Our modern priorities of exactitude and just-the-facts reporting can lead us to come to the Bible’s stories with a certain set of expectations. The authors of the Bible, however, had different agendas which are reflected in the ways they tell stories. By learning to read the Bible’s narratives with careful eyes, we can uncover meaning […]
About Alex Goodwin
Alex Goodwin got his Marketing degree from Virginia Tech in 2012 and promptly moved west to Colorado, where he joined the Institute when it was a part of Biblica. Alex helped co-found the Institute for Bible Reading in 2016 and served as Senior Director, Marketing Communications before he was appointed Executive Director in 2021. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Colorado Springs, CO.
Entries by Alex Goodwin
Lots of people struggle to read the Bible, but few stop to question why our Scriptures look like a dictionary. Why are we expected to read something that looks so unreadable? The truth is, chapters and verses and the format of our Modern Bible are some of the most overlooked barriers in the push for […]
What does wisdom look like? Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job present three distinct perspectives on living well in God’s world. Rather than offering a one-dimensional answer, they give us a conversation. The Institute for Bible Reading is a nonprofit ministry. Support our work, including the production of The Bible Reset podcast, by joining ChangeMakers: https://instituteforbiblereading.org/changemakers/
In our second episode on apocalyptic literature, we look at the book of Revelation. As the source of a lot of confusion (and a lot of bad modern ‘prophecy’) Revelation can feel like a strange ending to the biblical narrative. But a closer look at the ancient historical circumstances of the early church can help […]
One of the key skills we need to read the Bible well is understanding and “playing by the rules” of the various types of literature we encounter. Apocalypse, often misunderstood as a checklist for the end-times, was a common literary style in ancient times, and is better understood as an “unveiling.” Today we talk about […]