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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
October 2002 - 22[10]:80

Announcing: The New Rock-Solid Faith: How to Sustain It Video Series
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

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In my April “Note from the Editor,” I announced the availability of volume two in our new Rock-Solid Faith trilogy, Rock-Solid Faith: How to Sustain It. [The first volume, Rock-Solid Faith: How to Build It, was released in April 2000; the third volume, Rock-Solid Faith: How to Defend It, is due to be released late in 2003.]

In that April 2002 announcement, I made the following comment: “During the upcoming summer months, I am scheduled to tape a 13-lesson video series to accompany the book chapter by chapter (just as I did with Rock-Solid Faith: How to Build It). I will announce the videos in my ‘Note from the Editor’ as soon as they are available.”

Cover of Rock-Solid Faith: How to Sustain ItI am happy to announce in my “Note from the Editor” this month that the videos to accompany Rock-Solid Faith: How to Sustain It are now available. During late May, I flew to Texas to spend a week at the studios of World Video Bible School in order to work on filming the new series. Rudy Cain and his dedicated, hard-working staff did their usual top-notch, quintessentially professional job in regard to the preparations required for the week-long project. They typed hundreds of pages of text into a specialized character-generator computer so they could be viewed on screen. They diligently prepared each set prior to the shooting of the individual lessons. And they did a brilliant job in editing the end product. Plus, Rudy and his sweet wife Sharon housed and fed me the entire time!

The 13-lesson, 5-tape set follows the book chapter by chapter (exactly as the previous videos did with Rock-Solid Faith: How to Build It). Each lecture in the series is approximately 38 minutes long, so that the presentations may be used in Bible school classroom settings (which, from reports we have been receiving regarding the Rock-Solid Faith: How to Build It video series, is one of the most popular venues for viewing the lectures). Since each video lecture uses almost a complete 45-minute class session, many Bible class teachers choose to show the video lesson to the students one week, and then follow that lesson the next week with a study of the written material from the book (or vice versa). This works quite well, especially in view of the fact that there simply is no way to cover in the 38-minute videos every single aspect examined in each chapter of the book. The video lectures are in-depth presentations (as opposed to being just a cursory treatment), but, admittedly, the material in the book is much more extensive (and contains additional reference material and documentation that was not conducive to oral presentations).

I think you will be very pleased with both the content and the quality of the new video series. While you, as the viewer, will have to judge the content, I certainly can attest to the quality. Each tape in the series is of the highest quality, due to the fact that the good folks at WVBS not only have the latest in high-tech video equipment (including state-of-the-art character generation computers), but also are consummate professionals as well (with a touch of perfectionism thrown in for good measure).

The five tapes in the set come in sturdy, protective plastic cases with full-color covers. Tapes are sold only in sets, which sell for $85 ($5 s/h). Books are $12 each ($1.50 s/h for first copy; 50¢ s/h for each additional copy, with a 15% discount offered when you order 10 or more copies). Rock-Solid Faith: How to Build It still is available (in book and video format) at the same prices. Shortly, we plan to offer both in a DVD format (watch this space for that announcement). If you would like to order the videos or the book via credit card (or by invoicing a church), call us toll free at 800/234-8558. Your satisfaction—as with each of our products and services—is completely guaranteed.

[PS: While I am on the subject, I would like to recommend to you the non-profit work of World Video Bible School. WVBS produces videos on every book of the Bible, and a host of related subjects (church history, counseling, etc.). The instructors are sound, well-qualified Christians. Call WVBS for the latest catalog (512/398-5211), or write them at: 130 Lantana Lane, Maxwell, Texas, 78656.]

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