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All of this electronic communication had become somewhat burdensome. I saw it as nothing more than an irritating necessity that was standing in the way of getting real work done. Part of the problem, of course, was that I was checking email several times a day and allowing it to dictate my schedule. As Perman points out in his book, “If you continually handle your email in real time, right as it comes in, you will not be able to focus on other tasks” (p.269). I had already taken care of this part of the problem by reigning in my email-checking habits. Nevertheless, I still approached email grudgingly, knowing that time spent communicating with people would mean time away from research, writing, and editing.
I recently spent about 16 months memorizing 1 Corinthians and then recited it as a sermon to my church. I want that text in my blood. Here are some lessons I’ve learned along the way regarding both why and how to memorize an entire book of the Bible. Today I unpack the rationale for memorizing Scripture, and tomorrow I’ll provide a method I’ve found helpful for memorizing God’s Word.
Here are 14 reasons to memorize a whole book of the Bible.
Oftentimes when many people say, “I Love You” they mean something like, “I Like You” or “I Want You” or “I Need You.” The trouble with all of these is they all speak out of a lack. This is a restless craving for fullfillment from other people. Often times there is not a whiff of sacrifice or service without the overwhelming perfume of self.
On the other hand, Christians understand love in a completely different way. Love is a gospel-calibrated love.
Because of cultural influences on the church in America in our time, we tend to treat the church like a drive-through restaurant. We think to ourselves, “It will always be there and it will always have what I want, when I want it.” So, some of us attend worship once a week, some twice a month, and, sadly, some of us only occasionally. We come to get something and to leave. If it is not there, we go somewhere else. Others of us treat the church like any ordinary social club, a PTA meeting, a family reunion, or a gathering of friends. We come expecting to talk about work, football, and the latest gossip. We do all of this because we are sinners to be sure, but also because we are products of the world around us.
We need to stop treating the church this way.
Karen Swallow Prior:
While The Divine Comedy most clearly reflects the Catholic faith of the poet and his medieval world, it hints at some principles the Reformation would bring to bear on the church two centuries later. Dante purposely wrote in a low style that would have popular appeal despite its highly spiritual subject matter. While the church produced works in Latin, Dante wrote in the vernacular. His choice was revolutionary, ensuring the work could and would be read by common men as well as by women and children (who still study the work extensively in Italian schools today).