Earlier this year, on Capitol Hill, the entire Bible was read aloud. It was the 17th annual Bible Reading Marathon, and was held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. It went on for 90 hours straight. Those who read included volunteers from all walks of life, including children, ministers, and members of Congress. Reading the Bible in the nation’s capitol is a great symbolic gesture, but we need more. We need to read, understand and act on what we have read.

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.