2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

Why I Believe the Bible #05 (The Bible is Unique Amongst Books)


Many people are prone to making assertions like, “the Bible is just a book.”  So, let’s take a week in this series and look at that assertion.  Is the Bible just like any other book?  The answer, of course, is no.  As a work of literature, the Bible stands so far above other books that there is no comparison.  Let’s look at some of the unique aspects of the Bible as literature:

1. Circulation

    The Bible has the widest circulation of any book ever in print in the history of mankind.  Billions upon billions of copies have been made a distributed far more than other book in history.

    2. Translation

      The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book.  To date, the Bible has been translated into well over 2,200 different languages.  Despite that, there are still over 2,000 language groups with no Bible in their native tongue, and more and more translations are completed every year.

      A simple chart showing the total number of languages the Bible had been translated into by year gives an idea how quickly it spread around the world especially in recent years:

      By the year (A.D.)

      # of Lanuguages

      200 7
      500 13
      900 17
      1400 28
      1800 57
      1900 537
      1980 1,100
      2006 2,426 have some portion

      3. Influence on other Literature

        The Bible has had more impact on other literature than perhaps any book in human history.  I know that one of the things that struck me most when I finally read through the Bible for the very first time was how many sayings, phrases, axioms and literary themes originate with the Bible.

        Let’s have a look at some quotes from others on the pervasive influence of the Bible. Northrup Frye, a literary critic, says:

        “Western literature has been more influenced by the Bible than any other book.”

        Bernard Ramm adds:

        “No other book in all human history has in turn inspired the writing of so many other books as the Bible.”

        And the book, The Greatest English Classic sums it up:

        “If every Bible in any considerable city were destroyed, the book could be restored in all its essential parts from the quotations on the shelves of the city public library.”

        The conclusion is clear!  The Bible is a book.  It is 66 of them to be exact.  But, it is not just any ordinary book.  From a literary viewpoint, like any other viewpoint, it is extraordinary!

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