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The "Beat-Up Bible" Challenge

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I am an admirer of "beat-up Bibles"--Bibles that are well-read and are therefore well-worn.

How much use does your Bible get?

I challenge you to use it daily, and one way to do that is to read through the Bible in a year. It took me several years to make it through the Bible in a year. The first year I read through the Bible was a struggle but I made it. And then the next year I did it again. Each time I've read through the Bible it has gotten easier and more enjoyable. Now I can't imagine not doing it. 

Let me give you a few things that have helped me and others in reading through the Bible in a year.

Find a plan you will stick with.

There's no plan that's perfect and easy all the time. I prefer one that has daily readings in both the Old Testament and New Testament. This is the plan we provide you with, but there are plenty others.

Find a translation that's easy for you to read.

I will never understand the whole Bible and neither will you, but some translations are easier to read than others. If you choose a paraphrase (like The Message or The Living Bible), keep in mind that sometimes accuracy is sacrificed for readability, but they can still be great ways to expose yourself to all the Word.

Read the Bible.

Don't let the great be the enemy of the good. The purpose of being in the Word daily is not to understand all of it but to expose yourself to all of it. All Scripture is profitable, but not all Scripture is profitable for every person at every moment. Deeper Bible study is good and important, but don't let the desire to understand get in the way of exposing yourself to all of it at a broad and consistent level.

I hope you'll join me in reading through the Bible in 2015. However it turns out for you, I'd love to hear about your experience.

Watch Dr. Lincoln's tips below

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"The Tree" is days away!

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It is hard to believe but we are days away from the 24th annual Singing Christmas Tree at Shandon Baptist Church.  My best guess is that over a quarter of a million people have attended the Tree over those years.  

The thing that I hear over and over from the choir and those involved in the tree this year is how they love the songs we are singing.  There is something about the Tree with all of the lights, the 130 voice choir and full orchestra that just says “I love Christmas!” 

This year’s program is about the birthday of the King from beginning to end.  You’re going to want to just sing along and you are more than welcome to do that!  I hope you will!  

Make sure you are here to make this Midlands Christmas Tradition a part of your Christmas!  If you haven’t gotten tickets, be sure to call our special Christmas at Shandon line at (803) 751-1829 or go online to and get your complimentary tickets.  I’m looking forward to seeing you there!


  • The tree stands just over 25' tall, including the star, and is decorated with around 50,000 lights.
  • It holds a 130-voice choir
  • Our cast is around 300 people, including our choir, orchestra, children's & youth choirs, angels and drama cast.
  • The Singing Christmas Tree began in the early 1980's and was held at Shandon's original campus on Woodrow Street. 
  • The Tree was held at the Township Auditorium for many years before being moved to our old worship center at our current Forest Drive location.
  • The event took a 7 year hiatus and came back in 2010 (Scott Lee's first year as Minister of Music). It was the first time the event was held in our current worship center.

Check out this blast from the past! Singing Christmas Tree, 1994

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