Tim's Scripture Digest

By Tim Isbell  October 29, 2020

For many years, I anchored my weekly reading, reflection, and prayer to a set of (usually) four scriptures from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary. This framework ensures a balanced diet of Christian theology over every three-year cycle.

In March 2020, I started using the scripture-set as the core of a Tuesday night online small group. To help participants dwell in these scriptures throughout the week, I began writing about half a page for each scripture. I call it a "digest" - because it's not a summary, devotional, or commentary. I write it to provide just enough background and guidance for people to fruitfully dwell and reflect on the passage. 

Here’s an example of what I mean by dwelling in the scripture. Early in the day, read one scripture and its digest. Then, reread the scripture and reflect on it for 5 minutes. At night, just before falling asleep, reread the scripture and ask the Spirit to speak to you through it overnight. Repeat this with each scripture through the week, looking for connections between the scriptures. That week’s Digest title and subtitles provide hints to the interconnections. In my experience, the Spirit will use this process, on a similar one, to grow and deepen your relationship with God.

Tim's Scripture Digest is designed for 

  • Individual Christians who want to understand the Bible better or grow deeper in Christian faith. It's especially useful for those who are ready to dwell (reflect) on a short scripture-set for a week at a time.
  • Christian teachers or small-group leaders who want some fresh material. Each weekly Digest includes a link to our Tuesday night Session Notes.
  • Preaching ministers, whether they follow the Revised Common Lectionary or not.

So that you can quickly access the past week's and the coming week's Digests, I created this webpage that I will update by every Wednesday afternoon (PST). Another quick way to access the document version of this material is to type bit.ly/scripturedigest into any browser.


Those who do not follow the lectionary can choose material from the archives and use them anytime. 

Tim's Scripture Digest - current 2 weeks