Thursday, January 24, 2008

reading scripture by genre Usually I enjoy structure and much order. I don't like it when someone changes the song in the middle--I need completion, please let the song finish and then change it. I don't like flipping the channel during commercials; mute is just fine, thank you. All that jumping around annoys me. I can't start one novel without finishing another one first. If the novel is bad, it hangs around for awhile unread and keeping me from reading other novels, till finally I get smart enough to just throw it away and move on. So, why am I telling you all about my completion-complex? I'm trying something new this year--reading the Bible by genre, reading a different genre each day. So far, I'm enjoying it despite my completion-complex. Let me explain. Each day of the week I read a different genre (literary type)--so on Sundays it's the Gospels, Monday it's law, Tuesday it's narrative/history, Wednesday it's the Psalms, Thursday it's poetry, Friday it's prophecy, and Saturday it's the epistles. Kinda interesting, huh? I don't recall at all how I surfed upon this plan, but I do know that the genre based Bible reading plan that I am using is from this site. At first I thought it might get confusing or I might not like all the jumping around. I thought I might lose focus or concentration. Nope. Not at all. One thing I have noticed different with this reading plan is that since each genre is not equal in length, but they still divided each genre into fifty-two selections, some days the section is only two chapters while other days it might be six. Nevertheless, I am actually quite enjoying having each day specialize on a certain type of writing. Hmmm . . . wonder if I'd enjoy the Literary Study Bible. Do you use a reading plan to guide your daily study of Scripture? If so, what kind of plan are you using? Are you enjoying it?

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