I've spent 15+ years in ministry, and I've noticed a problem:
people who say they believe the Bible haven't actually read it, and people who don't believe the Bible don't want to read it. My response to both groups is this: YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Why? Because the Bible is the best proven source for life-changing joy and peace. And since it's misquoted and misrepresented all the time, you need to actually read it yourself in order to know if you do/don't agree with it or do/don't want to read it.
When I mention this, it usually surfaces at least one of these 10 barriers that prevent folks from completing it. Do you relate to any of these?
10 Reasons Most People Don't Read the Bible, Refuted
1. I'm not religious.
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. Jesus has been hailed by secular sources as the most influential person to ever walk on the earth. Most people, even those who don't worship God, agree that Jesus was a good person with a …
Updated: I've removed the Bible from this list because it's on a list all its own. It's the absolute most essential collection of written words ever, and if you need convincing, please read my previous post about it.
These books help you in your journey to better understanding the Bible, the Gospel, and your identity as a child of God:Reason for God, Tim KellerFaith is Not a Feeling, Ney BaileyThe Normal Christian Life, Watchman NeeMaster Plan of Evangelism, Robert ColemanMore Than a Carpenter, Josh McDowellThe 3D Gospel, Jayson GeorgesThe Mind of Christ, T.W. HuntWith, Skye JethaniThe Screwtape Letters, C.S. LewisThe Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones
Q: Why is there no topical book on this list?
A: You'll notice that this list doesn't include topical books that give advice about things like relationships, addictions, parenting, etc. I've read many topical books and have found the testimonies and advice of fellow believers helpful on many occasio…
Want to stay connected and share moments with Facebook friends but not get overwhelmed or frustrated by controversy?
Facebook is the space where our connections are based on
friendships, whereas other platforms can be
more relationally removed and driven by subject—you follow accounts that
feature your interests or inspirations, whether food, travel, world issues,
self-improvement, etc. The average person on facebook (the exceptions being
celebrities and business owners) interacts with a wide variety of people from real life—former
classmates, extended family, co-workers, people in your community,
people from your former community. These dynamics create a unique online
experience, which is what keeps people coming back for more, but also what can
turn people off.
Some things to keep in mind in this unique Facebook setting
regarding controversial conversations: 1. These online conversations do matter, and they actually can
persuade people’s opinions. Research shows that this is esp. t…