What the Success of Bibliotheca Tells Us About the Future of Publishing (Michael Hyatt talks about the new Bible designed for reading and that comes in four volumes – three for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament.)
Lenny Esposito offers some cautions about some Bible reading plans. While I might hesistate to discourage anyone from adopting a read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan, Lenny’s thoughts are well worth considering.
(5 min read; 1,224 words)
From the folks at YouVersion.
Halley’s Bible Handbook is a long-standing reference work. The current Amazon listing for this book says, “Halley’s Bible Handbook was born out of the conviction of Henry H. Halley that everyone ought to read the Bible daily.”
I no longer have a copy, but I recall from the one I had in the early ’80’s that it contained a page with these words:
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THIS BOOK
This Simple Suggestion:
THAT EACH CHURCH HAVE A CONGREGATIONAL PLAN OF BIBLE READING
THAT THE PASTOR’s SERMON BE FROM THE PART OF THE BIBLE READ THE PAST WEEK
The Pastor’s Preaching with the People’s Bible Reading.
Each line was centered on the page just as you see above. (I don’t know whether today’s editions of the book have retained this page, but you can see confirmations of its being in the older versions
here. [Editorial note, January 27, 2017: Sorry, but the page I was linking to is no longer there.])
I adopted this plan for the church I was pastoring at the time. Each Sunday the church bulletin had the Bible Reading Plan for the week, with spaces for people to make notes on what they read during the week. We started with Genesis 1 and read a chapter a day. My sermon on Sunday would be based on the seven chapters read that week.
If more pastors did this, perhaps more of them would end up forsaking the organized church to pursue God’s church.
It’s not news that many more people start Bible reading plans than finish them. The article at the link, however, describes a constructive way to deal with the difficulties involved.
(A 2 min read; 529 words)
via Fall Off the Bible-in-a-Year Wagon? (Christianity Today)