DEARBORN, Mich. – If you’re seeking a supportive and helpful way to read the Bible, Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church invites you to join the Essential 100 (E100) Challenge. E100 is an internationally recognized, non-denominational Bible reading plan.
The program is built around 100 carefully selected short Bible passages that are organized into 20 sets of five readings each. There are 50 passages from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. Most passages are only one or two chapters in length and can easily be read in 10 minutes or less.
“Since the readings start with creation, we decided to launch E100 on Earth Day, April 22,” said the Reverend M. Doug Campbell, interim pastor of Cherry Hill Presbyterian. “We’ll carry the program through Labor Day, September 2, with the book of Revelation and finding rest.”
According to Rev. Campbell, his sermons throughout the coming weeks will also include passages from the text. However, for people who are traveling and on vacation, there will be opportunities to follow the readings and podcasts on the church’s website as well as give feedback and discuss online.
The free reading plan will be available to anyone interested in participating. The church will also offer a special childrens’ reading program for families with children, ages 5-12.
“For busy people and others who want to get the big picture of the Bible, this is an excellent program,” added Reverend Campbell. “The Bible answers life’s questions, but it can’t help if we don’t have an understanding of what’s in the Bible — if it just sits on the shelf, unopened and collecting dust. That’s why we also invite anyone from the community to join us in this program. It’s not just for Cherry Hill members.”