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Latest BCP/Horner Bible Reading Update

Here is the latest version of our Bible reading plan (see the original here, and the first update here). The biggest change is that we’ve added a Proverbs reading to each morning and evening. Enjoy!

BCP-Horner Bible Reading Plan – v4.4

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Updated BCP/Horner Bible Reading Plan

After roughly two weeks of experimentation, here is an updated version of the reading plan posted earlier.

BCP-Horner Bible Reading Plan – v4.2

If you’re interested, the changes were motivated primarily by the fact that reading John and Matthew simultaneously is unnecessarily confusing when you’re trying to keep track of Jesus’s life; being at two points in the same story at the same time does not lend itself to clarity. So, we changed things up a bit. We’ll see how long this version lasts before we make more changes!

***UPDATE, 3/1/2013***

Further updates can be found here.

Book of Common Prayer/Grant Horner Bible Reading Schedule

This is a plan for reading the Bible, geared toward starting with the new year. With a few adjustments, it adapts Professor Grant Horner’s Bible Reading System (for more information, and because I don’t know of a better link, see here) to the pattern of the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. There are Psalms, an Old Testament lesson, and a New Testament lesson for every morning and every evening. The Psalms are read through every month, strictly beginning at Psalm 1 on the first day of every month. The rest of the Bible is divided into groups, and one chapter from each group of books is read each day. When the end of a group of books is reached, the group simply begins again. So, while the Psalms repeat each month, the rest of the Bible repeats at varying intervals, causing the set of chapters read each day to change continually. The list of books in each group is fairly tentative, so feel free to change them around as you see fit. These readings can be used in place of the lectionary readings in the BCP’s Morning and Evening Prayer, or they can be read on their own. The main idea is to become familiar with the Bible as a whole, allowing the Bible to interpret itself as you master large portions of it. Here are a few suggestions, mainly from Prof. Horner:

  1. Read quickly; don’t focus on understanding every little detail. That will come with time.
  2. Use the same physical Bible every day. Over time, this allows you to become familiar with where in the book and where on the page a particular passage is located.
  3. Be flexible with your readings. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Just keep going. Do whatever works best for you.

So, without further ado, here is the reading plan for your consideration:

BCP-Horner Bible Reading Plan – v3

***UPDATE, 12/31/2012***

We made a few changes, which you can find here.

***UPDATE, 3/1/2013***

And, further changes can be found here.

Um, that’s still a thing…

Just FYI, infant baptism and excommunication are still practiced today. In fact, both happened in my church, like, literally, yesterday, the one a source of great joy and the other the cause of bitter grief.

This post is in response to two comments I’ve heard in Torrey sessions over the years. I’m sure the comments were innocent slips of the tongue, but I’d like to clarify all the same.

The one time infant baptism was seriously discussed, one chum asked, “Isn’t that kind of like what we do nowadays with baby dedication?” The implication of “nowadays” is that infant baptism is not practiced “nowadays.” Well, yes it is. It happened just yesterday morning at my (very Protestant, not Roman Catholic) church, Branch of Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Similarly, a chum remarked, “They had a word for [asking someone to leave a church] back in the middle ages: excommunication.” Back in the middle ages? Again, it happened just yesterday at Branch of Hope OPC. It’s not happy, but it’s biblical, so the OPC does it. (This specific case was at least not as messy as it could have been, since the person no longer claimed to be a Christian and had voluntarily stopped coming to church, but, still, it’s a heartbreaking thing to have happen. Of course, the primary goal of excommunication is to bring the person to repentance, which is my sincerest prayer for the person involved in this case.)

So, um, yeah, that’s still a thing…

Readmission of an Excommunicated Person

This morning at Branch of Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church, I witnessed one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen at a church. The elders announced that a woman who had been excommunicated several years ago had contacted the session and expressed repentance and a desire to be received back into the communion of the church. Following the Suggested Forms for Use in Connection with the Book of Discipline contained in the Book of Church Order of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (VIII.D), this what happened:

D. Readmission of an Excommunicated Person
1. When an excommunicated person is so affected by his state
that he is brought to repentance and desires to be readmitted to the
privileges of the church, the session of the church which excommunicated him, being satisfied of the evidence of his repentance and
contrition, shall proceed to readmit him. It is fitting that the sentence
of restoration be openly pronounced by the minister in a service of
public worship on the Lord’s Day.
2. It is well that the elders stand with the minister before the
congregation.
3. The minister may address the congregation in the following or
similar words:
[Name] was excluded from the communion of the church, but
(he/she) has now given satisfactory evidence of repentance to
the session. Therefore, in the name and by the authority of our
Lord Jesus Christ, we declare (him/her) absolved from the sentence of excommunication, and we do restore (him/her) to the
communion of the church, that (he/she) may be a partaker of
all the benefits of the Lord Jesus, to (his/her) eternal salvation.

4. The minister may then address the restored believer in these or similar words:

Beloved (brother/sister), be assured in your heart that the Lord
himself has received you in grace. Be diligent to guard yourself
against the subtleties of Satan, the wickedness of the world, and
the folly of the flesh, lest you again become entangled in sin.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit again. I charge you to continue
steadfastly in the confession which you have made, humbly relying upon the grace of God in the diligent use of the means of
grace—especially the Word of God, the sacraments, and prayer.
5. The minister may then address the congregation in these or
similar words:
Beloved Christians, receive this (brother/sister) in love. Rejoice
and be thankful, for this (brother/sister) was dead and is alive.
(He/she) was lost and is found. Rejoice with the angels, for our
Lord Jesus said, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in
heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety
and nine just persons, which need no repentance” (Luke 15:7).
Do not look on (him/her) any longer as a stranger, but as a fellow
citizen with the saints and a member of the household of God.
6. The congregation should then be led in prayer. It is well in
such prayer to thank and praise God for granting repentance and
restoration to the one who has been restored; and to pray that he
may grow in assurance and joy; that he may walk faithfully, and that
just as he has previously caused grief, so now may he be the cause
of great joy and edification; that God may graciously enable us to
forgive and receive; and that he would enable us all to persevere in faith, hope, and love.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below!

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host!

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Amen!