Tips, Resources, and Reads

My latest tips, resources, and reads.

Just in case you wondered.

ON BIBLE STUDY:

Why should you study the Scriptures when you’ve heard the stories before? God’s Word is rich enough to provide new insights every time you study, no matter how many times you’ve read the same passage. You have an opportunity to more fully understand the God of the Scriptures and what Jesus Christ has done for us. Because the Bible is transformational, as you routinely study, you can anticipate a closer walk with Jesus. God has so many blessings for those who seek him, blessings only found in his Word.

Precept and BSF studies have aided my growth in Bible literacy. I recommend both options for women’s Bible studies. Come January, I will be leading a group of ladies through the last two chapters of Philippians for an in-depth inductive study. If you would like to know how to get more out of your Bible study, check out the blog series How Can I Get More Out of my Bible Study?

ON BIBLE TRANSLATIONS:

Although there are many good translations, my preferred Bible translation is the ESV. This is not only because my pastor uses ESV in the pulpit but because I’ve done some research.

About the ESV (Crossway)

“The English Standard Version (ESV) is an “essentially literal” translation of the Bible in contemporary English. Created by a team of more than 100 leading evangelical scholars and pastors, the ESV Bible emphasizes “word-for-word” accuracy, literary excellence, and depth of meaning. Suited for personal reading, public worship, in-depth study, and Scripture memorization, the ESV is available in more than 200 print editions. Since its publication in 2001, the ESV Bible has gained wide acceptance and is used by church leaders, numerous denominations and organizations, and millions of individuals around the world.”

The History of the English Standard Version from Crossway on Vimeo.

ON THEOLOGY:

It is my prayer that women would respond to the call of Matt. 22:37 and not be theologically shy. If we love God with our hearts, we must also consider our minds. Good theology reveals to you the greatness and holiness of the God who made you and takes care of you. Furthermore, how can we praise God when we don’t know much about him? How can we sing of his goodness if we don’t know what it is?

It’s crucial that we learn, understand, and apply the core doctrines of the Christian faith. I’m preparing to lead a women’s theology class beginning in January where we will be studying the doctrine of God. In addition to good books, I use a variety of systematic theologies. For those women who might be new to the study of theology, I recommend Michael Horton’s Bible college version, Pilgrim Theology. Many women find the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible helpful when connecting doctrinal truths to Scripture.

Introducing the ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible from Crossway on Vimeo.

ON READING:

Reading has the ability to stretch our thinking. When reading a novel, your mind is pulled into the life and emotions of a fictional character. Reading a memoir deepens our sense of empathy. Non-fiction reading expands our knowledge of topics and events. Books are a very important part of Christian culture and Christian life. I encourage all Christian women to take up the discipline of reading to honor God and for the growth of the church. My current reading choices are pictured.

ON PODCASTS:

I’m not a t.v. watcher so it seems I’m listening to more podcasts. I’m sharing some favorites with you.

Joyful Journey Podcast

“We are inundated with voices that claim to have answers. And we’re left empty and longing for something better. God’s word has the answers – superior, fulfilling, joyful answers! We’ll discuss how to filter the good from the bad so you can confidently rest and rejoice in the truth. We hope to inspire and equip women to passionately pursue beautiful, biblical truth on their journeys as women of God. When you choose truth, you’re choosing joy!”

Crossway Podcasts

The Crossway Podcast is a show where we sit down with authors each week for thoughtful interviews about the Bible, theology, church history, and the Christian life.”

Credo Magazine Podcast (linked below).