how-to-study-the-bible-logoThe course How to Study the Bible begins in four weeks. The Wednesday night session begins on October 5 and the Sunday night session begins on October 9. Learn more about them here.

I’m getting pumped for this class. Today I want to share the two reference books that I’ll recommend for students to use throughout the course. I chose them because they each represent a significant part of my theological lens.

Living by the Book by Howard HendricksThe first book is Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks. I grew up in the Baptist tradition and served in the Evangelical Mega-church world during my 20s and early 30s. This book was my guiding light for Bible Study methods during this era. Baptists love to dig into word studies and explore the historical contexts in order to get as close as possible to the intent of the author. Hendricks presents the tools and method of Bible study in a fun and accessible manner.


Making Sense of Scripture by David LoseThe second book is Making Sense of Scripture by David Lose. I am currently a pastor in the ELCA and my understanding of scripture and how it relates to the dynamic word of God has changed since my early years (read my current view here). David Lose is a premier Lutheran pastor, preacher, and scholar and presents a Lutheran perspective on scripture in a very accessible and helpful way.


I look forward to sharing the helpful tools that I have gleaned from both of these contexts with the students who engage in this course.

If you are interested to see more resources, I’ve been creating a list on my Amazon account. View it here.

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