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The Harry Potter Bible Study: Enjoying God Through the Final Four Harry Potter Movies Paperback – November 2, 2011

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Jared Moore has served in ministry for 11 years and is currently the pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY. He has an M.A.R. in Biblical Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. in Christian Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently completing a Th.M. in Systematic Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Amber, reside in Hustonville, KY with their two children. If you have any questions or if you are interested in inviting Jared to speak, you may contact him through his website. Jared writes at http://jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com. He is also a contributor at www.sbcvoices.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466433604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466433601
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,662,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I was dead in my sin, and God raised me to life in Christ Jesus. Because of Him, I will live forevermore." Jared Moore has served in pastoral ministry in a Southern Baptist context for 14 years. He currently pastors New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible, an M.A.R. in Biblical Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. in Christian ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), a Th.M. in Systematic Theology (ABT) from SBTS, and he is currently a PhD Student in Systematic Theology at SBTS. Moore is happily married to Amber and has three children: Caden, Ava, and Ian.

You can contact Jared through his website: http://jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com. He is open to any questions or comments. He is also available to speak at churches or other organizations.

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Jared Moore's The Harry Potter Bible Study is an interesting and enjoyable study. Moore's goal is to teach the "youngest to the oldest" how to interact with pop culture using Biblical principles to help people "dissect" all ideas presented by media with the sword of Scripture. Christ is very much the central theme throughout this whole Bible study, reminding us that He is to be central to our lives and our children's lives.

I appreciate Moore's emphasis that parents must prepare their children for the temptations they will face in this world. Parents can teach their kids, rather than protect them with legalistic boundaries which will only serve to make children less able to face the crazy - and sometimes evil - things this world will throw at them. But the problem, Moore says, is not entirely out there. By both parents and children looking at the source of sin in their own hearts, together they can look to Christ and His Word for solutions and strength against evil.

Moore says that his study is for anyone - children or adult - old enough to watch a Harry Potter movie. I'm not sure some of the concepts presented can be broken down well for any 6- or 7-year-old who might watch the movies. The study is most ideal, given the material presented, for junior high students on up. The introduction to the study is a bit long for the intended audience, but he gives a thorough overview of the Bible study as well as a mini-theology lesson to prepare the participant.

I really liked the study. It is theologically sound. His writing is clear and the book well organized. It is an excellent resource in how to be a discerning Christian when interacting with media of any kind - but movies/TV especially. The Harry Potter Bible Study is engaging, easy to read, and teaches solid Biblical principles. I definitely recommend it.
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Recently, my wife and I decided to begin watching the Harry Potter films with our children. We had not forbidden Harry Potter in our home like some have done, but neither had we encouraged it, and our children had never asked about it. We decided that it would be good for us to watch them together as a family and discuss them according to our Christian worldview and biblical convictions. It was not long after we began watching the films that I was given an opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. I am so delighted that I did.

Jared's book is well-written, thoroughly biblical, and interacts intelligently with the final four Potter films. He does not try to "spiritualize" the movies and pretend that their message is something different than the author intended. Neither does he attack the films and offer endless criticisms of their content. While there are plenty of books available that do one or the other, this one supersedes them. Jared Moore allows the films to speak for themselves, and then interacts with them by isolating themes and issues, asking probing questions, and bringing the light of Christian Scripture to bear on the matters.

This book is a great guide for families, as it contains information that all ages will find appealing. As we used the book during family devotions after watching each film, my youngest child was able to discuss the questions of morals; my older child was able to discuss several of the biblical and theological themes; and my wife and I were challenged by some of the weightier questions and issues. At one point, my youngest child said, "It's almost like the movies were made so we could talk about this book!" My older one is anxious for the author to release a "prequel" dealing with the first films in the series.
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Mention the name "Harry Potter" around Christians and you're likely to get some interesting and perhaps extremely negative responses. The Harry Potter series which was based on the books which were then turned into movies has become a cultural icon around the world. An entire generation has grown up watching, listening, playing with Harry Potter toys and wearing Harry Potter clothes. It should come as no surprise then that a Christian should want to examine what is good about Harry Potter and reject what is bad from these movies.

Many of the negative reactions come from a segment of Christianity that earnestly believes that Christians should have no participation in culture. The other side in Christianity states that Christians can participate in culture but should reject what is ungodly and redeem what is helpful. In The Harry Potter Bible Study: Enjoying God Through The Final Four Harry Potter Movies, Pastor Jared Moore takes the second view which is that Christians ought to engage the worldview of culture in order to equip believers to have a biblical worldview.

The Harry Potter Bible Study is just that a Bible Study walking through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1 and 2. This book does an excellent job examining what is unbiblical about the movies and what can be redeemed from the movies. One of the consequences of rejecting movies entirely and not engaging the message they are sending to children, teenagers and adults is that adults are not given a model of how to discern between what is good and evil. Not only does rejecting movies send a bad message to believers, but also to unbelievers who may be creative that they have no place in the Church.
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