Helpful Bible reading tips (podcast episode)

Helpful Bible reading tips (podcast episode)

Scot McKnight’s* Kingdom Roots podcast recently posted an episode that presented his talk called “What I Wish Every Christian Would Do When Reading the Bible” (episode 125, episode links below**). It’s about 40 minutes long and has lots of wise and helpful suggestions for us as we read the Bible.

As a teaser, here are the main points he makes:

  1. The Bible is a gift from God.
  2. Get out of the way.
  3. Develop bigger ears.
  4. Locate what you’re reading in the bigger story.
  5. Read the Bible with others.
  6. Learn your church history.
  7. Take advantage of seminaries, Christian colleges, conferences, and other educational resources for reading the Bible.
  8. Avoid taking verses out of their context (paragraph, book, culture, etc).
  9. Don’t be afraid to be mistaken.
  10. When you read the Bible don’t expect too much.
  11. Thank God for speaking in the Bible.

Give it a listen!

*Scot McKnight was for 18 years Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University, the Evangelical Covenant’s Church school in Chicago. He now teaches New Testament at Northern Seminary.

**SoundCloud stream, iTunes, and available on other podcast/streaming services as well)


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