Most people ever only make it about halfway through the book of Exodus. Why is that? Well, the first half is action packed narrative, the second part is legislation. We all enjoy a good story, but most of us don't thrive on reading legal works. So how can we enjoy all of Exodus, not just … Continue reading A handful of tips: Exodus
We've established the fact that the Bible contains words that have to be read and reread and I've shared some of the ways that have helped me read biblical texts. Now, it's time to finally talk about the literary nature of the Bible. As I've been thinking about this introductory post about the literary genres … Continue reading How to read well: The Literary Nature of the Bible
The premise of the book is this: Technology, that is, the easy everywhere attitude of the 21st century has gotten alarmingly out of place and is rendering homes and individuals characterless and without real wisdom for real life. In the worst instances, technology even contributes to tearing families and homes apart. The remedy: Put technology back in its proper place, just like everything else in life.
After establishing some basic guiding principles about Bible translations, we can now think of the Bible in terms of literature. Literature deals with texts. As touched upon in the last post, that's one of our biggest problems. We don't know how to read texts. At this point, I thought it might be helpful to … Continue reading How to read well: How to read a(ny) text
The internet is full of good, free Christian resources that can help us grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Under "resources" I will occasionally share something I found on the web that has helped me in my walk with Jesus and, more specifically, in understanding the Bible. To kick this off, I'll be … Continue reading Resources: What I’ve found
About a month ago, I was talking to a missionary in Ukraine about work ethics, or more precisely, about the reason for work. Why do we work? In the conversation, he mentioned an essay by Dorothy L. Sayers called "Why work?" To my shame, I had never heard of her before, but have since learned … Continue reading My Library: Dorothy Sayers – Why work?
Peter once said about Jesus that he alone had words of eternal life. That is exactly where our trouble begins. The primary way in which God communicates to us is through words on pages. Granted, there are some other ways, but most Christians will agree that the Bible is the primary way in which God … Continue reading How to read well: What if the Bible was our favorite movie?
In the last post of this series, we explored one of the fundamental differences between Bible translations. Some are formal translations and some are functional translations. Some preserve the wording of the original text, while others strive to capture the meaning of the original. In reality, all translations combine some elements of both. The NASB, … Continue reading How to choose a good translation #2
Mark's Gospel is the shortest of the four and thus an excellent gospel to read in one sitting. Here are five tips if you feel like you can't keep up with Mark's fast pace: Notice Mark's interest in the deeds of Jesus rather than his words. Jesus is always doing something in Mark's gospel and … Continue reading A handful of tips: The Gospel of Mark
When we think about how to read the Bible well, we have to take a step back and ask: how do I find a good Bible translation? Often people approach this purely based on their subjective opinion. They choose the one that sounds good or that is the most readable to them. Granted, this is … Continue reading How to choose a good translation #1