I’ll admit it: coffee helps fuel my Bible handwriting. Yes, this is a spiritual pursuit led by God’s Spirit. It’s also a lot of lonely work. Caffeine helps. In handwriting the Bible the first time, I was still in my “stop by Starbucks every morning” phase of life. I usually order a grande coffee, estimated at 330 milligrams of caffeine. So let’s do the math: 330 milligrams times 899 days equals 296,670 milligrams or 296.67 grams. This is nearly 10… Read more

I finished handwriting the entire Bible for the first time in 2013. Since then, I have slowly plodded away at my second attempt. Here is a brief update. After some breaks of several months, I am now closing in on my final four books of the Old Testament–Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. The good news is that I am down to four books. The bad news is that these four books have more chapters than the entire New Testament. Earlier… Read more

In the stories I’ve collected of modern-day people who have handwritten Scripture, a biblical passage that is often noted is Deuteronomy 17:18-2o that reads: 18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord… Read more

“Why?” That’s the first question I usually receive when someone discovers I handwrite Scripture. I have often given short answers about growing closer to God or knowing the Bible better, but I haven’t taken time to more seriously reflect on the reasons behind my little experiment. Until now. As I’ve considered some of the motivations behind my handwriting of the Bible, five reasons have emerged. Now that I’m well into my second time of handwriting the entire Bible, maybe some… Read more

Do you know the Bible’s first recorded lie? Read more

Though I had made much progress, there seemed to be no end in sight. Sound familiar? Read more

Psalm 23 is often recited at funerals. Why? In part because it speaks of walking through “the valley of the shadow of death.” But what does this phrase mean? Read more

As we look at the year ahead, many of us will consider new goals. For some, fitness is a top concern. For others, a new job or degree is in the works. But what about our spiritual goals? Read more

Do you make resolutions for the new year? While many people do, most resolutions last about as long as they take to make. What are we doing wrong? Read more

New Year’s resolutions are frequently made and often broken. But what if we made it our goal to make resolutions based on Scripture rather than only self-improvement? The Bible offers numerous examples of areas where we can focus growth while serving God. Instead of the usual topics of losing weight, stopping smoking, or not using bad language, let’s consider five New Year’s resolutions from the Bible. Resolution 1: Draw Near to God James 4:8 teaches to draw near to God… Read more

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