I’ve always been a little leery of Bible reading plans that promote four different selections per day. When I tried the M’Cheyne plan in the past it seemed like just as I would start warming up to the passage and get the flow of thought, he’d thrown down a spike strip and force me somewhere else. It began to feel more like shaking hands with a lot of Bible, but never really reading any of it.
And therefore, for the past few years I’ve simply read through canonically using this plan from Treasuring Christ Church, which amounts to about four chapters a day and follows the Tanakh order of the OT. If you chase the cross references and intertextual connections, I always found this to suffice for a whole Bible digest on any particular day.
But this year I’m giving the four-selection strategy another try, and this time with the KINGDOM Bible reading plan developed by Jason DeRouchie. So far I really enjoy it. One exercise that I’ve been doing to alleviate my fragmentation fears is to write a brief summary of each chapter and then read them all together at the end. Today that looked like this:
Genesis 8 shows the faithfulness of God in stopping and flood and recommissioning mankind.
Joshua 10 shows us that God is the one who fights for Israel.
Psalms 7–8 shows the righteousness of God and the privilege of man as the pinnacle of God’s creation.
Matthew 6 shows us what it means to live under God’s fatherly care.
Nothing profound here. But after a week I’ve found this helpful. It forces me to ask, “What hath Joshua 10 to do with Genesis 8?” and so forth. And more than that, it leads me to read theologically, which is how we put together this glorious tapestry of who God shows himself to be.
If you’re doing a similar reading plan, maybe you’ll want to try this new venture out with me. It’s mainly for that moment of reading, but, of course, if we stick with it then we’ll end up with chapter summaries of the entire Bible — which we can also give to the kids.