...reading the Bible cover-to-cover with attention to the themes, progressions, and arguments is dangerous, not to faith in Christ but to some of the received "truths" within our churches. The proof texts for many propositions don't hold water (as proofs) when the context is appreciated. And the emphasis that is placed on what we might call sanctification and on care of the widow, orphan, poor, and stranger, and on the condemnation of greed is inescapable.What really caught my attention was this comment:
"As I noted in The Measures of Success, in depth Bible study will never get big crowds. The virtual elimination of Bible from worship (a few verses around a sermon theme doesn't count), and adult education from church doesn't really help matters."I read her post, "The Measures of Success" written last week and it confirmed something to me. She notes in the post that her posts on Bible get far less unique hits than some other posts. I have noticed the same thing on my blog. I can guarantee that posts on politics will always get the most hits, and anything controversial as well. I also get a lot of hits when I post something on Wesley or Wesleyanism, which makes sense since I am a United Methodist and many readers of this blog are Methodists, but I can guarantee that when I post one of my Lectionary reflections or anything exegetical in reference to Scripture, my hits will drop in half.
I am not sure what to make of all of this, but I do agree with RJS-- In depth Bible study, whether it's at the local church on a weeknight or online leading to a robust comment thread will never draw a big crowd.
Only "the bells and whistles" seem interesting.