Each Friday, I’ll post links to 3–5 resources from around the web you may want to check out.
The Goal of Scripture Memorization is Not Recitation
I appreciated Glenna Marshall’s article about the purpose of Scripture memorization.
As I’ve grown up in the faith and studied God’s Word, though, I’ve realized that the goal of Scripture memorization is never to recite it for the applause of men or to win a competition. Though the programs of my childhood smartly utilized games and competitions to encourage us to memorize, the goal was to store up God’s Word like a treasure so that when we needed to remember the gospel or God’s character or how to live as His people, the words of the Bible would already be buried deep within us. The point of Scripture memorization, I realized, was to remember.
How Were the Books of the Bible “Chosen”?
This article makes an important distinction about how books came to be included in the Bible.
The problem, however, is that the wording of the question already presumes the answer (or at least part of it). Most people don’t realize this, of course. They are just honestly asking a question, probably using words that come most natural to them (or that they’ve heard others use). But, this particular framing of the question has a number of built-in assumptions that need to be recognized.
Ten Reasons the Old Testament Matters for Christians
It might be tempting to focus only on the New Testament, but this article gives ten reasons why the Old Testament matters.
To understand the Old Testament fully, we must read it as believers in Jesus, with God having awakened our spiritual senses to see and hear rightly. That is, we read through Christ. Then, as Christians, biblical interpretation reaches its end only after we have found Jesus and experienced him transforming us into his image. We, thus, read for Christ.
On the WPCA Blog This Week
This week on the blog we published an article I wrote called How to Make Sense of the Bible. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out!
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