The Big Read

20140401103427231-page-001Dear Friends,

Easter will soon be upon us, and we hope to do something special at St. Thomas’, which parishes across the country may emulate over coming years. I recently edited a book of meditations, questions and prayers based on 50 passages from the Gospel of Matthew. This has just been published by Forward Movement Publishers, who also published my book The Bible Challenge.

This much smaller volume is entitled The Journey through Matthew: A 50-Day Bible Challenge. Copies may be purchased for $6.

Our goal is to help our members engage God’s Word each day. There is nothing that builds a stronger Christian than a daily conversation with the Holy One that occurs as we prayerfully engage Scripture. I began this work while on sabbatical, inviting 24 colleagues from across the United States and around the world to contribute a short meditation, a question or two and a prayer to accompany each of the daily Scripture readings from Matthew.

This book was ideally designed for churches to use over Eastertide, the 50-day season that begins with Easter Day and ends at Pentecost. I will be recording short videos to accompany each of the 28 chapters of Matthew’s Gospel to give our members and others more insight into what we learn about and from Jesus as Matthew tells his story.

With Easter blessings for your loved ones and you,