Part 6: Helpful Tools

Today I wanted to share some of the tools I have found helpful along the way for my own study and for preparing Bible studies. This isn't going to be an all-inclusive list of every resource out there; these are simply the go-to tools I utilize regularly. 1. Read different translations for comparison. Different translations serve…

Part 5: On the Topic of Application

Today we’re going to discuss why the order of application matters. Why can’t we just read a verse from the Bible and immediately apply it to our lives? There's no one-size-fits-all with the variety of verses contained in the Bible. So there will of course be instances where that may work out and a verse…

Part 3: Why Context Matters

What comes to mind if you hear: “It’s brick outside.”?  What about: “Can I get those fries animal style?”  Or perhaps: “that’s sick!” Well, the way you interpret those words will largely be dependent on where you live and the generation in which you were born. If you live on the East Coast, you know…

Part 2: Why Genre Matters

Now it’s time to look at why paying attention to the genre you are reading is helpful. Genre is another way of saying the category or classification, characterized by the same form, style, or subject matter. Genre is one of the first things I make sure to pay attention to because it can shape your…

When Did We Forget to Love our Enemies?

I wrote this well before I knew what all would enfold today. The message hasn’t changed. But friends, I think we all desperately need to hear it again. While some have been more guilty than others, I have seen it on both ends of the spectrum.  We have to let go of the hate.  Don’t…