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Monday, April 26, 2004

While in Chicago last week, I finished The Seven Storey Mountain. It's an interesting book--it is never breathtaking in its prose style, the ideas are not rigorously explored, and much of the history that is recounted is hinted at rather than explored. Nevertheless, the overall effect is strong: you see a man convinced of his call from God and acting on that call. He doesn't always move quickly, or with determination, but he ends up at a relatively young age in the place where God calls him. In itself, that is admirable.

What was interesting to me is how he presents his calling to the monastery strengthening and refining his call to authorship. God placed him in the Trappist community not to escape from the world, but to intervene as a writer. Towards the end, he presents this as the cross of his calling. In the epilogue, he writes about his "enemy, Thomas Merton, the author." He finds himself literally of two minds: Father Louis who wants to remain in his monastery as a contemplative; and Thomas Merton the author who wants to have ideas, write about them, and publish them. What struck me most about this short passage of the book is how God does not let us escape. No calling removes us from our requirement to intervene in our world--not even a calling to a cloister. Indeed, as he goes on to explain, the dichotomy between the via contempletiva and the via activa is false. Successful activity arises out of contemplation and contemplation leads to activity. It is the way of Christ, who withdrew to isolated places only to walk among the crowds and heal them.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

I finished my "month of Isaiah" this morning, and tomorrow I'll begin my "almost a month of Jeremiah." I reach the major prophets with some trepidation. I often find it hard to focus on these books (ditto Revelation), and apart from the more famous passages that jolt me to attention, I often find that I read without comprehension. Overall, I think I was more focussed this last month, and have a better sense of the book than I have had in the past. I hope the same will be true of Jeremiah.

As I've mentioned before, I haven't been blogging much (perhaps some of my frustration with blog-dom is reflected in my previous post), and I'm still struggling for some focus on what to post here. I don't want this to be a diary--I'm not much of a diarist, to be truthful--but I'm also not up to producing sustained works, whether of theology (like Dave Heddle produces so well) or of the personal essay genre (see RLP). Blogs I really admire--like Kurt's are inimitable.

So you may or may not see me often here. I will just keep trying to discern what I should be doing in my life--and in this blog. And I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

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Blogging Tips

Usually, people looking for blogging tips are looking for ways to increase their readership. Hoping to become the next Glen Reynolds, they dutifully search for ways to make their blog more popular.

Well, if you are looking for those kinds of tips, you've come to the wrong place. You see, I've been blogging for nearly 2 years and almost no one knows who I am. On a good day, I might get 10 hits. So if you want to be a popular blogger, the best thing you can do is check out my site and do exactly the opposite. But since none of you honestly have that kind of patience, I offer you a few rules of things you should not do, thus ensuring that your blog will be as little like mine as possible.

You are probably all smart enough to realize that doing the opposite of everything I've ever done would include doing the opposite of the rules I've just posted. It would not surprise me at all if my own Pierre Menard were to reproduce my blog word for word, and in the process become more popular than Eschaton. To such an author, I can only say "I couldn't have done it better myself."

Saturday, April 03, 2004

I haven't published here much recently; indeed I haven't felt much called to do so. But in the Bible Study class I am teaching, one of the questions guiding us this week is "Am I open to ways in which the Holy Spirit may be guiding me through individuals or groups?" In the comments to my last post, two people have asked about the reading schedule I use in my daily devotions. In the hopes that my study techniques may be of use to others in drawing closer to the Lord, I offer this reading plan:

















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1/year 4/year 2/year 5/year
Day Old Testament Psalms Epistles Gospels
1 Gen 1-3 1,2,3 Acts 1 Matt 1:1-2:18
2 Gen 4-7 4,7 Acts 2:1-13 Matt 2:19-4:22
3 Gen 8-10 5,6 Acts 2:14-2:41 Matt 4:23-5:42
4 Gen 11-12 10 Acts 2:42-3:26 Matt 5:43-7:11
5 Gen 13-14 11,12 Acts 4:1-4:31 Matt 7:12-8:34
6 Gen 15-16 13,14 Acts 4:32-5:16 Matt 9:1-10:15
7 Gen 17:1-19:22 18 Acts 5:17-5:42 Matt 10:16-11:19
8 Gen 19:23-21:34 16,17 Acts 6:1-7:8 Matt 11:20-12:42
9 Gen 22-23 22 Acts 7:9-7:34 Matt 12:43-13:35
10 Gen 24:1-25:18 20 Acts 7:35-7:60 Matt 13:36-14:33
11 Gen 25:19-26:35 21, 110 Acts 8:1-8:25 Matt 14:34-16:12
12 Gen 27-29 116,117 Acts 8:26-9:19a Matt 16:13-18:6
13 Gen 30 148,149,150 Acts 9:19b-9:43 Matt 18:7-19:15
14 Gen 31-32 114,115 Acts 10:1-10:33 Matt 19:16-20:17
15 Gen 33-35 25 Acts 10:34-11:18 Matt 20:18-21:46
16 Gen 36-37 9,15 Acts 11:19-12:19 Matt 22
17 Gen 38-40 119:1-24 Acts 12:20-13:12 Matt 23:1-24:14
18 Gen 41 26,28 Acts 13:13-13:43 Matt 24:15-25:30
19 Gen 42-43 36,39 Acts 13:44-14:18 Matt 25:31-26:46
20 Gen 44:1-46:27 38 Acts 14:19-15:21 Matt 26:47-27:26
21 Gen 46:28-48:22 37 Acts 15:22-16:5 Matt 27:27-28:20
22 Gen 49-50 31 Acts 16:6-16:24 Mark 1
23 Ex 1-4 35 Acts 16:25-17:15 Mark 2:1-3:21
24 Ex 5-7 30,32 Acts 17:16-17:34 Mark 3:22-4:41
25 Ex 8-9 42,43 Acts 18 Mark 5:1-6:13
26 Ex 10:1-12:28 119:25-48 Acts 19:1-19:20 Mark 6:14-6:56
27 Ex 12:29-13:22 63,138 Acts 19:21-20:6 Mark 7:1-8:13
28 Ex 14-15 98 Acts 20:7-20:38 Mark 8:14-9:29
29 Ex 16-18 103 Acts 21:1-21:26 Mark 9:30-10:34
30 Ex 19-20 41,52 Acts 21:27-22:21 Mark 10:35-11:33
31 Ex 21-22 44 Acts 22:22-23:22 Mark 12
32 Ex 23:1-25:22 45 Acts 23:23-24:21 Mark 13:1-14:11
33 Ex 25:23-27:21 47,48 Acts 24:22-25:12 Mark 14:12-14:65
34 Ex 28-29 119:49-72 Acts 25:13-26:11 Mark 14:66-15:47
35 Ex 30-31 49,53 Acts 26:12-26:32 Mark 16; Luke 1:1-1:38
36 Ex 32-33 50 Acts 27:1-27:38 Luke 1:39-2:21
37 Ex 34-35 59,60 Acts 27:39-28:16 Luke 2:22-3:22
38 Ex 36-37 40,54 Acts 28:17-28:31 Luke 3:23-4:37
39 Ex 38-39 51 Rom 1:1-1:17 Luke 4:38-5:39
40 Ex 40, Lev 1-2 55 Rom 1:18-2:11 Luke 6
41 Lev 3-5 139 Rom 2:12-3:20 Luke 7
42 Lev 6-7 24,29 Rom 3:21-4:25 Luke 8:1-8:39
43 Lev 8-9 8,84 Rom 5 Luke 8:40-9:27
44 Lev 10-11 56,57,58 Rom 6 Luke 9:28-10:16
45 Lev 12-13 64,65 Rom 7 Luke 10:17-11:23
46 Lev 14 61,62 Rom 8:1-8:17 Luke 11:24-12:21
47 Lev 15-16 68 Rom 8:18-8:39 Luke 12:22-13:9
48 Lev 17:1-19:18 72 Rom 9:1-9:29 Luke 13:10-14:24
49 Lev 19:19-21:24 119:73-96 Rom 9:30-10:21 Luke 14:25-16:13
50 Lev 22:1-23:32 70,71 Rom 11:1-11:24 Luke 16:14-17:37
51 Lev 23:33-25:34 74 Rom 11:25-12:8 Luke 18:1-19:10
52 Lev 25:35-26-46 75,76 Rom 12:9-13:14 Luke 19:11-20:18
53 Lev 27 23,27 Rom 14 Luke 20:19-21:24
54 Num 1-2 93,96 Rom 15:1-15:13 Luke 21:25-22:38
55 Num 3 34 Rom 15:14-15:33 Luke 22:39-23:25
56 Num 4-5 80 Rom 16 Luke 23:26-24:35
57 Num 6:1-7:47 77,79 1Cor 1:1-1:17 Luke 24:36-53; John 1:1-1:42
58 Num 7:48-8:26 78 1Cor 1:18-2:5 John 1:43-3:15
59 Num 9-10 119:97-120 1Cor 2:6-3:23 John 3:16-4:45
60 Num 11-13 81,82 1Cor 4 John 4:46-5:47
61 Num 14:1-15:21 83,126,127 1Cor 5:1-6:11 John 6:1-6:59
62 Num 15:22-16:50 85,86 1Cor 6:12-7:16 John 6:60-7:52
63 Num 17-19 88 1Cor 7:17-7:40 John 7:53-8:47
64 Num 20-21 91,92 1Cor 8 John 8:48-9:41
65 Num 22:1-23:12 87,90, 99 1Cor 9 John 10:1-11:27
66 Num 23:13-25:18 124,125,136 1Cor 10:1-10:22 John 11:28-12:19
67 Num 26-27 66,67 1Cor 10:23-11:16 John 12:20-13:20
68 Num 28-29 19,46 1Cor 11:17-12:11 John 13:21-14:31
69 Num 30-31 69,97 1Cor 12:12-13:13 John 15-16
70 Num 32-33 89,100 1Cor 14:1-14:25 John 17:1-18:24
71 Num 34-35 94,95 1Cor 14:26-15:11 John 18:25-19:30
72 Num 36, Deut 1 101,109 1Cor 15:12-15:49 John 19:31-20:31
73 Deut 2-3 119:121-144 1Cor 15:50-16 24 John 21
74 Deut 4 105 2Cor 1 Matt 1:1-2:18
75 Deut 5-6 102,120,121 2Cor 2 Matt 2:19-4:22
76 Deut 7:1-9:12 107,122,123 2Cor 3:1-4:6 Matt 4:23-5:42
77 Deut 9:13-11:32 108 2Cor 4:7-5:10 Matt 5:43-7:11
78 Deut 12-13 33,73 2Cor 5:11-6:13 Matt 7:12-8:34
79 Deut 14-16 118 2Cor 6:14-7:16 Matt 9:1-10:15
80 Deut 17-18 145 2Cor 8 Matt 10:16-11:19
81 Deut 19-21 106 2:Cor 9-10 Matt 11:20-12:42
82 Deut 22-23 119:145-176 2Cor 11 Matt 12:43-13:35
83 Deut 24-26 128, 129,130 2Cor 12 Matt 13:36-14:33
84 Deut 27:1-28:14 131,132,133 2Cor 13 Matt 14:34-16:12
85 Deut 28:15-28:68 134,135 Gal 1 Matt 16:13-18:6
86 Deut 29:1-31:13 140,142 Gal 2 Matt 18:7-19:15
87 Deut 31:14-32:52 141,143 Gal 3 Matt 19:16-20:17
88 Deut 33-34 137,144 Gal 4 Matt 20:18-21:46
89 Jos 1-3 104 Gal 5 Matt 22
90 Jos 4-5 146,147 Gal 6 Matt 23:1-24:14
91 Jos 6-7 111,112,113 Eph 1 Matt 24:15-25:30
92 Jos 8-9 1,2,3 Eph 2 Matt 25:31-26:46
93 Jos 10-11 4,7 Eph 3:1-4:16 Matt 26:47-27:26
94 Jos 12-14 5,6 Eph 4:17-5:21 Matt 27:27-28:20
95 Jos 15-16 10 Eph 5:22-6:24 Mark 1
96 Jos 17:1-19:9 11,12 Phil 1 Mark 2:1-3:21
97 Jos 19:10-21:45 13,14 Phil 2 Mark 3:22-4:41
98 Jos 22-23 18 Phil 3 Mark 5:1-6:13
99 Jos 24, Jud 1 16,17 Phil 4 Mark 6:14-6:56
100 Jud 2-3 22 Col 1 Mark 7:1-8:13
101 Jud 4-5 20 Col 2 Mark 8:14-9:29
102 Jud 6 21, 110 Col 3 Mark 9:30-10:34
103 Jud 7-8 116,117 Col 4 Mark 10:35-11:33
104 Jud 9 148,149,150 1Thess 1:1-2:16 Mark 12
105 Jud 10-12 114,115 1Thess 2:17-3:13 Mark 13:1-14:11
106 Jud 13-15 25 1Thess 4 Mark 14:12-14:65
107 Jud 16-17 9,15 1Thess 5 Mark 14:66-15:47
108 Jud 18-19 119:1-24 2Thess 1:1-2:12 Mark 16; Luke 1:1-1:38
109 Jud 20-21 26,28 2Thess 2:13-3:18 Luke 1:39-2:21
110 Ruth 1-2 36,39 1Tim 1 Luke 2:22-3:22
111 Ruth 3-4 38 1Tim 2:1-3:7 Luke 3:23-4:37
112 1Sam 1-3 37 1Tim 3:8-4:16 Luke 4:38-5:39
113 1Sam 4-6 31 1Tim 5 Luke 6
114 1Sam 7-9 35 1Tim 6 Luke 7
115 1Sam 10-11 30,32 2Tim 1 Luke 8:1-8:39
116 1Sam 12:1-14:23 42,43 2Tim 2 Luke 8:40-9:27
117 1Sam 14:24-15:35 119:25-48 2Tim 3 Luke 9:28-10:16
118 1Sam 16-17 63,138 2Tim 4 Luke 10:17-11:23
119 1Sam 18-19 98 Titus 1-2 Luke 11:24-12:21
120 1Sam 20-21 103 Titus 3 Luke 12:22-13:9
121 1Sam 22-23 41,52 Philemon Luke 13:10-14:24
122 1Sam 24-25 44 Heb 1 Luke 14:25-16:13
123 1Sam 26-27 45 Heb 2 Luke 16:14-17:37
124 1Sam 28-29 47,48 Heb 3 Luke 18:1-19:10
125 1Sam 30-31 119:49-72 Heb 4 Luke 19:11-20:18
126 2Sam 1-2 49,53 Heb 5:1-6:12 Luke 20:19-21:24
127 2Sam 3-4 50 Heb 6:13-7:28 Luke 21:25-22:38
128 2Sam 5:1-7:17 59,60 Heb 8 Luke 22:39-23:25
129 2Sam 7:18-10:19 40,54 Heb 9 Luke 23:26-24:35
130 2Sam 11-12 51 Heb 10:1-10:18 Luke 24:36-53; John 1:1-1:42
131 2Sam 13-14 55 Heb 10:19-10:39 John 1:43-3:15
132 2Sam 15-16 139 Heb 11 John 3:16-4:45
133 2Sam 17:1-18:18 24,29 Heb 12 John 4:46-5:47
134 2Sam 18:19-19:43 8,84 Heb 13 John 6:1-6:59
135 2Sam 20-21 56,57,58 James 1 John 6:60-7:52
136 2Sam 22:1-23:7 64,65 James 2 John 7:53-8:47
137 2Sam 23:8-24:25 61,62 James 3:1-4:12 John 8:48-9:41
138 1Kings 1 68 James 4:13-5:20 John 10:1-11:27
139 1Kings 2 72 1Pet 1 John 11:28-12:19
140 1Kings 3-4 119:73-96 1Pet 2:1-2:12 John 12:20-13:20
141 1Kings 5-6 70,71 1Pet 2:13-3:7 John 13:21-14:31
142 1Kings 7 74 1Pet 3:8-4:11 John 15-16
143 1Kings 8 75,76 1Pet 4:12-5:14 John 17:1-18:24
144 1Kings 9-10 23,27 2Pet 1 John 18:25-19:30
145 1Kings 11-12 93,96 2Pet 2 John 19:31-20:31
146 1Kings 13-14 34 2Pet 3 John 21
147 1Kings 15-16 80 1John 1:1-2:14 Matt 1:1-2:18
148 1Kings 17-18 77,79 1John 2:15-3:10 Matt 2:19-4:22
149 1Kings 19:1-20:30 78 1John 3:11-4:21 Matt 4:23-5:42
150 1Kings 20:31-21:29 119:97-120 1John 5 Matt 5:43-7:11
151 1Kings 22 81,82 2John & 3John Matt 7:12-8:34
152 2Kings 1-2 83,126,127 Jude Matt 9:1-10:15
153 2Kings 3:1-4:37 85,86 Rev 1 Matt 10:16-11:19
154 2Kings 4:38-6:23 88 Rev 2:1-2:11 Matt 11:20-12:42
155 2Kings 6:24-8:29 91,92 Rev 2:12-2:29 Matt 12:43-13:35
156 2Kings 9:1-10:17 87,90, 99 Rev 3:1-3:13 Matt 13:36-14:33
157 2Kings 10:18-12:18 124,125,136 Rev 3:14-4:11 Matt 14:34-16:12
158 2Kings 12:19-14:29 66,67 Rev 5 Matt 16:13-18:6
159 2Kings 15-16 19,46 Rev 6 Matt 18:7-19:15
160 2Kings 17:1-18:12 69,97 Rev 7 Matt 19:16-20:17
161 2Kings 18:13-19:37 89,100 Rev 8 Matt 20:18-21:46
162 2Kings 20-21 94,95 Rev 9 Matt 22
163 2Kings 22:1-23:30 101,109 Rev 10 Matt 23:1-24:14
164 2Kings 23:31-25:30 119:121-144 Rev 11:1-11:14 Matt 24:15-25:30
165 1Chron 1-2 105 Rev 11:15-12:6 Matt 25:31-26:46
166 1Chron 3-5 102,120,121 Rev 12:7-12:17 Matt 26:47-27:26
167 1Chron 6:1-7:19 107,122,123 Rev 13:1-13:10 Matt 27:27-28:20
168 1Chron 7:20-9:44 108 Rev 13:11-14:5 Mark 1
169 1Chron 10-11 33,73 Rev 14:6-14:20 Mark 2:1-3:21
170 1Chron 12-14 118 Rev 15 Mark 3:22-4:41
171 1Chron 15-16 145 Rev 16:1-16:16 Mark 5:1-6:13
172 1Chron 17-19 106 Rev 16:17-17:6a Mark 6:14-6:56
173 1Chron 20-21 119:145-176 Rev 17:6b-17:18 Mark 7:1-8:13
174 1Chron 22-23 128, 129,130 Rev 18:1-18:13 Mark 8:14-9:29
175 1Chron 24-25 131,132,133 Rev 18:14-18:24 Mark 9:30-10:34
176 1Chron 26-27 134,135 Rev:19:1-19:10 Mark 10:35-11:33
177 1Chron 28-29 140,142 Rev 19:11-19:21 Mark 12
178 2Chron 1-3 141,143 Rev 20:1-20:10 Mark 13:1-14:11
179 2Chron 4-6 137,144 Rev 20:11-21:8 Mark 14:12-14:65
180 2Chron 7:1-9:12 104 Rev 21:9-21:27 Mark 14:66-15:47
181 2Chron 9:13-11:23 146,147 Rev 22:1-5 Mark 16; Luke 1:1-1:38
182 2Chron 12-13 111,112,113 Rev 22:6-22:21 Luke 1:39-2:21
183 2Chron 14-15 1-3 Acts 1 Luke 2:22-3:22
184 2Chron 16-17 4-5 Acts 2:1-13 Luke 3:23-4:37
185 2Chron 18:1-20:23 6-7 Acts 2:14-2:41 Luke 4:38-5:39
186 2Chron 20:24-23:11 8:1-9:12 Acts 2:42-3:26 Luke 6
187 2Chron 23:12-25:13 9:13-10:18 Acts 4:1-4:31 Luke 7
188 2Chron 25:14-27:9 11-13 Acts 4:32-5:16 Luke 8:1-8:39
189 2Chron 28-29 14-16 Acts 5:17-5:42 Luke 8:40-9:27
190 2Chron 30-31 17:1-18:12 Acts 6:1-7:8 Luke 9:28-10:16
191 2Chron 32:1-33:20 18:13-18:42 Acts 7:9-7:34 Luke 10:17-11:23
192 2Chron 33:21-35:19 18:43-19:14 Acts 7:35-7:60 Luke 11:24-12:21
193 2Chron 35:20-36:23 20:1-22:5 Acts 8:1-8:25 Luke 12:22-13:9
194 Ezra 1-3 22:6-22:31 Acts 8:26-9:19a Luke 13:10-14:24
195 Ezra 4-5 23:1-25:7 Acts 9:19b-9:43 Luke 14:25-16:13
196 Ezra 6-7 25:8-27:6 Acts 10:1-10:33 Luke 16:14-17:37
197 Ezra 8-9 27:7-28:9 Acts 10:34-11:18 Luke 18:1-19:10
198 Ezra 10, Neh 1-2 29-30 Acts 11:19-12:19 Luke 19:11-20:18
199 Neh 3-4 31 Acts 12:20-13:12 Luke 20:19-21:24
200 Neh 5:1-7:65 32-33 Acts 13:13-13:43 Luke 21:25-22:38
201 Neh 7:66-9-38 34 Acts 13:44-14:18 Luke 22:39-23:25
202 Neh 10:1-12:26 35:1-35:21 Acts 14:19-15:21 Luke 23:26-24:35
203 Neh 12:27-13:31 35:22-36:12 Acts 15:22-16:5 Luke 24:36-53; John 1:1-1:42
204 Est 1-2 37:1-37:29 Acts 16:6-16:24 John 1:43-3:15
205 Est 3-5 37:30-38:22 Acts 16:25-17:15 John 3:16-4:45
206 Est 6-8 39:1-40:5 Acts 17:16-17:34 John 4:46-5:47
207 Est 9-10 40:6-41:13 Acts 18 John 6:1-6:59
208 Job 1-2 42-43 Acts 19:1-19:20 John 6:60-7:52
209 Job 3-5 44 Acts 19:21-20:6 John 7:53-8:47
210 Job 6-8 45:1-46:7 Acts 20:7-20:38 John 8:48-9:41
211 Job 9-11 46:8-48:14 Acts 21:1-21:26 John 10:1-11:27
212 Job 12-13 49:1-50:11 Acts 21:27-22:21 John 11:28-12:19
213 Job 14-15 50:12-51:12 Acts 22:22-23:22 John 12:20-13:20
214 Job 16-17 51:13-53:6 Acts 23:23-24:21 John 13:21-14:31
215 Job 18-19 54-55 Acts 24:22-25:12 John 15-16
216 Job 20-21 56-57 Acts 25:13-26:11 John 17:1-18:24
217 Job 22-23 58-59 Acts 26:12-26:32 John 18:25-19:30
218 Job 24-25 60:1-62:7 Acts 27:1-27:38 John 19:31-20:31
219 Job 26-27 62:8-64:10 Acts 27:39-28:16 John 21
220 Job 28-30 65:1-66:12 Acts 28:17-28:31 Matt 1:1-2:18
221 Job 31-32 66:13-68:10 Rom 1:1-1:17 Matt 2:19-4:22
222 Job 33-34 68:11-68:35 Rom 1:18-2:11 Matt 4:23-5:42
223 Job 35-37 69:1-69:28 Rom 2:12-3:20 Matt 5:43-7:11
224 Job 38-39 69:29-71:11 Rom 3:21-4:25 Matt 7:12-8:34
225 Job 40-42 71:12-72:11 Rom 5:1-5:17 Matt 9:1-10:15
226 Prov 1:1-3:12 72:12-73:28 Rom 5:18-6:14 Matt 10:16-11:19
227 Prov 3:13-6:19 74 Rom 6:15-7:6 Matt 11:20-12:42
228 Prov 6:20-8:36 75-76 Rom 7:7-7:25 Matt 12:43-13:35
229 Prov 9-11 77:1-78:8 Rom 8:1-8:17 Matt 13:36-14:33
230 Prov 12-14 78:9-78:31 Rom 8:18-8:39 Matt 14:34-16:12
231 Prov 15-17 78:32-78:72 Rom 9:1-9:29 Matt 16:13-18:6
232 Prov 18-20 79:1-80:13 Rom 9:30-10:21 Matt 18:7-19:15
233 Prov 21-23 80:14-82:8 Rom 11:1-11:24 Matt 19:16-20:17
234 Prov 24-26 83-84 Rom 11:25-12:8 Matt 20:18-21:46
235 Prov 27-29 85-86 Rom 12:9-13:14 Matt 22
236 Prov 30-31 87-88 Rom 14 Matt 23:1-24:14
237 Eccl 1-2 89:1-89:29 Rom 15:1-15:13 Matt 24:15-25:30
238 Eccl 3-4 89:30-90:6 Rom 15:14-15:33 Matt 25:31-26:46
239 Eccl 5-7 90:7-91:16 Rom 16 Matt 26:47-27:26
240 Eccl 8-9 92:1-94:15 1Cor 1:1-1:17 Matt 27:27-28:20
241 Eccl 10-12 94:16-96:9 1Cor 1:18-2:5 Mark 1
242 Song 1-3 96:10-98:9 1Cor 2:6-3:23 Mark 2:1-3:21
243 Song 4-6 99-101 1Cor 4 Mark 3:22-4:41
244 Song 7-8 102:1-103:5 1Cor 5:1-6:11 Mark 5:1-6:13
245 Isa 1:1-2:5 103:6-104:13 1Cor 6:12-7:16 Mark 6:14-6:56
246 Isa 2:6-4:6 104:14-105:6 1Cor 7:17-7:40 Mark 7:1-8:13
247 Isa 5-6 105:7-105;45 1Cor 8 Mark 8:14-9:29
248 Isa 7-9 106:1-106:33 1Cor 9 Mark 9:30-10:34
249 Isa 10 106:34-107:16 1Cor 10:1-10:22 Mark 10:35-11:33
250 Isa 11-13 107:17-107:43 1Cor 10:23-11:16 Mark 12
251 Isa 14-15 108:1-109:15 1Cor 11:17-12:11 Mark 13:1-14:11
252 Isa 16-17 109:16-110:7 1Cor 12:12-13:13 Mark 14:12-14:65
253 Isa 18-19 111-113 1Cor 14:1-14:25 Mark 14:66-15:47
254 Isa 20-21 114:1-116:11 1Cor 14:26-15:11 Mark 16; Luke 1:1-1:38
255 Isa 22-23 116:12-118:29 1Cor 15:12-15:49 Luke 1:39-2:21
256 Isa 24-26 119:1-32 1Cor 15:50-16 24 Luke 2:22-3:22
257 Isa 27-28 119:33-72 2Cor 1 Luke 3:23-4:37
258 Isa 29:1-30:17 119:73-104 2Cor 2 Luke 4:38-5:39
259 Isa 30:18-32:20 119:105-136 2Cor 3:1-4:6 Luke 6
260 Isa 33-34 119:137-168 2Cor 4:7-5:10 Luke 7
261 Isa 35:1-37:20 119:169-123:4 2Cor 5:11-6:13 Luke 8:1-8:39
262 Isa 37:21-39:8 124-127 2Cor 6:14-7:16 Luke 8:40-9:27
263 Isa 40:1-41:20 128-131 2Cor 8 Luke 9:28-10:16
264 Isa 41:21-43:28 132:1-135:7 2:Cor 9-10 Luke 10:17-11:23
265 Isa 44-45 135:8-136:26 2Cor 11 Luke 11:24-12:21
266 Isa 46-48 137:1-139:12 2Cor 12 Luke 12:22-13:9
267 Isa 49-50 139:13-140:13 2Cor 13 Luke 13:10-14:24
268 Isa 51-52 141:1:143:8 Gal 1 Luke 14:25-16:13
269 Isa 53-54 143:9-144:15 Gal 2 Luke 16:14-17:37
270 Isa 55-56 145 Gal 3 Luke 18:1-19:10
271 Isa 57-58 146 Gal 4 Luke 19:11-20:18
272 Isa 59-60 147 Gal 5 Luke 20:19-21:24
273 Isa 61:1-63:6 148-150 Gal 6 Luke 21:25-22:38
274 Isa 63:7-65:16 1-3 Eph 1 Luke 22:39-23:25
275 Isa 65:17-66:24 4-5 Eph 2 Luke 23:26-24:35
276 Jer 1-2 6-7 Eph 3:1-4:16 Luke 24:36-53; John 1:1-1:42
277 Jer 3:1-4:18 8:1-9:12 Eph 4:17-5:21 John 1:43-3:15
278 Jer 4:19-5:31 9:13-10:18 Eph 5:22-6:24 John 3:16-4:45
279 Jer 6:1-7:29 11-13 Phil 1 John 4:46-5:47
280 Jer 7:30-9:11 14-16 Phil 2 John 6:1-6:59
281 Jer 9:12-11:23 17:1-18:12 Phil 3 John 6:60-7:52
282 Jer 12-13 18:13-18:42 Phil 4 John 7:53-8:47
283 Jer 14-15 18:43-19:14 Col 1 John 8:48-9:41
284 Jer 16-17 20:1-22:5 Col 2 John 10:1-11:27
285 Jer 18-20 22:6-22:31 Col 3 John 11:28-12:19
286 Jer 21-22 23:1-25:7 Col 4 John 12:20-13:20
287 Jer 23 25:8-27:6 1Thess 1:1-2:16 John 13:21-14:31
288 Jer 24:1-26:15 27:7-28:9 1Thess 2:17-3:13 John 15-16
289 Jer 26:16-28:17 29-30 1Thess 4 John 17:1-18:24
290 Jer 29-30 31 1Thess 5 John 18:25-19:30
291 Jer 31 32-33 2Thess 1:1-2:12 John 19:31-20:31
292 Jer 32:1-33:13 34 2Thess 2:13-3:18 John 21
293 Jer 33:14-35:19 35:1-35:21 1Tim 1 Matt 1:1-2:18
294 Jer 36-37 35:22-36:12 1Tim 2:1-3:7 Matt 2:19-4:22
295 Jer 38-39 37:1-37:29 1Tim 3:8-4:16 Matt 4:23-5:42
296 Jer 40-41 37:30-38:22 1Tim 5 Matt 5:43-7:11
297 Jer 42-43 39:1-40:5 1Tim 6 Matt 7:12-8:34
298 Jer 44-45 40:6-41:13 2Tim 1 Matt 9:1-10:15
299 Jer 46-47 42-43 2Tim 2 Matt 10:16-11:19
300 Jer 48 44 2Tim 3 Matt 11:20-12:42
301 Jer 49 45:1-46:7 2Tim 4 Matt 12:43-13:35
302 Jer 50 46:8-48:14 Titus 1-2 Matt 13:36-14:33
303 Jer 51:1-58 49:1-50:11 Titus 3 Matt 14:34-16:12
304 Jer 51:59-52:34 50:12-51:12 Philemon Matt 16:13-18:6
305 Lam 1 51:13-53:6 Heb 1 Matt 18:7-19:15
306 Lam 2 54-55 Heb 2 Matt 19:16-20:17
307 Lam 3 56-57 Heb 3 Matt 20:18-21:46
308 Lam 4-5 58-59 Heb 4 Matt 22
309 Eze 1-3 60:1-62:7 Heb 5:1-6:12 Matt 23:1-24:14
310 Eze 4-5 62:8-64:10 Heb 6:13-7:28 Matt 24:15-25:30
311 Eze 6-7 65:1-66:12 Heb 8 Matt 25:31-26:46
312 Eze 8-9 66:13-68:10 Heb 9 Matt 26:47-27:26
313 Eze 10-11 68:11-68:35 Heb 10:1-10:18 Matt 27:27-28:20
314 Eze 12-13 69:1-69:28 Heb 10:19-10:39 Mark 1
315 Eze 14-15 69:29-71:11 Heb 11 Mark 2:1-3:21
316 Eze 16 71:12-72:11 Heb 12 Mark 3:22-4:41
317 Eze 17-18 72:12-73:28 Heb 13 Mark 5:1-6:13
318 Eze 19:1-20:32 74 James 1 Mark 6:14-6:56
319 Eze 20:33-22:31 75-76 James 2 Mark 7:1-8:13
320 Eze 23:1-24:14 77:1-78:8 James 3:1-4:12 Mark 8:14-9:29
321 Eze 24:15-26:21 78:9-78:31 James 4:13-5:20 Mark 9:30-10:34
322 Eze 27:1-28:19 78:32-78:72 1Pet 1 Mark 10:35-11:33
323 Eze 28:20-30:19 79:1-80:13 1Pet 2:1-2:12 Mark 12
324 Eze 30:20-32:32 80:14-82:8 1Pet 2:13-3:7 Mark 13:1-14:11
325 Eze 33-34 83-84 1Pet 3:8-4:11 Mark 14:12-14:65
326 Eze 35-36 85-86 1Pet 4:12-5:14 Mark 14:66-15:47
327 Eze 37-38 87-88 2Pet 1 Mark 16; Luke 1:1-1:38
328 Eze 39:1-40:27 89:1-89:29 2Pet 2 Luke 1:39-2:21
329 Eze 40:28-42:20 89:30-90:6 2Pet 3 Luke 2:22-3:22
330 Eze 43-44 90:7-91:16 1John 1:1-2:14 Luke 3:23-4:37
331 Eze 45-46 92:1-94:15 1John 2:15-3:10 Luke 4:38-5:39
332 Eze 47-48 94:16-96:9 1John 3:11-4:21 Luke 6
333 Dan 1:1-2:30 96:10-98:9 1John 5 Luke 7
334 Dan 2:31-3:30 99-101 2John & 3John Luke 8:1-8:39
335 Dan 4:1-5:12 102:1-103:5 Jude Luke 8:40-9:27
336 Dan 5:13-6:28 103:6-104:13 Rev 1 Luke 9:28-10:16
337 Dan 7-8 104:14-105:6 Rev 2:1-2:11 Luke 10:17-11:23
338 Dan 9-10 105:7-105;45 Rev 2:12-2:29 Luke 11:24-12:21
339 Dan 11-12 106:1-106:33 Rev 3:1-3:13 Luke 12:22-13:9
340 Hos 1-3 106:34-107:16 Rev 3:14-4:11 Luke 13:10-14:24
341 Hos 4-6 107:17-107:43 Rev 5 Luke 14:25-16:13
342 Hos 7-9 108:1-109:15 Rev 6 Luke 16:14-17:37
343 Hos 10-12 109:16-110:7 Rev 7 Luke 18:1-19:10
344 Hos 13-14; Joel 1 111-113 Rev 8 Luke 19:11-20:18
345 Joel 2-3 114:1-116:11 Rev 9 Luke 20:19-21:24
346 Amos 1-3 116:12-118:29 Rev 10 Luke 21:25-22:38
347 Amos 4-5 119:1-32 Rev 11:1-11:14 Luke 22:39-23:25
348 Amos 6-8 119:33-72 Rev 11:15-12:6 Luke 23:26-24:35
349 Amos 9; Obad 119:73-104 Rev 12:7-12:17 Luke 24:36-53; John 1:1-1:42
350 Jonah 1-4 119:105-136 Rev 13:1-13:10 John 1:43-3:15
351 Mic 1-3 119:137-168 Rev 13:11-14:5 John 3:16-4:45
352 Mic 4:1-6:8 119:169-123:4 Rev 14:6-14:20 John 4:46-5:47
353 Mic 6:9-7:20; Nah 1 124-127 Rev 15 John 6:1-6:59
354 Nah 2-3; Hab 1 128-131 Rev 16:1-16:16 John 6:60-7:52
355 Hab 2-3 132:1-135:7 Rev 16:17-17:6a John 7:53-8:47
356 Zeph 1-2 135:8-136:26 Rev 17:6b-17:18 John 8:48-9:41
357 Zep 3; Hag 1 137:1-139:12 Rev 18:1-18:13 John 10:1-11:27
358 Hag 2, Zech 1 139:13-140:13 Rev 18:14-18:24 John 11:28-12:19
359 Zech2-4 141:1:143:8 Rev:19:1-19:10 John 12:20-13:20
360 Zech 5-7 143:9-144:15 Rev 19:11-19:21 John 13:21-14:31
361 Zech 8-9 145 Rev 20:1-20:10 John 15-16
362 Zech 10-11 146 Rev 20:11-21:8 John 17:1-18:24
363 Zech 12-14 147 Rev 21:9-21:27 John 18:25-19:30
364 Mal 1-2 148-150 Rev 22:1-5 John 19:31-20:31
365 Mal 3-4 Rev 22:6-22:21 John 21

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Yesterday, I began my "month of Isaiah." What is that? Well, last summer I undertook an intensive year-long Bible reading plan. Using a cycle of readings, by the end of the period I will have read the Old Testament 1 time, the Psalms 4 times, the Epistles twice and the Gospels 5 times each. I am now at Isaiah, and the schedule I'm on has 31 days for reading the book (Jeremiah, which comes next, has nearly as much time dedicated). I am excited, because previous readings of Isaiah have either been in bits and pieces, or have been rushed through. Now I can spend some time listening to the great prophet (or prophets). By mid April, I hope to have a better understanding of Isaiah and the importance of that book to our Saviour.

Saturday, March 13, 2004

I finished James Stephens' The Crock of Gold, and found the first half much more compelling than the second half. Once Stephens felt the plot had to take over, some of the playfulness and magic went away. It just reminds me how difficult it is to write a great fantasy, and it makes John Crowley's achievement in Little, Big that much more impressive.

Friday, February 27, 2004

This weekend, I'll be going down to Blackstone, VA, to the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center and taking the introductory course in Lay Speaking (link is to a PDF document). Lay Speaking Ministries seek to serve God through "Caring, Witnessing, Leading, Serving Others, Preaching and Interpreting our Heritage." After taking this course, I will need approval from my local lay leadership committee and Pastor, and then I will be a local church Lay Speaker. This would allow me to fill the pulpit, if necessary (highly unlikely at my church, with 3 ministers on staff!), but will also help me to lead, teach and serve in the congregation. If I choose, I can then take an advanced course and apply to the district Lay Speaking Committee. If approved, I'd become a certified Lay Speaker and would thus be able to lead worship and serve in other ways throughout the district. It's a further step I'm taking to discern my Calling and the ways I can serve the Lord. I'll report back next week on the course.

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