Invitation to The Bible Challenge 2012

Dear Friends:

The Bible Challenge began in 2011 when over 180 members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and over 90 friends from beyond committed to read the entire Bible in a year.

One year later, we are thrilled to learn that as many as 1,000 churches across the United States and around the world are participating in The Bible Challenge 2012.

Many participants of The Bible Challenge 2011 said that reading the Bible was the most important spiritual experience of their life.  Reading the entire Bible helped them to see the grand sweep of God’s loving activity for the first time and helped them to feel closer to God than at any other time of their life.

The Bible is incredible and life-changing book.  You will never regret reading it.  That is why I want to invite you to join The Bible Challenge 2012.  You can read the entire Bible in a year or select one of seven different Bible reading options, if reading the entire Bible in a year seems too daunting to tackle.

If you would like to participate, please email me at: mzabriskie@stthomaswhitemarsh.org so that the Center for Biblical Studies and I can offer you ongoing support and respond to your questions about the Bible.  Here are The Bible Challenge options for 2012:

  • Read the entire Bible
  • Read the New Testament
  • Read the Psalter (150 Psalms) during Lent
  • Read the Gospel of Mark in a slow, meditative fashion
  • Read The Message by Eugene Petersen – a wonderful rendering of the New Testament in ordinary language
  • Read The Story by Zondervan – a seamless collection of Bible stories that reads like a gripping novel
  • Families with children are encouraged to read The Spark Story Bible, The DK Children’s Illustrated Bible or The Big Picture Story Bible.
  • Teenagers will want to read the New International Version Teen Study Bible

If you decide to read the entire Bible, please see our “Read the Bible in a Year” reading plan, which lists what chapters of the Bible to read each day.  We are also posting short meditations to accompany each day’s readings written by archbishops, bishops, biblical scholars, theologians, cathedral and seminary deans, clergy and noted lay leaders from around the world to assist your reading.

We encourage participants to read three chapters of the Old Testament, one psalm and one chapter of the New Testament each day.  This will allow you to read the entire Bible in a year.  You can start on any day of the year you choose.

You can download the Bible on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Nook or listen to it on CD (see “Bible Tech Apps”).  Invite members of your book club, colleagues, friends, neighbors and family to join you in The Bible Challenge.

With warmest regards,