Instead of complicating Bible study by expecting a revelation with each read, author and women's Bible studies teacher Jen Wilkin says that what we learned in our high school English class could help us receive the reward of a better understanding from God's word.
"Bible study feels really overwhelming to the average person," Wilkin explains in a video of her discussing the topic posted on the Desiring God blog. "They feel like there's some secret sauce that they are not aware of and they feel like 'maybe I was supposed to go to seminary' or 'maybe I don't hear the Holy Spirit like other people do because I feel like I should be able to just open this up and it should speak to me.'
"What I try to reassure people of is that if you have been in high school English you have some really usable tools that you could be employing." more >>
The Bible has been crowned the book "most valuable to humanity," beating out Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and George Orwell's 1984.
In a survey of 2,044 British adults, 37 percent of respondents named the Bible most valuable, versus 35 percent for Origin of Species.
Conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Folio Society, other literary works ranked included Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time (17 percent), Albert Einstein's Relativity (15 percent), Orwell's 1984 (14 percent) and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird (10 percent). more >>
Pastor T.D. Jakes has stepped up to tell the story of two men who were brought together and reformed the education system in Los Angeles.
Where a Man Stands: Two Different Worlds, an Impossible Situation, and the Unexpected Friendship That Changed Everything was a best-selling book written by Carter Paysinger and Steve Fenton, lifelong friends who came together during school days at Beverly Hills High. Paysinger went on to become the first African-American principal in the same school's 80-year history. He and Fenton then worked together to improve the school and surrounding community.
The book was only published on Nov. 4 but already gained attention from Hollywood elite wanting to tell the tale on the big screen. Pastor T.D. Jakes was able to score the rights to the story and will produce the film. more >>
An estimated 5.8 billion people now have all or some of the Holy Bible translated into their first language, and the Bible is now in more than 2,800 different languages, according to a recent announcement by Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
"Last year, Wycliffe Global Alliance reported that 4.9 billion people could access at least part of the Bible in their first language. This year the number has grown to 5.8 billion," Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe, told The Christian Post. "This represents tremendous progress toward our goal of starting a translation project in every language needing one by 2025."
Creson also told CP that technological advances in areas like translation are "a critical role in speeding up the translation process." more >>
A book set to be released Wednesday titled, The Lost Gospel, is claiming that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had two children, but a number of religious scholars have dismissed the controversial assertions.
York University (Canada) professor Barrie Wilson and documentarian Simcha Jacobovici reportedly spent six years working on the book, which is based on a 1,500 year-old Aramaic manuscript they say they found in a British library.
Mark Goodacre, a professor of religious studies at Duke University, rejected the way the text has been presented, however. more >>
The most popular portion of the Bible is a verse urging readers not to be anxious, according to data released from online book seller Amazon. The online retailer recently released a list of the most popular passages from its most popular books. Amazon's most popular books include The Hunger Games, The Harry Potter Series, Pride and Prejudice, and the Bible. It found that the commonly highlighted portion of the Bible is Philippians 4:6-7.
In the verses, the apostle Paul admonished the church, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
For those drawn to the verse because they may be dealing with anxiety or mental stress, Christian psychologist and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Eric L. Johnson caution readers against taking the passage as a direct command. more >>