A little bit of history:
I walked down the aisle of the First Baptist Church of St. Albans, WV and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was 16. I realized from the get-go that I was behind and needed to catch up. I needed to read the bible, I needed to learn how to pray, and more than anything I needed a navy blazer!
My grandmother got me a navy blazer, a Richard Foster book gave me a tutorial on prayer, but reading the bible...I didn't know where to begin or how to do it. So I started at both Genesis and Matthew. I got through the gospels and a little bit of Paul in the New Testament. I got through Genesis and Exodus then lost interest around the 3rd chapter of Leviticus, so I skipped to Joshua then pretty much stopped my Old Testament exploration.
Religion classes in college and biblical studies classes in divinity school forced me to read the bible a few times through.
But I've often wondered how I would get my children to read their bibles. So far, not much luck. Sure they kind of pay attention to my sermons. Sure they will read a verse or story during a Sabbath dinner (when we are able to do them). But this week two things happened that have made them want to read the Bible.
One, last week I finally got around to ordering The 100 Minute Bible. It is a flattened bible, one you can read in say...a 100 minutes. The kiddos saw this and took it as a challenge. They said, "Hey dad, I bet I can read that in less than a 100 minutes." I replied, "Oh yeah, read it under a 100 minutes and give me some details and I'll give you a donut." HOOKED!
Two, this week I began a sermon series on the Book of Job (for a non-bow tie sermon I thought the first one went quite well).
Judson Sermon 20160918 "Have You Considered Job?" from Jacqueline Thureson on Vimeo.
I have been telling the kids I would like for them to read the Book of Job and let me know what they think of it. But I've gotten nowhere. So last night I proposed to the kids: read the Book of Job and then give me a three paragraph review and I'll take you to the grocery store and you can pick out your own pint of ice cream. HOOKED!
Should I bribe my kids with donuts and ice cream to read the bible? I suppose it is better than guilting them to read the bible.