Dr. Thomas Jay Oord, a theologian, philosopher and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies, and Dr. Richard Thompson, a biblical scholar, are editors of a newly published book, The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture. The book of 30 essays provides clarity and explanation to key biblical issues in the spirit and tradition John Wesley.
This book is the product of the annual Wesley Conference in 2011. “The 2011 Wesley Center Conference was important for bringing together scholars, pastors and laity to discuss how Wesleyans should approach the Bible,” says conference chair and co-editor Thomas Jay Oord. “This book reports on that discussion, deepens it, expands it and invites those not able to attend the conference to ponder these important biblical issues.”
More than 30 leading scholars offered essays in The Bible Tells Me So. Essays address a host of topics including biblical interpretation, inerrancy, Dead Sea Scrolls, inspiration, Wesley’s approach to Scripture, spiritual formation and postmodernism. In the latter half of the book, writers of the New Beacon Hill Bible Commentary series offer essays on key themes for preaching and teaching.
“This book reports on that discussion, deepens it, expands it and invites those not able to attend the conference to ponder these important biblical issues.”
“What makes this collection unique,” says biblical scholar and co-editor Richard Thompson, “is that it both stimulates new thought about Scripture in the life of the Church and takes us thoughtfully and prayerfully to places in Scripture that often get ignored. The book is a gift to those in the Church who seek to listen to Scripture.”
Northwest Nazarene University’s alumni, current and former faculty who contributed to the book include Wendell Bowes, Randy Bynum, C. S. Cowles, George Lyons, Kara Lyons-Pardue, Michael Lodahl, Mark Maddix, Randy Maddox, Thomas Jay Oord, Carol Rotz and Richard Thompson.
The nearly 500-page book offers a wealth of resources for pastors, laity, professors, students and Christian leaders of various ministries. The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture is available for purchase on Amazon.com in either print or electronic form.