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Public Bible Reading: “Blah, Blah, Blah?”

Phil at Toward a Godward Passion blogs about a pastor he once heard:

He got to one of “the good parts” of the passage, which he read with great enthusiasm. He then began to read the following verses that were apparently not as good, for he read a few words from one verse and then said, “and blah, blah, blah” and then hurried on to another good verse further down in the passage.…

So what should we do with those lengthier, “less exciting” passages of Scripture? I would suggest we simply read them out loud for all to hear. Let us not shy away from such passages. People need the discipline of listening to God’s Word being read. Some people need to hear someone else read the Bible because they don’t read well themselves. Some people need to hear the public reading of the Bible to learn the appropriate pronunciation of Biblical terms, names, cities, etc.

He also mentions biblical passages (as in Nehemiah) where extensive public reading of Scripture takes place.

April 12, 2006 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:37 am | (2) Comments »


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  2. Phil Siefkes has a good post about reading Scripture in public. It is a discipline that is being neglected in more and more churches… not to mention lengthy passages…

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