Questions, Questions, Questions: Why You Should Read Ben Merkle’s New Series

For those of you who were not aware, Kregel Academic & Professional has launched a new series of books edited by Southeastern’s own Ben Merkle. The 40 Questions series is unique in that each book in the series provides (1) a comprehensive summary of its subject; (2) while breaking the subject matter into short chapters (5-10 pages); (3) allowing the reader to find the answers to commonly asked questions without having to read the entire book. The books are written by competent and respected scholars, but are written primarily for the church rather than the academy.

The first book, 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons (2008), was written by Merkle himself. [Merkle is also the author of Why Elders? A Biblical & Practical Guide for Church Members (Kregel, 2009).] The second release is 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible (2010), by Rob Plummer. Forthcoming volumes are 40 Questions about Creation and Evolution, by Southeastern professors Kenneth Keathley and Mark Rooker; 40 Questions about Election and Atonement, by Bruce Ware; 40 Questions about the End Times, Eckhard Schnabel; 40 Questions about Worship, by David Nelson; and 40 Questions about Christians and the Law; Thomas R. Schreiner.

While I’m at it, if you are a prospective college student, seminary student, or Ph.D. candidate, allow me to invite you to come study under Dr. Merkle at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek here at Southeastern. He earned his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from Southern. Before coming to Southeastern, he taught at Cathedral Bible College, Southern Seminary, and Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary.