Hi, my name is Evan, and I’m a Bible geek.

Hi, my name is Evan, and I’m a Bible geek.

I’m also a grammar geek, Star Trek geek and computer geek. Give me a break, I grew up that way.

This week the full force of my geekiness has been turned towards the Bible as I’ve discovered and started to practice the Bible study technique that John Piper uses, called “Arcing.” It’s something that feels a little bit like forcing yourself to breathe, because we do this naturally whenever we read anything, discerning meaning from language. The catch is that this technique forces you into the author’s mind to discern not just any meaning but THEIR meaning for using this or that particular word or phrase. It’s not unlike sentence diagramming, but on a larger scale and much more fruitful in terms of the information you can glean from doing so.

John Piper here talks about this technique and basically says all the things I just said, but better… because he’s John Piper, and I’m Evan Weeks, and we can’t be compared in the same sentence while drinking unless you like beverage squirting out your eyes.

He has a site set up where you can basically learn how to create your own arcs hands-on, using a tool they’ve built into the site. If you pay a minimum $10 fee, you get a year’s access to actually store and share your arcs with others. I’ve done it. Yeah. I’ve got an arc up there on Romans 8:5-8, because we’re there in Sunday School right now, and because that section seemed the most logically straightforward to cut my teeth on this method. I was actually surprised how much more the passage spoke to me the more I cut it apart and reassembled it noting the logical relationships between the propositions. I do feel like I need a pocket protector with a cross on it now, though.

In all seriousness, I can already see that this technique is going to open windows on the will of God in ways I had never imagined. I encourage all of my friends and fellow disciples to take a look and maybe even do some learning. There’s a video series on the site detailing how to get started, as well as beginner and intermediate examples. Get to know this technique and use it! I’m going to!

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