National Bible Week Essay Contest

In honor of National Bible Week, which is this week, we’re sponsoring an essay contest on

You are invited to write and submit a brief essay on Bible study. If we display the essay on the site, you’ll receive a $30 book unlock credit. The sign-up form is here.

We’ve posted 30 essays to date, with a nice variety of themes and perspectives represented. The essays give a flavor of all the different kinds of ministry going on among Logos users. I find this to be a real encouragement amidst the day to day grind; I’ll highlight below a couple of my favorite selections (you can read them all in their entirety on the Essays page)…

Jan Krohn shares the joy of working with international students, many of whom are reading the Bible for the first time:

…Bible study with international students is a very enriching experience, not only for them, but for me as well…It is an exciting work in God’s vineyard, always good for surprises and a unique chance to reach people from countries where missionaries have no right to enter. (more...)

Brian P. Gault looks at the importance of personal Bible study in the life of Christian leaders and shares this story:

In his book “Teaching to Change Lives,” Howard Hendricks tells a story that vividly illustrates the necessity of personal Bible study for spiritual leaders. During his college years, Hendricks passed one of his professor’s homes on his way to work early in the morning as well as on his way home from library late in the evening. After only a few days, he noticed the light was continually on in his professor’s study. When Hendricks asked what kept him studying, poring over his books, his professor replied, “Son, I would rather have my students drink from a running stream than a stagnant pool.” Therefore, in order for our hearers to continually drink from a running stream, we must immerse ourselves in Bible study, learning and applying God’s Word to our personal lives. Otherwise, both our word and our lives will become a stagnant pool. (more...)

Martin Webster shares a technique for Bible study that can help shed light on the relationship between different parts of Scripture:

A rewarding question to ask when doing Bible study, especially in the New Testament is to ask “where have I heard this before?” Because frequently we can find “Bible echoes” in a passage we are studying. For example, when the Lord was asked about giving tribute to Caesar, he was given a denarius and asked whose image and superscription it bore. When he was told “Caesar’s” Jesus made his masterful reply “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s and unto God the things which be God’s” (Luke 20:20-25). It is the word “image” that should ring a bell, particularly in relation to things which are God’s. The “echo” is in the record of creation. Man is made in the image of God and surely Jesus is saying to his listeners that since they are in the image of God they should render to God that which is due, namely themselves? (more...)

And David Ford, a missionary in Peru and Colombia, shares a story that you need to read for yourself:

As I lay there I decided I would tell these men of the love of God. I lifted my head to speak, and then there was a flash, a crack and awful pain, and my next 6 months were spent in and out of hospitals as they removed the bullet and tried to save my sight. (more...)