Weekly Brief is your 1-minute smart and fast report to keep you informed of important Bible-related trends, statistics, articles, and pivotal happenings on the Web and at Bible Gateway. Forward to your friends and share with your followers to encourage them to subscribe.


What It Means to Hope in Jesus: An Interview with Craig Groeschel


Why was my child born with a disability? Why did the cancer come back? It can feel impossible to reconcile our intensely painful experiences with the image of a loving and all-powerful God. Bible Gateway interviewed Craig Groeschel about his book, Hope in the Dark: Believing God Is Good When Life Is Not (Zondervan, 2018).

Become a member of Bible Gateway Plus and get immediate 24/7 access to the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible and other valuable Bible commentaries.


The Nehemiah Code: An Interview with O. S. Hawkins


Are you looking for a new beginning, perhaps in a relationship, a business, an athletic team, or even your own integrity? What lessons can be learned from Nehemiah, a civil servant from 2500 years ago, who rallied a community to rebuild their broken city wall, and by doing so, ushered in a new beginning for the Israelites? Bible Gateway interviewed O. S. Hawkins about his book, The Nehemiah Code: It's Never Too Late for a New Beginning (Thomas Nelson, 2018).

Become a member of Bible Gateway Plus and get immediate 24/7 access to the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary and other valuable Bible commentaries.

Take advantage of Bible Gateway's Deal of the Day


Browse exclusive discounts on the best Christian books, Bibles, studies, and more! Check every day for the Deal of the Day in the Bible Gateway Store. And sign up to receive our Deal of the Day newsletter!

Browse all the colorful editions of the Beautiful Word Bible in the Bible Gateway Store.

Browse the Homeschool section in the Bible Gateway Store.



The Miracle of the 9/11 World Trade Center Bible


In the rubble of the 9/11 attacks a burnt Bible was discovered fused to a piece of steel. The barely legible top page is open to the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5.

See the Scripture Engagement section on Bible Gateway.


See more Bible-related articles in this week’s Bible News Roundup.
See previous editions of Bible News Roundup and Weekly Brief.


How Can a Bible Lose Weight?


After an extreme weight loss of half-a-pound, half-an-inch of girth, and 312 pages—without taking out a single one of the 1.1 million words of content—Zondervan is re-launching a Bible as the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible.


Video Lesson 4: Gomer—Broken Men and Women of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them


As a special feature, bestselling author and speaker Ann Spangler is conducting a 5-part brief video class offering surprising insights into five fascinating men and women of the Bible. Ann explores these and many more people of the Bible in her new book, Less Than Perfect: Broken Men and Women of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them (Zondervan, 2018). In this fourth video lesson, Ann discusses the life of Gomer. Other lessons are about Adam, Sarah, David, and Judas.

Browse resources by Ann Spangler in the Bible Gateway Store.

Can Science Explain All the Complexities of Our World?


In this guest Blog post, Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ: Daily Moment of Truth (Zondervan, 2018), says, "For me, the road to atheism was paved by science, but, ironically, so was my later journey to God. Good information, I am convinced, points us to a good God...."

How to Live the Bible — Gaining Wisdom


In this 38th lesson on how to live the Bible, pastor and author Dr. Mel Lawrenz says, “The books of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes are called “the wisdom books” of the Old Testament. Here we find honest, practical, and life-changing principles which are as true today as when they were written thousands of years ago. But how can we make sure we are understanding and applying these truths in proper ways today?....” If you want to know how to live the Bible every day, read this installment of his series on our Blog and encourage your friends and followers to receive it by email.

Browse the Christian Living section in the Bible Gateway Store.

5 Books to Help You Read Through the Bible


Frank Thielman is the Presbyterian Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, where he has taught New Testament and Greek since 1989. His books include Romans: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, The NIV Application Commentary: Philippians, Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach, and Ephesians: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. We asked him for the five books he would recommend to help people when they’re reading through the Bible. Here’s his reply.

The Mission and Impact of the New Living Translation Bible


In this Bible Gateway Blog post, Mark Taylor, chairman and CEO of Tyndale House Publishers, presents the history of the popular Bible versions The Living Bible (TLB) and the New Living Translation (NLT).

Browse the print editions of The Living Bible (TLB) and the New Living Translation (NLT) sections in the Bible Gateway Store.

Live Simulcast Event September 26 and 6-Week Training Course for Your Church or Small Group


Learn to navigate challenging questions about your faith with the Making Your Case For Christ training course. Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg will present evidence that backs up Jesus’ claims and credentials.


Get your questions answered with Bible Gateway’s new Online Bible Learning Program. Get 20% off now! Use coupon code LEARN.

Enter Bible Gateway's 25th Anniversary Sweepstakes for September


Enter every month! This month enter for your chance to win a copy of the NIV Comfort Print Heritage Bible, Premium Leather, Black, Premier Collection (Zondervan, 2018)—which has a suggested retail value of $149.99. Two winners will be selected at random.

We Want to Hear What Bible Gateway Means to You


We're hearing from many of you during our year-long 25th anniversary celebration, such as: "I use Bible Gateway as a means of beginning my day and sharing verses sent me to others as the Lord impresses me to share specific Scripture with others. I am 70 years old and have a very difficult time getting what now is my heavy Bible and struggling to use it due to chronic health issues. I just love Bible Gateway!" Tell us what Bible Gateway means to you—and tell your friends and followers by using the #MyBibleGateway hashtag to communicate the fun!

Be Joyful Again!


Join GRAMMY® winner and American Idol Season 5 finalist Mandisa on a journey through the Defiant Joy Online Bible Study with Candace Payne (a.k.a. Chewbacca Mom) and get FREE access to all 6 study videos, Joy Printables, a FREE eBook, and other fun goodies! Laugh it up and claim a JOY that is unshakeable! LIVE chats with Mandisa for everyone who joins!

Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, How I Rise Above the Lies that Haunt Me by Candace Payne (a.k.a. Chewbacca Mom).

Spotlight: Expanded Bible (EXB)


This feature in Weekly Brief is intended to help you become aware of the plethora of Bible versions available for you to freely read on Bible Gateway. This week read:


Tell your pastor to visit the Pastor Resources Page on Bible Gateway.

Reading the Bible in multiple languages and multiple versions is always just a click away online at Bible Gateway and in print from the Bible Gateway Store, where you'll save money while supporting the ministry of Bible Gateway when making a purchase.

[Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App]

[Learn about and download the free Bible Gateway Bible Audio App]