Bible-Reading in 2020

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bookslover

Puritan Board Doctor
Well, it's that time of year again: time to ask what your Bible-reading schedule and devotional reading will look like in 2020.

As for me, I'm going to do something I've never done before. I'm going to read through the Bible using Robert Murray M'Cheyne's classic calendar (first published in late 1842!).

As for devotional material, I'll probably go through Spurgeon's Morning and Evening for the first time in several years, and I'm pondering going through William Mason's A Spiritual Treasury for the Children of God (first published in 1765) again.

And, for a longer devotional read, I may use either Thomas Manton's 3 volumes on Psalm 119 or William Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armor. I haven't made my mind up yet. Maybe I'll get some interesting ideas from this thread.

So, how about all y'all? (Did I do that right?)
 

Stephen L Smith

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As for me, I'm going to do something I've never done before. I'm going to read through the Bible using Robert Murray M'Cheyne's classic calendar
Excellent choice. I adjust mine so I do BOTH the Psalms and Proverbs twice.
So, how about all y'all? (Did I do that right?)
You can never go wrong reading the Puritans. I am reading The Spiritual Life by Campegius Vitringa and planning on reading other spiritual works from the Dutch Second Reformation. This was basically Dutch Puritanism.
 

B.L.

Puritan Board Freshman
I too intend on using Robert Murray M'Cheyne's Bible Reading Plan in 2020.

For shorter devotional material I'll probably stick to my monthly Tabletalk and Banner of Truth magazines. If that counts.

For reading goals I hope to start and finish George N.H. Peters's 3-Volume Set "The Theocratic Kingdom", which I just bought used from RHB and also Richard C. Gamble's 2-Volume "The Whole Counsel of God."
 

G

Puritan Board Senior
Working through 1&2 Chronicles privately and using again in family worship. Likely hit a couple NT books next. Will not hit the goal of the whole bible in 2020, but we are crossing off books of the Bible we have read and discussed ( over 50% complete in 4ish years).

Reading James Durham’s exposition on The 10 commandments week nights. Should finish 2020 or I need a lashing.

On the Lord’s Day I am reading through A’ Brakel (almost done with volume 1). Started out with an enthused group of men and now I am a lone wolf! But that is okay because the content had been such a blessing. Should be deep into volume 2 by end of 2020. I like these devotional/doctrinal works to melt very slowly to help them really marinate my brain.
 
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Amy Green

Puritan Board Freshman
At the moment I'm working through the Psalms, I find them to be a constant source of comfort for me, through my highest highs and my lowest lows(not that the rest of the Bible isn't, the Psalms just speak to me a lot) For next year I intend on reading and studying the New Testament, using the Matthew Henry Bible commentary, to learn more about evangelism.
And other than that I hope to be re-reading and studying the three forms of unity and start reading the second volume of The Christian's Reasonable Service by Wilhelmus à Brakel. I also enjoy and will be reading a number of Elisabeth Elliot's books throughout the year.
 

Seeking_Thy_Kingdom

Puritan Board Freshman
M'Cheyne for the third year, can’t think of a reason not to stop his reading plan.

I have already started but want to read primarily Scottish Covenanters next year. Hewison’s The Covenanters will be a cake day present in just under 2 weeks, then Chris’s Durham in Jan/Feb and then just move on from there.
 

TylerRay

Puritan Board Graduate
Today, I began what I hope to make my practice for the foreseeable future. I read a chapter in the English, and a smaller portion in the Greek and Hebrew (minimum of 5 verses in each, growing in size as my proficiency increases). I'm in Esther in the English, 1 John in the Greek, and Exodus in the Hebrew. I read 10 of Jonathan Edwards's resolutions a day (I've been doing this for a few months now; this way you get through all 70 in a week if you're consistent), and a few pages from a book of experimental theology (right now it's Vital Godliness by W. S. Plumer). This is followed by a season of prayer.
 

Amy Green

Puritan Board Freshman
I met her granddaughter (from her second marriage) a few times at St Ebbe's, Oxford.
Wow! Really!!!! I'm so jealous...
She has been a great help to me in my walk with God. I've read so much on her and of her writings it feels like I knew her personally, even though I've never met her.
I feel the same way about Francis Schaeffer as well.
 

ZackF

Puritan Board Graduate
I am certainly going to put more attention to memorizing addresses. Yesterday morning I was examined by the session for candidacy to the diaconate. While I was approved I was told by the pastor to improve my ability to cite chapter and verse with my quotations. In my responses to their questions I was quoting the text of scripture but maybe only a 1/4 of the responses had chapter and verse. Has anyone been in this situation before?
 

KMK

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M'Cheyne again this year.
Also, I plan on following this plan for Gurnall.
Oops. I just realized this plan is for the Banner of Truth abridged version. Are there any opinions on the BoT edition? How much is abridged?
 

G

Puritan Board Senior
I am certainly going to put more attention to memorizing addresses. Yesterday morning I was examined by the session for candidacy to the diaconate. While I was approved I was told by the pastor to improve my ability to cite chapter and verse with my quotations. In my responses to their questions I was quoting the text of scripture but maybe only a 1/4 of the responses had chapter and verse. Has anyone been in this situation before?
Seems a bit over reaching to me brother, especially given the nature of the office of Deacon and that chapter/verse divisions are not inspired. Maybe they just love the infamous USA Bible Drills:doh:!:2cents:

P.S. Congrats
 
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Ryan&Amber2013

Puritan Board Junior
Just like the Spirit that moves as He desires, that is my plan for 2020. Over the years I've been pretty structured, even going through 20 or more chapters a day, but I am now enjoying the freedom of reading or studying what my heart desires on that day or week. Yesterday I listened through about half of Exodus, then read the first few verses of John in the evening. Today, I was looking into Jesus turning water into wine. Why all over the place? Well, those things interested me at the time. That also keeps me encouraged to read as well.
 

Ryan&Amber2013

Puritan Board Junior
I am certainly going to put more attention to memorizing addresses. Yesterday morning I was examined by the session for candidacy to the diaconate. While I was approved I was told by the pastor to improve my ability to cite chapter and verse with my quotations. In my responses to their questions I was quoting the text of scripture but maybe only a 1/4 of the responses had chapter and verse. Has anyone been in this situation before?
I agree with Grant. Sounds pretty silly to me.
 

W.C. Dean

Puritan Board Freshman
I made a plan for myself that will last into March, simply a chapter of the Minor Prophets a day, two days for Obadiah. I haven't studied them very much. Also I plan on going through RHB's Daily Readings: The Puritans. I'm not sure about the rest of the year. 2020 will be my first full year of being Reformed, so having a good structure for going through Scripture will probably help to see things I've never seen before. I also want to memorize a lot more, specifically the Psalms, and it's much easier to memorize them if you're singing them, I've discovered.
 

J.L. Allen

Puritan Board Freshman
If I were feeling bold (which I'm not), I would take up Professor Grant Horner's Bible reading plan again. I did that plan a while ago and was very blessed by it. It just ends up being a lot to read on top of everything else for school. I will probably use M'Cheyne's this year and alternate between the Westminster Standards and the Three Forms of Unity each month. The Ecumenical Creeds squeezed in for good measure.

My wife and I will be brushing up on our Greek and Hebrew as well. :) Gotta get ready for seminary!

I'll be doing other reading, but that will be less devotional (explicitly). That'll be Calvin's Institutes, John Brown of Haddington's Systematic Theology, and various other smaller reads.
 

bookslover

Puritan Board Doctor
Oops. I just realized this plan is for the Banner of Truth abridged version. Are there any opinions on the BoT edition? How much is abridged?
No, that plan looks like it's for the original. After all, he speaks of dividing a book that's 1,189 pages long. That's not an abridged version. It's the real thing.
 

Spurgeonite

Puritan Board Freshman
After a difficult 2 years of struggling to read much (fatigue, burnout etc.) it took me 2 years to read the RMM plan which I finish in 1 week. I kept falling into 'checklist' reading so I can mark off my days.

Now with a revived hunger and ability to read I will try the 5 day a week plan so I can really focus on knowing the Word in 2020. If I don't need to catch up on the weekend that will give me time for deep study of other parts of the bible.

Also I just started listening to the bible in chronological order using the Dwell app. I enjoyed it so much I got through 27 chapters yesterday. Maybe I can get through the bible in 3 months this way.

Really looking forward to starting my journey through the bible again.
 

Pilgrim

Puritan Board Doctor
I'm thinking of keeping it real simple.

I recently read an interview with the late Warren Wiersbe on Bible reading in which he said he started out the year reading from Genesis, Psalms, and Matthew. So I'm thinking of doing something like that and supplementing it with additional study of other books from time to time. And that way you don't feel that you've totally blown it if you miss a few days.

It wasn't clear to me if he started over every year or if he recommended to just keep reading. I don't know that reading three chapters a day with that method is going to get you through the whole Bible in a year. But maybe it comes closer than I imagine. M'Cheyne has you reading 4 chapters a day most days, and it gets you through the NT and the Psalms (I think) twice in a year, along with going through the rest of the Bible once.

Some other "heavyweights" such as Ryle (I think) said to just start with Genesis or maybe Genesis and Matthew.

I might try Horner again at some point as well. One of the main ideas with that one is to choose one Bible to be "The One" for you and get so familiar with it that you find yourself remembering where a certain passage is in the text block. "Oh yes, that's on the left, halfway down the right column." (You can certainly use it without doing this, but that is one of the main benefits according to him.) You can also change that one up a bit if desired, maybe reading a different book besides Acts every day, for example.
 
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KMK

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J.L. Allen

Puritan Board Freshman
Interesting. I am wondering how I fit all of those bookmarks into my kindle...
I haven't tried to tackle reading the Bible on Kindle. I can't imagine reading anything other than a physical copy. That being said. you could probably come up with a checklist and keep it with your Kindle. If you have a case, you might tape it to that.
 

Pilgrim

Puritan Board Doctor
Interesting. I am wondering how I fit all of those bookmarks into my kindle...
I don't know if that exists on Kindle or how it would work. (I have many Study Bibles on Kindle but only use them for occasional reference.) But that reading plan is on Olive Tree and/or other Bible apps.
 

KMK

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I do most of my reading on the kindle because backlit screens overtax my eyes. Also I do most of my reading away from home.
 

J.L. Allen

Puritan Board Freshman
This thread has inspired me to switch my reading plan from RMM back to the Horner reading plan. No offense to the RMM plan. It is a nice plan, but I never had experienced such growth as when I was using the Horner plan. A friend gave me a nice, simple KJV Bible. I cut out all the rotating bookmarks and put them in there. Ready to rock 'n' roll! :)
 

W.C. Dean

Puritan Board Freshman
This thread has inspired me to switch my reading plan from RMM back to the Horner reading plan. No offense to the RMM plan. It is a nice plan, but I never had experienced such growth as when I was using the Horner plan. A friend gave me a nice, simple KJV Bible. I cut out all the rotating bookmarks and put them in there. Ready to rock 'n' roll! :)
Mr. Allen you convinced me to use this plan. I had come up with a simple plan for myself, but after look at Horner's plan I absolutely must try it, to go right along with a brand new KJV Reformation Heritage Bible as well. Thank you sir!
 
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