I didn’t quite know what to expect when I saw the title of this link (posted on my Facebook Page this week):
When I hear phrases like “Bible Memorization Challenge” and I picture people quoting vast amounts of Scripture without putting much emotion or passion into it.
Learn it. Recite it. Forget it.
Combine that with “Ivy League” and I’m thinking, Holy smokes! This is going to be a whole lot of ultra-smart 20-year-olds “out quoting” each other and then talking about the Bible with a lot of intellectual reverence.
Man, was I wrong!
This was outstanding! Their passion was infectious. Their presentations were engaging. Every one of them. Some were solo presenters. Sometimes they presented as a team.
The winning presentation was by Josh Echebiri, a junior at Dartmouth. Take the next 4:32 and check it out:
There were five different presentations. You can check them all out here.
But that wasn’t even the most inspiring part.
On that same page there is an interview with each team. That’s what got me going. The interviews were done by Eric Metaxas, bestselling author of BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. He asked each team this question:
What has been the personal impact of memorizing big chunks of Scripture.
Here are a few of the answers:
I’m not even trying to think of the verses. They’ll just come.
Beautiful things happen [when I memorize]. I used to only notice the big passages. Doing this forced me to dig into passages I don’t normally dig into.
I didn’t think it would be as powerful as it was. It is so useful.
Check it out. Even if you watch every presentation and every interview, you’ll be done in less than an hour.
Who knows? It might just be the most inspiring hour you’ve had in a long time.