Read Through the Bible This Summer!

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Join others from the Brazos Valley in Texas as we read through the Bible this summer, 2014! This challenge has two basic parts: reading on your own straight through the Bible, and meeting with others every two weeks to share the experience!

Download the official Bible in 90 Days Cover to Cover Reading Schedule (PDF bookmark)

This Bible reading challenge will run from June 1st to August 31st, and we will use the Bible reading plan from It will give us a total of 4 “grace” days throughout the summer. Using this plan, we will read straight through the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation! It will require a personal commitment to reading on your own throughout the summer. Since reading speeds vary, estimating the time required per day would be hard, but an hour may be reasonably expected.

For accountability and encouragement through this special challenge we will meet and share a meal together every two weeks throughout the summer! This is intended to just be a relaxed, fun time to celebrate our progress and share the experience with others committed to reading through the Bible! We plan to view a teaching video together (35-45 minutes) giving an overview of the portion of Scripture read during the previous two weeks. This will help us to better remember what we read, and help us to see the “big picture,” perhaps making connections throughout the Bible that we have never seen before. We will host these meetings at our home between Bryan and Caldwell, TX on Saturday evenings at 5:00 P.M. on June 7th & 21st, July 5th & 19th, and August 2nd, 16th, & 30th.

Whether this is your first time to read through the whole Bible, or you have done it many times before, we would love for you to join in the challenge with us! We are excited about this special opportunity! To let us know that you’ve joined, email Nekoda or call 979-589-1720. Sign up now, and join us as we read through the Bible this summer, 2014!

-Nekoda and Bethany Cook

The Purple Haze Theory of Biblical Authorship

One of the most common heresies about the Bible is that it was written by people who weren’t as aware as us or as smart as us. For example, some have taught that the doctrine of the virgin birth of Jesus was originated by people who didn’t know where babies come from. C.S. Lewis points out that all adults know where Read the rest of this entry »

Abortion is a guy thing

Why would we believe that women naturally kill their own children? Instead, throughout the history of the world, abortion and infanticide have been traditional tools for male exploitation of women. It’s simple. A guy gets a woman pregnant, then he wants to get rid of the evidence and responsibility. Read the rest of this entry »

The Greeting Card Theory of Biblical Authorship

To understand a passage in the Bible, you need to understand who it was written to and what it’s used for. So of course, many verses in the Bible should be understand as greeting card messages.

That means the Bible is: Read the rest of this entry »

About Elva

Elva is what my grandmother’s Texan-German relatives call her – short for Evangeline. She is more than 90 years old, and remembers bouncing on her Civil War veteran grandfather’s knee before 1914, while he called her “My little elf” (in German). She’s fifth-generation Texan, but was raised in a farming community where everybody spoke German, so she didn’t learn English until she started to school. She raised eight children while working in nursing and food service, first in Houston and later in St. Louis.
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Automated parenting systems

The professions of teaching and social work are respectable, but not because they can do a better job than parents. Like a dishwasher, they are useful as ways to automate parenting. An automatic dishwasher usually does an inferior job, but it works when a human dishwasher isn’t available. In the same way, no classroom, however well-equipped, can approach the student/teacher ratio, professional dedication or understanding of the students that a committed homeschooling parent can. Public schools stay in business because, like orphanages, they can do their work even without parents if necessary.

I am a deconstructionist.

Now that I think I understand a little about post-modernism, it’s transforming my thinking — but maybe not in the way you’d expect.
I realized that deconstructionism applies to deconstructionists too. That is, the writings of post-modern thinkers aren’t idealized, objective truth anymore than the writings they criticize. But it occurs to me that this concept can be applied much more broadly – though not as broadly as they would want. We can’t trust human wisdom, but there is another kind of wisdom. Read the rest of this entry »

O my beloved wife, I commend you…

“O my beloved wife, I commend you, and all them that fear God, to the Lord and the Word of His grace.”

- Jan van Hasebroeck, Martyrs Mirror, p. 770-774