I Ate Them
July 4 Parade in Purcellville going past our reading location.

This is an outreach that I led with the youth ministry of Blue Ridge Bible Church in our town of Purcellville, Va.

The idea was inspired by a post by Gene Edward Veith on this blog.

The basic idea was to read the Bible out loud from cover to cover in marathon fashion.

The first time it took us 70 hours and 35 minutes to complete the whole Bible. We set up on main street in Purcellville so that it could be an outreach. We had a couple of small banners with the domain of a website we created based on Jeremiah 15:16 (esv): iatethem.com. (Site was taken down because it was hacked by ISIS, believe it or not. I have not had the time to restore it.)

Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.

The point of the website and the domain was to challenge individuals to read the Bible for themselves and to not formulate an opinion based on just what others say about it. We also made a time-lapse video of the whole thing that you can watch and embed on your website if you would like. The video is here:

It was a great experience all around. People were there in shifts but it was neat to be able to just sit and talk on main street for long periods. We also got the opportunity to share the gospel with at least a dozen people that walked up to us. I only read a couple of times but one time I read Jeremiah 1-30 at one sitting. That experience alone convinced me of the value of reading large chunks of the Bible at one time. I too often read such small sections of the Bible that I miss the larger context. I’ve decided to make it a periodic habit to make the time to read a large section aloud for my quiet time.

And then we did it again in 2013: