Recommended Resources
Recommended Resources:
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND & CHURCH HISTORY

America: The Last Best Hope (3 vols)
William J. Bennett
New York Times best-selling author William J. Bennett underscores the heritage of how our nation became truly great and even today draws millions of people yearning to breathe free to its shores. Get to know the pillars of our country's founding -- not as dusty pages in history, but as the flesh and blood that set this great experiment into motion. It's an inspirational reacquainting with history that will lead you to embrace America's greatness once again. (CBD) Teaching resource: Roadmap to America: The Last Best Hope
Book: Amazon: vol. 1 / vol. 2 / vol. 3 | CBD: vol. 1 / vol. 2 / vol. 3
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks): vol. 1 / vol. 2 / vol. 3

The American Heritage Series (DVD)
David Barton
Experience the true untold story of our nation's godly heritage! From the separation of church and state to the civil rights movement, from the courage of our Founding Fathers to the building of our nation's monuments, historian David Barton explores the spiritual, educational, judicial, and cultural influences that molded America's Judeo-Christian values. (CBD)
Video: Amazon | CBD

The American Patriot's Almanac
William Bennett and John Cribb
From Jamestown in 1609 to the bloody battles of the Civil War to the present, America's story is best told one day at a time. Now updated with a new preface, readings, and profiles of historical figures, Bennett and Cribb's bestseller distills the American drama into 365 entries filled with personalities, conflicts, discoveries, and ideas. (CBD)
Book: Amazon
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)

The Apostle: A Life of Paul
John Pollock
The acclaimed biography of the early church's greatest evangelist, the Apostle Paul. Master storyteller John Pollock makes Paul and his amazing story freshly alive, so that you can know the greatest apostle much as Luke and Timothy did as they traveled with him. As you turn the pages, you'll sense Paul's motives, his aims and priorities, what mattered to him, and what he was willing to die for. (Logos)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)

The Baptist Story
Anthony Chute, Nathan Finn, Michael A.G. Haykin
Tracing their origins back to John Smyth -- who instituted immersion of adult believers as the basis of fellowship for the gathered church -- Baptists have become one of the largest Protestant groups. Spanning four centuries, this narrative history follows this diverse group of people as they transition from a despised sect to a movement of global influence. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)

Being the Body
Charles Colson and Ellen Vaughn
ECPA winner
Christians in America have had their complacency shattered and their beliefs challenged. Around the world, the clash of world views has never been more strident. Before all of us, daily, are the realities of life and death, terror and hope, light and darkness, brokenness and healing. We cannot withdraw to the comfort of our sanctuaries...we must engage. For, if ever there was a time for Christians to be the Body of Christ in the world, it is now. (CBD)
Book: Amazon
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks) 

Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America's First Civil Rights Movement
Fergus Bordewich
Interweaving thrilling personal stories with the politics of slavery and abolition, Bound for Canaan shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to this country's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change. (Amazon)
Book: Amazon

The Canon of Scripture
F. F. Bruce
ECPA winner
After nearly nineteen centuries, the content of the canon is still debated by Christians and scholars. Who decided what the canon should include? What criteria were used? In this significant study, F.F. Bruce brings the wisdom of a lifetime to bear in answering questions and clearing away confusion about the Christian canon. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos

Christianity Through the Centuries
Earle Cairns
This third edition of Christianity Through The Centuries brings the reader up-to-date by discussing events and developments in the church into the 1990's. This edition has been redesigned with new typography and greatly improved graphics to increase clarity, accessibility, and usefulness. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
(Various)
Readers of the New Testament often encounter quotes or allusions to the Old Testament that may be unfamiliar or obscure. [This resource features] a distinguished team of scholars to isolate, catalog, and comment on both the obvious Old Testament quotations and the more subtle allusions found in the New Testament. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos | Word Search

Dictionary of Christianity in America
(Various)
The riches of North America's religious heritage are great. This book takes the wraps off the significant role Christianity has played in our history, our culture and our life today. Readers can also examine their own religious roots, discovering the saints and the sinners, the thinkers and the shapers who helped mold a continent. Written with a broad readership in mind, the Dictionary of Christianity in America attempts to convey in an objective manner the history, beliefs and practices of the major -- as well as the minor -- Christian traditions in North America. (Logos)
Book: Amazon
Ebook: Logos | Word Search: standalone / bundle  

Dictionary of New Testament Background
(Various)
The final volume in InterVarsity's landmark Dictionary series! A library of scholarship in summary form, this study encompasses the full scope of Jewish and Greco-Roman cultures, and features articles on such topics as the Dead Sea Scrolls and second-temple Jewish writings. Extensive bibliographies and cross-references to other volumes in the series makes this an indispensable resource. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD: standalone / set/series
Ebook: Logos: standalone /  set/series | Word Search: standalone / bundle

Futurecast: What Today's Trends Mean for Tomorrow's World
George Barna | (related article)
Our world is changing at an astonishing rate. What's in store for our families, the economy, churches, and government? What emerging trends will shape our lives? In this eye-opening study, researcher Barna takes a hard look at the world we're creating and offers an informed assessment of where we are -- and where we're headed. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)

A Harmony of the Gospels
Robert L. Thomas and Stanley N. Gundry
This Harmony of the Gospels is introduced as a resource to encourage a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ, His life, death, and resurrection. This work provides a modern English translation of the gospels which is based on a more literal philosophy of translating the Greek text. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD

Heresies: Heresy and Orthodoxy in the History of the Church
Harold O.J. Brown | (book review)
Particularly concerned with christology and trinitarianism, the author calls on the four major creeds of the church -- Apostles, Nicene, Athanasian, and Chalcedonian -- to separate orthodoxy from heresy. He acknowledges that heresy served this purpose historically, so it serves this purpose pedagogically in Heresies. This volume presents a clarion call to evangelicals to preserve tenaciously the faith once delivered to the saints. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD

Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth
Alister McGrath
[Alister McGrath] explains the nature of faith, the origins of the idea of heresy, and the diverse roots of Christian heresy from its earliest forms (Ebionitism, Docetism, Valentinianism) to its later, classic formulations (Arianism, Donatism, Pelagianism). Also, he inspects the cultural and intellectual motivations for the existence of heresy. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD

Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible
(Packer, Tenney & White Jr)
This encyclopedic guide to the Bible's people, places, manners, customs, and times puts a wealth of information at your fingertips. Forty-five sections cover the people of the Bible and how they lived—from family life, to law, to transportation. (Logos)
Book: Amazon
Ebook:  e-Sword | Logos

In The Beginning (the making of the KJV Bible)
Alister E. McGrath
This absorbing history of a literary and religious masterpiece explores the forces that led to the decision to create an authorized translation, the method of translation and printing, and the central role this version of the Bible played in the development of modern English. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament & New Testament
Craig S. Keener (NT); John H. Walton, Victor H. Matthews, and Mark Chavalas (OT)
Bible students will appreciate these accessible commentaries that provide passage-by-passage analysis through the Old and New Testaments, explaining the cultural background. Offering a wealth of information, this enlightening 2-volume set provides historical, social, and cultural contexts in a readable style that sparkles with interest and enlarges your understanding of Scripture. (CBD)
Book: Amazon: OT / NT (2nd ed. NT) | CBD (OT + 2nd ed. NT)
Ebook: e-Sword | Word Search (OT + 2nd ed. NT)

New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters: The Complete Who's Who in the Bible
Paul D. Gardner
(formerly: The Complete Who's Who in the Bible)
From Aaron to Zurishadai, the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters is an exhaustive, ready reference of every person named in the Bible. Discover the parts men and women from the obscure to the famous to the infamous have played in the unfolding story of Scripture Entries range from one-line biblical references for minor characters to full-length articles that address the theological significance of over forty major figures. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos

The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition and Reform
Roger E. Olson
ECPA winner
In this panoramic work of historical theology, Roger Olson vividly recounts the deeds and words of the apostolic fathers of the second century, the clash between the theological schools of Alexandria and Antioch, the epochal division between East and West, the revolutionary advent of the Reformation and much more -- right on up to the dazzling, sometimes dismaying fallout that has continued to shake Christians through the twentieth century. Through it all he highlights a common thread: a concern for salvation -- God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD

The Words and Works of Jesus Christ
J. Dwight Pentecost
The life of Jesus Christ takes on fresh clarity and meaning in this masterful work by Dwight Pentecost. The words, the miracles, and overarching message of the Messiah come alive in flowing and detailed chronology, set against the cultural, political, and religious setting of his day. You'll gain new understanding of why Jesus came, how he operated, and what he accomplished. Above all, you'll acquire a deeper appreciation for the love that guided his path, beginning in a manger in Bethlehem, leading through three and a half years of ministry that ended abruptly at the cross on Golgotha, and blazing forth in eternal triumph at the resurrection. (CBD)
Book: Amazon