I was ordained into the Christian ministry, following in my father’s footsteps in 1982. Prior to my ordination I graduated from Lexington Theological Seminary, formally known as The College of the Bible, in Lexington, Kentucky, My father was also a graduate of that school. Almost a century before, a fellow by the name of Henry H. Halley had studied, then served on the faculty, at that same institution. Also ordained as a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister, Halley became known for his ability to memorize scripture and skillfully recite it by memory. Wanting to put that scripture in proper historical context, Halley wrote a little pamphlet to help his listeners along those lines. Published in growing form and multiple editions, it eventually became the best-selling Bible handbook ever – with over 6,000,000 copies sold.
Not bad for a little country preacher from Kentucky.
Well, let me hasten to add, I draw no connections between the Reverend Halley and myself beyond we went to the same seminary. But, I do appreciate the value of Biblical literacy and memorization.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
These words from the apostle Paul to Timothy should be taken to heart by every Christian.
In coming posts, I will provide some helpful tips on how to effectively and productively study and memorize the scripture. Stay tuned…