Synopses & Reviews
Are you a bridge builder?
Communicating the Scriptures is much like building a bridge. However, instead of ravines or rivers, the teacher must span both cultural boundaries and great gulfs of time between the present and the past of Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul.
God's Word is "e;living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword"e; (Hebrews 4:12). It is contemporary and relevant. But it is the teacher who has the task of helping the student to see its vast treasures. This is no easy task, but it can be done through creative Bible teaching.
Together, Richards and Bredfeldt have written a book on bridge-building that reveals a detailed five-step process by which Christian educators can construct a bridge across time, geography, and culture.
Simple, clear, and memorable, the method laid out in Creative Bible Teaching gives a sure-fire way to communicate God's Word in a way that sticks.
In this newly revised edition of Creative Bible Teaching, the authors focus on how to better understand the Bible we teach and how to unleash the transforming power of Scripture.
Richards and Bredfeldt teach Christian educators to construct a bridge across time, geography, and culture, helping their students to see the Scriptures’ vast treasures.
About the Author
LAWRENCE O. RICHARDS
(University of Michigan, Dallas Theological Seminary, Northwestern University) was one of the most prominent Christian Education writers during the second half of the twentieth century. He has written more than 70 books, including Creative Bible Teaching, Every Name of God in the Bible
and Life of Christ
. He was a contributor to Christian Education: Foundations for the Future
. Larry resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
GARY J. BREDFELDT (M.A., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Trinity International University) is a former Professor of Leadership and Church Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of three widely used textbooks: Creative Bible Teaching, Caring for Souls: Counseling under the Authority of Scripture, and Great Leader, Great Teacher. Gary resides in Louisville, Kentucky.
Table of Contents
Step One: Studying the Bible
1. This Bible: The Need for and Nature of the Bible
2. Inspired by God: The Divine Authorship and Human Literature of the Bible
3. Person to Person: The Message and Role of the Bible
4. Rightly Divided: The Study of the Bible
5. A Sample Bible Study: The Creative Bible Teacher's Inductive Method
Step Two: Studying the Bible
6. Focus on Needs: Understanding and Assessing Student Needs
7. Focus on Learning: Truth into Life
8. Focus on Results: Teaching for Life Change
Step Three: Structuring the Lesson
9. The Pattern: HBLT Approach
10. The Process: Engaging Student Response
11. The Means: Methods Make a Difference
12. The Tools: Choosing and Using Curriculum
Step Four: Teaching the Class
13. Teaching Principles: Common Practices of Truly Great Teachers
14. Teaching Effectiveness: Motivating the Learner
15. Teaching the Bible to Adults: Can We Get Practical Here?
16. Teaching the Bible to Youth: What Difference Does This Make?
17. Teaching the Bible to Children: Please Understand Me
18. Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers: More Than Babysitting
Step Five: Evaluating the Results
19. A Model for Evaluation: Something to "e;Stake"e; on
20. Developing and Improving as a Teacher: You Can Get There from Here