My summer edition of Circuit Rider arrived yesterday. It’s a United Methodist publication that offers a collection of articles in each edition based on a particular theme. With the perfect 100 just about to begin, my interest was piqued when I noticed that this edition is entitled The Living Word and all the articles are focused in some way on the Bible. It didn’t take long for me to become engrossed in an article that resonated with my decision to launch the perfect 100 this summer. The title of the article is “Empowering Christians through Biblical Literacy.” Here’s just one sapient quote:
“In American culture today, the Bible is often seen as a divisive text; it is used too regularly by folks on all sides of the culture wars to cast aspersions, condemn, or condone violence and ignorance. One major reason that’s been allowed to happen is that the average Christian doesn’t know what’s actually in the Bible (italics are mine). The Bible is thus easily simplified and politicized, and too few voices are raised to correct misperceptions. . perhaps because we’re afraid of admitting how little we know.”
So. . .here’s to a summer of discovering what really is there in all those pages that perhaps you’ve never actually read. Here’s to 100 days that will bring new-found confidence in your own Biblical literacy. Here’s to a season of learning and growing as a disciple.
The reading begins in just eight more days. If you have not already downloaded your copy of the reading plan, click here.
Also, some of you have inquired about who can participate in the perfect 100. Easy answer. . .anybody! Hey, I wouldn’t turn anyone away who’s willing to take this challenge.