In the book, “Saving the Bible From Ourselves” author Glenn R. Paauw suggests that for most of us, most of the time, small readings prevail over big readings. “Small” and “big” refer to more than the length of the passage. He explains “small readings are those diminished samplings of Scripture in which individuals take in fragmentary bits outside the Bible’s literary, historical and dramatic contexts.” As a result of this, many Christians develop a narrow, individualistic and escapist view of salvation. In order to correct this, he suggests big readings. These are the more magnified experiences that result when communities engage fully in the Bible and take into consideration the full account of the Bible’s contexts. These communities know “the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). To truly grow in our relationship with God and to develop into more effective Disciples of Christ, we have to recognize the power of God’s Word. It’s not only about having a sufficient understanding of the Bible. It’s about moving toward scriptural truth and growth in our faith lives.