Most every Sunday, minister Jim Hackney made the same request before he preached.
“Hold up your swords!” he’d say, and we’d all raise our Bibles to show that we brought them.
Those were the days, of course, before PowerPoint sermons with Scripture references shown on a big screen at the front of the auditorium.
And, yes, those were the days before technology made it possible to view the entire Bible — and quickly look up specific books and verses — on handheld phones.
In those days, a worn-out Bible with a battered leather cover and crinkled pages gave you a pretty good indication that the owner had spent quality time “in the Word.”
A “sword” that looked new and shiny, with no creases or dog-eared pages, wasn’t necessarily a badge of honor.
But can we make the same generalization today?
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