Saturday, January 02, 2010

For the Love of God Reading Plan

Whether you make resolutions or not, make sure you are in a Bible reading plan this year. If you haven't started, or are looking for a good plan, check out Dr. D.A. Carson's For the Love of God devotional online. Dr. Carson has written two volumes of devotional commentary tied to the M'Cheyne reading plan, one was published in 1998 and the other in 1999. This plan and one of the devotionals from the four daily readings will be published - blog-like - each day. If you subscribe to blogs via a reader - like Bloglines or Google Reader - these devotionals and the Bible reading schedule will be sent to you automatically every day. This may work like an online conscience for you if you have trouble sticking to a plan.

The M'Cheyne plan will take you through the Old Testament once and both the New Testament and the Psalms twice. If four or five chapters per day is too much, cut it in half and read the first or second two readings. Carson's commentary is designed to help you think through what's in the text and is a wonderful complement.

I don't normally talk about my Bible reading (do your praying, etc. in private and all that), but I have been using both of volumes daily, reading all four daily readings and Carson's commentary. I speak from happy experience as I recommend them.

If you'd prefer to get the books, you can find them at the usual bookstores, or get them at Monergism Books online. They are also available for free as PDFs, which is what I use because one of our volumes went missing.

1 comment:

CKlassen said...

The Carson Devotion looks good thanks for the link. Me and Ocean are reading through the Bible this year, great to have someone to keep you on track.