Through the Bible in 101 Days

by | Oct 31, 2016

I recently finished reading through the entire Bible in 101 days. It has become an annual reading program that I have completed for the last six years. This personal challenge was inspired by a student at a Christian school who was motivated to read the Bible in 70 days after hearing me speak about media. I had quoted a statistic that the average teen in the US consumed 7.5 hours of media each day (TV, video games, social media, etc.) and compared that with the average time it takes to read the Bible (between 70-75 hours). I pointed out that it would only take 70 days to read the Bible through if you read for an hour a day. I must confess that I had never done this myself but it was certainly food for thought. I received a note from the teen letting me know she was going to take a break from media and try reading the Bible in 70 days and I was blown away and convicted. I read the Bible often and would try to read it through each year but this was a new goal worth considering. I decided to modify the challenge to tie in with my ministry, Media Talk 101, so I worked out a reading plan for 101 days. I decided to time myself that first year and it took about 45 minutes a day on average. That’s not much time but it’s harder to carve out that time every day for 101 days in a row. Since that first year I have thoroughly enjoyed the disciplined reading schedule. It gives me a birds eye view of the Scriptures and the rest of the year I dig in deeper at a slower pace. You can download three different versions of the reading plan at

Who is Phillip Telfer? What is the core of my identity? I’m a child of God and a disciple of Jesus Christ. What you do is not as important as who you are. But in case you’re wondering about what I do, here you go…

Husband & Father: Mary and I have been married for 32 years and blessed with 4 children, one fantastic son-in-law, and three precious grandchildren.

Minister: I serve as a pastor by day (and night) and I’m the founder and director of the nonprofit ministry Media Talk 101

Coffee Nut: When I’m not serving the flock, I’m serving good, home roasted coffee to family and friends.

Woodworker: Another hobby that has “turned” into a small family business is woodturning. Working with wood a little bit each week keeps me sane in this big world of personalities.

Film Festival Director: Since that didn’t seem like enough on my plate I also started the annual Christian Worldview Film Festival and Filmmakers Guild.

Author: When there’s time to spare, I love to take  a Pilot G2 gel pen and a pad of paper and write! I used to pour a lot of creative writing energy into music, and now that has shifted to the fun of writing a novel.

Musician: I got my start in ministry as a singer/songwriter. It’s been over a decade since I last recorded any music but be on the lookout for new music in 2023 on your favorite streaming service.