What’s the best way to read the Bible? Many people think it’s something like getting up real early every day and intensely reading the entire Bible every year... But is the pre-dawn snow plow routine really the best way for everyone to engage with God’s Word? Sure, it’s a good method, if you can keep it up. But what if you can’t? What if you aren’t a morning person? Or what if you’re new to the Bible? Or what if reading is difficult for you?
The Essential Bible Blog is written by Whitney Kuniholm, president of Scripture Union/USA. His blog entries are clear, positive and thought-provoking, motivating the reader to meet God in his Word. If the first few weeks of posts are anything to go by, this blog is one to follow for anyone involved in promoting Scripture Engagement. [more...]
"Scripture engagement is about all of life. It is listening and responding to God’s Word alone and together with others. It is digesting and living out the Word in every relationship and circumstance. It is unashamedly and competently sharing God’s good news in our world. Above all, Scripture engagement is meeting the Living Word in the written word – meeting Jesus and receiving his life."
This website is facilitated by Sabine Kalthoff, Secretary for Scripture Engagement on the international staff team of IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students).
It features a blog, aiming "to help you stop and think again about Scripture engagement in your life and community. Its aim is to inspire you through IFES stories and ideas from around the world - in the hope that together we will learn to more fully love, study, live, and share God’s Word."
The site also links to a report from the IFES global consultation on Scripture engagement, held in 2011, and a paper on methods of small group Bible study. [more...]
On the jumpintotheword blog, Dr Lawson Murray, President of Scripture Union Canada, shares regular reflections on issues of Bible engagement:
"Is God’s Word part of you? Are you consumed with longing for it? Is it embedded in your soul – undividable from who you are? We set our hearts on many things. Have you set your heart on being a man/woman of the Word?
To make God’s Word a part of who you are, you must read and reflect on it. There are no short cuts. Reading and reflection require discipline – a regular routine of listening to the Scriptures, meditating on them and memorizing them. On a daily basis God’s Word must enter through your eyes or ears before it can be fixed in your mind." [more...]