Lean-into-God is for those who might need a little help in their goal to make time and space for God, or maybe you need a jump start each day. Despite our best efforts, most of us are strapped with responsibilities and harassed by distractions that resist our better judgment. Therefore, some of these daily readings take only a minute to read, but I believe the daily routine is more important than the quantity. Doing the same thing every day, however small, is accumulative. It can have a dramatic impact over time.
LiG started in 2006 as Yukon Angel Productions, my first website. It combined a read the Bible in a year program with my video editing business. Eventually I figured I should separate the two and 9/24/14 I launched Lean-into-God and re-worked Yukon Angel Productions. Hopefully these sites will work on both computers and cell phones. Please let me know when things don’t work, the page and what device you are using.
LiG is based on my personal schedule to read the Bible in a year. My schedule has changed several times, but in 2010 I finally settled on the present schedule. When the same event is described by different authors (the Gospels, Kings, Chronicles, etc.) I place both together so you can make your own assumptions. Otherwise this schedule is very similar to Vernon McGee’s, which I grew up with.
The importance of reading the Bible for yourself cannot be over emphasized. "... the church cannot respond (positively or negatively) to a book of which it has no knowledge. Christ’s promise that his sheep will respond to his voice pertains only to books that have had their voice actually heard by the sheep (John 10:27)." Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books
Over the years I have added devotionals, books and over 5,000 embedded videos from Carnegie Mellon University, Dallas Theological Seminary, Harvard, Biola University, Vanderbilt University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary, Catholic University, Edinburgh University, Yale and others.
Jesus was a Jew so I tend to be interested in anything Jewish, however, I believe that in and through Christ crucified God substituted himself for me and bore my sins, dying in my place the death I deserved to die, in order that I might be restored to his favor and adopted into his family. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, NRSV (1 Co 15:3–5).
I graduated with my Masters in Divinity and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in 2008. I have been on staff at the Seminary since January 2009. In 2013 I was asked to do additional spiritual direction with PhD Psychology candidates from George Fox University. I often meet directees at the Starbucks in Tualatin near the I-5. (See contact page) I skype and facetime with students and private clients who are out of state.
Daily Reading options
Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary
On This Day, 365 Amazing And Inspiring Stories About Saints
My Utmost for His Highest
Take Heart: Daily Devotions with the Church's Great Preachers
Where Do You Lean? (my compilation)
Proverbs from the Complete Jewish Bible : Eng Vers of Tanakh (OT) & B'Rit Hadashah (NT)
Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions
Morning and Evening: Classic Devotional by Charles Spurgeon
Books and starting dates:
Jan 6 Thomas R. Kelly A Testament of Devotion
Jan 25 N.T. Wright The Lord and His Prayer
Feb 1 Thomas A. Kempis The Imitation Of Christ
Feb 10 John Woolman Journal and Major Essays
Feb 12 Rabbi Michael Katz - Swimming in the Sea of Talmud: Lessons for Everyday LIving
Mar 9 C.S. Lewis - The Great Divorce
Mar 17 Andrew Murray - Absolute Surrender
Apr 3 The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism
May 16 Josephus Flavius The War of the Jews: The History of the Destruction of Jerusalem (complete edition, 7 books)
May 27 Dr. Norman Lamm The Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism
June 7 Rabbi Michael Katz - Searching for Meaning in Midrash: Lessons for Everyday Living
Sept 19 P.T. Forsyth The Soul of Prayer
Oct 28 C.S. Lewis Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
Nov 20 Bonhoeffer God Is In The Manger
The calendar below will take you to that specific day’s reading and video resources.
I am not a 501.