YIP: 2012: 10 a day

The year in preview continues.

Most church going, Bible reading Christians have used a “read through the Bible in a year” program at one time or another. Or tried to, at least. Typically they give you two passages a day – one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament. And they have it all planned out for you so that on Dec 31, you will have read the entire Bible.

This is not one of those plans.

Ten Chapters A Day

Instead Professor Horner’s plan will have you read one chapter a day from ten different books of the Bible. Now, I’m sure some of you smart folks have already thought, “wait, there aren’t 3650 chapters in the Bible.” No, that is true. It’s not a “read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year” program. It’s a 10 chapters a day program.

It’s organized in lists or sections:

List 1: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

List 2: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

List 3: Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Hebrews

List 4: I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude, Revelation

List 5: Job, Ecclesiastes, Son of Solomon

List 6: Psalms

List 7: Proverbs

List 8: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

List 9: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

List 10: Acts

When you finish the book or books on a list, you start that list over. Since it takes 89 days to read through the gospels but only 28 to read through Acts, you’ll end up reading the gospels four times in a year and Acts twelve. List 2 takes 187 days, so you’ll only read those books twice and you won’t get through lists 8 and 9 in less than 250 days.

One of the nice things about this plan is that you can customize the lists to your own liking. Let’s say you want to read Romans more often. You could put Romans with Acts in list 10. Or you could put Acts in List 1 and Romans by itself in list 10.

A few things to note about this:

1. This is not a Bible Study program. That should be obvious. Most nights I was able to read 10 chapters in about 45 minutes, but you really can’t spend a lot of time thinking, meditating, studying. So you should not consider this a replacement for your study time.

2. If you continue the program you’ll note that you never actually get to the end of it. Because the lists rotate unequally, you’ll always be in the middle of some books as you’re finishing others. So you could continue for as long as you like.

3. Unlike yearly reading programs, you can always start up again if you miss a day or two. Or even a week. You don’t have to play catch up (although you could if you wanted) since it is not time oriented.

4. Tim Challies has started a group on Facebook for people who want to join him in reading 3650 chapters of the Bible this year. I prefer not to think of it in those terms because then you’re putting an ending on something that doesn’t naturally have one. Nevertheless, he has an abundance of information and helpful tools. You can also read his excellent introduction to the reading plan.

December 27, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: stuff I think is cool, Year in Preview

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