A British hotel has thrown out the Gideon Bibles … and now offers its guests a Kindle preloaded with Scripture, supposedly the first to do so. The report didn’t say whether the guests could take the Kindle with them. The general manager said they wanted to reflect the town’s literary character “in a very contemporary way” with the “cutting-edge Kindles.” Let’s hope they included a version that people could understand.
• Not every hotel and chain will be able to afford Kindles, so the Gideons will not be going out of business any time soon.
• The Lord’s church lost a Bible translation and distribution ministry recently. The World Bible Translation Center merged with the Bible League International and in doing so became an evangelical cause.
• Do we have in the brotherhood any ongoing, major efforts at Bible distribution? I’m not aware of any, though I’m usually the last to hear about things. Maybe our efforts are spread out among the churches and missions ministries, dunno.
• We who proclaim the sufficiency of Scripture, why don’t we do more Bible distribution? When was the last time you gave somebody a copy of Scripture? Or when did your congregation last hand out copies of the Bible?
CNN is having its worst days as far as number of viewers. Now, Anderson Cooper, one of its main faces, has publicly declared he’s homosexual. Will be interesting to see if his declaration has any effect on viewer numbers. Though the cable network seems to be doing a superb job itself of shooting down its own ratings.
• An atheist has sued a Pennsylvania restaurant for offering 10% off on Sundays to customers who bring in a church bulletin. He didn’t say he felt discriminated against, but described his lawsuit as a strike against self-righteousness. Stranger tactics have been employed, I suppose.
• Father’s Day present was a Kindle. Got any tips or free items to recommend? Of course, I’ve already loaded NET Bible, ESV, and HCSB, all free, as well as a Portuguese version.
• One mean thing about Amazon.com, from which Kindle springs: People outside the US are charged $0.99 for free books. Why is that? Do I use up more electricity, bandwidth, or electrons than someone within the country? Should I, like the atheist, sue them for discrimination or American self-righteousness?
• Lots of praise heaped on Andy Griffith, even a cartoon some of the brethren are reposting that shows him at the gates of heaven with “Saint” Peter. One supposes that panegyrics and eulogies may be hyperbolic without much criticism. But a sour note—and perhaps I should just leave it alone, on July 4th still, or say it because it is the 4th—most actors and entertainment figures, Griffith included, are outspoken for many a liberal and not a few unrighteous causes. Makes the entertainment they provide a tad less enjoyable.
Isn’t it good we have things to enjoy besides tainted human efforts? “God … richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (1Tm 6.17 ESV).
Joel Stephen Williams has put his book, What Is Christianity?, online at Amazon, for Kindle, available for a pittance. This is a great little overview of the scheme of redemption with simple and succinct descriptions of the Deity, church, salvation, worship, etc. It was published originally under his Kerygma label. The book is avaliable in html on his website, which deserves a good look as well. A couple of other of his books are also in Kindle format.