ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible

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An answer to the question: “So what?”

These excellent study notes help drive the message of Good News into your heart.

What it does well:

First of all, I love the ESV translation. I’m not a Bible scholar, but to me it seems very readable yet being very accurate to the original languages.

Second: This Bible looks NICE. I like the graphic design work. It’s very aesthetically pleasing. It looks clean.

Thirdly. The notes are simple and generally not-too technical. It’s easy to read, yet not too simplistic.

Fourth. From what I can tell, the references to Jesus aren’t wacky and far fetched.

Fifth. Great, simple, short book introductions. One and a half pages. Boom. You get a great summary in a few minutes.

Sixth. The clincher: it really does point to Jesus throughout. The notes are filled with Good News! Read this Bible when you’re depressed, when you’re sad, when you want to give up, and when you’re flying high. It’s filled with hope, not “do more, try harder, be awesome”.

What it is not:

It is not highly technical, with a commentary on each verse. Rather, it tends to look at passages in their larger context and show how it displays the Gospel. It reads more devotionally. By saying that, don’t think this is full of fluff. This isn’t just for new Christians and non-academics (although definitely great for those who wrestle with studying the Bible). The Gospel is meat. This Bible could benefit anyone!

What I’m not huge on:
The placement of the cross references. The scripture is on the top part of the page, with the notes underneath. The cross references are down here beside the notes. It’s just not quite as convenient to spot the references. It’s a minor issue.

This is a highly encouraging resource, and I highly recommend it.

I especially recommend it to those who find the Bible confusing, depressing, boring, or meaningless. Yet at the same time I’d recommend it to those who love technical works. I think this will be good for you. You can read a passage, read a paragraph of commentary, and Jesus will look big and glorious. Nothing too fancy, nothing to complicated. But oh so refreshing. Jesus loves you, it’s true.

I received a complimentary review copy of this Bible courtesy of Crossway Publishing.

5/5 Paper Movement Stars

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ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible

Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey

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4/5 Paper Movement Stars

Do you find yourself second-guessing your definition of the Gospel? Do you even have a definition? Is it Jesus’ work on earth? His death on the cross? It it all about free grace? Is it God’s kingdom advancing on earth today? Is it actually bad news about how we have to try to match up to Jesus’ sinless example? Is there one aspect of the Good News that we should hone in on and the rest will just fall into place for us?

Faithmapping is a relatively easy-to-read book tackling and attempting to make sense of these common questions we face about the Gospel, the word we use so much, yet are evidently quite divided over in its meaning. If you’re like me, this book should help you see that your view of the Gospel isn’t too big, but rather it’s much too small.

The book’s well written – the authors are likable, there’s some humor, and there’s a ton of points in here that could change the way you think and live. It’s not dry information intended take up brain space.

My favorite chapter is Chapter 9, Witnesses. For an individual who struggles to be a witness, and admittedly belongs to a church who evidently falls short in this area I found this chapter to be gold. It’s revealing, convicting, and helpful.

What should I reread? Probably the whole book. There’s a lot in here to retain if you want to knock it out in a couple sittings. You’d be best off not hurrying. To pick two chapters to reread, I’d go with Chapter 1, The Gospel of the Kingom, and Chapter 4, Why We Need a Whole Gospel. These are big subjects that even after reading through this book I don’t think I’m able to unpack too well.

I’d highly recommend this book, both to new and seasoned Christians. It’s that good, that accessible, and to borrow from the book’s cover: it’s a Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey.

I received a free review copy of this book courtesy of its publisher, Crossway.

Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey

A few facts about Untouchable Children

Hi all

This is just a brief post to give you a bit of an introduction into what Paper Movement is working to help end with our cards and posters.

The Dalits, or ‘Untouchables’ are the lowest class of people in India under the caste system. The majority of these people are desperately poor, exploited and powerless to change their destiny.

– The word “Dalit” means “ground”, “suppressed”, “crushed”, or “broken to pieces”.
– There are more than 240,000,000 Dalits in India, 70,000,000 of them are under 18
– There are about 2,000,000 sex slave children in India, almost all of whom are Dalits.
– Only 50% of Untouchable Children are literate.

Because these children are denied opportunity, these children are likely to remain in this vicious cycle of poverty, just like their parents.

To help you can donate directly to Gospel for Asia
Or, buy one of our Christian Greeting Cards and Posters.

God bless you all

A few facts about Untouchable Children

Paper Movement – Christian Greeting Cards & Posters Online

Welcome to our brand new blog! Ok, we’re probably more excited than you are. We’d like to share our vision with you, and hopefully you’ll join us. We want to use paper to honour our King, Jesus Christ. It’s that simple – but we need you.

Here’s how Paper Movement works to see this accomplished. We design and sell awesome Christian Greeting Cards and Posters online – delivered to your door for about the same price you’d pay in stores. Every single poster and card we sell makes a difference. $1 per poster and $0.50 per card goes to Gospel for Asia’s Bridge of Hope to rescue the ‘Untouchable Children’ in India.

Visit us online at www.papermovement.com to browse our products. Paper can make a difference!

Paper Movement – Christian Greeting Cards & Posters Online