Why Bible Lessons Are Often Boring

I picked up my weekly reading material at the church today. It’s a magazine called the Lookout, which let me say, is often a wonderful read. It is the standard magazine for independent Christian Churches, along with its little brother “The Christian Standard.” Ministers and writers from Christian Churches and the independent Churches of Christ do most of the writing in these publications. It is often thoughtful, insightful, very deep and filled with (as we like to say in the ministry) “meat.”

If you’re a vegetarian, what would you use as a figure of speech? “That’s got a lot of …fiber… in it?” yeahhh, not sure veggies can substitute as well in a sentence…

At any rate, the Lookout has been running a 3 week series on the minor prophets. The minor prophets are the books of the Old Testament after Ezekiel, which would include Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. (Yes I did write those without looking.) They are called minor prophets simply because they are shorter books, not because they are less important. In fact, many of the Scriptures contained in these books are right smack in the middle of controversial topics such as those surrounding the return of Christ and the end of the world.

Which is why it strikes me as such a shame that we can so easily take these Scriptures and write boring articles about them. Continue reading “Why Bible Lessons Are Often Boring”