Chronological Study Bible’s unique […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: 100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Bible Study Groups, Families Genre: Bible Reference FBSN Rating: B+ “God made Eve from Adam’s rib. Are you ribbing me?” “The Bible says ‘sons of God’ had sex with human women, who gave birth to giants. Doesn’t […]

Bible Resource Spotlight: The MacArthur Study Bible

posted by Mike Nappa

Reader Appeal: Students, Parents, Pastors, Bible Study Leaders Genre: Study Bible FBSN Rating: B It’s easy to appreciate the scholarship invested in the verse-by-verse commentaries that make up the bulk of The MacArthur Study Bible. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation […]

Previous Posts

Bible Resource Spotlight: Matthew: A Theological Commentary on the Bible
Reader Appeal: Pastors, Bible teachers Genre: Commentary FBSN Rating: B+   It seems strange that asking a theologian to write a Bible commentary would be considered, well, strange. But in the “academic silo” world we live ...

posted 12:00:18pm May. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Bible Resource Spotlight: After Acts
Reader Appeal: Bible teachers, students, Bible Study Nerds Genre: Christian History FBSN Rating: B   Dr. Bryan Litfin is a theology professor at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He also holds a Ph.D. in the field of ...

posted 12:00:16pm Apr. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Bible Resource Spotlight: Reformation Commentary on Scripture, New Testament III: Luke
Reader Appeal: Pastors, Teachers, Seminary Students Genre: Commentary FBSN Rating: A   The risk with Christian history and theology is that voices from our shared past are often drowned out by the voices of today’s popular ...

posted 12:00:14pm Apr. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Matthew 11:1-19; Jesus and John the Baptist (Inductive Studies)
“Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” It’s interesting that John asked an academic question, recorded in Matthew 11:3, and Jesus responded with a legal answer (Matthew 11:4-6). John’s question really ...

posted 12:00:44pm Apr. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Matthew 11:1-19; Jesus and John the Baptist (Bible Difficulties)
When John the Baptist was in prison and heard that Jesus was nearby, he sent his disciples to ask of Christ himself: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matthew 11:3). Why did he ask this ...

posted 12:00:43pm Apr. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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