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Acts from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners

Author: Donald L. Griggs and Paul W. Walaskay January 11, 2017

This 2014 addition to The Bible From Scratch series provides adult study groups with a meaty and approachable seven-session course on the book of Acts. The writers, both professors from Union Presbyterian Seminary, seem to assume three things: that participants have almost no prior experience reading the Bible, that participants will do reading in preparation for the meeting, […]

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Yale Divinity School Bible Study: Romans

Author: Yale Divinity School October 12, 2016

This eight-week study of Romans, presented by The Congregational Church of New Canaan, features DVD discussions between Yale Professors Harold Attridge and David Bartlett.  Each discussion segment is about 15 to 20 minutes long, addresses a section of the letter, especially a “focal text,” and gives viewers a chance to hear these scholars talk about main themes […]

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Disciple Fast Track

Author: Susan Wilke Fuquay August 9, 2016

This new, shorter, flexible version of the popular Disciple Bible study program can be offered during the Sunday School hour, and while originally designed for small groups (under 20 participants), it is also adaptable for very large groups (groups of 100 participants simply divide into small table groups for discussion activities). This fast-track version offers […]

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Discover Your Bible Series–Discover 1 Samuel

Author: Steven L. Petroelje July 27, 2016

There are two great advantages for choosing Faith Alive’s Discover Your Bible Series for adult Sunday School classes. The first advantage is that this resource encourages and even teaches close textual reading; it guides people how to read carefully and with attention to details and larger contexts. The second advantage is that the resource is a […]

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An Odd Couple, Jonah & Ruth: Lessons for Our Fractured World

Author: Carol J. Miller July 8, 2016

This short study from Kerygma pairs two unlikely Old Testament figures in order to help us examine the brokenness of our world in light of God’s desire for us to include and serve others. It  can be offered as a nine-week/semester study or as two short-term studies (four sessions on Jonah and five on Ruth). What […]

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Genesis to Revelation Series

Author: Abingdon Press June 20, 2016

Do the adults at your church want to study the Bible book by book? Consider this series for this year’s  Sunday School curriculum; it provides a manageable but rich amount of background information for each book and provides commentary on selected passages even as it emphasizes close reading and small group discussion.   WHAT IS INCLUDED: This series is designed […]

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The Books of Faith Series: Acts

Author: Ray Pickett May 15, 2016

Augsburg’s The Books of Faith Series of studies on individual books of the Bible organizes lessons by covering four areas: historical context, literary context, Lutheran context, and devotional context.  Non-Lutheran groups may enjoy comparing the Lutheran context to their own denominational theologies. The studies vary in length; the study on Acts, for instance, is an […]

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Dwelling with Phillipians: A Conversation with Scripture through Image and Word

Author: Elizabeth Halstead, Paul Detterman, Joyce Borger, John D. Witvliet, Eds April 6, 2016

This resource from Eerdman’s publishing invites individuals or classes to study and experience Paul’s letter to the Phillipians through an “evocative juxtaposition of texts and images” (ix). Divided into sixteen sections, the book offers excepts from ancient and contemporary theologians, poetry, photographs, art and hymns alongside discussion questions and portions of Paul’s letter. For instance, […]

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Animate: Practices

Author: Sparkhouse April 2, 2016

Sparkhouse’s Animate DVD study series includes three segments. The newest of them, Animate:Practices addresses such questions as: Why do we pray? Why are sacraments at the center of the church’s biggest controversies? Do we really need the church to worship God? The resource examines and features seven practices that are at the core of the Christian life.  The practices themselves, […]

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