When I was a green seventeen-year old beginning my first year of college, I went through an orientation week affectionately called “WOW week” (aka Week of Welcome). In one of our mandatory sessions, the Dean of the College of Sciences asked us the following:
How many hours did you study in high school?
Do you know how to take notes?
Do you know the importance of rest?
Having graduated second in my high school class, I had little concern about my study habits because I knew they were sound. I am not a genius so I had to spend hours (about 30 hours/week) studying, taking detailed notes, recopying my notes as a study method, and prioritizing my projects. I continued these habits in college and managed to graduate cum laude. Persistence really does pay off.
A few years after college, this question was posed to me:
“Do we devote as much time to studying the Bible as we did studying for our chosen professions?” Continue reading
Do you have difficulty reading through certain books of the Bible?
Here is my short-list:
- Some of the minor prophets (about 9 out of 12…)
- Parts of Exodus
Prophetic books containing apocalyptic language are an obvious challenge. It takes research into the symbolism, a knowledge of the historical time frame, and a good hard look at the context. You can’t just glide through them like you do through the Psalms or Proverbs where the meaning is obvious and the verses highly quotable.
The book of Leviticus is not apocalyptic, it’s laborious. Twenty-seven chapters overflow with detailed rules, regulations, and instructions. It’s a bit like reading the United States Tax Code, only it makes abundantly more sense.
If you are in the midst of your daily bible reading and find your eyes glazing over Leviticus, try the following: Continue reading
Last week, I shared with you why I ditched my Bible reading plan, and relayed my current plan for trekking through the book of Romans.
In the past week and a half, I have read through Romans three times. I’ve read and reread various chapters, trying to grasp the bigger picture of the letter. I thought, perhaps, that if I focused solely on Romans, I would draw more from the text.
Sadly, I STILL found myself continuing to tune out, fighting to keep my mind on the task at hand.