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2014 Reading Plans as You Plan to Read

05 Dec

I hope your planning to read in 2014. Specifically, I hope you are planning to read your Bible and good theology in 2014.

From my experience, most people won’t do either without a plan.

Here are some helpful plans for you Bible reading:

Just pick one and plan and get started in the New Year. Even if you tried last year and didn’t make it very far, it is worth your time and effort.

Don’t worry yourself about getting through the Bible in one-year. It is far better for the Bible to get through you than for you to get through the Bible. If getting through in a year seems daunting take a plan and follow it over two years. A plan will still help your reading to be systematic.

How about reading some good, solid theology in 2014 as well? I generally try to read a large theological work each year, one that I need to plan and pace myself in so that I can get through it in a year. Yet, similar to the above, without a plan I probably just wouldn’t do it.

You can listen to a seminar I have given on this at our annual Stand for the Gospel Conference – Learning to Read to the Glory of God (notes).

Here is an excerpt:

Francis Bacon, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested.”

5 pages/day, 5 days/week, 50 weeks/year = 1,250 pages/year = Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology

10 pages/day, 5 days/week, 50 weeks/year = 2,500 pages/year = 2 Vol. Edition of Calvin’s Institutes

15 pages/day, 5 days/week, 50 weeks/year = 1,250 pages/year = 3,750 pages/year = Bavinck’s 4 Vol. Reformed Dogmatics

As a suggestion why not give Calvin’s Institutes a go! If you need some encouragement on why check these links out:

If you don’t already have a copy of this magisterial work here are some suggestions:

Here is a pre-made reading plan for Calvin’s Institutes:

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