There are a lot of good reasons to read the Bible every day.

For believers, it’s a connection with Jesus through the Word of God. Everything we need to know about Jesus is in there.

It’s also a connection with the rich history of humanity’s relationship with God: starting with the fallen Adam and Eve, to the stoic Noah, the less-than-perfect Abraham, to the travails of the Israelites as they transform from shepherds to rulers, to slaves, to shepherds again and then to a nation in their own right, before losing everything. Then Jesus and the new, less racially defined, people of God.

Read a few chapters a day? That’s an easy one for enthusiastic readers. The hard thing is to focus on anything rather than getting too involved in the story, and it is a good read. That’s a real discipline. For others, the discipline is in the reading.

This blog is just a way of focusing attention on one point every day. It forces focus. It’s not meant to be a thorough theological commentary.

Which reading plan?

For no particular reason, I am using the One Year Bible Online for a reading plan. It was the first that came up in a google search. The chronological order sets out the plan in the rough order in which events probably happened, and that seemed to be as good an approach as any. It links to a decent online Bible, and you can choose your own translation if you don’t like the default. Sometimes the default order isn’t quite in agreement with all the theological commentary, but that’s okay too.