I am hosting a Catholic Bible-reading challenge starting March 9 - the first day in Lent. For the schedule of readings, I am using Our Father's Plan mp3's by Scotty Hahn and Jeff Cavins. These mp3's are freely available through the EWTN main page, so this is something that is freely available to all and that we can all follow together. It gives a chronological overview of Biblical history and of God's saving plan for mankind that threads throughout the Bible. After following this chronological plan, we'll go back and fill in the blanks with everything else. I am currently trying to decide between a traditional 180 days or going through Lent and Ordinary Time, ending just before Advent begins. This would be a nice 263 days to read the entire Bible this year. I am liking that one.
The other tool I am using with this Bible-reading challenge is The New Jerome Bible Commentary, which is basically a book of line-by-line Biblical notations. It is a hefty book, but incredibly fascinating and insightful. I received it as a gift from my parents for my confirmation, and I have learned a great deal from it. The point is NOT for everyone in the challenge to get this book and read it as well - I am just going to be writing weekly commentaries on the readings using this book so that I can share the insights with all of you.
Here is what I am thinking of doing for the Catholic Bible-Reading Challenge:
- A printable reading schedule for the entire period of the challenge.
- Links to Our Father's Plan mp3's as we go through them.
- Weekly commentary here on this site, where you can check in, share your thoughts, and read some insights on the current week's readings.
- Weekly twitter parties, where you can give & receive encouragement with others who are following along, and discuss what has been read over the previous week.
- Daily reading reminders/encouragement on Facebook and Twitter.
- Weekly linkies so that you can add your own posts if you are blogging about this journey on your own site.
Please let me know if you have any ideas or thoughts on this challenge, and if you plan to participate, please spread the word and consider putting a badge on your own site!:
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Thank You & God Bless!