Saturday, March 9, 2019

How to read

Dr Rosaria Butterfield makes an obvious point about the way (some...most?) evangelicals read the Bible: verse at a time, or a few verses at a time.

At my church we sometimes read just a couple of verses. This is because that's all the teacher wants to talk about, but this misunderstands why we read the bible together. Because we love to!

I'd much prefer if we read: a Psalm, a gospel reading, another NT reading and another OT reading, plus call to worship and benediction that were taken from scripture. That would feel like church, and feel like Christian.

I much prefer reading books of the Bible like literature: in great slabs, or very slowly to absorb it, or just quickly to get an overall feel for the 'shape' of a book. But slowly, verse at a time?


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