Matt, Derek, and Alastair mull over the “boring” parts of scripture to see how these monotonous passages can be more greatly appreciated and share advice and resources that everyday Bible-readers can use. Matt also shares why Derek and Alastair are wrong for suggesting any book but John as the first book of the Bible a new Christian should read.


Intro + What do we do with “boring” parts of scripture? [0:00 – 8:40]

Is it legitimate for those who do not have trained theological categories to skip parts of scripture? [8:40 – 15:18]

Tips for the everyday Bible reader to glean deep insights from seemingly “boring” parts of scripture [15:18 – 24:15]

Why we need new strategies for reading the Bible [24:15 – 29:00]

New Testament resources for reading the Old Testament [29:00 – 31:10]

Which book of the Bible a new Christian should read first [31:10 – 41:30]

Useful resources + Conclusions [41:30 – 45:52]

Resources mentioned:

NIV Study Bible

ESV Study Bible

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Finally, as always, follow DerekAndrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized brilliance. Thanks to Timothy Motte for his sound editing work. And thanks to The Joy Eternal for lending us their music, which everybody should download out of gratitude for their kindness.

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Caleb Wait (MATS, Westminster Seminary California) is a writer and the producer of Mere Fidelity. He and his wife Kristin have two children and live in Northern California. You can follow him on Twitter @calebwait and he invites you to email him at

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