SIDEBAR: Grow Your Knowledge

by Bob Caldwell

Perhaps you can’t afford to add books to your library right now. You can access Bible literature without a major investment.

Most ministers live near a Christian college or seminary, and these institutions have libraries. You may need to pay a fee to be a patron. (The seminary from which I just graduated charges $50 per year.) But if you end up checking out 10 books a year, it will be worth it.

Don’t fear using a library from a school that is decidedly not conservative. They still have good books, and you should be able to discern which titles will be helpful.

Another option is interlibrary loan. Check your local public library’s policies. Most belong to networks that allow them to access books from other libraries. You can then use a search engine to find a book you would like to read and ask your library to get it through interlibrary loan.

There are ways to expand your theological knowledge, if you have the desire to do so.

Bob Caldwell, Springfield, Missouri