Musings

Reading the Bible in 2009

Suggestions for reading your Bible in 2009.

  1. Don’t make the goal reading the Bible–make the goal encountering God in His Word
  2. Don’t just read–Read and Reflect, if you don’t process what you read, it won’t change you–so read with a pencil in hand
  3. Don’t be overly concerned with “checking off” your reading for the day.  Set goals for personal accountability, then just enjoy the journey

To borrow a phrase from Andy Stanley, “Read until you bump into something.”  When you bump into something you need to reflect on–stop and reflect.

Reading plans

If you are looking for a reading plan, let me recommend the ESV reading plan page http://www.esv.org/biblereadingplans where they offer 10 different reading plans you can access through a variety of means.

If those 10 plans are not enough check out this great summary by Justin Taylor http://theologica.blogspot.com/2008/12/bible-reading-plans.html

If you plan on reading on your computer, let me recommend this tool from Logos http://blog.logos.com/archives/2008/12/reading_the_bible_in_2009.html

My plan

I previously mentioned my plan for working my way through my new ESV Study Bible.

The other thing I am doing is listening to the ESV on my ipod.  Some may want to listen as they read.

Open iTunes, in the search box insert either “ESV: Chronological Reading guide” and simply subscribe

or if you want the ESV: Through the Bible in a year–
start iTunes, choose, Advanced>subscribe to Podcast insert
http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/share/rss2.0/through.the.bible/  then subscribe


Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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