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Cell Phone vs. Bible

July 20th, 2006 by Beth A. Lewis

I don’t usually read the cute e-mail jokes, bits of folk wisdom, etc. that get forwarded and forwarded and forwarded. They come into my in-box and I hit “delete.” Since I usually receive a couple of hundred e-mails each day, I simply don’t have time to read them.

But, I must admit that when my mother sent this one to me a few days ago, it did catch my attention. I thought that you might enjoy it, too:

“Cell Phone vs Bible

I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live witho ut it?

What if we gave it to our kids as gifts?

What if we used it as we traveled?

What if we used it in case of an emergency?

What if we upgraded it to get the latest version?

This is something to make you go…hmm…where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don’t ever have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill!!”

Since I travel a great deal with my work, I generally carry a small pocket Bible in my briefcase. But, I must admit that I’m much more likely to pull out my cell phone several times each day than my Bible! And, since it’s a TREO where I can also get my e-mails that increases the amount of time it’s in my hand tenfold!

At Augsburg Fortress, we spend a lot of time working on the development of new resources to assist people with reading the Bible and living it’s teachings. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY written by talented teachers and writers, Kelly Fryer and Rolf Jacobson is one of our most successful new adult Bible Study resources.

With the launch of the HERE WE STAND CONFIRMATION student site earlier this week, we have an edgier, cooler on-line offering for teaching confirmands the importance of reading and living the Bible.

And, the edgiest, coolest of all is just around the corner, when we launch AKALOO on August 2nd! Life long learning, intergenerational faith formation intended to be used both at church and at home (even at work or in the neighborhood or at the soccer field!). One of it’s five units is called “Discovering the Bible.”

But, what about Bibles themselves? In many congregations, we give them as gifts to 3rd graders. A good start. But, have you thought about giving the small ones out as gifts? The ones that, even if they don’t fit quite as easily into a pocket or a belt as a cell phone, easily slide into a briefcase, backpack or purse? A nice gift for people in your congregation, whether members or visitors, don’t you think?

Blessings to you as you remember to carry & refer to your Bible along with your cell phone!


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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress
  • Hi Beth,

    I just found your blog today and I had to comment. I’m very much like you – I usually delete those jokes that are sent, however, this one is very good and I will pass it on.

    Can you imagine what the world would be like if we saw everyone reading their bibles in their cars when they drive! Maybe there wouldn’t be so much roadrage 🙂

    Many blessings,

    Stacy L. Harp
    Active Christian Media

  • Beth A. Lewis

    Thanks for your note, Stacy. I’m not sure that reading (even the Bible) while driving would be such a great idea, but maybe listening to it while driving would reduce the roadrage problem.

    Speaking of which, we have not converted any of our printed books to audio books. Do you (or does anyone else who is reading here) have any information on what types of Christian resources are the most successful as audio books? Sources for licensing them, etc.?



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