Skip to content

Most Recent Blog Posts

Jesus Calling: An Interview with Sarah Young

Sarah YoungThe beloved #1 bestselling devotional Jesus Calling® is now available in a morning and evening edition, allowing you to meditate on the hope and peace of Jesus throughout each day and as the evening draws to a close. Each morning entry is from Jesus Calling and each evening includes powerful and poignant excerpts from Sarah’s bestselling books, written-out Scriptures, and a guided thought for you to focus on just before you turn out the light.

Based on Scripture and written as if Jesus himself is speaking directly to you—words of encouragement, comfort, and reassurance of his unending love—you will find peace even in the midst of busy days. Begin and end each day in the presence of the Savior who is always with you and loves you forever.

[Sign up to receive the free Jesus Calling Morning & Evening devotional in your email inbox from Bible Gateway.]

Bible Gateway interviewed Sarah Young (@Jesus_Calling) about her book, Jesus Calling—Morning & Evening Devotional (Thomas Nelson, 2015).

Click to buy your copy of Jesus Calling—Morning & Evening Devotional in the Bible Gateway Store

Jesus Calling has sold more than 14 million copies, and its popularity continues to grow. Why do you think that so many people connect with the message?

Sarah Young: My books tend to speak to different people in different ways, meeting them right where they are. I think that’s because the books help people connect with Jesus, and He meets us right where we are.

Since I became a Christian in 1973, I’ve received excellent biblical teaching at the churches I’ve belonged to and the seminary I attended. My books reflect the richness of this wonderful Christ-centered teaching. They are designed to help people connect not only with Jesus, the living Word, but also with the Bible, the written Word.

You’ve talked about the importance of listening prayer. How do you go about deepening your relationship with Jesus through prayer?

Sarah Young: A rich relationship with Jesus is so much more than presenting Him with a list of requests.

Jesus speaks to my heart when I spend ample time with Him. Of course, we don’t have audible conversation. It’s a quiet and personal time of praying, Bible reading, and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

By reading my Bible and spending time quietly with the Lord—listening and then writing what I feel He is placing on my heart—I grow closer to Him.

I have an active mind; in fact, my husband has commented—with some consternation—that I never stop thinking. When I have a pen in my hand and paper in front of me, I can think more clearly and stay focused on Jesus more continually. I like to take notes at church during the sermon for the same reason. It keeps me focused.

How do you use the Bible in your daily prayer and quiet time with Jesus?

Sarah Young: The Bible is the standard by which I judge everything I write. I actually spend a good deal of time memorizing Scripture and reviewing it in my mind—day and night.

One of my favorite verses, ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Ps. 46:10), provided a foundation for my listening/writing adventure. But the verse that continues to challenge me daily is: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding’ (Prov. 3:5).

How would you describe the role of Jesus Calling?

Sarah Young: Jesus Calling is for devotional reading, and it points readers to the Bible. The Scripture readings provided for each day are an integral part of the devotional. Many people have told me they read not only the verses I include with each entry but also a chapter or more around the verses I specified. I’m always happy to hear this from readers.

Could you describe the practice of writing from the perspective of Jesus speaking to the reader?

Sarah Young: In the introductions to my books, I emphasize that the Bible is the only inspired Word of God; it’s the unchanging standard by which I judge everything I write. When I first began listening and writing from Jesus’ perspective, it was solely for my personal benefit. However, in the midst of a spiritual retreat several years later, I felt strongly led to write for publication. I began compiling the messages into daily readings and sharing them with friends who shared them with others. It was many years later that Jesus Calling was actually published.

J.I. Packer’s book, Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight, has been helpful to me. This book contains a wonderful quote from Martin Luther: “If the Holy Spirit should come and begin to preach to your heart, giving you rich and enlightened thoughts, . . . be quiet and listen to him who can talk better than you; and note what he proclaims and write it down; so will you experience miracles as David says: ‘Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law’ (Ps. 119:18).”

In previous interviews, you’ve talked about how your health struggles influenced your writing. How have those health issues changed your lifestyle, and how do you cope with those issues today?

Sarah Young: I have struggled with extremely challenging health issues for 12 years. I’ve been diagnosed with two co-infections of Lyme disease, and I’ve had quite a bit of treatment for those. In October 2008, the day after I finished writing Jesus Lives: Seeing His Love in Your Life I had a severe attack of vertigo. Since that time, I’ve had a milder, chronic form of dizziness that has never gone away. I continue to be weak and to struggle with various symptoms. However, my energy level has been improving in recent weeks, and I’ve been able to do more than I’d done for years.

From the perspective of a healthy person, my life may seem quite limited. I have many dietary restrictions and allergies; I need much more rest and sleep than most adults. However, after living in one room in our home in Perth for about 20 hours a day, my current life feels amazingly free to me. I hope that my health will continue to improve, but I know there are no guarantees in this life. I also know that God has used my hardest times for good. I could not have written Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence if I had been healthier. The writing of this book helped me grasp in the depths of my being that Jesus is my hope, and he is sufficient.

Can you share a few books that have made an impact on you and explain why?

Sarah Young: Escape from Reason by Francis Schaeffer
During my philosophy studies at Wellesley College, I’d concluded that my questions about truth and the meaning of life were unanswerable. In Schaeffer’s book I was amazed to discover answers to many of these questions; this set me on a journey that led to L’Abri, where I became a Christian.

Joy Unspeakable by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Lloyd-Jones’ book gave me a taste of what it means to rejoice in Jesus with “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” This book whet my appetite to pursue God wholeheartedly; thus began my quest to experience Him in His glory.

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Tozer’s book taught me how to thirst for and find a deeper, more satisfying relationship with God. It encouraged me to long for Him intensely and to listen for “His speaking Voice.”

The Believer’s Secret of the Abiding Presence by Andrew Murray
Murray’s book emphasized the importance of developing awareness of Jesus’ continual presence through spending time alone with Him. As I pondered the readings in this devotional book, I began to delight in spending more time with God at the beginning of each day.

The Joy of Listening to God by Joyce Huggett
In Huggett’s book she interwove her personal journey with a wealth of practical teaching about how to listen to God. She emphasized the importance of listening to Him while testing everything by the yardstick of His Word.

Heaven by Joni Eareckson Tada
Joni’s book kindled my longing for heaven and helped me connect this longing with my desire for intimacy with Jesus. Heaven became increasingly real and precious to me through this book—helping me see my difficulties in the light of eternity.

Bio: Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling® has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today® Jesus Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling® for Little Ones, Jesus Calling® Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Jesus Calling®: Enjoying Peace in His Presence—each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

Bible News Roundup – Week of October 4, 2015

[Return daily during the coming week for updates]

Support Bible Gateway—Browse the Bible Gateway Store

Why Aren’t Millennials Reading the Bible?
Read the Bible on Bible Gateway

New Dyslexia-Friendly Bible Makes Scripture Accessible
Christian Today

The Need for Audio Bibles and A ‘Man of Peace’
Mission Network News
Hear audio Bibles on Bible Gateway

Workers Remove Ten Commandments Monument from Oklahoma Capitol Grounds
FOX News
Read the 10 Commandments from Exodus 20 on Bible Gateway

Colorado College Sued for Denying Bible-Themed Donor Plaque
The News & Observer
Read Colossians 3:23 and Micah 5:9 on Bible Gateway

Daughters of the American Revolution Looking for Old Family Bibles
The Easley Progress

Luther Bible from 1634 Found in Lübeck by German Police
Evangelical Focus

Bible Reading Marks St Luke’s Church, Cannock, Staffordshire, 900th Anniversary
Bible Society
St Luke’s Church website

On the Anniversary of William Tyndale’s Death: The Tyndale Bible
Telegraph Herald

UK Employment Tribunal to Reconsider Case of Christian Woman Disciplined for Giving a Christian Book to Muslim Colleague
See the book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity in the Bible Gateway Store

California Signs Right-to-Die Law; Joins Oregon, Washington, Montana, & Vermont
Los Angeles Times
See books on euthanasia in the Bible Gateway Store

CNN Special Report #Being13: Some 13-Year-Olds Check Social Media More Than 100 Times a Day
Read Connecting with Disconnected Tech-Savvy Teens: An Interview with Dr. Kathy Koch

See other Bible News Roundup weekly posts

A Tribute to John R. Kohlenberger III: Guest Post by Dr. Stan Gundry

John R. Kohlenberger III

John R. Kohlenberger III died on September 29, 2015. For more than ten years he had successfully warded off the debilitating effects of advanced prostate cancer, but when the end came, it came suddenly. [See the news release.]

John’s contributions to Christian publishing in general and his contributions to Bible publishing and Bible study reference tools in particular are without equal in his generation.

John used to joke that he hoped he would not go crazy creating concordances, as had one of his predecessors, Alexander Cruden, the creator of Cruden’s Complete Concordance to the King James Version of the Bible.Click to buy your copy of The NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance, Third Edition in the Bible Gateway Store But in the late 1970s John and his mentor, Edward W. Goodrick, had a crazy idea that they successfully sold to Zondervan—by combining their expert knowledge of the biblical languages with the newly emerging technologies enabled by computer hardware and software, they proposed to create concordances for the recently published New International Version of the Bible more quickly, exhaustively, and accurately than ever before.

One hundred years earlier it had taken Robert Young 40 years to manually create Young’s Analytical Concordance and a few years later it took James Strong nearly 30 years to create Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Crazy though the idea was, with the help of computers, in seven years John and Ed were able to complete the first edition of The NIV Exhaustive Concordance, a massive work of nearly 1,900 pages with over 556,000 lines of text.Click to buy your copy of The Greek-English New Testament: UBS 5th Revised Edition and NIV in the Bible Gateway Store In the process they replaced Strong’s number system with a far more accurate numbering system (known as the G/K numbers) for identifying every Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek word in the manuscripts of the biblical languages; they matched up every word of the NIV to the words of the original languages of the biblical texts; and in so doing they also indicated the nature of the relationship between the words of the NIV and the original texts. No one had ever before created an exhaustive Bible concordance with such care, precision, and accuracy.

The NIV Exhaustive Concordance was the crowning achievement of Ed and John, but while Ed was working on the computer compiling the database from which the New Testament portion of the exhaustive concordance would be generated, Click to buy your copy of The Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testament, One-Volume Edition in the Bible Gateway Store
John created and typeset a Crudens-type concordance to the NIV as well as other smaller concordances that were published for the NIV, including all of the concordances that are still featured in the back of NIV Bibles. And for good measure he created the cross-reference system that is also still used in NIV Bibles, again assisted by computer technology.

After the death of his mentor, Ed Goodrick, John carried on the work the two had begun. He continued to refine the database from which the exhaustive concordance had been created, and he single-handedly updated the database of that work to the text of the NIV 2011; from that, John created and typeset The NIV Exhaustive Bible Concordance, 3rd Edition, published just six months before his death.Click to buy your copy of Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible in the Bible Gateway Store

John’s most recent contribution to biblical studies was in designing and typesetting the NIV portion of The Greek-English New Testament: UBS 5th Revised Edition and New International Version, a joint publication of the German Bible Society and Zondervan, scheduled for release October 16, 2015.

But these achievements merely scratch the surface of John’s work. He created The Interlinear NIV Hebrew-English Old Testament, Hebrew-English and Greek-English concordances, an unabridged concordance to the NRSV, a revised and corrected version of a Strongs-type concordance to the KJV, an innovative chronological arrangement of the NIV titled the NIV Integrated Study Bible: A Chronological Approach for Exploring Scripture, and he designed and typeset scores of Bibles for Zondervan and other Bible publishers.Click to buy your copy of the NIV Integrated Study Bible in the Bible Gateway Store

I first met and began working with John in 1980. John was well-mentored by Ed Goodrick, and had Ed lived longer he would have been proud of John, because John took what Ed taught him and surpassed Ed’s own achievements.

John never went on for PhD work, but honestly, I think it’s just as well he didn’t. Most of it would have been redundant to what John had already learned and done. In my book, he did the equivalent of PhD work several times over. In fact, I’ve often said that what James Strong was to the KJV, John Kohlenberger was to the NIV; although he was able to accomplish more than the great James Strong because of the tools that were available to John.

John should be remembered for his contribution to the success of the NIV, for his contribution to Bible publishing in general, and for his desire to make Bible study reference tools that were accessible to students without advanced knowledge of the biblical languages. I grieve the loss of a close friend and publishing colleague. But I’m grateful for the rich legacy of tools for Bible study that he has left behind.

Dr. Stan GundryBio:

Dr. Stan Gundry is Senior Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief for Zondervan.


[For more information about John, read Patient Stories: The Scholar Becomes the Student and see the video.]

Read Your Bible Better: New Practical Lessons on Bible Study Beginning Soon


Do you study the Bible? Do you want to?

Most Christians would agree that regular Bible reading is an important and beneficial activity. But is there a difference between reading Scripture and studying it? The word study carries connotations of laborious work and difficult reading. But that’s not what Bible study actually looks like. Several years ago on this blog, Brian Hardin challenged some of the myths we have about what it means to study the Bible:

How do we actually get anything out of Bible study? If we’re going to attempt an answer, we must put away the idea that the Bible is a rulebook we’re supposed to measure up to or that it’s so cryptic we need a Master of Theology degree to unlock it. Conversely, it’s not a book full of dainty little promises from a God who more resembles Santa Claus than the Lord Almighty.

Does that sound intriguing? Would you like to know your Bible better? Are you intimidated by the idea of “studying” it? Are you accustomed to reading the Bible in tiny inspirational soundbytes, but have a sense that there’s more to the Bible that you have yet to experience? If so, you’ll want to sign up for our new series beginning in October: How to Study the Bible.

How to Study the Bible is a new series by Dr. Mel Lawrenz, and is a sort of “sequel” to his earlier series How to Understand the Bible. How to Study the Bible is written for everyday people—for ordinary Bible-readers who want to go beyond just reading the Bible, who want to gain in-depth insight about the meaning of biblical passages.

The series will give guidance on how to get common questions answered, how to know the difference between reliable and unreliable online information, how to use a Bible dictionary or commentary, how to begin studying a book of the Bible and much, much more. Each lesson is short and practical.

And it begins later this month! Each lesson will be posted on the Bible Gateway Blog and sent out via email to anyone who has signed up. To sign up, just go to the How to Study the Bible page and fill out the form.

If you’re one of the many thousands of people who signed up for the earlier How to Understand the Bible series, you’ll receive this new series when it starts. If you want to get a feel for Dr. Lawrenz’ writing style and approach to the Bible, take a look through some of his past lessons. And if you like what you see, sign up for the new series!

The End of Me: An Interview with Kyle Idleman

Kyle IdlemanIn the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus perplexingly teaches an inside-out way of life: brokenness is the way to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, emptiness is required for true fullness. In many ways the Bible espouses countercultural, counter-intuitive truths and paradoxical principles.

Bible Gateway interviewed Kyle Idleman (@KyleIdleman) about his book, The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins (David C. Cook, 2015).

Click to buy your copy of The End of Me in the Bible Gateway Store

What does the title of the book mean?

Kyle Idleman: the end of me is a reference to the call of Christ to die to ourselves and find life in him (Matt. 16:24-25). This idea that in dying we find life, captures many of the upside-down and paradoxical teachings of Christ which this book explores. For example Jesus taught us that we are broken to be whole, last to be first, empty to be filled, humbled to be exalted, and weak to be strong. When we come to the end of ourselves we find that Jesus meets us there and offers us real life in him (Col. 3:3-4).

Why was it important for you to devote time and effort to make this the focus of a book?

Kyle Idleman: One word to describe the teachings of Jesus that this book explores would be paradoxical. His propositions are often seemingly absurd and self-contradictory. The life he calls us to live often flies in the face of what we naturally believe and how we personally feel. Because of this dynamic, most of us try to respond to Jesus with a more reasonable and measured approach. But what I’ve learned personally and as a pastor is that this approach doesn’t work. I love witnessing what happens when people begin to embrace these paradoxes and learn to live with a new kingdom perspective.

For those who may not know, what’s the context of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew? And why did you choose this Sermon to be the foundation of your book?

Kyle Idleman: Jesus’ best-known lesson is called the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7)—the “mount” being the location where he begins to teach his disciples about a new way of life. Specifically, Jesus is most likely speaking from the mountain just above the Sea of Galilee. What makes this location significant is that revolutionaries would often lay low in these very mountains in an effort to avoid arrest. So, the not so subtle inference is that Jesus is another revolutionary. In his sermon he pits the kingdom of this world against the kingdom of heaven. He challenges us to look at our lives through a different lens.

How are the words of Jesus in his Sermon counter-intuitive to the average way of living?

Kyle Idleman: When coming to a fork in the road we’ll intuitively choose the road that’s broad. We intuitively will take the easiest and most comfortable path (Matt. 7:13-15). We intuitively think that’s what will make us the happiest. Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount with “The Beatitudes” (Matt. 5:3-12) where he takes what we intuitively think about living a blessed and happy life and turns it upside down. It’s not that what he says is just different from what we would think, but it’s the opposite of what we would think.

Explain for us one of the principles you explore in the book: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” and how it applies to today’s world.

Kyle Idleman: The four words of this first Beatitude are “Blessed are the poor” (Matt. 5:3). It’s easy to brush past that; to squint at it just right, interpret it as poetry, or take it as some Zen-type thing that’s supposed to sound cool but doesn’t actually make any sense. Because what makes sense from our world’s perspective is “Blessed are the rich.” If you say to a rich person, “Hey, you have a beautiful mansion here,” what does the rich person say? “Yes, I know. I’m so rich.” Nope. I bet you the rich person says, “Thank you. I’m so blessed.” We equate blessing with being rich, not being poor.

But Jesus says we’re blessed when we are bankrupt in spirit. The word we might use is broke. When we come to the end of ourselves and reach the point where we declare bankruptcy and admit we have nothing to offer is when we find ourselves in a position to experience the kingdom of heaven. Jesus says the kingdom begins with taking inventory and coming up with zero.

What is the blessing of facing up to sin?

Kyle Idleman: Throughout Scripture there’s a connection between mourning over sin—of every kind—and receiving God’s blessing. Israel often mourned together as a nation, and received God’s blessing as a nation. In Psalm 32 David personally talks about the weight of carrying his hidden sin and the blessing and freedom he experienced when he finally came clean. There’s a joy and peace that come—and only come—when we finally let ourselves see the sin, and let our eyes shed tears for it. I realize it sounds a little crazy, but more and more I actually feel something like gratitude that I’m able to mourn my sin before a merciful and gracious God. There’s pain in confession, and then, on the other side, there’s a feeling like cool water washing over me on a blazing hot day. I understand our reluctance to face our sin, but just understand that, in your hesitancy to mourn your sin, you’re also delaying the blessing of God in your life (1 John 1:9).

What are your thoughts about Bible Gateway and the role it can play in a person who is impacted by The End of Me?

Kyle Idleman: Maybe the greatest challenge of making the journey to “the end of me” is that it requires us to follow a set of directions that go against what we’re constantly told. The compass of the kingdom of heaven takes us in an opposite direction the compass of our culture. Bible Gateway points us to the right path—the narrow road—and helps us see how God’s Word applies to our lives.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Kyle Idleman: Years ago I was taught the simple truth that what God does through you, he does in you first. I’ve certainly found that to be true in my own ministry. There have been times I’ve tried to let God work through me, while resisting his work in me and it hasn’t worked out well. So my commitment as a pastor and an author is to daily ask God what does he want to do in me and then ask God to work through me. Each of these chapters speaks to something God has taught me on the journey to the end of myself, and my prayer is that others would join me on this journey, as together we discover our real life that’s hidden in Christ with God (Col. 3:3-4).

Bio: Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fifth largest church in America. The bestselling author of the award-winning book Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus and AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four children.

Four Ways to Celebrate Bible Translation Day

bibletranslationsLooking for a reason to celebrate this week? You’re in luck—today is Bible Translation Day! [Watch Wycliffe’s 2015 Scripture Celebration video.]

You probably won’t find a Hallmark card for Bible Translation Day, but it’s nonetheless a good opportunity to think about an important topic. Christians believe that God has preserved the text of the Bible throughout the millennia. But how often do we think about the countless men and women—scholars, translators, missionaries, and others—that God has used to carry out this remarkable act of preservation?

Bible Translation Day grew out of an idea by Wycliffe founder Cameron Townsend; in 1966, the United States Senate designated September 30 as the holiday (September 30 is the feast day of St. Jerome, an influential early Christian famous for his translation of the Bible into Latin).

So what can you do to celebrate Bible Translation Day? It’s probably too late to organize a massive parade through your city’s downtown. But here are a few alternate ideas:

1. Try out a new translation of the Bible. Most of us tend to stick to a particular Bible translation that we particularly enjoy. However, there’s much to be gained from giving other Bible versions a look from time to time—different approaches to translation often capture the nuances of Scripture text slightly differently, and can give you added insight into a Bible passage’s meaning and significance. Just for today, take a step out of your comfort zone and read a different translation!

There are many Bible translations available on Bible Gateway—use the drop-down menu on our homepage to browse through them, and pick one that sounds interesting. You can also read more than Bible translation side-by-side to make it easier to compare different translations of a particular Bible passage—click here for a step-by-step tutorial.

2. Learn about the significance of Bible translation. Faced with all of those Bible translations—dozens in English alone!—it is natural to wonder why there are so many translations rather than just one “official” one. Are some translations better than others? What’s the point of having many different translations? Pastor Mel Lawrenz has written an excellent short beginner’s guide to Bible translation. It’s a good place to start.

3. Learn about the most famous Bible translator in church history. I’m referring to Jerome, the man responsible for the important Vulgate translation of the Bible. Read about his translation work here. If you’re feeling bold, you can take a look at the Vulgate translation itself here at Bible Gateway.

4. Educate yourself about the ongoing work of Bible translation today. The work of Bible translation has not ended; it continues, not only in the major languages of the world, but in countless languages and dialects that are waiting for a translation. Wycliffe, with its close connection to Bible Translation Day, is a good place to start; they’ve just posted an overview of Bible translation throughout history at their blog. Of course, Wycliff isn’t the only organization at work translating the Bible—talk to your pastor to find out if your church works with any translation organizations.

Enjoy your Bible Translation Day!

[For links to websites and Twitter handles, see our blogpost Bible Translation Organizations]

Bible Translation Organizations

Bible Gateway’s mission is to honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are. We see our commitment as an extension of the valuable and hard work of Bible translators.

See the many Bible translations in multiple languages on Bible Gateway and on the Bible Gateway App.

[See our blogpost, Four Ways to Celebrate Bible Translation Day]

Here’s a list of organizations dedicated to translating and distributing the Bible into local languages around the world:

Back-to-School: How Bible Gateway Can Help You With Your Homework

The school year is underway, and students from first-grade to post-graduate are settled into the educational routine—and are no doubt thinking of ways to procrastinate doing their homework. They’re embracing what Winston Churchill once said: “Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”

Every year Beloit College in Wisconsin publishes its Mindset List, a compilation of observations about the worldview, assumptions, and cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of new freshmen moving away from home and onto campus for the first time. For example, the list noted that for the class of 2019, most of them born in 1997, they have never licked a postage stamp, they assume that Wi-Fi is an entitlement, and Google has always been around.

No matter when you were born or what assumptions you bring to the classroom, consider Bible Gateway a practical help to you in your studies. In this post, we’ve compiled some school resources for student needs—whether you’re a college freshman starting to sweat about fall midterms or a graduate student pounding away at a thesis, we hope you’ll find these links and resources useful.

Reading, searching, and learning about the Bible

Writing a paper about a Bible topic, or need to quote part of the Bible in a paper? Bookmark You may already know that there are dozens of Bible translations in dozens of languages in Bible Gateway’s online library, all free to read and search. While we hope you’re reading the Bible for your spiritual benefit, we hope you’ll also use Bible Gateway as a reference whenever you need to need include information from the Bible in a paper or school assignment. Here are a few tips for using Bible Gateway effectively for this purpose:

If you’re trying to better understand the meaning of a Bible passage, our collection of Bible commentaries and dictionaries may be useful. Many of our Bible commentaries can be read right alongside the Bible passage they refer to—here’s how to pull up a Bible commentary while reading a Bible passage.

Bible Gateway as a language tool

If your studies or interests require you to refer to more than one translation of the Bible (perhaps to compare how a particular passage is translated, or because you’re using the Bible as an aid in learning a second language), you’ll find the side-by-side Bible view indispensable. If you’re studying the biblical languages, we have numerous ancient-language Bibles in our library, including an interlinear New Testament that provides a word-by-word breakdown of the original Greek.

If English is a second language for you, our Bible library includes several Bible translations that use simple, clear English to make the text accessible to non-native speakers. The New International Reader’s Version and Worldwide English New Testament are good places to start.

Exploring the claims of Christianity

Our collection of online devotionals may not sound like a promising source of scholarly information about the Bible, but you’d be surprised—several of them are written specifically for students, and others walk methodically through key Christian beliefs and their supporting texts in the Bible. Devotions like

are written with students in mind, and address common questions and challenges people raise about the Bible. For a more academic approach to Scripture, take a look at

These devotionals can all be browsed online in their entirety or received via email.

The Bible Gateway Store

While spending money isn’t something students usually have in much quantity, there’s the Bible Gateway Store with many books for students, ranging from Bible commentaries and academic works to devotionals. Purchases at the Bible Gateway Store support the ministry of Bible Gateway, and our everyday low prices are competitive with other online stores—so the next time you need to pick up a book for school or your personal reading, consider looking for it in our store! For example, see what’s available in the


It’s our hope that you’ll find Bible Gateway as useful to you in your studies and paper writing as it is to you in your personal devotional life!

Bring Your Bible to School Day: Guest Post by Carl Moeller

Bring Your Bible to School Day website

Do you think God can accomplish big things through simple acts of faithfulness?

Dr. Carl MoellerI absolutely do! I’ve seen it happen many times–a kind word of encouragement can turn around someone’s day, a word of forgiveness can save a relationship, and a gift of generosity can change someone’s life.

That’s why I’m excited about a simple, powerful opportunity on October 8. It’s Bring Your Bible to School Day (@BringYourBible)–a day when thousands of students across the United States will share the hope and love of God with their friends and teachers, simply by taking their Bibles to class with them.

You might wonder what good taking a Bible to school can do in a world plagued by war and violence, and in a culture where traditional morals and values are dismissed as irrelevant. Can taking a Bible to school really do any good?

Faithfulness to God allows Him to act. The writer of Hebrews tells us that the Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edge sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Today, the thought of showing up at a public school with a Bible in hand seems downright radical. Given the political, cultural, and media environment we live in, it’s easy to forget that America was founded on the principles found in God’s Word. The first pilgrims who sailed over from Europe on the Mayflower signed a compact that they were undertaking their journey “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and many other major colleges and universities were established by Christian ministers. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson, then president of the Washington, DC school district, required that the Bible be used in classrooms. And until the mid-1900s, nearly every textbook had biblical references.

[See our blogpost: American History’s Entwined Relationship with the Bible: An Interview with Angela Kamrath]

A lot has changed since then.

Through a series of rulings, the Supreme Court began to push both prayer and the Bible out of public schools. By 1963, school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools was ruled as unconstitutional.

But, we have not relinquished our freedom to be Christians. That’s what makes Bring Your Bible to School Day (#BringYourBible) so powerful. It’s a simple way for students to share their faith and God’s Word with their friends and teachers.

Bring Your Bible to School Day was launched last year by Focus on the Family (@FocusFamily). More than 8,000 kids participated, from every state in America.

At Biblica (@BiblicaMinistry), our mission is to share God’s Word with people all over the world and to help people draw closer to Jesus through God’s Word. So, Biblica is partnering with Focus on the Family to help build momentum for this nationwide campaign. We’re looking forward to seeing children and young people–all the way from kindergarten through college–bringing God’s Word to their schools.

Our goal is to see 40,000 kids mobilized to live out their faith. We want to encourage them to not only bring their Bibles to school, but to share their faith, and live it out.

There are at least four ways you can help.

  • First and foremost, if you have kids, encourage them to take their Bibles to school on October 8.
  • Second, tell others about this great opportunity to take God’s Word back into the classroom.
  • Third, let your church know about this. Talk to the youth pastor. Get as many kids involved as you can.
  • And finally, please pray. Pray for this to be more than just a social or political statement. Pray for God to move in our nation, to instill courage in our young people to witness God’s love, to draw people closer to Him and to change us all from the inside out.

[Browse the Bible Gateway Store to see the many editions of the Bible that are available for you.]

[Sign up to receive the free Bible Verse-of-the-Day in your email inbox from Bible Gateway.]

[Download the free Bible Gateway App, on which is available many Bible versions.]

Click to visit the Biblica website
Bio: Dr. Carl Moeller (@carlmoeller) is CEO of Biblica, which translates the complete Bible into the world’s top 100 major languages and is the translation sponsor and worldwide publisher of the New International Version® (NIV®) Bible, the most widely used contemporary English translation in the world. Prior to Biblica, Dr. Moeller founded Sequoia Global Resources, and served as president and CEO for Open Doors, USA, and a pastor at Saddleback Church.

Bible News Roundup – Week of September 27, 2015

Read this week’s Bible Gateway Weekly Brief newsletter
Bible Gateway Weekly Brief
Newsletter signup

Support Bible Gateway—Browse the Bible Gateway Store

Influential Bible Scholar and Author, John R. Kohlenberger III, Dies at Age 64
A Tribute to John R. Kohlenberger III by Dr. Stan Gundry
HarperCollins Christian Publishing news release
Books by John R. Kohlenberger III in the Bible Gateway Store

Why We Need the New Battle for the Bible
Christianity Today

Hinsdale, NH, Selectmen Decline Donation of Plaque with Bible Passage for New Police Station
Sentinel Source
Read Romans 13:1-3 on Bible Gateway

Decals Bearing Bible Quote Removed from Alabama Sheriff’s Vehicles
Montgomery Advertiser
Read Matthew 5:9 on Bible Gateway

People Positive Over Bible Verse On Arkansas Police Car
KARK 4 News

Azusa Pacific University One of Many Institutions to Simultaneously Display The Saint John’s Bible
Azusa Pacific University
See Bible Gateway’s participation

Bible Translation Day, September 30, Recorded Live-Streaming Celebration
Four Ways to Celebrate Bible Translation Day with Bible Gateway
Links to Bible Translation Organizations

Bible Society Ghana Holds Thanksgiving Service

First ‘Teloogoo’ Translation of Bible Happened in Vizagapatam, India
The Hindu

BTAKs Enhance Safety of Bible Translation
Mission Network News
Read the Bible on Bible Gateway

Why Does Bible Translation Take So Long?
The many languages of the Bible on Bible Gateway

The Bible Is Linguists’ Secret Weapon For Machine-Translating Obscure Languages
Fast Company Co.Exist

The Task of the Translator: The Difficulties in Translating the Hebrew Bible into English
Little Village
Dr. Douglas Moo: Evangelicals and Bible Translation

Moody Bible Institute Student Uses Art to Translate the Bible with Pioneer Bible Translators
Moody Global Ministries

When Will Bible Translation Be Finished?

Vicar Calls for Bible to be on UK Schools Must-Read List

England Study: 2 in 5 Think Jesus is a Mythical Figure

Which Book of the Hebrew Bible Did Paul Use Most?
Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

Possible Site of Ancient Sodom Yields More Finds
Popular Archaeology
Read about Sodom on Bible Gateway

Call for papers: Ad Fontes, Ad Futura – Erasmus’ Bible & the Impact of Scripture, Feb. 2016
Houston Baptist University

Is “Bible” a Dirty Word?
Biblical Archaeology Review

Pastor Named ‘Bible’ Leads 4 Mountain Churches
United Methodist News Service

1955 The Univac Bible: Using a Computer to Create a Concordance

See other Bible News Roundup weekly posts