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Dwight Baker: Baker Publishing Group

 

From Christianity’s earliest days, the written word was valued. The first believers transmitted and preserved the writings of the early church fathers carefully. Two millennia later, the Bible, and biblical resources, remain precious to believers.

Dr. Jeremiah Johnston welcomes Dwight Baker, a third-generation Christian publishing leader. The mission of his company, Baker Publishing Group, is to publish “high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers.”

When secular publishing was in decline, Christian publishing was on the rise. Showing the relevance and diversity of faith-based views, the Baker Publishing Group includes several branches which tell the stories of Christian faith today, including Baker Academic.

While some believers don’t read as regularly as others, they can ultimately be served through the knowledge of their spiritual leaders, Baker says. “Our company serves nonreaders and does so eagerly through their pastors,” he says. “Church leaders have profound responsibility to direct their congregations to valuable literature and to engage nonreaders who speak spiritual guidance on a broad level. It’s hard to convert nonreaders into readers, but those who do read are serial readers.”

Yet, it is ideal when believers do choose to read, Johnston says, in order to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Johnston advises listeners to utilize resources to help them study the Bible including a Bible app, dictionary and commentaries.


Dwight Baker (1)Dwight Baker is president of Baker Publishing Group, following his father, Richard Baker, and grandfather, Herman Baker, who founded the company in 1939.

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Jeremiah Johnston: Body of Proof Evidence for the Resurrection

 

When speaking of the resurrection, the Apostle Paul described Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection as of “first importance” (I Corinthians 15:3). Dr. Jeremiah Johnston says, “There is nothing more important in the Christian life than celebrating the bodily resurrection of Jesus.”

In fact, there are 300 biblical passages that reference the physical resurrection of Jesus, he says. “Christianity is based on history – not myth, legend, fairy tales or fables,” he says. However, some 25 percent of self-identifying Christians say they don’t believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus, Johnston notes.

Yet, Jesus’ triumph on the cross is central to Christianity. Johnston gives these seven evidence points for the truth of Christ’s victory in his message, “Body of Proof: Evidence for the Resurrection.”

 

  1. It is the only way we make sense of the suffering in our lives.
  2. Jesus foretold His death and resurrection.
  3. Jesus demonstrated resurrection power by miraculously bringing several people back to life in the Gospels.
  4. Jesus’ bodily resurrection was not what His disciples or the Jewish people anticipated.
  5. The written resources and archeology overwhelmingly support the resurrection narrative.
  6. It is the only convincing explanation for the conversion of those who didn’t follow Jesus during His earthly ministry.
  7. Everywhere the Christian faith goes, society is dramatically changed for the better.

 

As believers seek to renew their minds with truth, they would do well to memorize Scripture in order to meditate on the truth of Jesus’ finished work. In John 14:19 for example, Jesus promises, “Because I live, you also will live.” Johnston says, “You have nothing to fear; there is no reason to be hopeless.”

 

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