Old New Year’s Resolutions

It’s time to revisit your New Year’s resolution to read a major theologian this year

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SO AS THE SEASONS TURN, the new year’s resolutions curl gently on the pinboard, and start to take take on the faded, recriminating look of last year’s list.  The gym.  The diet.  The French.

Before you remove the pin, sigh, and chuck them in the bin, I want to encourage you to have another look at them – and one in particular.

You said that this was the year you’d read some substantial theological writing.  Get to grips with an author, a topic, a bible book. This year.  But here we are in March already.

25% gone.

And Augustine is as absent as your six-pack.

So right now, do something.  No – just do one thing.  But do it now. Click over to your online retailer of choice and choose one – just one – book by that author.  Or if you’ve done that already, put the laptop down and get the book out and put it beside you.

That’s step one. It’s that easy.

Tomorrow, commit to just fifteen minutes reading.  Just fifteen.  That’s all.

That’s step two.

And by the end of the year, one step at a time, you will have done it.  Don’t be spooked by the scale of the task, but tackle it slow and steady. Last year it was Augustine for me.  This year it’s Edwards.  But it’s slow and steady that gets you there.

I know it’s obvious, but I also know it works.

Just make sure each step is really, really easy.

With the six-pack, though, you’re on your own.

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