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Ten Chapters Per Day (Follow-Up)
September 19, 2010
A few weeks ago I introduced you to Professor Horner’s Bible-Reading System in a post I titled Ten Chapters Per Day. As you remember Professor Horner’s system is simple but unique—“every day you read ten chapters of the Bible. That seems like a lot, so stick with me as I explain it. Each of the ten chapters will be from different books, which is to say that at any given time you’ll be reading ten books of the Bible concurrently, one chapter per day. So on day one of the system you will reading the first chapter of Matthew, Genesis, Romans, 1 Thessalonians, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Joshua, Isaiah and Acts. You will read each of these books, one chapter per day, and then go on to other books before repeating it all again. This means that every year you’ll read through all the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters 4-5 times each, the Old Testament wisdom literature six times, all the Psalms at least twice, all the Proverbs as well as Acts a dozen times, and all the way through the Old Testament History and Prophetic books about 1 12 times.”
As I mentioned in the original post, I dislike the idea of reading the Bible through a system, and yet I cannot deny that it has been very good for me; it has worked very well. Several months after beginning, I’m still sticking with it, reading ten chapters on weekdays and 5 chapters on Saturday and Sunday.
There were a lot of comments on the blog post and many more across Twitter and Facebook. I know that many people decided to give the system a try after finding out about it. I ran into a couple of them just the other day at a local pastors’ fellowship. And now I find myself curious—how many of you have stuck with it? And how have you been enjoying it? Have you found that it allows you to read the Bible in a new way? Or have you found the systemic nature of it too restricting? Are you enjoying reading at ten chapters per day, or do you find this too much?
Let me know how you’ve been faring.