It sounds like a wasted weekend to me, but members of the First Christian Reformed Churches in Sheboygan and Oostburg decided to read the entire Bible out loud, non-stop, until they were done. It took each church three days.
In 2008, First Christian Reformed in Oostburg had 107 people take turns reading the Bible. This year, [church elder Joel] VanEss read alongside three of his children, who are second-, sixth- and eighth-graders at Oostburg Christian.
Everyone reads from an oversized New International Version of the Bible which rests on the pulpit of the church. Each person takes a shift of 15 to 30 minutes — some more.
“When one individual is done reading the segment they signed up for, you are just continuing where they left off … they will walk and stand next to you and watch where you are reading as you point with your finger. As soon as they stop they start,” Kate [Hendrikse] said.
Reader Chris brought this story to my attention, adding: “Let’s just hope it wasn’t an 8-year-old girl that had to read one of the many stories of rape.”
One commenter on the Sheboygan Press’ website shared the same thoughts:
So wait…they read the whole Bible, start to finish without editing out the rape, murder, genocide, incest, homophobia, racism, torture, etc., and they did this with children present? I’m sorry, but I don’t care if they are God’s words or the words of Mickey Mouse, there are certain things young ears simply should not have to hear.
You know if they had to read about these things in a book for English class, Christian parents would be calling for censorship. But it’s all ok if the Bible contains it.