Blog Posts on The Bible

Why Read the Bible?

Jonathan Parnell

What is our goal in reading the Bible?

In this five-minute video, Don Carson explains that we read the Bible to know God better, as he says, "to think God's thoughts after him, to love what he loves, to cherish what he cherishes, to hate what he hates. It is to shape the whole mind and heart."

Bible reading is a means of grace, along with others, that will be…

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Do We Ignore the Bible?

John Knight

I can remember it clearly.  I was at a conference on how to make places of worship more accessible to people with disabilities when a woman asked a panel of religious leaders, “what should we do with the hard passages in the Bible related to disability?”

A Jewish rabbi quickly responded. “Oh, you mean like the passages in Leviticus? Well, we just ignore those. We know better now.”

I was…

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Teach Children the Bible Is Not About Them

Sally Lloyd-Jones

When I go into churches and speak to children I ask them two questions:

First, how many people here sometimes think you have to be good for God to love you?

They tentatively raise their hands. I raise my hand along with them.

And second, how many people here sometimes think that if you aren’t good, God will stop loving you?

They look around and again raise their hands.

These…

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What the Psalms Do

Tony Reinke

From Pastor John's sermon, “Songs that Shape the Heart and Mind” (May 25, 2008):

If you read the Psalms only for doctrine, you’re not reading them for what they are. They are psalms, songs, poetry. They’re musical, and the reason human beings express truth with music and poetry is to awaken and express emotions that fit the truth.

One of the reasons the Psalms are deeply loved by…

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The Book of 1 Corinthians in 40 Tweets

Jonathan Parnell

Crosses were dark in First Century Rome. Crucifixion was a horrific execution method reserved for the lowliest criminals. And yet, Paul writes his letter to the church in Corinth and organizes his theology and entire ministry around this object of shame.

In God's wisdom the cross has become the place, as D. A. Carson explains, where "God has supremely destroyed all human arrogance and pretension." (The Cross and Christian

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The Book of Romans in 45 Tweets

Jonathan Parnell

From beginning to end, the Book of Romans soars into the deep mysteries of God's ways and spells out, in unprecedented clarity, the gospel of his son.

John Piper has called this book "the greatest letter ever written." Martin Lloyd-Jones said it is "a colossal and incomparable statement of Christian truth." J. I. Packer describes it as "the high peak of the Bible." And Martin Luther, whose recommendation glows more…

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How Do We Hear the Voice of Jesus?

John Piper

Do you want to hear the voice of Jesus? So do I. The Father certainly wants us to. “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (Luke 9:35).

To which we cry, “Yes, Lord. Yes! We want to listen to him.”

Does he speak today? He does.

Every word of the Bible is the voice of Jesus.

How do we know this? By inference. And better, by…

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Speaking of Apps: The Voice of God in Our Hands

John Piper

As I did last year, here's another call for your Bible app to threaten the use of every other app out there.

Olive Tree BibleReader is my default mobile Bible. I use it for devotions every day, usually from my iPad. 

The McCheyne Yearly Reading Plan has buttons after each chapter that take you directly to the next assigned chapter. The split window lets me keep a Greek and Hebrew window…

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Study the Word for More Than Words

David Mathis

Learn a lesson from Jerry Seinfeld. Daily Bible intake is about soul survival.

Very Much into Just Surviving

When his wildly successful sitcom ended, Seinfeld went on a nationwide stand-up comedy tour called “I’m Telling You for the Last Time.” The routine was recorded for compact disc (remember those?) at New York’s Broadhurst Theater in August of 1998. At the end is a question-and-answer segment, where a zealous fan shouts,…

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