5 Resources for Better Scripture Study
Operating within a decentralized model brings many benefits to microchurches. You're small and agile, have the freedom to establish your own meeting rhythms, and can stitch together a meaningful liturgy that connects you with God.
Many in our microchurches come from a context where The Bible was weekly taught from the stage. Trained seminarians studied all week and brought you a nicely packaged, easy to digest message for edification of The Body.
Some might be in a place where you feel comfortable with The Bible, but want to dive deeper and become more familiar with its contours, challenges, and overall narrative. Here's a few resources that serve as a great jumping off point for anyone wanting to grow in their understanding of Christianity's sacred texts:
The Bible For Normal People - Podcast, Pete Enns & Jared Byas
Pete and Jared aren't afraid to ask hard questions. Really, hard questions. They lean into tensions found in Scripture and wrestle with them in a beautifully respectful way. A deep well of experience, study, and passion grounds them as they engender meaningful conversation with a diverse slate of guests. You'll learn a ton from Franciscan priests, Womanist Jewish scholars, and Singer-Songwriters alike.
The Bible Project Podcast - Podcast, Tim Mackine & Jon Collins
The Bible Project has done much to create a safe learning environment for those who feel intimidated by The Bible. They break things down in a thoughtful way that makes concepts easy to understand without losing their weight and impact. Their episodes on the themes of exile, poetry, and justice in Scripture are particularly powerful.
The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook - Book, J. Daniel Hays & J. Scott Duvall
One of the keys to enjoying an in-depth and rewarding experience of reading the Bible is recapturing the ancient world--its cultures, customs, and histories. With this innovative guide, readers can enrich their study with fascinating insights into the Bible and the world in which it was written. A fantastic companion to daily Scripture study.
Logos Bible Software - Software Tool, Faithlife Corporation
Logos is an incredibly intuitive and powerful software that helps you explore The Bible with ease and precision. You can look at numerous translations side-by-side and take notes as you Study. You can start with the free version and choose to upgrade and gain some more robust features like word studies, custom layouts, and added resources. Their mobile app's pretty cool, too!
Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes - E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O'Brien
What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. Richards and O'Brien help us clean our own lenses so we can be more aware of the lenses we bring to every interaction.