Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe, but 2019 has rolled on in. 2018 is gone, never to return again. Out with the old and in with the new. And with every new year, there are always new resolutions, commitments, or intentions. What you call them is not nearly as important as what they are and what you do with them. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions (I prefer the term goals) I make them almost every year. This year was no different.

When sitting down to consider and make my goals each year I try to make a goal for each major area of life: spiritual, marital, physical, familial, social, financial, and professional. While each of these areas is important to me and my values, none more so than the first – my spiritual life. A typical and vital goal to any spiritual growth plan is Bible reading. But whether you’re new to the Bible reading world or been doing it for a while there is one question that seems to be raised quite often as you read through the Bible: “How should we read the Bible?”

Should we read it literally? Figuratively? Literarily? Ordinarily? To help answer this question and engage on many of the finer points of the dilemma of how to read the Bible well is Greg Koukl with his article, “The Bible: Reading the ‘Ordinary’ Way“. Have you ever wondered if Genesis 1 is a historical or poetic account? Or what about the laws of Moses, were the Israelites to abide by them specifically or generally?

Koukl’s article addresses both of those issues and many more while providing a robust answer to how best to read the Bible. As always enjoy the Lord’s day with the Lord’s people.

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