Thursday, January 22, 2009

Walking the Bible

Last summer I was asked to write for a new United Methodist publication titled Adult Bible Studies Illustrated. Keyed to the Uniform Bible Study Series used in most Protestant churches, the four-color magazine is designed to provide scholarly support to Sunday School or small group leaders/teachers in their class settings. The individual articles are written by recognized scholars, all of whom have the gift of making scholarship accessible and available to the non-scholar. Each article is beautifully illustrated with maps and photographs; each issue contains an interview with a biblical scholar; and each issue contains a tear-out center section that can be displayed in the classroom as a teaching aid.

I wrote for the Spring 2009 issue and was the scholar interviewed for that issue. The interview is titled “Walking the Bible: An Interview with R. Wayne Stacy.” The interview focuses on my guiding groups of Christian pilgrims and students to the Holy Land. The article I wrote is titled “Welcome to Ephesus” and provides the reader with an archaeological, historical, geographical, cultural, and theological overview of ancient Ephesus as Paul would have experienced it on his second and third missionary journeys. They even included some of my photographs in the articles.

I was very pleased with the outcome and impressed with the quality of the magazine. If you’re looking for a teaching resource that doesn’t read like an academic journal, I recommend that you check out Adult Bible Studies Illustrated. Click on the link to go to Cokesbury where you can order your copy.

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