Bible Reading

This year I decided to read through the New Living Translation and continue to use my AV for study, family worship, bringing it to church on Sunday morning, etc.

I started a reading schedule on the 27th using a four book mark system posted by Theogenes on the PuritanBoard:

Genesis – Esther
Job – Malachi
Matthew – Acts
Romans – Revelation

It’s a little jumpy but seems to be working alright. I like to read more than 1 chapter from each book but if you read just one you finish the Bible in a year.

Yours in the Lord,




  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert · January 1, 2014

    Nice! I am a real advocate of daily Bible Reading! I buy (case lots) and give away the NKJV, but sometimes the ESV too. Surely one of the greatest problems in the church today is the lack of real biblical literacy! And also reading the OT History and Prophets, with the Psalter! The latter is perhaps, somewhat like reading Genesis, something we must read over and over!

    Btw, I too like the ESV for just reading. But I read my Greek NT every A.M.! But too as a Brit, I will always read my KJV! Especially there in the Psalter!

    My reading there this morning was also, Ps. 37: 23-24…

    “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”

    Anyway, blessings in this New Year, 2014!

    • jm · January 1, 2014

      I still have not purchased a copy of the ESV. Maybe tomorrow.

      • irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert · January 1, 2014

        Technically they say, the ESV is sort of a revision of the RSV, but I like it myself. But my favorite Bible Translation for being literal is the NASB, Updated 1995 (of course no personal pronouns “Thee”, “Thou”, “Thy” toward God, but just “You” and “Your”). Though I use too the older NASB, 1960, with the “Thee’s” and “Thou’s”, etc. toward God. But I also use the old English Revised Version (RV, 1884 OT, 1880 NT)

        One of my very favorite Bibles for Text and Study, is the NET Bible, (1996-2007). I have the Black Top-Grain Leather. Lots of DTS guys here!

    • Andrew Suttles · January 1, 2014

      Fr. Robert –

      Do you follow the lectionary in your daily reading?

      Just curious…

  2. Andrew Suttles · January 1, 2014

    Nice plan.

    I’m doing something different this year. My goal is to read from the Pentateuch twice a week, from the Psalms 4x per week, from the gospels 4x per week, and from the epistles 4x per week. I’m not trying to read the Bible through (I know I should), but rather study particular sections. I have no length goals in mind. I may read several chapters or 1. My goal is just to approach it a certain number of times per week, so I can have some balance and so I can adjust my plans to my schedule.

    I’m also doing this with exercise and other things to give me more flexibility week-to-week. I hope it works out.

    • jm · January 1, 2014

      Sounds like a good reading schedule and should allow you to spend more time on tricky passages and other theological works.

      Are you still playing banjo? I sold my open back and bought a fretless mountain banjo with a goat skin head and peg tuners. When it arrives I’ll post pictures.


      • Andrew Suttles · January 1, 2014

        Wow! Are you kidding me?!

        Yeah, I’m still playing. I’m working through the Ken Perlman book. Right now I’m learning Hop-High Ladies, Yellow Rose of Texas, and Turkey in the Straw. When I’m just messing around, I’ve started frailing on the base of the neck. I don’t have a frailing scoop, so it’s a little tricky, but I can do a pretty nice drop-thumb frail. I’ve just started playing some Double-C and I like the way the banjo sounds better tuned there.

        I think I’ve decided that my head is too tight! The banjo is just too bright and loud for my taste. It’s prior owner was a Blue Grasser. In light of that, I can really appreciate your desire to have a mountain banjo.

        What kind of strings are you going with? Will it have a frailing scoop? Post some pics/vids when you get it!!!

      • jm · January 1, 2014

        Is your banjo made of maple? Before I bought this new banjo I did some research on the woods used in building them. I learned maple has a really poppy sound. Try placing a towel behind the head and that should help. The mountain banjo I bought was made by R. K. Smith from mahogany and black walnut. These woods contribute (I’m told) to the old time melancholy sound found in mountain music. I’ve read the reviews for Perlman’s book and it seems like a standard, I’ll have to pick one up eventually. The new banjo has a bone nut and nylon strings. It wasn’t expensive at all. I sold my Gold Tone for $325 and paid $260 for the mountain banjo with shipping. I used the extra cash to buy two washboards and a cow for the washboards. A fella I jam with plays a little washboard and it sounds pretty cool so I wanted to get one.


      • Andrew Suttles · January 1, 2014

        Wow – I thought that banjo would cost twice that!

        My banjo is a Gold Tone. I’ll have to look up what kind of wood is in the head. Perlman is pretty good. I’m thinking about getting a different book that is all tabbed for Double-C.

        I’m looking forward to hearing how that new banjer sounds and hearing your washboard playing. Did the washboard come from Ohio? We have one of the only washbard makers here in Ohio.

        It’s nice you have someone to play with… You’ll have to record some of those sessions.

      • Andrew Suttles · January 1, 2014

        Yep – the wood is maple on my CC-100+. I do keep a small tower under the head and that cuts down the ‘brightness’ and loudness.

      • jm · January 1, 2014

        The CC 100 is a beaut.

        The washboards are from Ontario Canada, they are antiques.

    • Andrew Suttles · January 1, 2014


      I mistyped the number of times per week for some of the above, but I think you get the idea. I’m hoping to read at least 4x per week – each time with some Psalms and then a mix of Pentateuch, Gospels, and Epistles. If I read more than that, I have a little freedom in what I read. If I read less – shame on me.

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