All in Reading the Bible

3 Ways Leaders Can Teach the Bible’s Grand Story

Scripture presents us with a beautiful, powerful, overarching story. It has a meganarrative “backbone” that takes the reader of the whole Bible from the rhythmic beauty and order of creation, through the chaotic crisis of the fall, to the climax of the cross, and finally to the renewal of all things in the new heavens and earth. That “story” is at the heart of what God is up to in the universe, and at the heart of God’s story, we find our purpose in life. 

6 Ways to Read the Bible Better: Part 1

If you spend any time in the blogosphere, you probably have come across helpful lists on how to become a better reader. Some, like “How To Become a Better Reader in 10 Steps” by Gretchen Rubin, or Tim Challis’ “10 Tips to Read More and Read Better,” offer practical guidance for reading in general. I often find such articles helpful for rebooting my engagement with the written page. As the tagline at the top of the screen suggests, the purpose of this blog is to help you pick up and read the Bible better, and in this post and the next I want to offer 6 places to begin. So how might we “read the Bible better?”

6 Ways to Read the Bible Better: Part 2

In my last post I offered 3 ways we might begin to read the Bible Better: Read Relationally, Read Joyfully, and Read Missionally. You notice that I laid the foundation with “heart” issues. If we are not reading for relationship, with joy, and for mission, our reading of the Bible will not be sustained over a long period of time. In this post I add 3 other ways to read the Bible Better, these focusing a bit more on reading practices that build on a right heart orientation: Read Resourcefully, Read Rhythmically, and Read “Praxically.”