Preaching Through the Bible in a Year

Sometimes you hear a story that just sticks in your mind. Like the one about the pastor who preached through the entire Bible in a year, with his congregation reading along at a rate of 20+ chapters per week.

If you haven’t already heard this yarn, check it out. With National Bible Week coming up later this month, it’s a good time to think about what would happen if more churches followed this pastor’s lead. And without spoiling the story, I should mention that Logos Bible Software plays a central role in assisting Pastor Bolender with his massive undertaking.

Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite…the full story is in the Leadership Journal archive.

In 2002, our church began an ambitious project: If the congregation would take up daily Bible reading again, I would teach scriptural surveys that covered the passages they were reading. By year’s end, the congregation had read Genesis to Revelation, and I had taught 250 messages on all 66 books. I had to preach five times a week to keep up with the church (they were devouring 20-30 chapters a week), but a simple plan and some well-organized software enabled us to do it.

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  1. Chris Powell says

    I think it would be a helpful addition to Logos to have a “passage tracker” that could be turned on/off that would naturally follow the bible users bible searches and generate reports of all displayed bible verses from a starting date. Sort of a Google Desktop-like-bible-passage-tracker feature for Logos. This then allows the user to track his own bible reading without being stuck to a plan that is often guilt motivated. It would also motivate the user to use the software more as this “journaling” function would reward them with an understanding of what they had read, further driving the value of the software up in the users’ understanding.
    Thanks for great software Logos! Keep it coming. If I wasn’t poor I’d be all over the new syntactical engine when it comes out!

  2. Daniel Foster says

    Perhaps the Navigation History feature in the upcoming version 3.0 will provide some or all of the functionality you’re seeking: