There seem to be two groups of people when it comes to The End Times. One group wants to discuss and debate them with as much vigor as is humanly poss...moreThere seem to be two groups of people when it comes to The End Times. One group wants to discuss and debate them with as much vigor as is humanly possible, convinced that there is only one possible interpretation for every end times reference in the Bible. The other group is content with the truth that “Jesus is coming back to rule and reign” and doesn’t really concern itself with exactly how that will happen. Count me in the second group. My position there is why 40 Questions about The End Times by Eckhard Schnabel was such a helpful book to me. It didn’t get bogged down with labels (post-trib pre-mill dispensationalist), instead focusing on specific issues (the Mark of the Beast, the battle of Armageddon, etc) and what the Bible says about them. This book will now be my go-to resource on End Times questions and is ideal for the personal library of both pastors and laypersons.
I must add one caveat, however. If you are looking for a book to confirm the rightness of your particular belief about the end times, this is probably not the book for you. It’s far more concerned with what the Bible actually says than endorsing a particular end times philosophy. This is a very good thing, though. We should always come to the Bible ready to have our preconceptions changed based on the truth of God’s Word.(less)
Typically, people read books that fall into easy categories like fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry, etc. It’s much easier to wrap your head arou...moreTypically, people read books that fall into easy categories like fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry, etc. It’s much easier to wrap your head around what you’re reading when you know in what genre a book is. That is one of the challenges people have when reading the Bible however. Because it encompasses so many different genres (narrative, law, psalms, wisdom literature, prophets, gospels, epistles, apocalyptic) people sometimes have difficulty understanding how to read different sections differently, yet still trust that they are the inerrant word of God, breathed out by the Holy Spirit. Krish Kandiah’s Route 66: A Crash Course in Navigating Life with the Bible is an extremely helpful resource to equip people to read their Bible more clearly and, thus, make it a more worshipful experience to read their Bible.
The book is structured as an 8-week journey through the different literary genres present in the Bible intended for group study but equally usable for individuals. Each week has 5 lessons as well as a Small Group Study. Because we so rarely read the Bible in community, these studies are especially helpful as a way to encourage people to see the Bible as not just a personal “life instruction guide” but God’s revelation to use on how to live in worship of Him and community with others. Another very helpful resource in an 8-week Bible Reading plan. The author lists the books to read each week along with suggestions of how deeply to read each book (like a novel, like a bunch of letters, etc). Now this approach should not be followed for reading the Bible always, but for someone who is just getting started reading the Bible, this kind of guided instruction can significantly lower the barrier to what can be a daunting book.
My only “gripe” with Route 66 is it’s “British-ness”, which isn’t a problem, but something potential readers should be aware of. Many of the illustrations used are less familiar to American readers vs. readers in other countries, but that shouldn’t prevent anyone from profiting from this very useful book.(less)