Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Helpful Bible Reading Resource

I've been using the Horner Bible reading plan for a couple months now and am very much enjoying this method of reading the Bible. A PDF of the plan is available free online: http://www.wbfva.org/files/professor_grant_horners_

The method was devised by Grant Horner, who serves as a professor at The Master's College. It involves reading 10 chapters from throughout the Bible every day. The beauty of the system is that you read just ONE chapter from a book of the Bible, so you get a chance to read different styles of writing (e.g. historical record, personal letters, poetry, and more). Most beneficial, you can see the connectedness of the books of the Bible, as one big story that has a overseeing Author.

With this plan, every day you will read from:
  • the Gospels
  • the Pentateuch (Torah)
  • the Epistles (you'll usually read two chapters, one from two different Epistles)
  • the wisdom writings
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • the Old Testament history of Israel
  • the Prophets
  • Acts
And while the plan recommends reading 10 chapters in one sitting, it can be adjusted. For example, you can read half in the morning and half at night, or read five chapters a day. The readings don't coincide with dates of the year, so you can start the plan at any time.

I've altered the Horner reading plan slightly, as was recommended by my pastor, so that I'm reading Acts along with List 3, and Romans & Hebrews for List 10 (instead of Acts). And, honestly, I haven't been able to read 10 chapters every day on a regular basis yet ... it's good that this is a plan with built-in grace!

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