It’s All About Jesus: A Reader’s Guide to Understanding the Bible
I wrote this book for a class I was teaching, a class for church workers which was part of a series to prepare them for their work. This class was on proper interpretation of the Bible, also called hermeneutics. Because I couldn’t find any book on hermeneutics that met my needs for the class, I created this book.
Seven Mysteries of the Christian Faith
After considering for years how I would write this book, I finally made it my writing project for 2015. It includes chapters on the Holy Trinity, the Incarnation of Jesus, Redemption, Faith, and other traditional Christian teachings that are best approached as mysteries, or paradoxes, that transcend reason rather than relying on reason or falling short of reason.
This was my writing project for 2016. It shows how the events in Genesis, from Creation to Joseph’s forgiveness for his brothers, depict the coming rescue mission of Jesus Christ. The people described in Genesis are real people, but in their lives they acted out the plan of salvation so that they and others after them could know what Jesus would one day do to save them.
Larry was a young pastor, still getting started in his first congregation. Crystal had been his high school sweetheart, the only girl he ever wanted to marry. One day, out of the blue, Crystal called Larry. “I need your help,” she said. “Charlie and I both need your help. Our marriage is in trouble…has been for a while… and he has finally agreed to see a counselor with me… Do you ever do marriage counseling?” Years earlier, Larry had promised Crystal that he would always do whatever she asked of him. But can he give her the help she needs to preserve her marriage? And how will that counseling affect his own efforts to live a holy Christian life?
This book, published by Butler Center Books, tells the story of nine famous people from Arkansas. You might know about Bill Clinton, Sam Walton, and Johnny Cash. You probably don’t know about the woman who slept in the basement of her museum, or the man who almost invented the airplane. Nine short biographies.
When his disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables, Jesus did not say that the parables make his teachings easier to understand. Instead, he indicated that many people would misunderstand his parables. He suggested that they were spoken in a code that would only be understood by believers. “To you has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given,” he said (Matthew 13:11).
What secrets are these? They are the identity of Jesus—truly and completely God, truly and completely human, and the world’s only Savior and Redeemer—and the mission of Jesus—to live a sinless life in the place of his people, and to offer that life as a sacrifice to redeem his people.
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