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Mark Dever supplied his own annual reading schedule entitled a “Canon of Theologians” that looks like this:
January – Early church writings (1st-3rd centuries)
February – Augustine (354-430)
March – Martin Luther (1483-1546)
April – John Calvin (1509-1564)
May – Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)
June – John Owen (1616-1683) and John Bunyan (1628-1688)
July – Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
August – C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
September – B.B. Warfield (1851-1921)
October – Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
November – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) and Carl F.H. Henry (1913-2003)
December – Contemporary authors like John Stott, J.I. Packer, Iain Murray, R.C. Sproul and John Piper
I want to take this challenge this year but I am scared because I know I will almost certainly fail. And because this quote is all too true:
Erasmus: “When I get a little money I buy books: and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”
Unfortunately, after this Annual Bible Reading Challenge, I won’t have any money left…
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The truth Word of God is powerful and the author of that Word is supreme over all things. He makes his tarnished image bearer new again by planting His Word in their hearts and giving them the Holy Spirit by which to water the new life into a full vibrant believer. But the key to this life-giving power is the Word of God and its ability to slice through false teaching and cut down the superstition man-made religion. God’s word destroys error and implants truth.

If, as I lately said, we turn aside from it, how great soever the speed with which we move, we shall never reach the goal, because we are off the course. We should consider that the brightness of the Divine countenance, which even an apostle declares to be inaccessible (1 Tim. 6:16), is a kind of labyrinth, a labyrinth to us inextricable, if the Word do not serve us as a thread to guide our path; and that it is better to limp in the way, than run with the greatest swiftness out of it. Hence the Psalmist, after repeatedly declaring (Psalm 93, 96, 97, 99, &c). that superstition should be banished from the world in order that pure religion may flourish, introduces God as reigning; meaning by the term, not the power which he possesses and which he exerts in the government of universal nature, but the doctrine by which he maintains his due supremacy: because error never can be eradicated from the heart of man until the true knowledge of God has been implanted in it. 

– John Calvin,Image Institutes Of The Christian Religion