Have you tried Wordlive yet?
Wordlive is a website which offers all sorts of creative ways to get a daily dose of Bible (you can find it at www.wordlive.org, or it’s always linked under the ‘Connect’ tab on the Dock homepage). It’s always been a big part of Dock-world (our Dock Walk every week follows up on the previous week’s Wordlive readings) and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Their website has recently had a revamp and it’s now better than ever! There’s no longer any need for lots of mouse-clicks to navigate through the site: now you make a simple choice between two styles – classic and ‘alt’ – and then everything’s on one page. Classic is the choice for people who like to read the passage with some notes, thoughts, and background info; while ‘Alt’ is for people who prefer more creative video clips, artwork, and multimedia to illustrate the passage.
Or you can download the podcast (either from the site or through iTunes) and enjoy a little 5-minute nugget of Bible on your headphones wherever you are throughout the day. This is becoming my favourite way to connect with the Bible – out in the open air, walking through Creation while learning more about the Creator. John Ortberg has a great phrase for it – he calls creation the “big book” of God’s revelation, and the Bible the “little book” – so he recommends “experiencing the little book in the middle of the big book”. So do I!
If you haven’t tried Wordlive before, maybe Holy Week is a good time. The Dock is a bit unusual among churches I’ve known in that it doesn’t have a routine of Holy Week services to follow the journey to the cross, betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, Good Friday and then the great reversal of Easter Sunday. Following and feeling the sweep of that narrative is a good thing – so even though there are no formal services throughout the week, it’s good to know that Dockers are connecting with the story through Wordlive. In our separate places, but together as a Dock community, we’re following along with the tragic Judas, the brave but fallible Peter, the conflicted Pontius Pilate, the confused and broken disciples, and the extraordinary figure of Jesus at the centre of it all, suffering such appalling injustice with a grace that still astounds.
It’s maybe a new way of following the story – but the great thing is that the story itself is old, eternal but also brand new and freshly-relevant each year. So however, wherever – whether through headphones, podcasts, websites, private study or public worship – don’t let this Holy Week pass by without spending some time with the greatest story ever told.