Staff Pick – When Skeptics Ask

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Wondering what to read next? With the thousands of books on the WORDsearch site, it can be tough to decide on what book to add to your library. But we’re here to help! Today’s Staff Pick highlights one of our employee’s favorite books. And don’t miss the special discount at the end of this post just for stopping by!

They say to err is human. I say to question is also human. The first attack by Satan on the human race was a question, “‘Has God said…?'” Humanity fell, and we’ve been questioning things ever since.

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Staff Pick – The Sermon Notebook

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Wondering what to read next? With the thousands of books on the WORDsearch site, it can be tough to decide on what book to add to your library. But we’re here to help! Today’s Staff Pick highlights one of our employee’s favorite book sets. And don’t miss the special discount at the end of this post just for stopping by!

The Sermon Notebook is my second favorite product we have at WORDsearch, after the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible. It’s sermon outlines, but it’s way more than just sermon outlines.

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Staff Pick – The All Series

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Wondering what to read next? With the thousands of books on the WORDsearch site, it can be tough to decide on what book to add to your library. But we’re here to help! Today’s Staff Pick highlights one of our employee’s favorite book sets. And don’t miss the special discount at the end of this post just for stopping by!

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Staff Pick – Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

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“Did I tell you what I read today in Misreading Scripture?”

While reading this book, I think I asked my friends, co-workers and family this question constantly, wanting to share with them every little thing I read. I couldn’t stop talking about it. I was blown away by the insights and evidence the authors provided to explain the cultural differences between when the Bible was written and now.

Even without consciously knowing it, we all bring our own biases and assumptions with us when we read the Bible. As a 25-year-old female who was raised in America, I am going to interpret verses through the lens of our individualistic society, placing my rules and understanding of language and time into God’s Word. The worst part? I wouldn’t have even known I was doing it until I read E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien’s book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes.

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Staff Pick – God Behaving Badly

GodBehavingBadlySometimes when I am reading the Old Testament, I have to stop and say, “Uh…what?” God can come off, well, angry, sexist and racist. It sometimes even seems worse compared to how loving and kind Jesus was in the New Testament, causing people to separate God into the mean, scary Old Testament God verses the nice New Testament Jesus. How do we reconcile these seemingly different portrayals of God?

That’s where David Lamb and God Behaving Badly come in. He wants us to discuss and study the hard questions that most of us ignore because we don’t understand. Each chapter is dedicated to a question about God’s character, like “Is God Angry or Loving?” and “Is God Legalistic or Gracious?” Using biblical references that we are uncomfortable with, he explains the historical circumstances to show how what God does is for good, even though it seems harsh to us.

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Staff Pick – The Glory of Preaching

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Do you know how much time pastors put into preparing their messages? Many people do not realize the amount of work it takes. I’ve heard people (non-pastors) talk about the easy “1-2 hour workweeks” that pastors have. As a pastor’s son and pastor-in-training, I’ve come to understand that this is not the case.

The one-hour message you hear from the pulpit is the result of 13 hours of study (in my experience), on average. Reading the original Greek and Hebrew texts, examining the context and comparing parallel passages are all things that go into this study time, with the goal of coming to a full and clear understanding of the text. After this time of study, the final step of the process is to communicate this understanding to other people. We call this teaching or preaching.

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