Fighting Biblical Illiteracy Through Study and Discipleship

Cultivating a Routine in Bible Study

I’m a snacker. I eat a good breakfast and a healthy evening meal, but I don’t really do lunch. Instead, throughout the day, I graze my way through whatever snacks are within reach—crisps, chocolate, cookies, cake. Consequently, by the evening, my body is crying out...

Context: The Tour Guide to God’s Word

Kicking off this series on Fighting Biblical Illiteracy Through Study and Discipleship, Sarah Jenkins wrote about the fluff that permeates so much published material targeting Christian women. She urges women to abandon books, blogs, and podcasts light on Scripture...

What is Exegesis and Why Should I Do It?

Exegesis. What in the world is that anyway? Is it something only pastors or Bible study leaders have to think about? Is it something too difficult for the average person? The answer to the previous two questions is a resounding no! Exegesis is the process of learning...

Distract Thyself No More

Everyone is an expert these days about everything! From the origins of the coronavirus to the...

Navigating Distractions in Bible Study

Navigating Distractions in Bible Study

My children are experts at distractions. It’s easy to tell when their minds are wandering. Spelling words become doodles.  Piano scale practice sounds like banging.  I have to tap their shoulder before they hear me. Distractions are unavoidable in life, no matter what...

Building a Life of Biblical Meditation

Building a Life of Biblical Meditation

Your eyes pass over the final words of the chapter, concluding today’s Bible reading. You make a mark on your Bible reading plan, or perhaps your own mental checklist, and prepare for the next task that begs your attention. It feels good to check off lists, right?...

Why Reading the Bible is Important

Why Reading the Bible is Important

It’s the beginning of the year! And you have probably heard in church, on social media, or podcasts that it’s time to start reading the Bible again. For some people, the thought of reading the entire Bible is overwhelming. Doing it in a year sounds impossible. Or...

The Purpose of Bible Reading

The Purpose of Bible Reading

Have you ever been in a conversation in which you barely get a word in? Every time you start a sentence, the other person finishes it for you or takes over with their own thoughts? Sadly, I am often the person doing the over-talking. I have a tendency to value my...

Why Study the Bible

Why Study the Bible

An alarming decline in biblical literacy in the church was the conclusion of studies conducted in the past few years. Not surprisingly, this trend continues today, signifying that more of God’s people know less of His Word. The following statistics helpfully...

The Rut

The Rut

As a mom, I have banned the use of the phrase “I’m bored” in our home. If you use these words, you are likely to find yourself folding laundry, vacuuming, or making beds. One of the main reasons that phrase is no longer allowed is because boredom easily becomes a...

Desperate Mommas and Deeper Devotions

Desperate Mommas and Deeper Devotions

A friend posted on Instagram a large stack of Bible commentaries with the caption, “my light reading this week.” I’ve often scorned such because they can intimidate and discourage believers who struggle to do more than read the Scriptures. Still, reading the Bible...

Six Questions to Ask When You Read Your Bible

Six Questions to Ask When You Read Your Bible

I became an English teacher because I loved books and wanted other people to love them as well. However, I must admit that I probably killed the joy of reading for several of my students because I expected them to “study” the books like I did. I wanted notes in the...

Reading the Bible

Reading the Bible

Why read the Bible? Isn’t a couple of hours on Sunday spent worshipping God through corporate Bible reading, preaching, and singing enough to get a person through the week? Maybe sprinkle in a Bible-based podcast here and there between Sundays? Reading the Bible on a...

Digging in the Word and Throwing Out Fluff

Digging in the Word and Throwing Out Fluff

Do you ever get tired of reading emotionally manipulative “fluff” as a “Daily Devotional” or “biblical encouragement” for women? Does it ever bother you that the theology presented in such work is often weak and/or approaching borderline (if not outright) heresy? Do...