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Starting in Genesis, this online weekly reading program allows you to explore God's Word with the guidance of an outstanding biblical scholar who has a deeply personal Christian faith.

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Hebrews Week 6

Practice Perfection: Hebrews 5:11–6:20

The very idea that the believer could possibly lose her residence in God’s household — that anything we do is greater than the grace God gives — is offensive to some Christians. However we interpret this hard text, it teaches us that thoughtful Christians who bet on eternal life cannot be nonchalant about their future destiny, as though God does all of salvation’s heavy lifting. Full reading and audio »


Hebrews Week 5

The Lead Pastor of a Wilderness Congregation: Hebrews 4:14–5:10

Empathy is the capacity to understand and identify with the experiences of another. Whether this is a trait that evolved as a critical attribute of human nature, as some neurobiologists contend, or a learned behavior developed during our formation, empathy is a necessary element for cultivating community. Full reading and audio »


Hebrews Week 4

A Quality-Built Home: Hebrews 3:1–4:13

By Rob Wall Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Read this week’s Scripture: Hebrews 3:1-4:13 34:42 Enlarge A neighborhood in Chicago attracts clusters of tourists, map in hand, to walk its streets to see the genius of the many homes designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Most of these homes are […]


Hebrews Week 3

The Messenger is the Message: Hebrews 1:5–2:18

Paul writes that Christ is the sole referent of Israel’s Scripture; every Old Testament figure and event point to him (Romans 10:4; Acts 17:1–4). The New Testament teaches us that when we read Scripture rightly, the Old Testament discloses the very promise that Christ fulfills — the very word his life and work articulate. Full reading and audio »