Reading and Study Plans for 2009

2009 is here and there are a few reading/study projects I plan to engage in throughout the year.


  • The Bible - I've attempted to read through the entire Bible each year for the last 10 years. Some years I was successful and others I was less so. I've discovered that I don't do well with most of the Bible reading plans I've tried. Some of the plans require too much reading per day while others require too little. This year I'm using the Bible Reading Record (download PDF) from I first tried this tool in 2008. It's simply a list of each book of the Bible along with the chapter numbers. I find that it provides an easy way for me to keep track of what I've read. I typically work through both the Old and New Testaments at the same time.
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion (John Calvin) - I've read various parts of the Institutes in the past, but never the entire 2 volumes. I'll be following the reading plan made available at Reformation 21.
  • A few books in the New Testament studies category - I've already started Paul and First-Century Letter Writing by E. Randolph Richards. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham is also on my list.


  • New Testament Greek - I want to work my way through A New Testament Greek Primer by Dr. Steven Baugh of Westminster Seminary California. I worked on the first several lessons a few years ago, but this time around I plan to complete the entire primer.
  • The Book of Ephesians - I've studied Ephesians numerous times, but plan to spend the entire year mining its depths.

There are other books I want to read and topics I would like to study, but the items listed above should keep me sufficiently busy in addition to my family, church, and work responsibilities.