In December, Christianity Today released its 2018 Book Award winners, and intriguing titles abound. From a book on selfies to one on hospitality from Rosaria Butterfield, this year’s best books address pertinent themes from a Christian perspective.
With the end of the Civil War in 1865, the black church and its worship gained a more public face, even in the South. Black groups within white churches could separate and begin self-determining congregations. [Read more…]
But with a David C Cook study kit, all you need to do is invite your group. You’ll get study books, videos, and leader material to help guide your group toward a stronger faith in God and deeper relationships with one another. [Read more…]
In Jesus Wins, releasing this month, Dayton Hartman argues that a biblical view of eschatology produces a different response. It places Jesus’ return and victory at the center and inspires hope and greater faithfulness in the present age.
This excerpt reminds readers that the entire story of redemption is about getting us back to paradise and the intended relationship with our Creator that began in the garden of Eden. [Read more…]
Yesterday we posted about ways to kickstart your yearly Bible study goals.
Today, we’re back with another of a different kind: free Bible study starter packs.
We all come into the new year with different goals. Some of us just want to finally nail down a habit of Bible reading, while others have loftier goals, like learning (or relearning) Greek and Hebrew. [Read more…]
One of the best-selling Christian books this year was Letters to the Church by Francis Chan. In it, he reminds readers of how powerful and glorious the Church once was—and calls us to once again be the Church God intended us to be.
In this excerpt, Chan gently challenges our displaced focus on self and redirects it to someone, and something, far greater. [Read more…]
Given that only two angels are explicitly named in Scripture (Michael and Gabriel), it is unsurprising that they have garnered a lot of attention, speculation, and reverence throughout the centuries—in both religious tradition and popular media.
Some even believe Michael was the pre-incarnate Jesus.
In the book 300 Christmas Quotations and Prayers, editor Elliot Ritzema pulls from centuries of Christian writing to offer timeless yet fresh reflections on Advent and Christmas.
Each year, Christianity Today honors outstanding books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.
The Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels, edited by Barry Beitzel, recently received this prestigious award for the category of Biblical Studies. The commentary delivers fresh insight by paying attention to an often overlooked component of the Gospel stories—their geographical setting.
Most houses (be they of a commoner or a king) had a guest–room or lodging place (katalyma) where a traveler could pause to eat or sleep for a period of time.
This excerpt explores—and challenges—the traditional understanding of the location of Jesus’ birth. [Read more…]