Archive for January, 2012

Knowing God (free audio book)

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Christian Audio is offering a free download of J.I. Packer’s Knowing God. If you haven’t read this classic, you should make it your new year’s resolution to read or listen to this wonderful book. If you have read it, here’s a great way to review and find yourself revived by Packer’s clear teaching.

Reading the Bible

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

The other day I asked readers to weigh in on their Bible reading program for 2012, so today I thought I’d share with you my reading plan, the reasons I’m using it (again).

As in so many years past, for 2012 I’ve chosen to follow the M’Cheyne Calendar of Daily Readings. I first encountered this little tool as a high school student and immediately fell in love with it (Hey, it was done by a Scotsman. What can I say?). Its origin, however, had little to do with my liking the plan. I appreciated the genius of M’Cheyne’s arrangement. By reading four chapters a day, which doesn’t take very long, you can read through the entire Bible once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in a year.

M’Cheyne’s calendar offers variety. Each day you read from four different passages. Some of you may think that’s too diverse and that you’ll become confused. Try it, however, and you’ll find a lot of cross fertilization in your reading. For example, three of the passages for January 1 (Matt. 1; Ezra 1; Acts 1) stressed fulfilled Scripture. By noting connections like this (and there are many), it becomes easier to see how the various parts of the Bible relate to each other.

Have you chosen a reading plan for 2012? It’s only January 2. Start today. You can easily catch up.

If you choose the M’Cheyne schedule, you may also find D.A. Carson’s daily devotional helpful. Each day he discusses one of the passages from the plan.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

“You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance” (Psalm 65:11).

“I awake this morning in the presence of the holy angels of God. May heaven open wide before me, above me, and around me that I may see the Christ of my love and his sunlit company in all the things of earth this day.” Celtic Prayers from Iona by J. Philip Newell