Thursday, April 30, 2015

The difference between making a living and making a life

Today's Reading: 1 Kings 8-9 and Luke 21:1-19

Harvest from Stewardship on Vimeo.

Above is a heartwarming video about the importance of giving.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Visual Tour of Temple

Today's Reading: 1 Kings 6-7 and Luke 20:27-47

It's a stretch to call today's video 'art,' I know, but we've done so much reading on the Temple that I figured it would be good to post a video aerial tour of the building. This may help you to envision the passages.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

If it ain't Baroque

Today's Reading: 1 Kings 3-5 and Luke 20:1-26

The painting above is by a great Baroque painter named Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and is called The Judgement of Solomon (1 Kings 3:16-20)

Monday, April 27, 2015


Today's Reading: 1 Kings 1-2 and Luke 19:28-48

The triumphal entry of Jesus. The crowds are ecstatic because they expect Jesus to be a certain kind of Savior, one who will free them of their immediate rulers. Jesus had a much bigger plan in mind.

The above version is from 1973. If you prefer one from 2000, here you go.

If you want the Bibledex overview for 1 Kings then the video can be found here

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 23-24 and Luke 19:1-27

And for a more manga style cartoon of Zaccheus, check out this by artist Tazi-san

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bartimaeus the Blind

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 21-22 and Luke 18:24-43

The painting above was made by Walter Rane. Enjoy.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Persistent Widow and the Bad Judge

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 19-20 and Luke 18:1-23

This video is a straightforward kids' presentation of the Persistent Widow parable. It was made by the team at LifeKids (clearly I like their stuff).

But also, I have to share this. And it can't be unseen. And I can't decide if it's brilliant, or terrible, or both. It's definitely meant to be silly and entertain, it's a church musical where the judge in the parable raps. It's over the top and I think I love it: here you go, enjoy

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I Wish We'd All Been Ready

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 16-18 and Luke 17:20-37

The band D.C. Talk has been around a long, long time. It's fun to see them still creating great music, like the theme for last year's movie God's Not Dead (which is fantastic, by the way). The cover song above connects to our reading in Luke and it's a haunting classic, originally written by Larry Norman.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 14-15 and Luke 17:1-19

Faith is incredibly power. It doesn't take much of it to make a HUGE difference.

That video was put together by the team at Bluefish TV. And here's a fun song from

The above image was made by James Christensen, whose site is found here.

And finally, here's one of those adorable songs that a bunch of young kids sing in front of their congregation: Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Amnon and Tamar

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 12-13 and Luke 16

I'm hoping that the image I'm sharing today isn't too graphic but the subject matter is rather serious. This painting by Steve Zucker depicts Amnon and Tamar in the style of Caravaggio and Auerbach. Steve's art can be found here on his deviantart page.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Prodigal Son

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 9-11 and Luke 15:11-32

The Prodigal Son parable has inspired countless works of art. What retelling/version has really caught your attention in the past? For starters I share a clip made for Kyle Idleman's book, AHA:

Prodigal Son from philip vetter on Vimeo.


The student ministry at NewSpring Church put this really well-done reenactment together: the Prodigal Son story by Fuse Student Ministry

Good ol' Keith Green wrote a whole musical suite that is inspired by the prodigal son: check it out here

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Lost Coin

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 6-8 and Luke 15:1-10

The Coin from InterVarsity twentyonehundred on Vimeo.

This dance was performed at Intervaristy's Urbana Conference in 2012.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Take up your Cross

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 3-5 and Luke 14:25-35

Here is Francis Chan sharing on Luke 14. Enjoy.

Friday, April 17, 2015

David is Finally made King

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 1-2 and Luke 14:1-24

David is finally made king! He waited patiently and obeyed God, even when he had chances to seize the throne earlier. This painting was made by Gerard van Honthorst (1590-1656)
Also, if you want a good overview then here's the next Bibledex video: Bibledex on 2 Samuel

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Drawing out the Point

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 30-31 and Luke 13:23-35

Today I'm sharing a whiteboard drawing of the parable from Luke 13. And don't forget, if you find a piece of art that connects back to the Bible, share it with me! I'd love to include it in this Bible Reading Plan.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Abraham's Daughter

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 27-29 and Luke 13:1-22

Remember that epic theme song for The Hunger Games? Did you realize that the song was inspired by this passage in 1 Samuel? It's a pretty imaginative leap from the biblical account but still, interesting. The song is by Arcade Fire and is called 'Abraham's Daughter':

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lego Bible

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 25-26 and Luke 12:32-59

Legos are still hugely popular. In fact, over the years their popularity has only grown. So it's not surprising to find the story of the Bible in Lego form.
You can find the whole series on 1 Samuel 25-26 here on 'The Brick Testament' website

Monday, April 13, 2015

David Spares Saul

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 22-24 and Luke 12:1-31

Here's a pretty straightforward video clip of the 1 Samuel passage:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Crazy Little King God Loves

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 19-21 and Luke 11:29-54

David and Jonathan are one of the great friendships of history. Here's another great song by that musical parody group, ApolgetiX:

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Lord's Prayer

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 17-18 and Luke 11:1-28

If you're like me then there's always a danger of taking the Lord's Prayer for granted. It's so familiar! I have it memorized and can repeat it in my sleep. That's why it's so fun to see these artistic expressions... they help remind me of the real value of this prayer.

This next video shows a very young girl with an angelic voice. Her name is Jackie Evancho and here she sings the Lord's Prayer:

Friday, April 10, 2015

When the Religious Pass

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 15-16 and Luke 10:25-42


If you want an older song based on this passage, here's one from Keith Green called 'On the Road to Jericho'

And there's a more recent song that comes from non-Christian artist, the Mountain Goats, a song called 1 Samuel 15:23.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jonathan and his Armor Bearer

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 13-14 and Luke 10:1-24

Today's video is for the youngins. It's a silly, youth-targeted retelling of Jonathan and his armor bearer. It was put together by the youth ministry team at

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Luke 9 -- Is this the Jesus we're following?

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 10-12 and Luke 9:37-62

A dramatic reading of our passage from Luke:

Hand to Plough from InterVarsity twentyonehundred on Vimeo.

But if you have a half hour then here's the video I'd really encourage you to watch. It's a powerful talk (given at the same conference) about the cost of following Jesus:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Long Live the King! Live Love and Prosper!

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 7-9 and Luke 9:18-36

In our Luke passage today we see the Transfiguration. This painting is by Raphael:

Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock in Star Trek) died earlier this year. Did you know he also played Samuel in a movie about King David?


The hymn 'Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing' connects back to 1 Samuel 7. Here's a modern retelling by what the original psalmist went through: you can find it here.

Monday, April 6, 2015

On a Nice Spring Day

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 4-6 and Luke 9:1-17

The video above is so pleasant. :-D With the sun shining down, the wind blowing those pages of the Bible, and a guy drawing some art in crayon. I love the way the artist, Tom Batty, is bringing passages of Scripture to the youtube audience.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 1-3 and Luke 8:26-56

Happy Easter! Just for fun, Jesus Died for His Peeps:

Have the Bibledex overviews of each book been helpful? Today we start 1 Samuel so click here if you'd like to see another.

For the Luke passage I'm sharing a poem that is sung operatically: von Rueden/DeLee: Hope and a Hem (Luke 8)

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Today's Reading: Ruth 1-4 and Luke 8:1-25

Before I get to Ruth, here is a haunting image inspired by Luke 8:

Today we start the book of Ruth, yay!

The poster above can be ordered at this website here.

Bibledex overview of Ruth: simply click here.

Friday, April 3, 2015

What Makes Good Friday Good?

Today's Reading: Judges 19-21 and Luke 7:31-50

Repentance and forgiveness. Sorrow that leads to joy. With God, every Good Friday leads to an Easter. So hold on. Wherever you're at in life, hold on, because God promises that everything is going to be okay.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Samson Part II

Today's Reading: Judges 16-18 and Luke 7:1-30

The clip above is from The Bible miniseries. Samson's hair was a symbol of the vow he and his parents had made to God. The loss of his hair was symbolic of his breaking of the vow. If you were making a movie on the Bible, how would you represent Samson?


For the New Testament passage here's a video by the Mormon Channel of Jesus raising the widow's son from the dead.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Samson Went Back to Bed

Today's Reading: Judges 13-15 and Luke 6:27-49

The song above is by Regina Spektor and is inspired by the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. Regina has a beautiful voice and most of her songs have a narrative quality to them.