This month, we have for you a review of the book Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard from Vicar Dan Petrak, as well as some online Bible study resources.

Dan Petrak, Vicar

Killing JesusKilling Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

I recently finished reading Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. This book is one of a series written by O’Reilly and Dugard to bring a factual and detailed description to the death of Jesus of Nazareth. The authors employ historical context and events surrounding the various political, social, economic and religious influences of the day. Jesus’ life and death are accurately depicted from the perspectives of the Romans, Jews, and Jesus’ disciples to help the reader understand the interactions of the Jewish and Roman cultures two thousand years ago. The book’s title points to the death of Jesus on the cross, but it also describes life, ministry, crucifixion and his rising from the grave.

O’Reilly (a Roman Catholic) attempts to tell the story in an objective manner and cites all his sources throughout the book. His intent is not to preach or teach the Gospel, but the life and words of Jesus deliver the message of the Gospel and the reader learns the reason for Jesus’ life and his once for all sacrifice on the cross. Parts of all the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are all cited as well as other historical documents from the time period.  I most enjoyed the specific details describing what life would have been like living as a poor Jew two thousand years ago.  The style is easy to read and it seems to bridge the gap between the historical Jesus and the events surrounding his miraculous life.  I believe Christians and non-Christians would enjoy this book and it compels the reader to wrestle with who Jesus is and what does his life, death and resurrection mean to each of us. ~Dan

Online Bible Study Resources:

1 Thessalonians Bible Study by Pastor Joe Meyer (5 sessions)

First Thessalonians provides a glimpse into the future—a future that holds no tears, sickness or death. Even though the Thessalonians faced extreme persecution, Paul encouraged them to live and walk in a manner that honored God—a life that should ultimately be motivated by the hope of the return of Jesus Christ.

Knowing and Defending Your Faith by Pastor Joe Meyer (3 sessions with printable discussion guides)

In this study, Pastor Meyer digs deep into God’s Word and discusses how to talk to others about your faith in Jesus.

The Last Days by Pastor Joe Meyer (5 sessions with printable study guides)

Have you ever wondered about the Anti-Christ or what our world will be like before the Second Coming? In this study, Pastor Meyer explores the End Times, or Last Days, through a study of God’s Word for Biblical understanding of that incredible event that will happen very soon. In Revelation 22:7, Jesus said, “Behold I am coming soon” …and so He will.

What book, author, or study recommendations do you have to share with others?