If your Bible is dusty on the outside . . .

31 Mar

DUSTY BIBLEHow critical is it that we read the Word of God?  Many Christians, I would suggest, are not functionally illiterate (those who can’t read), but voluntarily illiterate (they can read, but choose not to).

The horseback rider circuit preacher and FirefoxScreenSnapz370evangelist John Wesley once said:  “It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading.  A reading people will always be a knowing people.”

What have you been reading these days?  My stack of books that I want to read is pretty high.  I recently read Greg Viehman’s book The God Diagnosis.  This is a fascinating description of how this medical doctor examined the evidence for Christ and came to Him by faith.  You can find Dr. Viehman’s book here.

John Piper doesn’t have a TV set in his house!  He writes in Don’t Waste Your Life:

Television is one of the greatest life-wasters of the modern age. FirefoxScreenSnapz371And, of course, the Internet is running to catch up, and may have caught up. You can be more selective on the Internet, but you can also select worse things with only the Judge of the universe watching. TV still reigns as the great life-waster. The main problem with TV is not how much smut is available, though that is a problem. Just the ads are enough to sow fertile seeds of greed and lust, no matter what program you’re watching. The greater problem is banality. A mind fed daily on TV diminishes. Your mind was made to know and love God. Its facility for this great calling is ruined by excessive TV. The content is so trivial and so shallow that the capacity of the mind to think worthy thoughts withers, and the capacity of the heart to feel deep emotions shrivels. . . .


1.  What books are you reading right now?

2.  If you were brutally honest, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being you are a monk living in a cave without electricity and 10 being one who has his TV on 24 hours a day), where would you rate your TV habit?



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One response to “If your Bible is dusty on the outside . . .

  1. Gerry T. Neal

    April 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    1. I am currently reading Austin Farrer’s “A Celebration of Faith”, “Radical Orthodoxy” edited by John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock, and Graham Ward, Sir Peregrine Worsthorne’s “Peregrinations”, and Rene Girard’s “Violence and the Sacred”.

    2. 2. I have a television which is not hooked up to cable or satellite but only to a DVD player. I haven’t turned it on in months.


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