The Bible Backbone Plan

A few years ago I ran into Professor Grant Horner’s 10 Chapter a day reading system. It was beautiful but in my mind a bit too much. I tried it several times and it always felt a bit too artificial to keep breaking on chapter boundaries in the middle of a story. (More on that at a later date perhaps.) I kept getting frustrated and eventually broke off the reading plan and just did it my way. As a result I developed my own Bible reading plan very similar to Prof Horner’s. I call it the Bible Backbone plan. It is a plan that works quite well for me, perhaps because it’s just a little smaller in size, and a thus a bit more flexible for my brain to work with. I’ve broken the scriptures down into six areas which I felt should be read every day. List 1: The Historical Backbone of Scripture tells the main story of the Bible from beginning to end. Read this looking for the overview of God’s plan Did you miss a day? Don’t panic, dwell in grace and read today. Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Luke, Acts, & Revelation. List 2: The Informational Books add […]

Art has value after all

I’m not a very artsy guy. I frequently lament that I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler.  That’s mostly true.  My lack of skill in the realm of arts somehow did not get passed on to the rest of my family.  My wife is a wonderful quilter.  My children can all draw, paint, and otherwise craft beautiful things. I’m so pathetic with color and blending that I have to ask my wife to match my suits, ties, and shirts for me. Since visual art doesn’t come to me at all, I have tended to discount it.  But the more I read Francis Schaeffer, as I read through his complete works,  the more I want to view art.  When I came upon his writing, “Art in the Bible” I began to race through it in a rather hurried fashion to get it over with. Then I repented. My eyes hit Schaeffer’s words concerning the false dichotomy of spiritual and unspiritual that smacks of Platonism. “The Lordship of Christ over the whole of life means that there are no Platonic areas in Christianity, no dichotomy or hierarchy V 2, p 376 between the body and the soul.” Francis A. Schaeffer, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: A Christian Worldview, […]

The Historical Backbone of Scripture

EDIT: Updated reading PDF for 2013.

I like reading through my Bible every year. And since it is the turn of the year, I’m sure I’m not alone and many of you are selecting your plan or have done so. But I wonder if others have just determined that they’ll struggle through the same old list and risk passing out in February when Leviticus hits. (Don’t dis my favorite OT book, but I understand the problem.) So if anyone is looking for a Bible reading plan for the new year that’s a little different, but still covers the Bible in a year I offer up my Historical Backbone of Scripture plan.

Last year I worked through a kludged replica of Prof. Grant Horner’s reading plan.  I found it a bit daunting for my own style of devotions and soon felt like I was laboring to keep up rather than enjoying God’s word. That is the wrong state of mind. So I set out to change that.

The Historical Backbone of Scripture

I scaled Prof. Horner’s plan back quite a bit and built one I simply call “The Historical Backbone of Scripture.”  The plan consists of six divisions; and for my purposes represents the 66 books of the protestant canon.