Anyways. That's not really the point.
The point is that during the preface, Chris Tomlin talks about this verse:
"The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch."
( Why that's interesting... )
( Judges 19 )
( Isaiah 40 )
( Mark 9:14-32 - "The Healing of a Boy With an Evil Spirit" )
one from Genesis to Deuteronomy
one from Joshua to Esther
one from Job to Song of Songs
one from Isaiah to Malachi
one from Matthew to Acts
and one from Romans to Revelation
And then repeat as you reach the end of each section.
The original recommendations was actually five a day with the first being Genesis through Esther but when I started, I really wanted to read Joshua. So I added in a sixth chapter. Once I'm done one of those two (either Gen. to Deut. or Josh. to Esther) I'm going to drop back down to five but I recently realized that there's a giant hole in my knowledge of the Bible from Joshua to Esther (with the exception of David). Anyways.
As I read everyday I take a highlighter and pick out the verses that resonate that day and make a note of them in a journal. Today the only verse that really stood out is quite possibly the least comforting verse of Scripture:
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.
The disciples - who were mostly fishermen and so were used to being in boats - are freaking out because the storm is so bad. And where's Jesus? Oh you know... taking a nap. I just find the image kind of hilarious.
My father is a Baptist pastor and my mother is a Baptist pastor's wife. I think, when most people hear the word "Baptist" they think Southern Baptist and imagine a lot of preaching about God's wrath and fire and hell and all of that jazz. I can't speak as to the accuracy of that perception, having never set foot in a Southern Baptist church (what with living in Ontario, Canada and all…). I can't even say if that's true of other Baptist denominations that are closer to home. What I can say is that I've never once heard my father stand in the pulpit and preach against any one particular kind of sin.
( My Story (So Far...) )
So if there's anyone out there reading this (and congratulations on making it all the way to the end...) I'd love to hear your story.