What’s More Important Than Biblical Literacy?

Polls show that knowledge of the Bible is dropping like a rock in America–even in the churches.  That’s a huge problem, of course, but the biggest problem, says Scripture Union USA president Whitney Kuniholm, isn’t biblical illiteracy but the decline of biblical engagement.   

He writes on his Essential Bible Blog

“The outcome most Christians seek from reading the Bible is more biblical knowledge and truth, both of which are important. But the outcome that makes the Bible come alive is a sense that we’ve experienced the presence of the living God as we read and attempt to obey his Word. That’s what Bible engagement is all about. So my challenge to Christian leaders who are genuinely concerned about the decline in Bible reading is this: stop telling us we’re biblical ignoramuses, and start encouraging us to meet God in his Word.

A good word for us as we get back into a fall schedule and, in our church, begin small group Bible studies shortly.


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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2 Responses to What’s More Important Than Biblical Literacy?

  1. This is a very interesting read. Once again we see the importance of matching the knowledge and understanding of the scriptures with the practical daily life of the believer allowing God to speak practically though His Word. The two must go hand-in-hand.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. We have had a great number of churches use “The Essential 100 Bible Challenge” that takes them through the Bible in 100 readings. Once they start with the habit of reading the Bible 5 times a week, they will want to continue and that draws them closer to Christ.

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