Biblical Illiteracy: A Plague Upon the Church

Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Dangers of a Life Lived Apart from the Bible’s Influence

A life characterized by an immersion in the Bible, and a thoughtful understanding of its more than 31,000 verses, offers weighty benefits. In the 23rd chapter of the Old Testament book that bears his name, Job declared that he treasured the words of God’s mouth more...

Three Strategies for Developing Biblical Literacy

Have you ever helped someone learn how to read? It is an exciting journey, but it is a long one. A child does not wake up one morning and decide, “Today I will learn how to read.” Instead, it takes them weeks or months to develop basic phonics skills before they even...

Biblical Counseling and Biblical Literacy

In Dave Jenkins’ book, The Word Explored, he cites several alarming statistics[i] as it relates to biblical literacy amongst Christians: Fewer than half of all adults can name the four Gospel accounts. Many Christians cannot identify two or three of the disciples....
Memorizing and Meditating on the Bible

Memorizing and Meditating on the Bible

Next to prayer, memorizing and meditating on the Bible rank highly among the hardest spiritual disciplines. Or seemingly hard. There are many reasons for this, but one reason is we do not understand why these are necessary for the Christian life. Is there any benefit...

The Centrality of the Word in the Life of the Church

The Centrality of the Word in the Life of the Church

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (1st Timothy 4:13). John Calvin is considered one of the primary influences of the Protestant Reformation. Today we cannot consider his whole life but here’s one important...

Studying God’s Word

Studying God’s Word

One of the outstanding qualities of the apostle Paul was his desire to mentor others, encouraging them to follow his example, and boldly testify to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Among those greatly influenced by Paul was a younger man named Timothy. A close bond...

The Pastor’s Wife and Her Bible

The Pastor’s Wife and Her Bible

When I was twenty-four years old, my husband of two years graduated from seminary and became the senior pastor in a rural church in Missouri. We packed up our home in Tennessee and moved to begin a new life as a full-time ministry couple. It dawned on me about the...

Growing Our Longing for and Delight in God’s Word

Growing Our Longing for and Delight in God’s Word

What got you out of bed this morning? A blaring alarm clock, an enthusiastic dog, or a crying baby? Maybe you were excited to be one day closer to the weekend or your next vacation. If I’m honest, my love of coffee lures me from my bed most mornings. Sometimes I gaze...

Biblical Literacy Begins in the Pew

Biblical Literacy Begins in the Pew

When we think of biblical literacy, many of us may picture ourselves tucked away in our home office or at our kitchen table with notebooks and commentaries encircling us like our own little army. Most likely it’s the early hours before the sun rises or the late hours...

Interview on Biblical Illiteracy – with Dave Jenkins

Interview on Biblical Illiteracy – with Dave Jenkins

Sarah: Hello, Dave. Thanks for doing this interview for Theology for Life! We’re excited about the new book you’ve just had published—The Word Explored. As I already know, but our readers may not yet, this book is about the problem of biblical illiteracy. This is a...

Another Gospel? – An Interview with Alisa Childers

Another Gospel? – An Interview with Alisa Childers

T4L: Today we are interviewing Alisa Childers. Thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview with Theology for Life Magazine, Alisa. Can you tell us a bit about your life, marriage, and your ministry? Alisa: My husband and I live in the Nashville, TN area with...

Recommended Reading April 2021

Recommended Reading April 2021

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of biblical illiteracy. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that, hopefully, readers of this issue of Theology for Life will grow in their...