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The Shaun Tabatt Show is an interview-based program offering discussion on a variety of topics including books, music, film, and more.

Mar 4, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Terry Brennan about his new novel The Aleppo Code (Kregel, 2015).

About the Book:

Will the code reveal history's most powerful weapon for destruction--or humanity’s only hope?

The living members of Tom Bohannon's band of adventurers gather again in Jerusalem--physically battered, emotionally exhausted, spiritually challenged, and in various stages of shock--to examine a copy of the tenth-century Aleppo Code, the oldest complete text of Jewish scripture. What the clues inside reveal could lead to the reuniting of the Ark of the Covenant with its true source of power, a weapon that could lead to victory for this ragged bunch trying to save the world.

Hunted by the relentless assassins of the Prophet's Guard and caught in the web of an international conspiracy plotting the conquest of Europe, Bohannon's team searches the ruins of Ancient Babylon. Their search lands them amid the chaos that engulfs western Iraq, but they must press on to accomplish one of the most pivotal pieces of end-times prophecy. This intrepid group will uncover secrets that require them to risk everything for their faith, their country, and the peace of all mankind.

Unfolding against the backdrop of an Israeli/U.S. strike against Iran and the planned economic overthrow of the European Union by the sinister, secret head of the international Muslim Brotherhood, The Aleppo Code is a heart-pounding race. Brennan takes an epic story on a grand scale and tells it primarily through the eyes of one man who is desperately trying to save the world as he follows God's purpose for his life.

About the Author:

Terry Brennan is the award-winning author of The Sacred Cipher and The Brotherhood Conspiracy, the first two books in The Jerusalem Prophecies. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and has received the Freedoms Foundation award for editorial writing. Brennan is currently chief administrative officer for Care for the Homeless in New York City.

Connect with Terry:

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Mar 3, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Nabeel Qureshi about his new book Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward (Zondervan, 2016).

About the Book:
From New York Times bestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.

San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris. There is no question that innocents were slaughtered in the name of Allah and in the way of jihad, but do the terrorists’ actions actually reflect the religion of Islam? The answer to this question is more pressing than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive in the West seeking shelter from the violent ideology of ISIS.

Setting aside speculations and competing voices, what really is jihad? How are we to understand jihad in relation to our Muslim neighbors and friends? Why is there such a surge of Islamist terrorism in the world today, and how are we to respond?

In Answering Jihad, bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus) answers these questions from the perspective of a former Muslim who is deeply concerned for both his Muslim family and his American homeland.

About the Author:
Nabeel Qureshi is a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in religion from Duke University.

Connect with Nabeel:

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/051.

Mar 2, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Sommer Floyd about her about her new album Ray of Light.

About Sommer Floyd:

If you look up "The Girl Next Door" in the dictionary, chances are the definition will be accompanied by a picture of Sommer Floyd.

Born and raised the the Texas Hill Country, Sommer was an honor roll student, gifted athlete, beauty queen, and genuinely nice person. Voted "Class Favorite" by her high school classmates, Sommer was the quintessential cheerleader, earning four individual high school All American designations, and three team National Championships.

Attending college on a cheerleading scholarship, Sommer was designated a college All American as a freshman, an almost unheard of accomplishment. She ran on the varsity track team, played tennis, showed livestock, participated in rodeos, earned her Deep Sea Diving certification...

Oh, and she sings.

While Sommer certainly has all the credentials for The Girl Next Door, she is also 100 percent human. And she is the first to admit, in addition to all the accolades, she has made her share of mistakes.

"As a teenage girl I disappointed myself with some of the choices I made," she confesses.

One of those choices resulted in an unhealthy relationship, and the out-of-wedlock conception of her daughter, Heidi.

Broken-hearted, at the lowest point of her life, Sommer returned home to her loving, supportive family where she dug deep into God's faithfulness. As she reconnected with the God of her youth, songs began to pour forth.

"Putting my brokenness on paper helped to get me through the hard times," Sommer says, "and the lyrics started to turn into worship."

Sommer's experience of brokenness and restoration resonated strongly throughout her community, opening doors for her to share her music and lead worship at churches and charity events throughout the Texas Hill Country.

Her fetching vocals, ear-pleasing melodies and spiritually mature lyrics caught the ear of multi-Dove Award winning producer, Steven V. Taylor, and Sommer soon found herself in Franklin, Tennessee with some of Nashville's finest musicians, recording her debut CD at the legendary Dark Horse Recording Studio.

Ray of Light is slated for release in May, 2016.

Connect with Sommer:

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/050.

Feb 25, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I'm live at NRB 2016 and I'm speaking with Ginger Sanders about her new books He Goes Before Us and Round Eyes.

About the Books:

God is not surprised by any storms in our lives. In fact, we often see Him most during these difficult times. As a rapid response chaplain for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, Ginger Sanders has seen Him firsthand. She shares her experiences and those of other chaplains in He Goes Before Us, a collection of thirty-one stories from the front lines of both natural and man-made disasters.

Trained and often sent out on a moment’s notice when catastrophe strikes, the chaplains give physical, emotional, and spiritual care to those who need it most. From the floods of Iowa to the scene of the horrific theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Ginger and her fellow chaplains continually see God at work. Lives are changed and souls are saved through His amazing hand.

Each story in this collection is unique. Chaplains pray with a group of teenagers after the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, save a man on the verge of suicide, and help a Japanese woman turn to Christ. In every situation, the chaplains see the dramatic presence of God even before they arrive, proving that only God can orchestrate these situations.

Filled with love and hope, He Goes Before Us is an uplifting and moving testament to the power of the Gospel.

Round Eyes is based on the true story of Jamie, an adopted son, first realizing he is slightly different from his parents. It helps children and parents to understand that what is on the outside is just how people look; what is on the inside is what really counts. There is joy when families can laugh together, knowing the love for each other is what makes a difference. We know we have a God who is answering prayers around the world and delights in bringing happiness and hope to families.

About The Author:

Ginger Sanders is a Chaplain Coordinator with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. Ginger and her husband, Denny, have responded to many disasters such as tornados, floods and nature storms; but also to Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings. Ginger has been speaking and sharing God's love for many years. She loves telling the stories of when God has 'shown up' and they have seen things only He could orchestrate. Connect with Ginger:

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/049.

Feb 12, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I dive into the topic of marriage with my friend Sue Detweiler. Her new book 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage: How to Build a Relationship that Lasts is a real game changer that's impacting marriages across the country.

About the Book:
Are you tired of the crazy cycles that can cause your marriage to spiral out of control? Do you want to build a marriage that lasts? 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage will help you:

  • Heal the broken places in your marriage
  • Strengthen your relationship with your spouse
  • Understand God's plan for your marriage
  • Revive your relationship with God's transformative power

You can have a marriage that lasts -- with God's help!

About The Author:
Sue Detweiler is a wife, mother of six, author, and pastor with more than twenty-five years of experience in marriage, ministry, and education. She is also a popular speaker who shares her heart and wisdom internationally on issues related to marriage, family, women, prayer, leadership, and ministry.

Sue’s first book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom, hit No. 1 on Amazon’s hot new releases for Christian women’s issues. Her newest book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage, grew out of her and her husband’s heart to help couples grow closer to God and to each other. In their pastoral ministry to marriages, they have seen how sharing their own struggles can help create a safe context for couples to be transparent and honest with their own issues. Wayne and Sue have also seen God’s transformative power heal and restore marriages through the marriage conferences and workshops they have led.

Connect with Sue:

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Feb 11, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with author Brian W. Thomas about his new book Wittenberg Vs. Geneva: A Biblical Bout in 7 Rounds on the Doctrines that Divide (New Reformation Press, 2016).

About The Book:
What are the differences between Lutherans and Calvinists, and do they really matter? In Wittenberg vs. Geneva, Brian Thomas provides a biblical defense of the key doctrines that have divided the Lutheran and Reformed traditions for nearly five centuries. It is especially written to help those who may have an interest in the Lutheran church, but are concerned that her stance on doctrines like predestination or the sacraments may not have biblical support. To get to the heart of the matter, Pastor Thomas focuses solely upon those crucial scriptural texts that have led Lutheran and Reformed scholars down different paths to disparate conclusions as he spars with popular Calvinist theologians from the past and the present.

About the Author:
Brian W. Thomas is a Lutheran pastor, writer, and speaker from the Pacific Northwest. He has had the privilege of serving churches in California and Washington, lecturing at the University of San Diego, and teaching the Bible all over the world. He is the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Kingston, Washington. Connect with Brian:

For additonal show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/047.

Feb 10, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with author Laura Harris Smith about her new book The 30-Day Faith Detox: Renew Your Mind, Cleanse Your Body, Heal Your Spirit (Chosen Books, 2016).

About The Book: In this new, groundbreaking total-being cleanse, wellness expert and certified nutritional counselor Laura Harris Smith takes on not only your body but also your mind and spirit.

Day by day, prayer by prayer, you will confront 30 universal faith toxins like doubt, discouragement and anger. And flush them out.

Each day offers a simple body detox that associates specific body organs with the faith toxins you are flushing out, and by the end of the 30 days, you will have a total body detox.

Using ingredients right from your own kitchen, you'll get delicious recipes for colorful smoothies, juices, soups and entrees. There's even a section for veggie-haters! Make the connection between physical health and spiritual health, and start feeling better physically, mentally and spiritually.

Take the 30-Day Detox Challenge!
Get access to daily videos, recipes and more inside

About The Author:
Laura Harris Smith founded Eastgate Creative Christian Fellowship with her husband, Pastor Chris Smith, and is the Director for the Eastgate Creative Arts Conservatory, where among other things, she mentors young writers all over the world in her online creative writing classes. An actress, playwright, poet, and media dynamo, she was a TV host on the Shop at Home Network and is the author of multiple books. With one foot in ministry and one in media, Laura and her husband have six children and reside near Nashville, Tennessee.

Connect with Laura:

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Feb 10, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with worship leader Daryl Boyer about his new album The Cleansing: A New Creation, A New Identity, A Brand New Day.

About Daryl Boyer:
Daryl grew up spending most of his life in Jackson, Michigan and is currently living In Ocean City, New Jersey with his wife and 3 daughters. Daryl grew up loving all things music, and quickly realized that music centered around worship to Jesus was an even greater experience. Daryl was an active part of his church and youth group growing up and went on to attend Spring arbor University to study music ministry and education. It was during this time Daryl had his first opportunities ministering on a larger scale while leading two different music groups at various churches and concert venues as they traveled around playing music and talking about the Lord. During this time he was able to really gain his deepest insight into the love of God and really begin to see how important his role was in music to help bridge that gap in the worship experience as an instrument of God. "There is something beyond words within the collective worship experience when a room full of people seeking the Lord are singing at the top of there lungs pouring out their hearts as one. " There is something amazing about a church congregation choosing to step out and make a vow before God that they want more, they want to go deeper.

As Daryl continued to recognize his calling to connect people to God in a deeper experience through music and teaching, he was led to step out into various positions over the span of the last 16 years ranging from Youth Pastor to Worship Director. Along with continuing to serve within various church callings, Daryl has maintained his songwriting and desire to bring uplifting music to people across the world through various recordings and concerts. Along with the music, God has led Daryl's pursuit to now intertwine intense worship with a teaching focus that will draw our churches back to a sold out, on fire form of Christianity. The aim of Daryl's worship and targeted teaching focus, is to relight a fire for the move of the Holy Spirit in our daily walk. We must learn to yield to the Holy Spirit living in us to be empowered to walk in the power and Authority God intended us to. "God wants for us to walk tall, Drink deep from the flow of the Spirit, press in with unshakable faith, and be fully filled up in Him. In Christ we can shine brightly like the sun piercing through the darkness. We can be strong and bold,and full of Godly flavor in a world that is watered down. The world is thirsting for the flow of the Lord to make them new and flood there hearts with love and truth." (Daryl Boyer)

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/045.

Jan 23, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I facilitate a roundtable discussion with Adam Barr, Ron Citlau and David Kyle Foster on LGBTQ issues in church, culture and ministry. Here are the topics covered in this conversation.

  • What’s the state of the culture and church on LGBTQ issues? What were some of the significant changes we saw in 2015?
  • How does a Gospel-centered approach to sexual wholeness look different than an approach that simply focuses on behavior modification/moral improvement?
  • What’s the connection between our biblical theology of sexuality and a pastoral approach to people who struggle?
  • How can we move from viewing this discussion as a “culture war” issue to a real-world ministry challenge?
  • How can we parent our children as they enter a world where gender identity and sexual orientation are approached in ways that fundamentally oppose our faith?
  • In your opinion, what books have been a helpful contributor to the conversation? What books concern you? Why?

About Today's Guests:

Adam T. Barr (MDiv, ThM) serves as lead pastor at Peace Church near Grand Rapids Michigan. In addition to his work in the local church, Adam launched and leads Borderlands, a ministry that fosters next generation leadership development and served on the board of RCA Integrity, a renwal movement in the Reformed Church in America. Adam lives with his wife, Jennifer, and four sons.

In his work as a writer, Adam travels the borderlands where faith and life intersect, attempting to help readers encounter Scripture as God's Word, clear, compelling and alive.

Ron Citlau graduated from the University of California, Riverside and Western Theological Seminary. He has served in ministry positions in Southern California and Kansas City. He is the pastor of Calvary Church in Orland Park, Illinois, part of the Reformed Church in America.

Ron struggled with same-sex attraction his whole life and has worked with and walked alongside many others who have struggled with sexual brokenness, as well as equipping pastoral leaders to serve those dealing with sexual sin. He also worked with Andrew Comiskey, producing curriculum on sexual healing now used by Desert Stream Ministries in hundreds of churches throughout the country. When he isn't working, he loves to be with his wife, Amy, and their four boys: Jack, Sawyer, Eli, and Crosby.

David Kyle Foster, founder of Mastering Life Ministries, holds an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a D.Min. from Trinity School for Ministry. He also hosts Pure Passion, a televised outreach equipping believers to minister to those trapped in sexual sin and brokenness.

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/044.

Jan 21, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Robby Dawkins about his new book Identity Thief: Exposing Satan's Plan to Steal Your Purpose, Passion and Power (Chosen Books, 2015). In this interview we discuss the following:

  • Brief introduction to who Robby is and his ministry.
  • Robby shares a few personal and ministry highlights from 2015.
  • Who is the identity thief?
  • Robby had some demonic experiences in his childhood. He shares about how the identity thief was at work, even before he was born.
  • Robby and Angie faced many difficult situations in the church and in ministry. However, rather than being jaded or anti-church, they're continuing to serve the church and are doing ministry all these years later. Robby explains how God has used those circumstances to prepare them for the season they're in right now.
  • How does the identity thief use fear?
  • Can the Identity Thief attack not only individuals, but also churches and institutions?
  • How will God use Identity Thief to challenge and impact readers?
  • Where can people go on the web to find out more about Robby's ministry and his books?

About the Book:
Since the Garden of Eden, our true identities have been hacked--stolen and reprogrammed by Satan.

We were made for great things . . . but we live as though we're powerless. We were made in the image of a limitless God . . . but we walk through our daily lives as though we're inadequate.

God has an amazing plan for us. And the enemy is short-circuiting it.

When we don't recognize who we really are, we limit God. But when we grasp the truth of who we are in Christ, we can walk with authority into the realm of power reserved for each of God's children. We can heal the sick, cast out demons and deliver the captives.

We can see miracles and make a lasting impact for the Kingdom.

Don't settle for the glass ceiling constructed from the enemy's lies. Break through it. Exchange fear and doubt for a life of radical possibility.

Reclaim your true identity . . . and change the world.

About the Author:
Robby Dawkins travels extensively as an itinerant minister, writer and speaker, crossing denominational lines to equip believers in power evangelism. He's spoken in more than 45 countries, including some of the most dangerous nations, and has been featured in numerous documentaries and media outlets. He and his wife, Angie, have six sons and live outside the Chicago area.

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/043.

Jan 18, 2016

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Beni Johnson about her new book Healthy and Free: A Journey to Wellness for Your Body, Soul, and Spirit (Destiny Image, 2015). In this interview we discuss the following:

  • Beni shares about when she realized it was time to make some significant health changes and how she partnered with the Holy Spirit in her journey to vibrant health and wellness.
  • Beni talks about some basic habits and tools (proper hydration, sufficient sleep, better eating, etc.) that each of us can easily incorporate into our daily routine, so we can begin living a healthier lifestyle today.
  • Beni explains why we need to also focus on being healthy in our soul and spirit as a key part of improving our physical health.
  • Beni shares about the Healthy & Free curriculum kit and how a church or small group might put those resources to use.
  • Beni wraps up our conversation with an encouraging word about how God can use Healthy & Free to change your life in 2016.

About the Book:
Beni Johnson received a life-changing revelation about how anyone can start walking in holistic health—including you! Jesus died for your spirit, soul, and body. This means you can experience His resurrection life in all three areas!

Christians should be the healthiest people on Earth because they understand God has made their bodies His temple. Unfortunately, many people focus on one area of health while neglecting another. This can lead to spiritual disconnection, bad eating habits, depression, poor rest, and lack of exercise.

In Healthy & Free, Beni shows you how to:

  • Find your why: Learn the motivating secret to pursuing a healthy lifestyle as your new normal.
  • Unlock the connection: Discover the many ways your spirit, soul and body are interconnected and how health in one areas directly effects another.
  • Start simple: Receive practical and easy-to-implement steps to begin walking in health right now.

The Great Physician desires you to walk in Heaven’s health. Get aligned with God’s divine design today and experience freedom—body, soul and spirit!

About the Author:
Beni Johnson and Bill Johnson are the Senior Pastors of Bethel Church. Together they serve a growing number of churches that have partnered for revival. Beni oversees Bethel’s intercessors and Prayer House. Her approach to intercession makes supernatural connection with the Lord accessible to all. Bill and Beni have 3 children and their spouses. They also have nine grandchildren.

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/042.

Dec 9, 2015

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with David Britton about his latest holiday album titled Christmas. Here are some of the topics and questions we cover in the interview:

  • Describe who you are and what you do in a single sentence?
  • How has growing up in a missionary home and getting exposed to a range of diverse cultures influenced your music and creativity?
  • Why was this the right time for you career-wise to do a Christmas album?
  • Was there a particular vibe or feel that you were aiming for with this album?
  • What were some of the influences that impacted where you went with this album?
  • Are there any particular tracks on the album the stand out as a favorite or are meaningful for you?
  • How do you hope your listeners are encouraged and challenged by what they hear on the Christmas album?
  • Can you tell us anything about the new album you have in the work works for 2016?
  • Tell us where we can order the Christmas album online and where we can connect with you on the web as well?

About the Album:
Christmas, which released digitally last year and released to brick & mortar retailers on October 9, 2015, showcases the unique ability of the classically trained Britton, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and with opera companies around the world, to effortlessly merge his diverse influences. He wraps his incredibly rich pop-classical sound (with a twist of anthemic rock) into and around these timeless holiday classics. The result is a poignant collection of cozy favorites and a blend of powerful yet intimate moments, custom made for the Christmas season.

Britton encourages listeners to get cozy with his warm and inviting rendition of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)," before closing the project with another original, "Sing Noel," written by Billy Smiley and CCM legend Scott Wesley Brown. On this lovely Christmas hymn, Britton shares the microphone with Christine Dente from Out of the Grey.

"In a world that is full of so much turmoil and pain, it is my goal to use music to shed a glimmer of light; to bring comfort to those that grieve, peace to those at war, hope to those that fail, encouragement to those that feel alone, joy to those in despair," says Britton. "I am grateful for the opportunity to create music that does not fit within any specific genre, that allows me to leverage the unorthodox musical influences of my life, that people of all generations and tastes may find something that speaks to them. Above all else, it is my desire that those who listen may see past me to the One who created all things."

About the Artist:
World-class Baritone and Nashville recording artist, David Britton, brings a unique sound to his audiences, by blending his big voice with a signature orchestral rock instrumentation. This approach is the result of Britton’s eclectic musical heritage, which included drumming in a rock band through high school and college, before beginning a career in opera. Over the past couple of years, Britton has emerged onto the scene with albums which take full advantage of both the classical training as well as the rock style creating music that is at times both intimate and grandiose.

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/041.

Dec 7, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Lee Fields about his and Milton Eng's great new book book Devotions on the Hebrew Bible: 54 Reflections to Inspire and Instruct (Zondervan Academic, 2015). Here are some of the topics and questions we cover in the interview:

  • Lee shares about his eduction background, including his journey from wanting to work as a science teacher and coach football, to taking a different path and eventually becoming chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Mid-Atlantic Christian University.
  • Where did the idea for the book get its start and how did Lee get involved?
  • What were the goals that Lee and Milton set for this project from the start?
  • How can professors use Devotions on the Hebrew Bible in the classroom?
  • What are some of the special features of the book?
  • Who contributed to this project?
  • Who was the ideal reader you always had in mind for the book?
  • Why does each devotional reading include the Masoretic text and the related English translation?
  • How will you know you’ve succeeded with this book?
  • What are the current struggles faced by professors teaching biblical languages at the college and seminary level?
  • Lee shares how he left behind the more traditional grammar translation approach to teaching biblical languages in favor of a more immersive living language approach.
  • Do students need to brush up their English skills before they’re ready to learn Hebrew and Greek?

About The Book:
Zondervan is known for its excellent resources in biblical languages, and many of our resources encourage professors, students, and pastors to continue to use their Hebrew and Greek Bibles beyond their seminary years.

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible continues on this path of excellence by introducing these devotions—based on a careful reading and study of the Hebrew Bible—written by some of the top biblical language scholars of today. Contributors include Daniel I. Block, Mark J. Boda, Hélène Dallaire, Nancy Erickson, Karen H. Jobes, Bo H. Lim, Tremper Longman III, Miles V. Van Pelt, and Bruce K. Waltke, among others.

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible contains a devotion on every book in the Hebrew Bible and can be used as weekly devotional or as a supplemental resource throughout a semester or sequence of courses. The main point each devotion offers comes from a careful reading of the passage in the Hebrew Bible, not from the English Bible. The authors use a variety of exegetical approaches in their devotions: grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, sociohistorical, linguistic, etc. Each devotion closes with a practical application.

About The Author:
Lee M. Fields is a trained Hebrew scholar with a PhD from Hebrew Union College. He is the chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Mid-Atlantic Christian University (formerly Roanoke Bible College), Elizabeth City, NC.

For additional show notes, visit ShaunTabatt.com/040.

Dec 4, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with David Croteau about his recent book Urban Legends of the New Testament: 40 Common Misconceptions (B&H Academic, 2015). Here are some of the topics and questions we cover in the interview:

  • David's background
  • What courses he teaches at Columbia International University
  • How the idea for the book got its start
  • Why Bible college/seminary/grad school is not Sunday School
  • What is an urban legend?
  • What's the best way to read this book?
  • Did Mary and Joseph really find no room at the inn?
  • Was Jesus a carpenter?
  • Is it OK for Christians to judge others?
  • What's up with the camel and the eye of a needle?
  • Is Philippians 4:13 really a Christian superman verse?
  • Why is 1 Thes. 4:22 the most twisted verse in the Bible?
  • Why are there QR codes in the book?
  • How does David hope reader’s are impacted by reading his book?

About The book:
Urban Legends of the New Testament surveys forty of the most commonly misinterpreted passages in the New Testament. These “urban legends” often arise because interpreters neglect a passage’s context, misuse historical background information, or misunderstand the Greek language. For each New Testament text, professor David Croteau describes the popular, incorrect interpretation and then carefully interprets the passage within its literary and historical context. Careful attention is given to sound principles of biblical interpretation to guide readers through the process and reach a more accurate understanding of each text’s meaning. QR codes have been inserted at various points throughout the book. By scanning the code with your mobile device, you can view a video of David Croteau addressing a specific urban legend.

With examples from the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles, and Revelation, Urban Legends of the New Testament will not only help readers avoid missteps in these forty texts but also provide a model for engaging in correct interpretation of other New Testament passages.

About The Author:
David A. Croteau (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament and Greek in the Seminary and School of Ministry at Columbia International University. He is co-editor (with Andreas J. Köstenberger) of Which Bible Translation Should I Use? (B&H Academic, 2013) and author of Tithing after the Cross (Energion, 2013).

For additional show notes, visit: ShaunTabatt.com/039.

Dec 1, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Constantine Campbell about his new book Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament (Zondervan Academic, 2015). Here are some of the topics and questions we cover in the interview:

  • Constantine's background
  • How he got introduced to the study of Geek
  • How his students convinced him to write this book
  • Who needs to read Advances in the Study of Greek?
  • A brief history of the discipline of Greek language study
  • A walk through of what's covered in each chapter of the book
  • The best way for a reader to approach this book
  • How does Constantine's approach in the classroom differ from when he learned Greek?
  • How will Constantine know he's succeeded with this book?
  • Is there a disconnect between the study of the New Testament and the study of New Testament Greek?
  • Which Bible software does Constantine find most useful?
  • Should we be using manuscript images in the classroom?
  • Tips for building your personal Greek library

About the Book:
Advances in the Study of Greek offers an introduction to issues of interest in the current world of Greek scholarship. Those within Greek scholarship will welcome this book as a tool that puts students, pastors, professors, and commentators firmly in touch with what is going on in Greek studies. Those outside Greek scholarship will warmly receive

Advances in the Study of Greek as a resource to get themselves up to speed in Greek studies. Free of technical linguistic jargon, the scholarship contained within is highly accessible to outsiders. Advances in the Study of Greek provides an accessible introduction for students, pastors, professors, and commentators to understand the current issues of interest in this period of paradigm shift.

About the Author:
Constantine R. Campbell (PhD, Macquarie University) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. He is author of Paul and Union with Christ, Outreach and the Artist, Verbal Aspect, the Indicative Mood, and Narrative, Verbal Aspect and Non-Indicative Verbs, Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek, and Keep Your Greek. Dr Campbell is a public speaker, musician, and author, and lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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Oct 29, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Michael Jordan about the new Verse Art product line from Faithlife.

About Verse Art:
Taking a cue from the wild popularity of their daily verse art offerings amongst bloggers and social media users, Faithlife has created a line of sixty canvas prints that will allow you to take your favorite Bible verses and related artwork "offline." Now you'll be able to showcase them in your home, office, and place of worship. Verse Art offers a great way to stay encouraged and inspired as you keep God's word in front of you each and every day.

About Michael Jordan:
Michael Jordan serves as a Lead Web Marketer for Faithlife Corporation.

Connect with Michael and Verse Art:

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Oct 22, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Michael Williams about his new book The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users: Grammatical Terms Explained for Exegesis (Zondervan Academic, 2015).

About The Book:
The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users helps users understand the exegetical significance of Hebrew grammatical terminology identified by the program. This resource provides students who utilize biblical language software the insight they need to make sense of the data provided by the program, giving them deeper insight into the biblical text that they could not get by solely reading an English translation. The Biblical Hebrew Companion for Bible Software Users is ideally suited for:

  • Pastors and ministry leaders who may have learned Hebrew at one time but have experienced the loss of much of that learning
  • College and seminary students who are learning Hebrew and need a guide to help understand the significance of the grammatical terminology
  • Bible software users who never formally learned Hebrew in the classroom and need help understanding the meaning of the terms they encounter

With grammatical terms laid out and discussed in an intuitive and user-friendly format readers can now spend time focusing on exegesis and applying their findings to their preaching, teachings, study, and writing instead of puzzling over the significance of grammatical terminology and how to apply it.

About The Author:
Michael Williams (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and a member of the NIV Committee on Bible Translation. He is the author of Deception in Genesis, The Prophet and His Message, Basics of Ancient Ugaritic, and How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens, and editor and contributor of Mishneh Todah. His passion is to equip students with knowledge of the Old Testament and its languages so that they may grow in their comprehension and appreciation of redemptive history and be adequately prepared to promote and defend the faith through word and action. Michael resides in Grand Rapids, MI, with his wife, Dawn.

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Oct 22, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Monty Galloway and we're talking about Bible+ 6 for iOS from Olive Tree Bible Software.

About Bible+:
Bible+ by Olive Tree is a must-have app for reading and studying God’s Holy Word. Take notes, highlights, and bookmarks in the app and sync to all your devices. This free Bible Study App features a powerful Resource Guide that links your Bible text with outstanding study Bibles, maps, commentaries, and more for an in-depth Bible study experience. Start a Bible reading plan and Bible+ will track your progress as you read through Scripture. Our unique split window allows you to create your own customized parallel Bible to easily compare Bible translations. Install now and explore over 100 more free titles.

What's New in Version 6.0.0:
The team at Olive Tree has been hard at work revisiting every screen in the app to bring you a fresh new look and feel.

Bible+ 6.0.0 Change Log:

  • Dark Theme for Night Reading
  • Simplified user interface
  • Newly designed menu makes everything easier to find
  • Bookmarks are now called Saved Passages
  • My Stuff and App Settings are now in one place
  • iOS 9: Use Spotlight to lookup passages in your recent reading history

About Monty Galloway:
Monty Galloway serves as Marketing Manager for Olive Tree Bible Software.

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Oct 21, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Scott Keith and we’re talking about his new book Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God’s Grace (NRP Books, 2015).

About The Book:
Being Dad deals with the way fathers, and the subject of fatherhood, are treated in modern culture. Dr. Keith brings his experience with family, students, great mentors and friends to bear on this subject which is crying out for attention. Equally, he brings his Christian faith, a scholarly eye for detail and an ear for story along on the journey and works with the reader to navigate a path to a better country where the Father blesses His children and is honored.

About The Author:
Scott Keith is, first and foremost, a family man. Having raised three children side by side with his wife, Joy, the consolations and challenges surrounding the roles of husband and father are his main focus. With experience in college and youth-camp administration, he has felt the pain and difficulty arising from the lack of a father in the home. He hopes his experience will benefit others. He is the Associate Dean of Residential Education Services at Concordia University in Irvine, California, the Director of Operations at New Reformation Publications, a fellow of The Thinking Fellowship, and involved in promoting the work of the 1517 Legacy Project.

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Oct 20, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Bob Pritchett and we're talking about his new book Start Next Now: How to Get the Life You've Always Wanted (Kirkdale Press, 2015).

About The Book:
You have permission to do something incredible. Whether you'd like to start a different career, earn greater income, or perhaps accomplish something unrelated to your job, you can do it! And now is the time to start. In Start Next Now, successful entrepreneur Bob Pritchett shares his guiding principles, which have grown his company to over 440 employees today. You won't find mere inspirational puffery here. This fast-paced book provides you with an actual plan to start achieving your goal before you even finish reading. So what are you waiting for? It's time to start next now.

About The Author:
Bob Pritchett co-founded Faithlife Corporation and serves as President/CEO. Bob speaks regularly at industry conferences and to academic groups on entrepreneurship, electronic publishing and digital libraries. He is a 2005 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, one of Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEOs 2015, and was included in the Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Bob lives with his wife Audra in Bellingham, Washington; they have two children at college.

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Oct 18, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Jean Watson and we're talking about her new album Steady My Gaze.

About The Album:
Steady My Gaze features an abundance of Celtic-infused violin, Watson's signature haunting vocals, along with the special treat of stellar fret-work from master guitarist, Phil Keaggy and guest vocals from Tree63's John Ellis!

About The Artist:
Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist Jean Watson delved into the Christian recording world in 2003. During a time of great brokenness in Jean’s life, her landlord accidentally heard her sing and donated money to make her first CD! She gave the CD away to anyone who would listen and soon was singing and speaking in churches, coffeehouses, homeless shelters, and prisons, sharing the story of how God was transforming her life.

Since that time, Jean’s voice and testimony of God's grace and healing have touched thousands of lives around the world. She has recorded seven albums to date including her latest CD, Steady My Gaze featuring Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley, guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy, and John Ellis of ‘Tree63’.

Jean’s musical style is eclectic and features an abundance of celtic-infused violin and Watson’s signature haunting vocals. She has been honored four times as the Best Female Praise and Worship Artist USA by the UK Christian Music Alliance. Watson can be heard worldwide on UCB Radio Ireland where she hosts a daily inspirational radio show. Watson has appeared on The 700 Club, TBN's Praise The Lord, Cornerstone Television Network's flagship show, Real Life, LeSea TV's The Harvest Show, CTN's Bridges and many more media outlets across the globe.

Though her ministry is now international, Jean is still passionate about bringing hope to the hopeless through words and music. Having performed in majestic cathedrals and grand concert halls, her favorite venues are still homeless shelters and prisons. When she is not traveling, Jean enjoys playing violin in the Kalamazoo Symphony, spending time with her family, and riding her horse, Rosie.

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Oct 17, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Lorraine Marie Varela and we're talking about her book Powerful Moments in the Presence of God (Chosen Books, 2015).

About The Book:
Refresh Your Soul Today

You can experience the incredible joy of hearing God's voice and experiencing His love in a personal, life-transforming way--every day. These inspiring thoughts and corresponding Scriptures, accompanied by the author's spectacular photography, take only moments to read, but they will renew your mind, refocus your heart and usher you into the presence of the Almighty.

Come expectantly!

About The Author:
Lorraine Marie Varela is a professional photographer in the Seattle area who loves helping others experience the love of God not just in their heads but in their hearts. She is involved in leadership at Beit Tikvah House of Hope, a Foursquare Messianic congregation in Newcastle, Washington. Lorraine and her husband, Gabriel, have two grown daughters. Connect with her online at www.LorraineMarie.com.

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Oct 13, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Jefferson Bethke and we're talking about his book It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die (Thomas Nelson, 2015).

About The Book:
New York Times best-selling author of Jesus > Religion challenges the accepted thinking of contemporary Christianity with the world-changing message Jesus actually brought.

Jesus was most upset at people for seeing but not seeing. For missing it. For succumbing to the danger and idolatry of forcing God into preconceived ideals. What if there were a better way? What if Jesus came not to help people escape the world but rather to restore it? Best-selling author and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke says that “Christians have the greatest story ever told but we aren’t telling it.” So in this new book, Bethke tells that story anew, presenting God’s truths from the Old and the New Testaments as the challenging and compelling story that it is—a grand narrative with God at the center. And in doing so, Bethke reminds readers of the life-changing message of Jesus that turned the world upside-down, a world that God is putting back together.

About The Author:
Jefferson Bethke is the author of New York Times bestseller Jesus > Religion. Bethke’s message connects at a heart level with an audience ranging from atheists to nationally recognized religious leaders. He lives in Maui, Hawaii.

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Sep 30, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Philip Comfort and we're talking about his book A Commentary on the Manuscripts and Text of the New Testament (Kregel Academic, 2015).

About The Book:
This small and insightful volume is an essential resource for the committed student of Greek New Testament. Using the same trim size as UBS and NA28 Greek New Testaments, this reference commentary, based on the latest research, is designed to aid the reader in understanding the textual reliability, variants, and translation issues for each passage in the New Testament.

Unlike any other commentary, this volume contains commentary on actual manuscripts rather than a single version of the Greek New Testament. There are nearly 6,000 existing manuscripts, and just as many textual variants, with thousands of manuscripts having been discovered since the time of the King James Version. This commentary is filled with notes on significant textual variants between these manuscripts.

About The Author:
For the last 25 years Philip Comfort has been a senior editor at Tyndale House Publishers. He has written two novels, three collections of poetry, and over fifteen volumes on New Testament studies. He and his wife Georgia live in South Carolina.

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Sep 29, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Vance Christie and we're talking about his book Andrew Murray: Christ’s Anointed Minister to South Africa (Christian Focus, 2015).

About The Book:
In an era that saw many gifted and diligent ministers, missionaries and evangelists being used by God to powerfully advance Christ's Kingdom work in South Africa, Andrew Murray (1828-1917) emerged as that country's premier preacher, devotional writer and Church leader. Andrew Murray's writings and influence are still felt today and Vance Christie skillfully and faithfully brings his story to life for a new generation.

About The Author:
Vance Christie is a pastor and author best known for vivid retelling of missionary stories. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska and has previously written for the ‘Heroes of the Faith’ series. His website is www.vancechristie.com.

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