You have likely seen the new bookshelf in the foyer as you enter Midway.  What is on those shelves and why aren’t the books in the main library?  The answer is these books have been cultivated and placed near-at-hand because they are particularly helpful to Christian life and faith.  Here is a sample of what is available.  Drop by and check one out soon!

Note: links are available in the post if you desire to purchase the title(s) but please first take an opportunity to check them out from the library.

The Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe

This six volume set covers the entire Old and New Testament.  Dr. Wiersbe is a pastor at heart and his commentary is warm and easy to understand.  This work would be great for those looking for a better understanding of Scripture.

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine – Wayne Grudem

Dr. Grudem’s Systematic Theology is at the head of the class when it comes to reading theology.  This work is exhaustively informative and easy to approach.  Would you like to know more about, for instance, the angelic world?  Simply turn to that chapter, take up, and read.  Grudem’s approach to theology is rightly aimed at worship and thus you will find a hymn to sing at the end of each chapter which praises God for the truth conveyed in that section.

Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief – Bruce Milne

If you want to know more about a particular doctrine or Biblical subject but Grudem’s Systematic Theology seems too intimidating start here.  Milne’s book is just what it claims to be: a handbook to the fundamental truths of the Christian faith.  The book is simply arranged and concise yet still quite thorough.  This work is a great introduction (or appetizer) to the world of systematic theology.

How to Read the Bible for All It is Worth – Gordon Fee and Douglas Stewart

Christians are, necessarily, people of The Book.  We read in order to hear from our great redeeming God.  With such importance attached to reading scripture doesn’t it make sense that we would want to read as skillfully as possible?  This book will aid you in doing just that.  How to Read the Bible for All It Is Worth belongs to the field of Hermeneutics which for Christians means “How to Study the Bible.”  Pick it up and watch as God opens your eyes to even more fruitful study of His Word.

Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church – Earle Cairns

Often one will hear “The Early Church” referenced in Christian circles.  How – and what – do we know about how our ancient forefathers in the faith thought through and lived the faith?  How did we end up with a Pope in Rome?  What was the Reformation all about?  How did so many different Christian denominations and cults come to exist?  Reading church history helps answer those questions and Carins’ work has been serving those interested in church history for decades now.

Parenting by God’s Promises – Joel Beeke

Joel Beeke is a man who loves God, His Word, and Christian families.  All three traits come out in Parenting by God’s Promises.  Part 1 of this work, Covenantal Foundations for Parenting, reminds believing parents that God is sovereign over and faithful to their family which communicates a tremendous security and responsibility.  Part 2, Parenting as Prophets, Priests, & Kings, helps parents understand their roles within the family.  Part 3, Practical Steps for Child-Rearing, draws on the Puritans (which is a good thing) to speak to the how-to’s of childrearing as well as addressing the importance of the husband-wife relationship.  Part 4, Practical Helps for Teenagers, aims Biblical truth and wisdom at moving children from children to adults.  Note: Beeke approaches the family from the perspective of Covenant Theology, which is excellent, but Baptists will have to read with discernment at some points.  Talk to Bro. Jeff if you have any questions.

Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity
by Nancy Pearcey

Christianity is a public faith.  Christ rose and appeared to witnesses; His death and resurrection according to Acts 2:22-38 was a public controversy.  Yet in our day faith is treated as something to be kept hidden in the private life.  Once Christianity was seen as a thinking person’s faith – now any religious belief is seen as intellectual suicide.  How did we get here?  Pearcey’s work helps the reader know what it means to think like a Christian in the most robust sense.  For those concerned about how to reach the decaying culture – and the people in it – around us while staying faithful to the Christian faith Total Truth is an essential read.  This is a book for those with questions and the reading can be tough at times but the profit is immense.  Bro. Jeff has said that behind Scripture Total Truth has most shaped his understanding of Christianity.  Pick it up, get ready to think, and see just how profitable this book can be.

One of the ways Midway Baptist works to help parents raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord is to promote the practice of catechism.  If you aren’t familiar with the practice, catechism is a time-tested and simple way for teaching the content of Scripture.  If you read 1 Corinthians 14:19Galatians 6:6, and Acts 18:25 you will see various forms of the English word “instruct” repeated.  In each of those verses the Greek word for “instruct” (or “teach”) is katecheo.  It is from this word we get our English word “catechize.”  Generally speaking, catechisms will follow a simple question and answer format that is designed to be memorized.

While catechisms are useful to both adults and children we have put a special emphasis on encouraging the practice in our families with young children, particularly during our times of corporate family worship.  Truth transforms and the Holy Spirit makes use of the good content we place within our children’s minds through catechism.

If you would like to see a copy of the catechism we use you can download it HERE (requires the free program Adobe Reader).  If you would like to know more about why catechizing children is important click HERE.  For the church history fan HERE is more information about how Baptists have used catechism through the centuries.  Finally, HERE you can find a long list of Baptist catechisms (dating to 1652!) or Charles Spurgeon’s catechism HERE.

Allie is a 5 year old from Algood suffering from Ewing Sarcoma, a malignant bone cancer.  West View Baptist Church in Cookeville is holding a benefit concert for her Sunday, June 30th at 5:00pm.  No tickets are required but a love offering gong to the Clayburn family will be collected.  If you would like to attend (or help the family in some other way) you can find more information below or click HERE.


If you are a member of Midway Baptist with an email account you should have received the latest issue of The Midway Messenger with details about tomorrow night’s Lord’s Supper and Potluck Fellowship Meal.  If not, please sign up for the newsletter HERE so we can get future newsletters to you.

Please make plans to join us for this special night in the life of our church.  If you can, please bring enough food for your family plus a bit more to share.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow night at 6:00 PM.


As you probably know, Bro. Jeff and Bro. Nick attended this year’s Southern Baptist Convention in Houston, TX.  One of the events that takes place during that meeting is the election of the 2nd Vice President.  This year, as a messenger from Midway Baptist Church, Bro. Jeff gave the nomination speech for Jared Moore who was ultimately elected to the office!  As a result, Midway Baptist had a hand in electing the 3rd officer of the largest Protestant denomination in the world.  Pretty cool.  You can see the video of these things below.