I have never once succeeded in reading the bible in a year. In the past, the pattern has been: start with great enthusiasm, get distracted, discouraged or sidetracked somewhere in Numbers or Deuteronomy (didn’t I read this already?) and give up by mid-February, March if I’m particularly motivated.
The last time I took up a “through the Bible goal” I realized that the year deadline was a hindrance, not a help. The distractions of little kids make it necessary to get creative and remain flexible with devotions (and everything else, for that matter.) I enjoy Tabletalk, because I can make it through the passage and devotion in one sitting, most days. Even if I have to hide in the bathroom to do it. So decided not to set a deadline. It took 3 1/2 years with many starts and stops, but I did it.
Having said that, I would like to go through the bible in a year. There is something innate in me that likes the rhythms and traditions of doing things by the calendar. When I got my nifty new toy, I thought I could find a daily podcast to help me out. I really like the ESV, but all my brief search unearthed was a now defunct Max McLean podcast.
So imagine my joy when I found this on Justin Taylor’s blog. I picked the Literary Study Bible plan, since I got that version for Christmas last year. With the help of technology and Almighty God
–strike that, reverse it – I shall endeavor to go through the bible in a year.
- Listen while doing all those things that I can do mindlessly: laundry, dishes, sweeping, laundry, cleaning cat boxes, laundry. Also, laundry.
- Read the same passages during my daily devotions or whenever I can find a few minutes for myself.. But I won’t worry about keeping up.
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Also from Between Two Worlds, a link to Princeton Theological Seminary’s reading through John Calvin’s Institutes of The Christian Religion. Man, I’m digging this toy.