Well, I think I have solved a long on-going problem. For a number of years, I have been searching for the perfect bible. To me the perfect bible is a bible that allows me to perform at least five different functions: reading, devotional, study, preaching/teaching, and carrying for ministry purposes.
Friday, June 4, 2021
The Perfect Bible
First, I have discovered, they have not yet designed and produced the perfect bible.
Second, since I don't have the capability and one is not yet available, I have solved my problem in this manner:
I now have five main bibles that serve specific purposes:
1) A Reader - no chapter divisions, no headings/subheadings, no distractions, just single column text to read and contemplate/meditate
2) Devotions - an interleaved or blank bible like J. Edwards. Plenty of room to make notes and devotional comments;
3) Study Bible - I love my ESV Study Bible, it has just the right tools and helps to assist in serious study without doing the work for me;
4) Preaching/Teaching - I am obtaining a single column, verse format bible with good size fonts that I won't mark in so that I can preach/teach easily from it;
5) Carry Bible - a have a pastor's/minister’s bible that is a small, yet filled with helpful tools like wedding, funeral, dedication, visitation, hospital visitation material.
So, problem solved - 5 bibles to do 5 duties! No more searching for the perfect bible, and no more draining the book fund and overloading my shelves with hopeful candidates that turned out to be ius responsum non.
I share this because it has been a long frustration for me. I would imagine that there are others who are equally as frustrated. I hope this helps and can be a good tool or guide for you. What do you do or use for these various "tasks?"
Gregg Metcalf has served as the Teaching Pastor of Surprise Valley Baptist Church (Cedarville, CA) and the Mirror Lake Baptist Church (Federal Way, WA.) He graduated from Shasta Bible College in 1989. Gregg is married to Irene and the Lord has blessed them with four daughters and six grandchildren, and a great grandson. Gregg invites your comments and interaction concerning his posts and this blog! Gregg enjoys teaching, reading, boating, song-poem writing, and his family.