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Wightman adopts new Lent practice: Bible journaling

Wightman adopts new Lent practice: Bible journaling

PROSPERITY—While many people will be giving up something for Lent, the congregation of Wightman United Methodist Church will be encouraged to take something up—Bible journaling.

Their pastor, the Rev. Brian Rainwater, will be challenging the congregation to read through the Gospel of John, journaling their insights and questions along the way.

“Everyone says we live a society that is biblically illiterate,” Rainwater said. “As a church we can either complain about it or do something about it.”

To facilitate the process, he and church member Kendell Healy have published a Bible journal that will help novices interact with the text and pull out significant truths readers can apply to their lives.

“This isn’t rocket science,” said Rainwater as he refers to Bible reading, “but many people are so intimidated they never pick up the Scriptures and start reading God’s Word for themselves.”

Healy sees the journal as a great way to start discussion about Scripture in small groups.

“We live in a day of easy small groups: Plug in a video and listen to what some well-known pastor says about the subject,” Healy said. “The result is that many people don’t know what the Bible says; they only know what other people have said about the Bible.”

Wightman hopes to start several weekly small groups of people getting together to talk about what they have read.

“I hope this will be something that continues after Lent,” Healy said. “The practice of Bible journaling can transform your life. Imagine what can happen in a church when a large percentage of people are consistently engaged in this process.”

The Bible journal can be used with any reading plan and can be obtained through Wightman UMC for $5.

“We ordered a bunch to get the price down, so we’ve got plenty to spare,” Rainwater said, laughing. “We’d love to have other churches join us in this spiritual discipline.”


  • You can get a spiral notebook at Wal Mart for around a dollar.

  • Great idea. I’m not much for journaling but this sounds different enough to give it a shot for 40 days

  • i am really interested in purchasing a copy of the book you produced. please contact me, thank you.

    • I’ll have the pastor email you. Thanks!

  • How does one order? Who is a check made out to?
    address, etc

    • I’ll have the pastor email you. Thanks!

  • Please follow through with a post-Lent story on how it turned out. Wonderful idea.

  • Please post a follow-up story on how this turned out. Wonderful idea!

  • I’d love to see a layout of the journal notebook. I’ll
    Probably purchase one but I’d like a visual first:)


  • I would love to have copies of this book to share with my congregation as we are working our way through the book of John at this time.

  • I would love to try this. Please send me a copy.
    Thank you!

  • I would like to order a journal.
    How can I do that?

  • I am retired and I am also interested in obtaining the journal to introduce it to the congregation I am attending for next year. Could you please send details how I can get one?

  • I would love to have a copy of this book to use with my family.

  • I too would like a copy to use and share with my congregation.

  • Please advise on obtaining the study book,
    Thank you

    • I would like a copy too

  • I’d like one, too, please!

  • Please send me a copy. Great idea.

  • I am interested in getting a copy. Thank you.

  • I would love a copy

  • Do you have any bible journals left? Will you take a credit card?

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