I was driving down Main Street and saw a tent pitched outside of a residence that was next to the downtown business district. A bunch of teenagers were milling about. There was a podium, and it looked like someone was reading from it. A sign said, “I ate them.com.”
Of course that aroused my curiosity, so I went to the site and saw that the reference was to Jeremiah 15:16, about “eating” the Word of God. What was going on downtown was a Bible reading marathon!
The website, designed I assume by the group, featured a video, produced I assume by the group, which gave two different perspectives on the Bible from atheists as well as believers, and then challenged people to read the Bible for themselves to form their own opinion.
The site also included evangelistic and apologetic material, with links to other sites on these topics, as well as Bible-reading resources.
In a day of stupid youth group tricks, I thought, this was an ingenious, fun, and meaningful project!
Imagine my surprise yesterday to learn that the inspiration came from this blog! Rich Shipe, pastor of Blue Ridge Bible Church and frequent commenter here, wrote me yesterday saying he got the idea from this post.
Rich said it took them 70 hours and 34 minutes to read the whole Bible. They were able to share the Gospel with about a dozen passersby. And reading the Bible in shifts was a devotional experience. He said he himself realized how helpful it is to read the Bible in big chunks, so as to get the contexts and continuity, as opposed to the verse sampling that has become more common. They went on to make a time-lapse video of the three-day event (see below).
So I salute those of you who participated in the “I ate them” project. (Rich invites other churches to do the same and said that they could use their website.)