I know this won't surprise you. There are a lot of bibles in my house. We have study bibles, bibles in Greek (both of ours) and Hebrew (David's), old family bibles, and a few art bibles, one with medieval artwork in it and one with modern art and medieval-style hand calligraphy. We have a variety of translations, from the King James Version to the NRSV (that's what we read from in church) to a new translation, the Common English Bible, that is meant to be scholarly and contemporary to American English idioms as they are in the 21st century so far. We also regularly use online versions of the Bible, such as at bible.oremus.org, and David has a free Bible app on his phone. But most of the time if there is a Bible being read in our house, one of our daughters is reading it.

Each girl has a few bibles. At their ages and reading abilities, these bibles are more biblical storybooks than chapter and verse bibles. But to our girls, they are real bibles. As often as I come into one of their rooms and find someone reading Nate the Great and Amelia Bedelia or Harry Potter and an American Girl book, I find that one of the girls is reading the bible. I love that! And, I tell her that I love it that she us reading the bible.

Starting the Monday after Pentecost, May 28, the Diocese of Virginia is going to start with the Bible Challenge. The deal is this: to read the whole bible in a year along with the Bishops and other churches and congregants in the diocese. Studies show that many people today are biblically illiterate; this means that you'll miss out on the biblical references and allusions when you see or read a Shakespeare play or  a political rally. There is a map from the Center for Biblical Studies to guide you in reading the Bible in a year, so that the reading is manageable and accessible. I will be taking up the Bishop's challenge to read the Bible in a year. I hope that you will join me.