Posted by: alisonwalley | 27 December 2009

New Year resolutions

It’s that time of year again, after Christmas and in the last days of the old year. Whatever 2009 has been like, a new year seems to offer opportunities to change, to start something new.

Actually, I’m going back to where I started this blog, which was a question about reading the Bible in a year. You could of course start any time, but 1 January seems the best one.

How are you going to do it? Take a look at my ‘Useful Resources’ page to see links to some plans. And here’s another good way to do it.

In 1998 IVP published a book called For the Love of God by Don Carson. The author states its purpose in the first sentence of his Preface: “This book is for Christians who want to read the Bible, who want to read all the Bible” (emphasis mine).

Carson took the Murray McCheyne Bible scheme as the basis for his book. This actually gives four Bible passages for each day. If you did read all four passages a day you would read the whole of the Old Testament once, and the New Testament and Psalms twice, in a year.

Actually, Carson bases his comments on the first two passages (volume 2, in the same format, is based on the second two readings). And he does so in a way which helps us to look at the big picture. Let me quote again from the preface:

“The rising biblical illiteracy in Western culture means that the Bible is increasingly a closed book, even to many Christians … It becomes all the more urgent to read and reread it, so that at least confessing Christians preserve the heritage and outlook of a mind shaped and informed by holy Scripture.”

Resolved for 2010: to have a mind more shaped by God’s word.

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