Friday, November 17, 2006

Now Available: A M'Cheyne Devotional

Long awaited news for Covenant First Presbyterian -- Brook Perkins has released the first volume in his M'Cheyne Devotional Series.

Some background for you. Robert Murray M'Cheyne was a 19th Century Scottish preacher and evangelist. During his time as minister of St Peter's Church in Dundee, he developed a reading plan for his congregants so they could work through the entire Bible in a year. The plan consisted of four readings, two in the morning, and two in the evening. Following the plan a congregant would go through the Old Testament once in a year and the New Testament and Psalms twice in a year. One would also be in four different places in the Bible, and thus exposed to the dramatic unity of scripture.

This unity is what inspired Brook -- as one of our elders overseeing Study ministries, he felt a real calling to lead people deeper into daily work with Scripture. So he started taking each day's reading and looking for the common themes among them and creating thought provoking questions that he'd email out to anyone on his "M'Cheyne study" list. The list grew and grew, and after some encouragement, Brook decided to edit the study and publish it in four volumes (one volume for every three months)

He now has the first volume ready for purchase on -- it's a devotional for the January-March readings. Perfect for a Christmas present for people on your list- or for assisting you in your New Year's resolutions to take Bible reading more seriously.

Realize this is not a volume that exposits the readings -- it simply looks for a common theme across them and asks probing questions. It truly is more of a devotional than a study. However as such, it is a good way to get started on the discipline of the M'Cheyne study. I'm particularly excited about this because Brook is one of our elders and I think his material is pretty teriffic. You can be sure I'll let you know when volumes 2-4 come out. Go preview the book at and buy many many copies.

Soli Deo Gloria