Beth Quick heard Adam Hamilton speak about the importance of memorizing Scripture:
Hamilton also wondered why we don't teach people to memorize scripture anymore. Actually, I had a great deal of scripture memorization in my childhood church. Hamilton knew a Sunday School teacher who used the same approach as mine: bribery. I got paid a nickel for memorizing verses, which I did with dedication because of this incentive. I think on of the biggest mistakes liberals make actually is not knowing their scriptures well. I know my bible pretty well - it doesn't make sense to speak from it or argue for or against certain interpretations or whatever if you don't even have ready access in your mind to what you are talking about.
Although I'm a voracious reader of the Bible, I've never attempted to memorize parts of it. But it's time for a change. I'll memorize one verse a week, starting with Romans 3:23:
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God