Spoilers: They’re Messing with Our Bible Study

We’re in a privileged position.

The Hebrews had to wait decades (or centuries) for prophets to show up and tell them what God had to say. And on top of that, there was time that passed between a prophet’s ministry and their writings being included in the Scriptures.

The early Church had it a bit easier: most of the documents that became our New Testament were written in the first 50 years after Jesus’ resurrection. And the Christian leaders didn’t waste much time spreading those documents around.

But us? We get to reference every book from Genesis to Revelation all at once. Many of us are even free to buy, read, talk about, and blog about the Bible publicly.

I’m grateful for this. But it also comes with a few drawbacks.

One of those drawbacks rears its ugly head a lot, especially when we read the Old Testament: We know the spoilers. Continue reading “Spoilers: They’re Messing with Our Bible Study”

8 songs now ready—AnthemBible: the Psalms

If you’ve been following along the last few months, you’ve seen four songs crop up—one for each of the first four Psalms.

Confession: we’re a good deal farther along on this project than we’ve let on. ;)

We’ve created a new site dedicated to music based on the Bible, called AnthemBible.com. Right now, Jeffrey and I are focusing our energies on writing a song for each of the Psalms, but we hope to create some other projects in the future (like an instrumental piece for each book of the Bible, for example).

But not only are we writing a song for each psalm—we’re packaging up a suite of resources for the worship leaders and musically-inclined among you to be able to download and use for free.

Each song package includes an audio recording, a lyric sheet, a chord chart, and sheet music that lays out the parts in the recording.

Oh, and we’re actually eight songs in, not just four!

You can check them all out here:

Continue reading “8 songs now ready—AnthemBible: the Psalms”

Hebrews: Jesus is greater, so hold fast to Him

Overview of the book of Hebrews

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Should Christians ever turn away from the faith, or should they hold fast to it? Why?

The book of Hebrews is a long list of reasons to cling to Jesus. Hebrews was written for Christians who had been in the church for a while. These folks knew about angels, the Old Testament heroes, the devil, and Moses’ tabernacle, but someone thought they needed to know a little more.

So someone wrote Hebrews—we don’t know who (more on that later).

It’s a word of exhortation (Heb 13:22), a message that comforts us and motivates us to obey God. Continue reading “Hebrews: Jesus is greater, so hold fast to Him”

“Though We Tremble” based on Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

That’s the first verse of Psalm 4— an evening prayer, written by David. Jeffrey’s written a melody, and I created an arrangement of the song. It’s free for the church to use in worship services, retreats, and more.

Sheet music, lyric sheets, and chord charts are coming soon. You can take a listen to the recording here:

Get lyrics and more on Psalm 4 at AnthemBible.com.

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Guide to the Pentateuch

The origins of God’s people and God’s law

Pentateuch free bible iconThe first five books of the Bible are known as the Pentateuch, or the Law of Moses. Moses is traditionally recognized as the author of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

These books convey three main kinds of information: story, records, and law. Continue reading “Guide to the Pentateuch”

NIV Cultural Background Study Bible: Why I Really Like It

TL;DR: Zondervan sent me a copy of the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible to check out, and I liked it enough to write about it. =) 

You know what I think my biggest obstacle is when it comes to studying the Bible?

It’s not the cryptic language in the prophets.

It’s not the boring genealogies.

It’s the fact that the Bible was written by people who lived thousands of years ago and thousands of miles away . . . to more people who lived thousands of years ago and thousands of miles away.

I have almost nothing in common with these people when it comes to culture. We’re not reading the same stories. We’re not weathering the same international political climates. And as far as I can tell, Jeremiah isn’t binge-watching the same Netflix shows I am. Continue reading “NIV Cultural Background Study Bible: Why I Really Like It”

Galatians: our new freedom in Christ

Overview of the book of Galatians

Paul is angry.

Some false teacher has pressured the churches in Galatia (a region in the Roman Empire) to follow the Jewish Law. They’re teaching that salvation comes through the Law of Moses, and not through Christ—the exact opposite of what Paul had taught them. So Paul writes a letter to bring them back to the truth.

This letter isn’t about Paul’s ego or preferences: it’s about understanding why Jesus had to die and how it affects us. Continue reading “Galatians: our new freedom in Christ”

Deuteronomy: love God, obey God

Overview of Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy free bible iconFinally: Israel is just across the Jordan River from the promised land of Canaan. Moses has led the young nation out of Egypt and on a 40-year journey through the wilderness, and they have just defeated several enemies before setting up camp here. Three of the 12 tribes are already settling the land east of the Jordan, and the whole nation is almost ready to enter the land God promised to their ancestor Abraham (back in the book of Genesis). Continue reading “Deuteronomy: love God, obey God”

Old Testament books

Here you can find quick, 3-minute guides to every book of the Old Testament. They’re listed in the order they show up in Protestant Bibles. Just click any book’s name, and get a high-level idea of what it’s about.

But don’t ever stop at these guides. You’ll miss the best part: reading through the books yourself!

There are 39 total books in the Old Testament, divided into five groups. Continue reading “Old Testament books”