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I appreciate Chris’s commitment to Bible study and his system to document it.

Chris Bowler, “How to use Ulysses for long-term research” (Jun 5, 2018)

Jonathan T. Pennington, “How We Read the Bible Rightly and Get It Wrong,” Christianity Today (Jul 12, 2017)

“The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses” by Chris Bruno /

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno is a book about the Bible to help you see the forest and the trees.

It caught my attention because it’s cut from the same cloth as The Kingdom Story. Below is Bruno’s Bible summary and the individual verses he studies in the book. There’s a well-designed study guide and memory verse cards at the publisher’s site.

Cover of “The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses” by Chris Bruno
Cover of “The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses” by Chris Bruno

The Story

God created a kingdom, and he is the King, but he made human beings to represent him in that kingdom. Adam and Eve rejected this call, which led to sin and death. But God promised to defeat the Serpent through the seed of the woman, who is also the seed of Abraham. Through Abraham’s family, and specifically Judah’s royal seed, David, the covenant blessings would come to the world. Because all people were guilty and deserved death, the sacrifices of the Mosaic law revealed more clearly their need for a substitute — the suffering servant. Through the servant and the work of the Spirit, God would establish a new covenant and give lasting life to his people in the new heavens and new earth.

Jesus is the One through whom all of these promises find fulfillment, first in his sacrificial death as a necessary and just payment for sin and then in his victorious resurrection and reign as King. This great story will find its culmination when the redeemed from every tribe, tongue, and nation gather in the new creation to live with God forever.

The Verses

  1. Genesis 1:31
  2. Genesis 1:26–27
  3. Genesis 3:6–7
  4. Genesis 3:15
  5. Genesis 12:2–3
  6. Genesis 49:10
  7. Exodus 12:23
  8. 2 Samuel 7:12–13
  9. Isaiah 53:6
  10. Ezekiel 37:3–5
  11. Isaiah 65:17
  12. Mark 1:14–15
  13. John 19:30
  14. Romans 1:3–4
  15. Romans 3:21–26
  16. Revelation 21:1–4
“God Wrote a Book”: Video and Resources from Desiring God /

God wrote a book! Be moved afresh by this miracle through the video and Bible reading resources at desiringgod.org/run.

Access the ESV Global Study Bible via ESVBible.org, the new ESV Bible app, or the free e-book.

“Please, stop having quiet times” /

Please, stop having quiet times…. Twice our Sacred Book calls itself a sword (Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17).… A sword is only quiet when it’s not being used…. Envision pages littered with “pen-tina” — not rust — but circles, underlines, notes, comments, prayers.…

The Sword of the Spirit takes no prisoners. It cuts through the thoughts and intentions of the heart. It calls our bluff. It swacks through the jungle of fig leaf weeds and shows what’s really there — what’s hidden, phony, self-righteous, and where the gospel of grace is needed. Reverberations of the Sword’s presence spill out on our lives. Nuclear bombs envy the force of the Word.

Eat it up at Jeff Medders, “Please Stop Having Your Quiet Time.”