HBC Resources

Pastor's Picks

Invitation to Church History: World

The pick for April was Invitation to Church History: World by John D. Hannah. A two-volume introductory survey of church history from its origins to the present day.

Designed for an educated lay audience and students in introductory college and seminary church history courses, these visually stunning textbooks are carefully written for first-time learners in the subject areas. Invitation to Church History: World walks readers through the story of God’s people from Christ to the contemporary church around the world. Invitation to Church History: American chronicles American church history from the pilgrims to contemporary denominations in the United States.

In these full-color textbooks, many features facilitate learning: photos make the material come alive for the reader; diagrams clarify and distill complex concepts and sets of information; and review materials aid the student in processing and retaining the concepts in each chapter.

Readers will gain a clear understanding of the meaning of the gospel, the wonder of divine redemption, and the majesty of God. The story of the church is presented as part of the redemptive history of God and His people. With a conservative, Christ-centered perspective, Hannah writes with fairness and generosity toward diverse views.

Pick from Pastor Jeff | April 2023

In The Steps of Jesus

Millions of people across the world have heard of Jesus Christ, but how many are truly familiar with the key locations he frequented?

Following the chronology of Jesus’ life and ministry, and drawing especially on the Gospel of Luke, Peter Walker takes us from Bethlehem to Nazareth to the desert as we follow Jesus on his final journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. In each chapter particular attention is given to what Jesus did in that location, and to the authenticity of archaeological and recorded evidence of later pilgrims and historians. Building on the success of the first edition, this updated and expanded edition takes into account the most recent archaeological discoveries. Richly illustrated, and using maps, timelines, and feature boxes to highlight important themes, this is a rich and absorbing guide that provides a unique insight into Jesus’ world – an ideal companion for travellers to the Holy land or for scholars and pastors around the world.

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | March 2023

Rejoice and Tremble

Fear is one of the strongest human emotions, and it is one that often baffles Christians.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” ―Proverbs 1:7

Fear is one of the strongest human emotions―and one that often baffles Christians. In the Bible the picture can seem equally confusing: Is fear a good thing or a bad thing? And what does it mean to “fear the Lord”?

In Rejoice and Tremble, Michael Reeves clears the clouds of confusion and shows that the fear of the Lord is not a negative thing at all, but an intensely delighted wondering at God, our Creator and Redeemer.

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | February 2023

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance

“God cares that we know who he is, and he longs for us to understand him better. Through his Word he revealed his triune nature, though many avoid in-depth study of this doctrine because it is so deep and mysterious.

But God’s revelation of himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit affects how he relates to us, how he made us, and who he is eternally. The doctrine of the Trinity is essential to our understanding of him and of our faith. The focus of this study is to examine the ways in which the three Persons of the Trinity relate to one another, how they relate to us, and what difference this makes to our lives.

To understand just how God is both One and Three is to delve into some of Scripture’s most glorious truths and to experience the joy of beholding the wonder of our triune God. This is a practical study for you and your home, church, and ministry.”

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | January 2023

Gadsby's Hymns

Gadsby’s Hymns is a classic, esteemed collection of 1,156 hymns of rich theological content, many of which are not found in any other current hymnal. Contains: Gadsby’s original hymns; his 1st and 2nd supplements; Hart’s hymns and occasional hymns.

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | December 2022

Bible Map App

For November 2022, our Pastor’s Pick was Bible Map App created by Tim Kimberley. This app is described as “The most interactive, exhaustive, easy to use, and thorough Bible Map app in the app store.” The Bible comes to life as you see the land of the Bible and realize the artifacts we have today supporting the story of the Bible. This app is currently only available for Apple devices. You can download it from the App Store here.

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | November 2022

Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God

“Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God” by Tim Challies and Josh Byerscovers many of the basic items that are great for new believers and seasoned believers alike to know. It is a simple read with chapters covering the Gospel, Identity in Christ, the Drama of Scripture, Basic introduction to Doctrine, How to Practically Grow in our Faith, etc. This resource has sound theology along with practical and many interactive visuals that put the topics in perspective.
Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | October 2022

A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible

For a beautiful, approachable, informative presentation of the concepts and principles of Scripture–turn to any page of A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible and be instantly immersed in the visuals and teachings of God’s Word.

A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible is not only a wonderful introduction to the Christian life, it is a functioning guide for understanding and living out your faith.

You’ll see how the Bible is put together, why the authors wrote each book, and what all of it means for your life today. What’s more, you’ll learn why the Bible can be trusted and how to answer common criticisms of the Bible.

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | September 2022

To the Golden Shore

On February 12, 1812, Ann and Adoniram Judson sailed from Salem aboard the brig Caravan as two of the first missionaries to go out from North America. Watching the shoreline disappear from view, they could not have foreseen the impact of their journey on the future of the Christian world mission or on the thousands of men and women who would follow in their footsteps. After a short stay in India, they carried the Good News of Jesus Christ to the golden shore of Burma.

Drawing on letters and church records, Courtney Anderson paints a poignant portrait of Judson’s early life in dealing with the conflict between his desire for material success and the inner call to serve God. For Adoniram Judson the golden shore brought bitter hardships, imprisonment, and family tragedy. Yet, he never wavered in his commitment to win people to faith in Christ and to translate the Bible into the Burmese language.
Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | August 2022

God's Man in China

More than any other modern man, Hudson Taylor is the pattern by which the missionary is measured. More than that, the pattern of his life challenges every Christian. Few who read this account of how Hudson Taylor learned to trust God first for a half crown and eventually for one thousand new missionaries can remain content with the current state of their own faith. “Hudson Taylor is not remembered today as the strategist who almost singlehandedly brought about a revolutionary change in the missionary situation in China one hundred years ago, but rather as a man of God. What abide are the fragrance and influence of his life.” So wrote Arthur Glasser, former home director for the USA and Canada of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship. 

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | July 2022

Shadow of the Almighty

Shadow of the Almighty is one of the great missionary stories of modern times. It is the life and testament of Jim Elliot, as told by Elliot’s widow, author and evangelist Elisabeth Elliot Gren. Shadow of the Almighty is the true account of Elliot’s martyrdom, along with four fellow missionaries, at the hands of Ecuador’s Huaorani Indians.

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | June 2022


Unbroken (2010) by Laura Hillenbrand is the life story of an Olympic athlete and WWII Prison of War survivor, Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini. Biographies have a unique quality of allowing one to see another’s life from a realistic perspective. Louis Zamperini’s journey took him from a hardworking family and from off the troubled streets in California to becoming an Olympic athlete in 1936. Out the outbreak of WWII, like many other eager American young men, he joined the military. His plane broke down over the open ocean, drifting for 47 days of a liferaft, eventually being rescued by the Japanese where he and his co-pilot were taken captive. He endured two long years of mistreatment, including beatings and cruel punishment. Although he never broke during his captivity, he was a broken man on the inside. After returning to California following the war, he married. To cover his inner pain and memories, including nightmares, he turned to alcohol and in the process almost lost his marriage. It was on the night of October 16th, 1949, that his journey for inner peace ended as he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ at a Billy Grahame Crusade in Los Angeles. Unbroken is a story of God’s redemption!

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | May 2022

Rose Publishing Resources

In April 2022, we featured the resources from Rose Publishing. These charts, graphs, and maps are a great way to better understand the Bible. Many of these resources are also reproducible so that you can make copies of them for personal study, homeschooling, and more.

You can read more about Rose Books here.

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | April 2022

The Drama of Scripture

This book gives a grand narrative of what God is doing throughout the entire Bible, Genesis through Revelation. The authors help explain the common theme of how God redeems His creation through Jesus Christ His Son. Check out the video to hear more!

Pick from Pastor Jeff Scott | March 2022

Delighting in the Trinity

In this lively book, we find an introduction to Christianity and the Christian life that is from start to finish rooted in our triune God–Father, Son and the Spirit.  Not only do we understand the person and work ofChrist through the Trinity, but also prayer, the church and every aspect of our faith.

Pick from Pastor Nathan Smith | February 2022

If you have a question about a specific author, book, or theological resource, contact Pastor Jeff at jeff@hbclynchburg.com.