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The Gospels in 90 Days

As readers of this space know I am a believer in systematic reading of scripture. I have used different reading plans throughout the years from the fast and furious bible in 90 to the two year daily office lectionary. For me is about having a method to my engagement with the narrative of faith. Last year I began 2011 with the Bible in 90 days, this year I have invited my staff and leadership team at the church to join me in reading the gospels in 90 days (actually 89 days, one chapter a day).

My prayer is that we’ll have a common narrative as we engage our leadership this year. Each time I engage the story of faith I am amazed at what I hear, learn, and struggle with, I am sure this time it will not be any different. I am not promising a daily blog on the chapter of the day but I can guarantee that I will have things to say along the way. I am excited to be reading the gospels in The Voice New Testament translation, a different translation forces us to hear the story in a different way, and this one is truly different.

Jacob was the father of Joseph, who married a woman named Mary. It was Mary who gave birth to Jesus, and it is Jesus who is the Savior, the Anointed One, the Liberating King.

Matthew 1:16 (The Voice)

Jesus is the savior, the anointed one, the one who frees us from sin and death. I tell this to myself often as I engage in ministry everyday. It is difficult to recognize our need for a savior, our need for an anointed one, it is even more difficult to recognize our need to be freed. This is why we need this story so desperately, this is also why we need the community of faith to remind us of our common need for God.

In my own life I am still trying to understand what this savior means in my everyday life. And as a father of three children I also struggle with what it means to raise our children in the way that leads to life. Then we read the narrative and recognize that we are not alone, that many others have struggled with it too.

In the end a savior is needed, we need to be made whole, need to be freed. I am thankful that a way forward was provided for, that the way of redemption has been provided. It is amazing to hear, read, and experience how God provided for this way.

I know that this story will be transformational, it always is! Let the journey begin . . .

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5 Comments

  1. I applaud your choice of translation. I have loved The Voice and I think it is my favorite of the newer translations that try to rethink some of the language of scripture. Each time I start a new reading I try to pick a different translation or manner of reading scripture.

    Thanks for holding up the banner of systematic reading. I hope we can sit down one day soon and talk about our experiences.

  2. Love this idea! Last year we took Asbury through the New Testament in 30 days. Some people enjoyed it, others struggled a bit with it. I think I might join you reading the Gospels in 90. It does allow more time to be spent in focus of each chapter. I might use it as part of my devotional time with a modified Lectio Divina.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    • The people at the church have responded favorably. One chapter a day does not seem overwhelming, especially if you have never done a systematic reading of scripture. I look forward to hearing your thoughts as you journey with us. See you soon, Peace!

  3. Claudia

    Reading just one chapter a day is very revealing! I am used to reading multiple chapters for Bible study classes, etc. and being “forced” to just read one chapter and really “chew” on it has really opened my eyes to new interpretation, discoveries, and most of all QUESTIONS!!!!

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