To better understand how to present the new NKJV Unapologetic Study Bible, we sat down with Mark Coppenger, professor of Christian philosophy and ethics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and managing editor of Kairos Journal, to learn a little more about it.
What was behind the creation of this Bible?
The Unapologetic Study Bible (USB) and its resource, Kairos Journal, are designed to encourage, equip, and embolden Christians to engage the culture with biblically conservative perspectives and convictions.
What are its key selling points?
The USB speaks pointedly and extensively to 38 issues touching public policy, the church, and the individual Christian’s walk, including stem-cell research, revival, euthanasia, taxation, intelligent design, capital punishment, transgenderism, etc., with over 400 articles (some as Bible studies, others as historical vignettes, strong quotations, or contemporary-trend editorials).
How can this Bible help Christians become better rooted in their faith?
In a culture that has tilted precariously toward spiritual, moral, economic, and physical self-destruction, the USB’s biblically prophetic takes on the current scene seek to position a godly plumb line in the midst of society so that Christians might keep things straight and counsel others to do the same. The Bible studies are concise, the scholarship solid, the application clear. Some serve to strengthen existing understandings. Others take readers to biblical teachings they may have missed. Taken together with articles from the other quadrants, the USB presents a compelling case for the comprehensive splendor of the Christian worldview. In this respect, the USB has great apologetic force, as it casts a winsome, biblical, moral vision of God’s work in the world.