Bible Survival Blog

Let’s begin a new year with a new approach to Bible Study.

We’ll use the new book Surviving the Bible, A Devotional for the Church Year 2018. 

In preparation for the upcoming week, we will read the Lectionary Texts – both Readings and the Gospel, as well as study the author’s “decoding’ and “points to ponder.”

Then the fun begins. We can share our thoughts with others, through this blog.

The cumulation of our efforts will be heard in the Sunday Sermon.

Author Christian Piatt has put together a devotional that allows us to read through major parts of the Old and New Testaments and understand them in plain English. Every week has several Scripture readings, explanations of confusing terms, a story, a deeper dive into interesting themes, and a closing prayer.

Let us challenge and inspire each other.


  1. Charles Weiser

    Found it. Thanks I’m interested in learning more about the Son of Man remark as being very scarce in the texts.
    I enjoyed the connection of the book comments

  2. Luanne Skurka

    For Sunday January 7th readings… After the Genesis reading on light and darkness, Mike commented that is “how artists paint” ( light/dark) to show depth and substance — like the awesome of God…many facets of God….
    From Acts 19… the phrase “catching wind”..we use that phrase when we hear of something positive that is going to happen…in this case “catching wind” of the Holy Spirit…. we also realized the reference to 12 men to the 12 disciples…

  3. Joy Gerhart

    I like the way Mark dramatically describes the heavens being torn apart (schitzo?) as an opening image for his gospel, later framing the gospel with the Temple’s curtain being torn apart at the crucifixion. (I think I first heard of this in a
    Don Juel Bible study videotape.) The study/devotional book reminded me of this when he talked about breaking walls and boundaries. I always find the accompanying lessons interesting in trying to see where or how they connect. I found it interesting that the Genesis account stops after dividing darkness and light, even though the next verses talk about water, and one often connects gospel stories about water with other passages about water. I get that the Genesis passage includes the wind/spirit hovering over the face of the waters. (Maybe I’m just into water because I was looking at craft ideas for Bible stories in our VBS curriculum which has a water theme but not watery Bible stories. ) I think it is interesting that we will be hearing part of this gospel again in Lent since Mark’s story about Jesus in the wilderness is so brief. (Maybe it’s brief because the Spirit drove him). (I’m looking ahead because this is my children’s sermon passage on Feb. 18.)
    Breaking and maintaining boundaries is quite relevant today. God appropriately breaks boundaries and reaches out to us. Quite a contrast to the boundaries required of the Israelites in the Sinai wilderness (as in set one foot on the mountain and you will die!). Makes me think of a baby gate. A boundary for your protection. Paul reaches out beyond the boundary of the baptism of John to enable them to receive the Holy Spirit. Where are we in our spiritual maturity? Do we need baby gates? Jesus didn’t think so.

  4. Charles Weiser

    January 14
    I’m thinking of the connection to Monday’s topic of vocation for us all. Surely Samual has the toughest one for now. Nathanual sure seems to be an early doubting Thomas.

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