A basic Bible study written from a personal perspective, Why Bother With the Bible constructs a solid foundation for serious Bible study among laypersons. Gaddy offers basic Bible study guidelines written out of his true love and appreciation for the Scriptures. He takes us from asking why we should bother with the Bible to listening to and obeying it as a book of faith and a book for faith.
"This accessible volume beats with the pulse of God's merciful story of befriending humans, calling us to completeness. Gaddy stirs the reader toward a new receptivity to God speaking through the Scripture." Molly T. Marshall, President and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
"Why Bother with the Bible is informed, authored by an incurable scholar and devoted servant of the Word of God. This book is honest even when it is hazardous to be so, and includes help with competing perspectives within pluralistic communities. This book is exciting, with turns both surprising and rewarding." Frank Stagg, Professor Emeritus, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"C. Welton Gaddy has called us to a fresh understanding and reverence for the Word of God. His work is an insightful, informative, and inspiring treatment of the Bible." Gardner C. Taylor
Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy leads the national nonpartisan grassroots and educational organizations, The Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and serves as the Pastor for Preaching and Worship at Northminster (Baptist) Church in Monroe, Louisiana.
Rev. Gaddy is the host of "State of Belief," a weekly radio show by The Interfaith Alliance that is carried on AirAmerica, and is one of 20 international religious leaders on the Council of 100 Leaders, a group created by the World Economic Forum to improve dialogue and understanding between the Western and Islamic worlds.
In addition to being the author of over 20 books, Welton provides regular commentary to the national media on issues relating to religion and politics. Some of his appearances include CNN Presents: The Fight Over Faith; PBS's NOW with Bill Moyers; PBS Frontline's The Jesus Factor; PBS's The Newshour with Jim Lehrer; NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw; CBS Evening News with Dan Rather; ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings; numerous National Public Radio stations including KQED's Forum in San Francisco and KCRW's The Politics of Culture in Los Angeles; CNBC's Capital Report; CNN's The World Today with Wolf Blitzer; CNN's Inside Politics with Judy Woodruff; PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly; CBS's Freedom to Pray; C-SPAN's Washington Journal; NBC's Dateline. He is the former host of Morally Speaking on NBC affiliate KTVE in Monroe, Louisiana.
While ministering to churches with a message of inclusion, Welton emerged as a leader among progressive and moderate Baptists. Among his many leadership roles, he is the immediate past President of the Alliance of Baptists and is a twenty-year member of the Commission of Christian Ethics of the Baptist World Alliance. His past leadership roles include serving as a member of the General Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, President of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Chair of the Pastoral Leadership Commission of the Baptist World Alliance
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