From The Archives: Of Evangelicals, Bibles, and Blogs

Originally published here in 2008.

“Do you still read your Bible?”

Brothers and Sisters,
Do you? Why would I ask such a question? There are so many influences that impact our daily habits. We can’t and won’t explore all of them in this small space, but there is one that we can touch on today.

For the last five years there has been an explosion of blogs on the net. While most are personal in nature and intended for family and friends, their use continues to evolve. Blogs are not simply about the summer trip to the Spam Museum anymore. Blogging is increasingly used as a publishing means for social and religious commentary, shared in relatively brief snippets. Twenty years ago, there was no means for ‘everyman’ to publish their thoughts to a worldwide audience. Not so now. Blogs give a platform to every opinion and viewpoint under the sun.

Certainly this mish-mash of hoi polloi writing has its low points, inane ramblings, and downright nastiness. If you watch where you step and exercise a little discrimination in your reading, you can find hundreds of helpful weblogs. But you already know this. In fact, I’m willing to bet you watch numerous blogs which you find interesting, informative, or challenging.

What does this have to do with reading your Bible? Well… do you? You know… actually read your Bible anymore? Or have Christian blogs taken the place of regular Bible reading in your everyday life?

Oh, I know. It’s not like you deliberately set out to abandon daily, regular, habitual feeding on God’s Word. And after all, you’re spending that time reading Christian blogs that talk about, explore, and apply the Bible; right? I’m sure it was never your intent to let your Bible gather dust. There is so much good information, teaching, instruction, and reflection out there. It’s all so interesting. But at what cost, dear friends? Are we using wisdom when we pour our lives into endless reading of commentary on the Bible instead of reading the Bible itself and learning directly from the Master?

“Do you still read your Bible?”

Are you convicted by the question? If you are, here are a few suggestions that might help.
  • We must realize that, while God does call pastors, teachers, and theologians to serve the church, there is no command that we must read everything that every good and godly writer has to say. In fact, it is impossible to do so.
  • We must realize that blog posts take inordinantly more time to read than we account for. This is akin to the old timewarp phrase resulting in multiple hours spent at your computer, “I just need to check my email.” Yeah, right. Like we just need to throw away a year of our life.
  • We must realize that the internet and blogs are a relatively recent development and we are not conscious of the invasive and dominating impact they are having on our lives. There has not yet been a broad and intentional development of good and right use of them in everyday life. There are indications that more people are starting to acknowledge these personal challenges raised by the new media.
  • Pare down your blog ‘watch list’ to a handful. Stop trying to be omniscient or Solomon in the breadth of your knowledge. You can’t be, and you’re not.
  • Finally, put down the mouse and go read your Bible today.

Where does Psalm 110 fit into your devotional life?

The Psalms are written in the key of ‘worship’ for believers everywhere. The 23rd Psalm holds a place of prominence amongst North American evangelicals, understandably so. It’s one of my favorites as well, along with Psalm 29.

After a recent lesson in Sunday School, I am left wondering why Psalm 110 doesn’t take a more prominent position in our devotional lives. Why? Psalm 110 is a Messianic Psalm with several familiar references to the Savior… but this alone is not what lifts Psalm 110 above its brothers.  Rather, Psalm 110 is the Psalm most-often quoted in the New Testament. Stop and think about that. Of all the Psalms to draw from, Psalm 110 is dipped into most often by the writers of the New Testament.

Pause and consider where this Psalm should fit in your personal devotions.

Psalm 110
English Standard Version (ESV)

A Psalm of David.

The Lord says to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”

The Lord sends forth from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your enemies!
Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day of your power,
in holy garments;
from the womb of the morning,
the dew of your youth will be yours.

The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.”

The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
He will execute judgment among the nations,
filling them with corpses;
he will shatter chiefs
over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook by the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.

Hebrews 9-10: Christ our Atonement and High Priest

Today in our Sunday School class we explored the Day of Atonement in the New Testament. At the conclusion of the discussion period, we watched the following video since it covered the most focused section of Scripture on Christ as the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement in the Old Testament. This is Ryan Ferguson reciting Hebrews 9-10 from memory. It is about 11 minutes long and well worth the time to watch.

Free Bible Reading Schedule Offer

For several years I have used The Berean Bible Schedule to ensure I’m truly reading through the entire Bible and not simply rereading familiar passages repeatedly. As an encouragement and tool for you to use in reading your Bible regularly, I would be happy to send you a printed copy of The Berean Bible Schedule. This schedule is extensive and adaptable to the needs and opportunity of the individual. You can choose to follow the full schedule or only use a portion of it to focus on one section, for example the New Testament. The Berean Bible Schedule will walk you through the New Testament twice in one year.

If you are interested, email your snail mail address to bible@q.com and I will mail you one. Your email is confidential and will not be shared with anyone. I dislike spam as much as the next netizen.