Bible in a Year

Bible in a year

Last year, I successfully completed my second pass at reading through the entire Bible in a year, this time following along with an on-line discussion at One Year Bible Blog (ATOM). This year, I've started again, but I'm following a different plan.

Gay marriage and the Bible

Today's one year bible reading includes Acts 15, which covers a heated disagreement in the early church over the need for converts to be circumcised. That may not seem to relate to my title, but ...

The council decided not to require circumcision. In the letter they send were these words:

Acts 15:28-29

OYB for April 11th

One Year Bible Blog: April 11th readings

The passage that struck me today was Luke 14:7-11, where Jesus uses the illustration of places at a dinner party to encourage his followers to humble themselves. I'm familiar with the passage, of course, but it always bothered me. It seemed to me that Jesus was advocating a false modesty, for the purpose of being manipulative. Being modest for the specific purpose of being exalted.

I read it differently today.

OYB for 4/5/06

One Year Bible Blog: April 5th readings

(This is actually false advertising, as this post is only tangentially related to today's readings)

One Year Bible Blog: March 24th readings

One Year Bible Blog: March 24th readings

Psalm 67:1-2

Like many other psalms, this one asks for the blessings of God. What I think is important, though, is the motivation for asking. It is not for the comfort of Israel. Rather, it is so that the entire Earth can see the grace, mercy, and power of God.

One Year Bible Blog: March 21st readings

One Year Bible Blog: March 16th readings

One Year Bible Blog: March 16th readings

This is a musical day!

Numbers 24:17 is the basis for a wonderful piece of music by Felix Mendelsohn, "Behold a Star from Jacob Rising."  I tried (unsucessfully, so far) to find an MP3 of it to upload.

Luke 2:29-32 is the basis of the Nunc Dimitis, done by too many composers to name.

One Year Bible Blog: March 15th readings

One Year Bible Blog: March 15th readings

I have to admit that the Numbers reading for today strikes me as, well, odd. In yesterday's reading, God grants permission for Balaam to go talk to Balak. Today He's planning ambushes. That just doesn't make sense. And then there's the whole "talking donkey" thing. I half expect to see Shrek pop up tomorrow. ;)

One Year Bible Blog: March 14th readings

One Year Bible Blog: March 13th readings

One Year Bible Blog: March 13th readings

Based on some of the comments I'm seeing in other OYB bloggers' posts, I'm not alone in falling behind. Not that it justifies it, of course. But it's good to know that I'm not the only one with failings. ;) I actually have been keeping up with the readings, but not with comments. I guess I'm taking this from an opportunity to learn and grow, and turning it into a chore.

Anyway, on to today's reading. The one verse that really jumped out to me today was Psalm 56:8:

You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your record? (NRSV)

The image of God collecting all my sorrow and pain, rememering each one, better than I do myself, is comforting to me.


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