Archive for August, 2008

2 Timothy 2 Published

Friday, August 29th, 2008


2 Timothy 2 has finally been published!

I have spent the last two days updating the program that converts the export from my Bible software into web pages. I wrote the program in Visual Basic 6 years ago, and have made improvements almost every time I have published a new chapter. This time required a lot more work because I had redesigned the web site in the interim, and I needed to incorporate those changes into the software.

I had run the conversion program from my laptop in the past, but my new laptop has Vista on it, which is incompatible with VB6. I installed Visual Basic 2008 on Vista, but when I converted the program, there were a lot of errors resulting from many fundamental incompatibilities between VB6 and VB2008. Oh well. I doubt I will want to take the time to reprogram this for an upgrade. For now, I have Windows XP on my desktop, and will run the conversions from there.

I look forward to working on the next chapter: 2 Timothy 3!

Enjoy, and God bless,

Daily Bible Reading iCalendar Fixed & Improved

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

The old iCalendar feed I had available was really difficult to work with. The most important change I made was to convert the old iCalendar from a static file that had all the readings for the entire year in it, and having each appointment repeat each year, to a dynamic file that delivers only three weeks of readings surrounding the current day. I had set up a database for the RSS feed, and was able to reuse that table for the iCalendar, which allows the application to choose the current readings easily and account for Leap Year.

The iCalendar format makes it easy to add these reminders to Outlook, Google Calendar, and AirSet.

Features include:

  • Only populates calendar for two weeks ahead and one week past, instead of putting in the whole year of readings
  • Reading schedule now accounts for Leap Years
  • Links back to MBC Daily Reading page if you would like to read the Bible online
  • Visitors can subscribe anonymously
  • Uses iCalendar v2, which should work with most iCalendar applications

Add “Read the Bible in a Year” to your iCalendar Add daily readings to your iCalendar client

Daily Bible Reading RSS Feed Added

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

I have added an RSS feed that will allow people to subscribe to daily reminders with their favorite news aggregator (my personal favorite is Google Reader)!

Features include:

  • Always has seven days of readings available
  • Reading schedule now accounts for Leap Years
  • Links back to MBC Daily Reading page if you would like to read the Bible online
  • Visitors can subscribe anonymously
  • Uses RSS v2, which should work with all modern RSS readers

You can subscribe to the “Read the Bible in a Year” RSS feed by clicking on this link: RSS Daily Bible Reading Feed

Daily Bible Reading E-mail Reminders are Working Again!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

The Bible reading e-mail reminder subscription has been broken since 2007-07-22. I do not remember the circumstances, but I must have been in a rush to move the site to a new host. I did not even have a backup of the database from the old server! I have reconstructed the database, updated the code, and moved the daily reading pages to their own, higher-profile, location. For those who had previously signed up for daily reminders, I regret that your subscriptions were lost. I will develop a better system to both back this up while keeping your e-mail addresses confidential. Thank you for your patience.

Subscribe to Daily Bible Reading Reminders Receive daily e-mail reminders

Read the Bible in a Year page

Sabbatical At An End

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

As some of you have noticed, I have been on a sabbatical from writing the Marsh Bible Commentary for several years. I am happy to announce that I have started writing again. I am also going to try leveraging tools like this blog, which were not available when I was writing before. I am most of the way through 2 Timothy now, and anticipate that I will be publishing again in a week or two. I have not run through my export process in years, so I am not sure what debugging I might need to do with the application.

I hope you find this site informative, useful, and inspiring.

God bless,