Wednesday, 24 June 2009

"I can't read!"

I was talking with a lady in her seventies who wants to 'read' the Bible. She has a minor degree of learning disability and longstanding mental health problems and when we chat about ways to grow as a Christian I casually tell her, "well if you read the Bible for yourself and chew it over God will speak to you".

"But I can't read" was her forlorn cry.

So what is the answer?

Not sure I have the answer, but one answer is to listen to the Bible being read. There's been versions of the Bible on audio for some years, but my discovery of Max McLean and his excellent readings has taken things up a notch. You can download the entire New Testament for 20$ and burn to cd if you wish or listen with your ipod. Also take a look at him reciting Mark's gospel-it's wonderfully powerful stuff, and just reminds us that the gospel accounts are true stories with real narrative power.

When you think about the vast majority of people throughout history were listeners rather than readers, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised that listening to the Bible is so effective.
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