Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Poll: Should Jots and Tittles Posts Return?


This month I'm polling readers on whether or not I should continue posting Jots and Tittles posts. It has been a while since I've featured a Jots and Tittles post, but I used to post monthly collections of links, articles, sermons, videos and odds and ends about the Bible from around the blogosphere and the internet. You can check out old Jots and Tittles posts by clicking the label here.

Vote on the poll in the upper right (do not try to click and vote on this post) to let me know what you think.

Friday, November 9, 2012

My Preaching Bibles

As a Bible edition aficionado I am always curious about good Bible editions and their function, and quite pleased when I find someone else who has thoughtfully chosen an edition. When it comes to preaching Bibles, function and affordability rule. I fully intend to use and abuse my preaching Bibles and am unashamedly guilty of "the wraparound" in which I wrap half of the Bible around the other, causing significant stress the spine, but enabling me to hold the Bible in one hand. In choosing preaching Bibles, I wanted editions that would be able to stand the stress moderately well, but also be cheap enough to replace in a few years.

I settled on two editions which reflect my translation preferences. The NKJV is my memorization translation and what I personally prefer to preach from as I'm most familiar with its language. The NLT is what I use to do most of my ministry, however, because the majority of my audiences are non-native English speakers or have a low level of literacy. I choose which edition to use based on my audience and my preferences for each passage. Occasionally I bring both and swap back and forth.

My NKJV edition is an NKJV Ultra Thin Large Print Reference Bible in genuine leather published by Broadman and Holman. It features a sewn binding, a readable font, and a concordance at a very affordable price. The Bible is built to last, and though I dislike ultra thin, thinline, and slimline Bibles this edition is a gem in a very spotty field for the NKJV. It's cheap enough that I don't feel bad abusing it, but durable enough that it should hold up well for years.

The NLT edition I chose is an NLT Premium Value Large Print Slimline Bible in brown imitation leather. This edition is less than half the price of the NKJV, but still features a smyth-sewn binding and should be reasonably durable. The print is larger and more readable than the NKJV, but it doesn't feature references, a concordance, or red letters. I have found it to be just as durable as the NKJV and much more readable. This is basically a plain text edition, which is really what I want for preaching.

Both editions lay flat fairly well, but also can be folded over and easily held with one hand, which is exactly what I want to do when I'm preaching. I move fairly constantly, and if I have to hold a mic, holding the Bible in one hand is a necessity.

Please comment and let me know what editions you preach from and why. I see more and more people switching to tablet devices, which can be easily held in one hand. I'm more of a traditional book guy, and would love to hear about your choices.

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528BK: NKJV Ultra Thin Large Print Reference Bible, Genuine leather, Black NKJV Ultra Thin Large Print Reference Bible, Genuine leather, Black
By B & H Publishing Group

This Bible is about the same thickness as the regular ultrathin . Large print edition takes the ultrathin to a whole new generation. The NKJV ultrathin, with its larger pages and type make it extremely popular. Features include: center column reference; words of Christ in red; presentation page; family records section; Full-color maps; gift boxed. Black Genuine Leather.
  • Presentation Page
  • Family Record Pages
  • 10-point text
  • Double-column format
  • Book Introductions
  • Words of Christ in Red
  • Center-column references
  • Harmony of the Gospels
  • Concordance
  • 8 Full-color maps
  • Ribbon Marker
  • Gold Gilded Edges
  • 9.50" X 6.50" X 1.00"
  • Black Genuine Leather
364650: NLT Premium Value Large Print Slimline Bible, Brown Leatherlike NLT Premium Value Large Print Slimline Bible, Brown Leatherlike
By Tyndale House