Inside BST

  • A Clutch of Videos

    This year, we've focused a great deal of attention on producing helpful videos that provide solid answers about faith, the Bible, and Christian living. Here are just three to help you in your walk with Christ.


    Twelve Unlikely Heroes from the Bible

    In this webcam interview with Christianity.com Editor, Alex Crain, Dr. John MacArthur discusses his book Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible and What He Wants to Do with You (Nelson).

    Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

    In this interview Dr. Timothy Keller discusses his book Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City (Zondervan).

    What Does Biblical Womanhood Mean?

    Mary Kassian discusses Rachel Held Evan's new book A Year of Biblical Womanhood and what the Bible teaches.

  • How Do I Set the Version of the Bible I Want?

    Many of us have a preference for the version of the Bible we use to study. And we at BST love to provide as many versions as possible to help you as you dive into Scripture. We already have over 30... with plenty more coming.

    If you've looked around our site, you'll probably notice that we don't have a way to select a "default" version of the Bible. Maybe you thought we didn't have a way to do that.

    Actually, we do. In fact, you've probably set your default Bible version without even realizing in. You see, when you select NIV or ESV or KJV from the drop-down menu above the reading pane, our site keeps track for you. There are no settings to change; it's just automatic. You'll also notice that the menu keeps up with the last five versions you chose. That way, if you have a couple favorites, they'll be close at hand.

    There's just one caveat to point out. This features requires that cookies be turned on in your web browser. If you're using private browsing or you've got cookies blocked, then it won't work. You'll just have to pick the version you want.

    What version of the Bible do you use for study?

  • A Reading Plan at Your Own Pace

    While it's true that most people start a Bible reading plan in January, that doesn't mean you can't jump in at any time. In fact, we think summer is a great time to get started. You can either sign up for an automated one... or, by using this tip, you can set your own pace for summer Bible reading.

    How? It's really easy.

    First, head over to our Bible reading plans page to see if you've got a Bible reading plan going. If you just see a list of Bible reading plans, then skip over these next steps. But if you see the day's reading from a plan you're not currently using, here's how to clear it and start fresh:

    1. Click the "Finished with Entire Reading Plan?" button on the right-hand side of the page.
    2. Confirm your choice.
    3. Head back to the list of Bible reading plans.

    This clickable list of Bible reading plans lets you explore what options you have. So, you may decide you just want to sign up for one of the shorter ones for summer (we like the Daily Gospel plan for summer).

    But if you're feeling ambitious, just click on the title of a plan, and you'll be taken to a page that features all the readings for that plan in the right-hand column (here's an example of the New Testament plan). Use that column to work your way through the readings at your own pace. Use the plus symbol beside each reading to collapse the ones you've read.

  • Resource Guide: Mal? Eze? Ju?

    What?

    Guide to Bible Book Abbreviations

    Why?

    Sometimes, in an effort to save space or time, writers (or someone texting you on the phone) can use two- or three-letter abbreviations for books of the Bible. Most are pretty straightforward, such as Ge for Genesis or Ru for Ruth. But some are a bit tricker, especially if English isn't your first language.

    Most of the time, you can simply copy and paste or type those codes into our search box at the top of the page, and we'll show you what they mean. But if you're curious, we have a list of Bible book abbreviations on our site that explains Php, Phm, and others.

     

  • About Inside BST

    Inside BST goes behind the curtain of BibleStudyTools.com and into the minds of our editors and developers. You'll discover encouraging stories, information about the site, links that interest us, and devotionals.

    Contributors:

    John UpChurch, Senior Editor (BibleStudyTools.com)

    Alex Crain, Managing Editor (Christianity.com)

    Stephen McGarvey, Senior Director of Editorial

    Stephen Sanders, A/V Editor