I'm reading Fortress Introduction to the Gospels, by Mark Allan Powell. It's a great book, written for laypeople.
But how many laypeople have ever read it?
When is our church going to start taking biblical literacy for laypeople seriously, instead of piddling around with the usual devotional-lite Bible studies that don't teach people how to read the Bible intelligently? Why is this such a hard thing? What is the payoff, for all concerned, in keeping people lazy and ignorant?