The Museum of the Bible: The Bible in America: Pilgrims, Puritans, and Patriots

▶ The Bible in America: Pilgrims, Puritans, and Patriots – Norm Conrad – YouTube.

I have mentioned the collection of Steve Green (Hobby Lobby founder ) and the coming of his “Museum of the Bible” in Washington, D.C. before (here), but now as it gets closer, they are promoting its incredible collection through videos. I give you two of them today – well worth watching and learning more about this wonderful library.

Here’s the introduction to the first video:

Published on Jul 10, 2015

Filmed at Museum of the Bible’s lecture series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 2, 2015. Norm Conrad, Curator of Americana and English Bibles for Museum of the Bible, presents a fascinating study of the Bible in early American history. He uses many fascinating examples from the Green Collection to illustrate what role the Bible played during the time America gained its independence from England.

If you wish to view a video presenting an overview of the Museum of the Bible, watch this video – fascinating!

The Bible’s First Word – D.Thomas

Our “Word Wednesday” feature today is a bit different, in part because I was struggling for time to post something before it got too late, and then a bit of post-dinner reading led me to this article by Derek Thomas, the title of which appears above. I saw it while browsing Monergism’s latest free e-books. Off to the right side of their latest email newsletter is a list of free articles (pdfs usually) and, as you can imagine, “The Bible’s First Word” caught my eye.

God Adam and You-Phillips-2015Turns out this is a chapter in a new book published by P&R Publishing (copyrighted by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, 2015 and containing the speeches given at the 2013 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology) under the title God, Adam, and You: Biblical Creation Defended and Applied, edited by Richard D. Phillips. Contributors include Joel R. Beeke, Kevin DeYoung, Derek Thomas, Liam Goligher, Richard D.Phillips, and Carl Trueman.

Thomas’ contribution is the opening one, based on Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God” – and is a powerful introduction to this book. So, for our word feature today, we think about the revelation of God to us in these first words of the Bible, as elucidated by Thomas. May we pause to weigh them carefully – along with the “weight” of our Almighty Creator (You will see that there is a special word to learn in this post!).

Here is just one brief section from the chapter; find the entire article at the link above (where the title is given). And, of course, it wouldn’t hurt to get the entire book; it looks to be a fine work dealing with the contemporary attacks on creation and the historicity of Genesis and our first parents.

It is no accident, of course, that the Bible begins with God. God is what the Bible is all about. One of the first lessons that we learn when reading the Bible is the importance of asking the right questions. Today people are prone to ask, “What is this passage saying to me?” We put ourselves in the center hermeneutically. Instead, the first question that we should always ask about any passage of the Bible is, “What is this passage teaching me about God?” For God is first, and he is the center, and he is last.

[In contrast to evolutionism’s “Big Bang” theory] …The Scriptures start, “In the beginning, God . . .” In the beginning was the Lord. In the beginning were the Father and the Son and the Spirit, three persons, one God. There is no express mention here that in the beginning, apart from God, there was nothing. Genesis 1:1 doesn’t actually say that God created out of nothing. But, of course, the very absence of any expression, the very absence of any reference to any material, is in itself suggestive of what Moses wants to tell you. The cause of everything that is, he says, is the creative, powerful, and sovereign hand of almighty God.

…As we think about the doctrine of creation and the importance of it, I want us to see a number of truths that emerge from this opening prologue, this opening statement of Moses.

First, we should notice a very simple thing: that the biblical doctrine of creation exalts God. We live in a culture, and even in a church culture, where God seems to be without weight. The “weightlessness of God” is what David Wells calls it.1 One of the great words in the Old Testament for the glory of God is actually a word that is suggestive of weight, much in the sense that some people use the word heavy today. If something is significant, they say, “Heavy, heavy.” That is, it has weight and depth. God is weighty. God is significant. He is the almighty and sovereign Creator. He is the glorious God who is. Everything that is, the totality of existence—space and time, the vastness of the cosmos, everything from the microcosm to the macrocosm—was made to exalt God.

ABS Bible survey: Many Americans scramble their Scripture

Bible survey: Many Americans scramble their Scripture | Religion News Service.

DustyBibleThe American Bible Society has released the results of its annual “State of the Bible” survey regarding Bible knowledge in America, and once again it is not good news. Even though the ABS is hardly a conservative Bible Society and publisher (Simply consider the questions in the survey they considered important to ask people! Or perhaps this is more a reflection of the point at which our culture is.), the report is still troubling. Not only is people’s knowledge of basic Bible facts weak, but so is their perception of what the Bible teaches. For the details on this, read the report, the beginning of which is posted below.

I know and am confident that the knowledge of Scripture among us is better, much better. Because of all our good exposure to Bible teaching – in the home, school, and church. But how is our knowledge of the details of the Word of God? And, more importantly, how deep is our knowledge of God’s Word and truth? Are we spending the time we ought to in the Scriptures? When the day comes when God’s Word is taken from us and we have to fall back on our memory of it, will we be prepared?

Think about these things. And then daily, dive deeply into God’s Word! Read your Bible faithfully! That is the best kind of “read more and read better” there is! 🙂

(RNS) The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery.

As least, that’s what about one in five U.S. adults believe. But they’re wrong.

The American Bible Society’s annual “State of the Bible” survey reveals “the people of the book are not people of this book,” said Geof Morin, chief communication officer for the society.

“We know 88 percent of people say they have a Bible. They think: ‘I have a Bible. I have had one for a long time. I must know what’s in it.’ But people overestimate their knowledge,” Morin said.

The ABS survey of 1,012 U.S. adults, conducted by Barna Research, found that 82 percent of U.S. adults consider themselves at least somewhat knowledgeable about the Bible.

However, he said, “43 percent can’t even name the first five books of the Bible.”