Five Hot Tips on Reading the Bible (and Other Bad Blog Post Titles)


This post goes out to all of you who live with someone who rambles on about their work day each night. Perhaps it’s your spouse chatting about the office, or a roommate complaining about a co-worker. My kitchen rambler is my husband Dane and his topic of choice: teaching teenagers how to read the Bible well. He is a not a teacher of Bible stories, or morals, but one who equips kids to fully engage with the Bible in ways that have probably never learned before. He encourages them to ask question and to seek answers from within the wider Christian community. Over the years I’ve learned how easily what he teaches teenagers applies to adults as well. Therefore, I compiled a few key points I have heard on repeat over the years and asked my husband, Dane Splinter, to elaborate while I madly typed.

The Bible is a Library
The Bible is not a single book; it is a collection of books or a library.  In it we find a wide variety of literature written by different people living in different places over a long period of time. Learning to read the Bible well involves an awareness of this diversity, as well as an appreciation of how it all fits together.  We don’t read the newspaper like we read our email, and we don’t read novels like we read a baseball box score.  Thus we should not read the Bible the way we read a regular book.

Teenagers are a lot like the rest of us.  They avoid what they do not like, and do not like what they do not understand.  Equipping students to read the Bible as a library of different books helps them understand and thus appreciate the text more.

Context Matters  
When we are reading the Bible as a library, we must learn the context for each of the genres. The Bible was written by real people in real places in real time. Exploring the context of a given book of the Bible is essential.  The words recorded in Scripture are time-sensitive.  The whole point of God revealing himself in history (as recorded in the Bible) is that God was disclosing himself in real time. Too often, we treat Scripture as if it fell off God’s desk in heaven, floating down to us from above.  When we speak of the entire Bible as “eternal truth” we devalue the world that God created and the word that he is revealing to us even now.

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God Never (?) Gives Us More Than We Can Handle


Today I’m over at Momentum.

Here is a snippet of my post…

I heard her say it as I passed her on the stairs. She was heading down and I, up. I’d say she was about 7 months pregnant and tremendously excited, especially since she had had difficulty getting pregnant.  I asked her the token thing we ask all pregnant women (even those of us who grew sick of being asked it while pregnant), “How are you feeling?”  “Oh good,” she replied. “I’m so thankful [deep breath] and I know.. that God.. will not give me more than I can handle.”

When she said it, I stumbled a bit and I almost  bit my tongue trying not to yell obscenities at this crazy idea.  “God will not give you more than you can handle?” Where on earth did she hear that? Had she some how escaped ever feeling like life was more than she could handle?  She said it like it was a security blanket or a seal of approval on her and her life.

It was obvious to me that what “she couldn’t handle” were the ideas that cross the minds of all upcoming parents: what if my baby labour & delivery is harder than I ever thought? What if something tragic happens during delivery? What if my baby is ill?

Yes, we all wonder/worry about these things. Many of us pray they don’t happen.

Yet, they still happen.

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