The Bible Study Handbook by Lindsay Olesberg: Chapters 4 and 5

What are the benefits of studying the Bible with people from other cultures? Lindsay Olesberg, author of “The Bible Study Handbook” has traveled the world studying and teaching with students, pastors, and leaders from vastly different contexts than our North American one. She seems to think there are plenty of benefits. We are working through … Continue reading

The Bible Study Handbook by Lindsay Olesberg: Introduction

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“There’s no trouble getting hold of a Bible. But once you have on in your hands . . . now what?” Have you ever wanted to get better at studying the Bible? Have you ever read something and had it go way over your head? Are you tired of limiting your understanding of Scripture to … Continue reading

“A Year of Biblical Womanhood” by Rachel Held Evans: My Whole Dang Review.

Rachel Held Evans spent a year of her life living out as many of the Bibles commands for women as literally as possible. And this being a blog about, you know, the Bible, I knew it was a must read. Here is why she did it: There is a lot of talk in the American … Continue reading

Learning the Story, Living the Story part 6: The Word With Friends.

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Here we go people! It’s the final installment of my six-part series on being transformed by the Bible. In part 3 I wrote about the danger of studying the Bible alone. Today’s post is on the importance of other people reading the Bible with you. But first, a story. A few weeks ago, my lovely … Continue reading

Learning The Story, Living The Story part 5: Context, Context, Context!

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Welcome to part 5 of my 6 week series on being transformed by the Bible. Here is a quick recap of where we’ve been so far: We can’t learn the story if we don’t read the story The Bible isn’t the teacher’s edition of life Don’t read the Bible alone Those were the “unhelpful” posts. … Continue reading

Learning the Story, Living The Story part 4: Train Yourself to Read The Bible

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Read part 1, part 2, and part 3 Welcome back to my six part series on how to be transformed by reading the Bible. My thesis is that to be transformed by the Bible, we must Learn the Story of God and Live the Story of God. Previous posts have dealt with issues that keep … Continue reading

Celebrating Numbers: What Inheritance Will I Leave?

Each time I finish a book of the Bible, I want to do something to celebrate it. You can check out my other celebratory posts for Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus. Yesterday, as I studied the end of Numbers, I realized that much of the book deals with an inheritance. The Israelite people are wandering through … Continue reading

Learning the Story, Living the Story part 1: Why We Don’t Read The Bible

I recently had the opportunity to speak to InterVarsity students at Portland State University. I spoke about the relationship between spiritual formation and the Bible. It was a pretty big topic so I had to hone it in as much as I could. As my first pass, I boiled it down to this: We must … Continue reading