Where Do You Lean?
Other than the selected readings there is nothing unique about my web site except it is intended for those who just can’t seem to make time and space for God. Despite our best efforts, most of us are bound by responsibilities and harassed by distractions that pull against 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.
Lean-into-God 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, but the amount of work involved in changing thousands of links was intimidating. September 24, 2014 I launched Lean-into-God and re-worked Yukon Angel Productions. Hopefully these sites will work on both computers and cell phones. Please contact me when things don’t work and let me know which page does not work and what device you are using.
This website 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 placed both together so you can come to your own conclusion. 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 emphasized enough. "... 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
As the years passed 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. I do not agree with everything in these videos, but I do find them interesting.
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