Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye [Book Review]

Len Bailey’s book, Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye, portrays Holmes and Watson traveling to biblical days to solve biblical “mysteries.”Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

The time travel is a fascinating aspect to the book, but the mysteries are “solved” simply by Holmes’ keen observation of Scripture. It’s the same premise I learned in Howard Hendricks’ class on Bible Study Methods. In that class, we even read a portion of Conan Doyle’s books where Holmes employs his powers of observation.

Once in this book, Watson asked how Holmes, a critic, could have such faith in the Bible. Holmes replied:

Faith has nothing to do with it, old boy. I’m just a better reader than you are.

The book is creative and entertaining, though sometimes it stretches the bounds of tolerance when Holmes offers Watson long paragraphs of historical background, sounding more like a Bible Dictionary than a detective.

Although each mystery rests on the keen observation of often-obscure passages, most of the conclusions offered are still debatable—answers that have been provided by scholars for centuries.

For example . . .

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How to Ponder Scripture Every Time You Stop

Not long ago I stopped at a stop sign so intriguing that I doubled back to take its picture. Here it is.

Stop and Ponder Scripture

(Picture I took: Stop and Ponder Scripture)

What a great sign! After snapping the picture, I pulled to the side of the road and watched the next five cars that pulled up to the stop sign. Only one stopped. The rest rolled on through.

Later, I got to thinking about the intersection. “STOP—Ponder Scripture.” The command is there—and at a crossroads many stop at every day. Yet the surrounding neighborhood seems unaffected. They see the stop sign—but not the street sign.

I confess that, at times, I do too.

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Bible Memory and Meditation – A Key to Blessing [Podcast]

Psalm 1

We face two roads in this life. One is well-worn, common, and cozy. But it ends like flying off the end of the freeway. The other requires a machete and a tour guide but promises blessing in the end –and even along the way.

The path to blessing begins through memorizing and meditating on Scripture.

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The Benefits of Reading the Bible [Podcast]

Deuteronomy 32:44-47; James 1:22-25

The Bible is meant to be more than coffee table décor or a museum relic.

God meant for you to read and apply it to your life. Doing so holds immeasurable benefits.

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Is the Bible a Loose Canon? [Podcast]

How do we know the Bibles we have contain all God wants us to read? What about the so-called “lost” books of the Bible? Is the Apocrypha part of Scripture? Why should we even care?

This message explains why the books of the Bible are what they are—and why we can have confidence that we have the complete Word of God.

Luke 11:50-51; 3:16; John 16:12-13; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Jude 3-4; Revelation 22:18-21

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