Pursuing literacy

My summer edition of Circuit Rider arrived yesterday. It’s a United Methodist publication that offers a collection of articles in each edition based on a particular theme. With the perfect 100 just about to begin, my interest was piqued when I noticed that this edition is entitled The Living Word and all the articles are focused in some way on the Bible. It didn’t take long for me to become engrossed in an article that resonated with my decision to launch the perfect 100 this summer.  The title of the article is “Empowering Christians through Biblical Literacy.” Here’s just one sapient quote:

“In American culture today, the Bible is often seen as a divisive text; it is used too regularly by folks on all sides of the culture wars to cast aspersions, condemn, or condone violence and ignorance. One major reason that’s been allowed to happen is that the average Christian doesn’t know what’s actually in the Bible (italics are mine). The Bible is thus easily simplified and politicized, and too few voices are raised to correct misperceptions. . perhaps because we’re afraid of admitting how little we know.”

So. . .here’s to a summer of discovering what really is there in all those pages that perhaps you’ve never actually read. Here’s to 100 days that will bring new-found confidence in your own Biblical literacy. Here’s to a season of learning and growing as a disciple.

The reading begins in just eight more days. If you have not already downloaded your copy of the reading plan, click here.

Also, some of you have inquired about who can participate in the perfect 100. Easy answer. . .anybody! Hey, I wouldn’t turn anyone away who’s willing to take this challenge.

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3 Responses to Pursuing literacy

  1. runninrev says:

    Wow, Barbara. That’s impressive. Sounds like Blaine isn’t the only one who can tackle a marathon in your household! I’ll be cheering you on.

  2. Jacki Dezelski says:

    I completely agree with the assessment that Bible passages are too often taken out of context, used to intimidate and/or legitimize, etc.

    My Biblical literacy is in need of attention, which is why I am excited about The Perfect 100. I won’t deny I am a little worried about being able to accomplish the goal, but I am going to try!

    • Barbara Broadbridge says:

      Ok, you made me feel better,-that I am not the only nervous one about this commitment. I have been working through the “one year bible” since 2003. In the summer I work from 7:15AM until 10:30 PM 6 and 1/2 days per week with out breaks but somewhere in the bible it says “I can do all things… so I am signing up.

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