Meeting ‘The Bible Challenge’

Meeting ‘The Bible Challenge’

Thursday Pulpit: Meeting ‘The Bible Challenge’

by Sara Cakebread, a member of Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena

Having never been much of a Bible reader, I sometimes feel left out at church on Sunday mornings when most everyone around me seems to be in the know about the scripture readings of the day. So when the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California tossed out the idea of “The Bible Challenge,” a well-structured six-day-a-week reading of the Bible that allows you to finish the entire book in exactly one year, I was quick to raise my hand. What better way to catch up with my fellow parishioners than to read the Bible cover to cover?

So at church on the morning of Jan. 6, Father Mac gathered together the Grace Church challenge-takers, blessed our Bibles and e-readers, and I was on my way with daily directions provided by the diocese that included reading a daily selection from the Old Testament, one psalm, and a chapter from the New Testament.

On Day One, with a combination of excitement and trepidation, I started into the first chapter of Genesis and immediately remembered why I often shied away from the Bible. The stories of earth’s creation, Noah’s Ark, and key figures living for hundreds of years made me question the whole book.

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3 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Kennemore wrote:
I could've written that first paragraph...I love the Bible Challenge!

Tue, February 26, 2013 @ 11:33 AM

2. Georgia wrote:
I cannot take the Bible literally either. Furthermore, I am very sensitive about animal cruelty and just skip over the parts that go on and on about wringing necks and splashing blood on the altar. I lean more to the theory that animals are God's children too. Good luck in your challenge!

Tue, February 26, 2013 @ 2:20 PM

3. Sara Cakebread wrote:
I don't know how you found this but I am so honored you have included this column on your website. Thank you so much.

With love and gratitude, Sara C.

Tue, March 5, 2013 @ 9:51 PM

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