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What Does the Lord Require?: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching Biblical Ethics [Kindle Edition]

Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
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How applicable is the Bible's moral standard to the complex issues we face today--like stem cell research, euthanasia, gambling, and environmental care? How does a person use Scripture to make ethical decisions? And how do we teach people to think biblically about ethics?

Experienced Bible teacher Walter Kaiser answers these questions by demonstrating how, connecting eighteen key teaching Scriptures to eighteen tough ethical issues. Some examples include connecting poverty and orphans with Isaiah 58:1-12, genetic engineering with Genesis 1:26-39 and 2:15-25, and cohabitation and adultery with 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. The result is a stimulating resource and guide for preaching and a solid foundation for developing Bible studies. Each chapter also includes concluding points, bibliography, and discussion questions.

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"Walt Kaiser is the right person to write this book. The work reveals a lifetime of experience in the Scriptures, in the classroom, and in churches. Kaiser's strategy of working primarily with one or two focal texts in relation to each ethical issue addressed is a unique and valuable aspect of the book. His close adherence to the biblical text offers a fine model for expository preaching and teaching. This work will serve well as a textbook for college- and seminary-level ethics courses and as a trustworthy guide for pastors, lay leaders, and all ministry professionals who desire to apply faithfully the texts of Scripture to many of today's crucial ethical issues. I highly recommend this superb volume and expect it will have a long and useful life."--Robert V. Rakestraw, Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

"In today's churches, many ethical pronouncements are made without firm biblical grounding, and many biblical sermons are preached without concrete application to the issues of the day. This book will help preachers and teachers speak to the ethical challenges facing the church from an informed perspective rooted in sound biblical theology and solid scholarship. I heartily recommend it."--John Jefferson Davis, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Many people feel overwhelmed by the number and complexity of the moral questions we face. And with people knowing less of God's Word, the need for accurate biblical guidance for navigating today's ethical dilemmas has never been greater. Thankfully, Walter Kaiser fills the void by clearly pointing us back to our biblical roots for moral guidance and by unpacking the meaning and implications of central teaching passages from the Bible. Kaiser has done it again!"--David K. Clark, Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

"This series of studies will prove an invaluable tool to any Christian leader and will leave every thinking believer, even if not in agreement with all Dr. Kaiser's conclusions on every issue, sharing the Jubilee Centre's desire to explore further the continued relevance of biblical principles to the social, economic, and political questions facing modern society."--John Hayward, Jubilee Centre, Cambridge, England

About the Author

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is president emeritus at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He previously served as professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and taught at Wheaton College. Kaiser is active as a preacher, speaker, researcher, and writer and is the author of more than forty books, including Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament and The Majesty of God in the Old Testament.

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  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (May 1, 2009)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B85AITO
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the approach February 7, 2012
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We used this book for a small weekly men's study group, and found it an interesting and helpful resource. For each of 18 different ethical questions, the author gives introductory material and then directs the reader to a specific scripture passages to guide one's thinking on that question. The introductory remarks pique interest by defining the issue and giving a brief exposure to different ways it has been handled. The biblical section, then, gives an outline of the passage and brief commentary with respect to the ethical issue. Conclusions and discussion questions end most chapters.

Chapters cover such issues as Racism, Gambling, Cohabitation, Homosexuality, Civil Disobedience, and Animal Rights.

The men in the study group agreed with me that some of the chapters did not measure up the the level of others. The chapter on animal rights, for instance, made some good points but suffered from what seemed a poor choice of "key scripture" - the description of the millennial kingdom in Isaiah 11:6-9. Even if one were inclined to agree with the author's interpretation of this eschatological passage, the connection to factory farms seems a bit distant.

All in all, however, we appreciated the stimulus provided by this book, and the biblically informed thinking encouraged by the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adult Sunday School Christian Ethics November 23, 2013
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Excellent in teaching a Sunday School class to adults on Christian Ethics. Combines well concepts and Biblical scripture citations that encourage conversations/arguments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook for biblical standard June 9, 2013
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An excellent source of biblical viewpoints for controversial subjects of our contemporary world. I will use as a reference when confronted by the secular media or argument. Dr. Kaiser is a national treasure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What does the Lord require October 7, 2009
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This book will cause you to think very hard about the issues of our world today.
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Walter C. Kaiser Jr. (PhD, Brandeis University) is distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament and president emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dr. Kaiser has written over 40 books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; The Messiah in the Old Testament; and The Promise-Plan of God; and coauthored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning. Dr. Kaiser and his wife, Marge, currently reside at Kerith Farm in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Dr. Kaiser's website is

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