Category Archives: Bible Study

Bible Study Tip #8 – Study in Community

There are very few, if any insights from scripture that I have gained in isolation from other people. Most of what I have learned from scripture I have learned in community. This community is first and foremost my immediate and personal community of family and friends. This community is, secondarily, also the community of scholarly saints who have gone on before us and dedicated their lives to understanding the Bible and who have passed their insights on to us. Some of these people are accessible to us today and others have long since past. But they still comprise the community of faith that enhances our understanding of the scriptures.

There is often an incongruity between the way we prepare a message in study and the way we present it. We study in isolation and present in community. It doesn’t have to be this way. The more time we spend in community with others, with the text before us in open conversation, the deeper and richer our insights on the text will be. One of my biggest regrets in ministry has been not going back and adjusting my class notes after having taught a particular class. So many rich and profound insights were shared that could have and should have been taken note of in my notes. And yet I was still enriched in the sharing.

One of the signs of a good reader is the ability to ask good questions. What goes along with this is not just asking good questions of the text but asking good questions of the text together and listening to other people’s questions of the text. When you study through sharing like this the depth of your insight will increase and the richness of your study will rise exponentially. We don’t communicate without community and so we also shouldn’t prepare and study without community. It will just take some adjusting of how we use our time.

Who are some people who have benefited your study over the years? What was it about them that enriched your understanding of scripture?

Developing Ears to Hear the Word & Voice of the Lord

On several occasions Jesus finished his teaching telling those who heard him that if they had the ears to hear they needed to listen (Mark 4:9, 13 & 8:18). Jesus taught in such a creative way that he not only kept your attention…he left you with more questions than you had answers. In doing so,Continue Reading

Building a Theological & Ministry Library Part 5 – New Testament Commentaries

Here are some commentaries that I have found exceptionally helpful.   On Matthew I go to Bruner’s 2 volume commentary (Vol 1 & Vol 2) and if I want something way more technical I check out Davies and Allison 3 volumes in the ICC. Here is a link to their “shorter commentary” that is anContinue Reading

Building a Theological & Ministry Library Part 4 – Bible Background

Learning the background of the world around Bible times is critical to good Bible study. There are a number of excellent books to choose from to get you closer to their world. The better you understand their world the better you hear the words from scripture. So here are a few books to consider inContinue Reading

Review and Giveaway of Logos’ Newest Product – Logos Cloud

So Logos is on to something. I have really enjoyed their software since I first started using it but what they developed this past year is really taking them to another level. I am going to tell you what they have come up with and then offer you a chance to win a 1 yearContinue Reading

The Reason You Read the Bible Impacts What You Receive from the Bible

I remember having Bible studies (to be honest more like arguments) with my first college roommate. We had the same freshman Bible class together and we both liked being in the room to study so we had a lot of discussions centered around what we heard in Bible class each day. I was determined notContinue Reading

Losing Our Way in Churches of Christ and Finding the Answer in the Gospels

I intend to spend a lot more time in the Gospels this year and I would like to tell you why. In 2015 I tackled N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. I started it while on jury duty via my kindle app and when I first downloaded the book it told me IContinue Reading

Interview With Michael Heiser

Michael Heiser is the author of two recent books that have both been reviewed here on the site: The Unseen Realm & Supernatural. We recently recorded a conversation about how to get our eyes and ears more open to scripture. From that topic we launch into how our understanding of our spiritual identity is aContinue Reading

Building a Theological & Ministry Library Part 2 – How to Read the Bible

There are a lot of great books out there on how to be a better student of scripture and many of them can be purchased at a very low cost these days. Here are some of my favorites. How to read the Bible for All It’s Worth By Gordon Fee This was one of theContinue Reading

The Flood: Forming and Deforming, Creating and Un-creating

There are is a word and a phrase tucked away into the flood story in Genesis 6 that escaped my attention until this morning. Here it is, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart wasContinue Reading

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