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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Reading The Bible To Children

I ran across this blog post via this post on the ESV blog. This paragraph caught my attention:
Obviously you’re not going to read the first chapter of Matthew (a long list of “begats”) in family worship time. And you’re probably not going to read the Song of Solomon (at least not until they’re a bit older). But the narrative sections of the Old Testament and the parables in the Gospels are excellent sources for family worship and they’re short enough to keep even the shortest attention spans engaged.
I have a 7-year-old and we started off this year with the intention of trying to make our way through the Bible using The NIV Narrated Bible. Now, keep in mind that I've READ the Pentateuch. Unlike some people who maybe haven't spent a lot of time in the Scriptures, I knew the steamy stuff that was in there. Heck, we well-informed Christdot regulars know that there have even been efforts to classify the Bible as pornographic in some countries. So maybe I should have been prepared a little better for questions about those "narrative sections of the Old Testament." I would encourage parents who are thinking about reading the actual Bible to their children... and I am not trying to discourage that by any means... to read ahead. Know the maturity level of your kids and especially how much about sex you are willing to explain to them. If you've read the whole book of Genesis, you know what I mean. If you haven't, now's the time! At least do it before you read it out loud to children. You might save yourself some embarrassment!