How to Study the Bible Like a Theologian | alyssajhoward.com

How to Study the Bible Like a Theologian

I have studied the Bible my whole life. I grew up in a Christian home and attended a Christian school for most of my childhood. So when God put it on my heart to attend seminary, I assumed I knew what to expect. Obviously, I would study the Bible more thoroughly than ever before, but nothing could have prepared me for how I would be challenged both mentally and spiritually. I would learn how to study the Bible in a whole new way… Continue Reading

Is It Biblical to Have an Open Mind? | alyssajhoward.com

Is It Biblical to Have an Open Mind?

Is it biblical to have an open mind? Many in the church today would probably say no. Open-mindedness is often associated with worldly thinking and culture. It’s an acceptance of all faiths and lifestyles in a way that says, “There are many paths to God.” But the truth is that open-mindedness was actually God’s idea. Not in the way that it’s preached today, but in a way that says, “My mind is open to things of God, and I want to fill it with nothing but Him.” Continue Reading

Bible Study Essentials: How to Study the Bible in Context | alyssajhoward.com

Bible Study Essentials: How to Study the Bible in Context

Reading the Bible in context is something that Christians talk about quite a bit. Churches and Bible studies teach that it’s important to read “in context” so that we can identify the author’s intent. We can’t just read a verse without understanding what occurs around that verse. By doing so, we run the risk of missing the point behind a Scripture; or worse yet, we come up with an entirely different meaning altogether (and this is bad… very bad.) Continue Reading

Bible Study Essentials: Can I Trust My Translation?

No Christian would argue over whether or not the Bible is an essential part of our faith. We study it, memorize it, and live by it. We know it to be the Word of God – literally God-breathed as its authors penned what the Holy Spirit inspired them to write. It can be trusted to be true, and we can rely on it to speak into our lives. But there’s just one problem – translation. Over the course of the last two thousand years (even longer for the Old Testament), the Bible has been translated into multiple languages. In the English language alone, there are literally hundreds of translations.

Why so many? And can we really trust these translations to be accurate? Continue Reading

Bible Study Essentials: 5 Reasons to Know the Word of God | alyssajhoward.com

Bible Study Essentials: 5 Reasons to Know the Word of God

Bible study is something that most Christians would agree is an important part of our faith. It is after all the Word of God, or as the apostle Paul put it, God-breathed.

When I first started seminary, I’m not sure I completely understood what I had signed up for. I had studied the Bible my whole life, so this should be easy right? (Or so I thought…) The truth is that I learned a lot about the Bible, it’s history, how it was put together, and how to study it the right way… things I had never learned before in my entire life of being a Christian… things I wish I had known earlier. Continue Reading