Blogging the Bible – a Rash Resolution

There’s something about birthdays that makes it seem a good idea to start something big. Especially when the birthday is a work day, so it’s so easy to sit thinking about the coming year rather than writing the sermon for Sunday…

I’ve been trying to find the motivation to blog regularly, apart from anything in a hope that I can beat the procrastination that keeps me quiet until I’m really sure I’ve got something profound to say and I’ve worded it just right. I’ve also been thinking that it’s a while since I’ve read through the whole Bible in sequence. Since I last read through the whole Bible in sequence, I’ve been challenged by quite a few writers to question some of the assumptions I start reading with. People like Rob Bell, Brian McLaren and Tom Wright have written a lot that I instinctively agree with, and I want to go back to the beginning to see if their assumptions and assertions hold up as I try to read the whole Bible with them in mind. So the Rash Resolution is to bring the two together. And If anyone else reads it and finds it helpful, that’s a bonus!

Ground Rules…

I’ll be using the NRSV Daily Bible, at least to start with. I’m not promising to write something every day, but I’m going to try. If I don’t get to Revelation 22:21 by 5 June 2016 I won’t be heartbroken, and I’d rather give this the time to sink in to me, if no-one else.

I’m going to try to fight the temptation to write too much, or to be over-analytic. For one thing, I haven’t got the time… For another, I’m hoping that this can be a devotional rather than an academic or a sermon-writing-in-disguise project.

With several chapters a day to read, I’m not going to try to write about everything, or even about everything important. It’s possible some bits will be too personal to publish, but let’s see how it goes.

If you’re reading this, please let me know – and please pray that it’ll be worth it!



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