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On Memorizing and the Public Reading of Scripture

As Christians, we talk about how important the Bible is; however, many worship services reveal our confusion about how much memorizing or reading Scripture aloud really matters. By contrast, Paul and Silas sang memorized psalms in prison, Jesus frequently quoted Scripture in his public ministry, and wartime prisoners have maintained their sanity by reciting Scripture from memory. Furthermore, clergy discover that practicing Bible memorization, and encouraging members to do so also, leads to spiritual growth and reformation. In "Soaking in Scripture: Memorization and public reading," Joan Huyser-Honig explores the power of the memorized and well-proclaimed Word, offers guidance from experts on how to memorize and present Scripture, and links to additional resources. For more tips on the public reading of Scripture, read the companion article, “Ten Tips for Reading Scripture in Public Worship.”

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