Scripture


Revised Common Lectionary

A lectionary is a pattern of scripture passages assigned for particular days. The Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of scriptures for each Sunday and holiday. Created by the Consultation on Common Texts, an ecumenical consultation of liturgical scholars and denominational representatives from the United States and Canada. The Revised Common Lectionary was updated 1983 and 1974 versions and publicly released in 1994..

Narrative Lectionary 

The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of scriptures progressing chronologically through the biblical story. The Narrative Lectionary was developed by Luther Seminary professors Rolf Jacobson and Craig Koester in partnership with congregations across North America. 

Daily Lectionary

In 2005, the Consultation on Common Texts released a daily lectionary. Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday reading, and Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on what they heard at church.

The New Revised Standard Version

For my own study and devotion, I prefer the New Revised Standard Version. It is available online. Published in 1989, the NRSV has earned broad support from academics and church leaders. The ecumenical NRSV Bible Translation Committee consists of thirty men and women who are among the top scholars in America today. They come from Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholic church, and the Greek Orthodox Church. The committee also includes a Jewish scholar.

Spark Story Bible

For children and youth, I'm a big fan of the Spark Bible. Designed for grades 3-6, Spark includes kid-friendly introductions to the books of the Bible, along with definitions, facts, trivia, and questions to help kids think about their faith

Harper Collins' Study Bible

For adults looking to study, I recommend Harper Collins' Study Bible. based on the latest scholarship, each book starts with essays written by experts on the archaeology, ancient social, historical and religious context, and a primer on biblical interpretation.

The Message

In 1993, Eugene Peterson put out The Message: a new translation of the Bible in contemporary language. Translated from the original Greek and Hebrew, this version provides a new entry-point for those looking to explore scripture for devotional purposes. At times, Peterson's effort to put scripture into modern colloquial language stretches beyond translation into interpretation. As such, I do not recommend The Message for study.