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    Offered without comment for your reading pleasure: "The State iof the Bible 2012"

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/18...est=latestnews
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    I'd love to read it, but I refuse to give fauxnews internet traffic.
    ...just my $.02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Scott View Post
    I'd love to read it, but I refuse to give fauxnews internet traffic.
    It was a really good article. Too bad you missed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Chabot View Post
    It was a really good article. Too bad you missed it.
    Well, if you dig long enough in a pile of *******, you're bound to find something of value eventually. Still no reason to do so

    Of course we are all joking, right?
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    I don't find it to be a pile of dung, just one source among many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Farra View Post
    I don't find it to be a pile of dung, just one source among many.
    Greg, it was a joke. I thought every one was joking here, or are they not?
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    Hans--fox news is definitely not a favorite of many of us here--so while it may be tongue in cheek it is not exactly a joke--Ed
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    I don't watch much news anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Deventer View Post
    Well, if you dig long enough in a pile of *******, you're bound to find something of value eventually. Still no reason to do so

    Of course we are all joking, right?
    I sure am!
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    When I read it I didn't feel like it was really saying all that much. Basically, our world is going to hell in a hand basket and needs Jesus as much as ever. It's polls aren't all that impressive to me because those are subject to the targeted demographic of their polling system. Oh, and read your Bible. Oh you don't have one? Then buy one. That's what it seemed like to me in a sense.

    It is sad though that the Bible has become such a discarded text. I wonder how many kids in our school systems have any real clue as to what it is about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Flowers View Post
    When I read it I didn't feel like it was really saying all that much. Basically, our world is going to hell in a hand basket and needs Jesus as much as ever. It's polls aren't all that impressive to me because those are subject to the targeted demographic of their polling system. Oh, and read your Bible. Oh you don't have one? Then buy one. That's what it seemed like to me in a sense.

    It is sad though that the Bible has become such a discarded text. I wonder how many kids in our school systems have any real clue as to what it is about.
    Or kids in our churches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Farra View Post
    Or kids in our churches.
    True. I used the other simply to encompass kids all across the country, since the article's poll is most likely not just of church goers (or at least I really nope not).
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    Re: State of the Bible

    PDF of the actual survey found here.

    Poll conducted by the Barna Group.

    To a large degree, this is just a different way of phrasing the results found in the other Barna book "UnChristian".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Deventer View Post
    Well, if you dig long enough in a pile of *******, you're bound to find something of value eventually. Still no reason to do so

    Of course we are all joking, right?
    You are referring to the internet as a whole right? being a pile of (whatever you meant).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dale Cozby View Post
    You are referring to the internet as a whole right? being a pile of (whatever you meant).
    Have you ever heard that if one has to explain a joke, it spoils all the fun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Deventer View Post
    Have you ever heard that if one has to explain a joke, it spoils all the fun?
    I thought "Fun Spoiler" was his official naznet title?

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    I would not cite Wikipedia in a serious discussion but it is a good place to look for references and decent enough on most subjects for an overview.
    IMDB is a great place to settle movie disputes.

    NNU's Wesley Center online is a great resource...

    Al Gore's invention has its uses after all.
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    The sad truth mentioned is, most people dont read the Bibles they have. I hope we all here read the Bible through at least once a year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gentles View Post
    The sad truth mentioned is, most people dont read the Bibles they have. I hope we all here read the Bible through at least once a year?
    Ian, I don't.

    I have read the entire Bible through many times, but I do not make it a regular, yearly practice. Here's why:

    1. To do so, at least for me, requires a "leveling" of Scripture that suggests that all Scripture is of equal value and deserving equal time. I don't find that to be the case.
    2. To do so requires me to focus on "getting through" passages. I have not found that to be a valuable way for me to study Scripture.
    3. I prefer a more in depth study of passages.

    We just finished a 31 week really quick series through the entire Bible, sermons, Sunday school and small groups, for all age groups. It was a really helpful exercise for our church, as we have so many young and new believers who are functionally illiterate when it comes to the Bible. What shocked me was the number of people who have been in the church for years who were unfamiliar with most of the Old Testament and its relation to the NT, particularly those stories that they never heard in children's Sunday school.

    Must be the pastor's fault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Schutz View Post
    Ian, I don't.

    I have read the entire Bible through many times, but I do not make it a regular, yearly practice. Here's why:

    1. To do so, at least for me, requires a "leveling" of Scripture that suggests that all Scripture is of equal value and deserving equal time. I don't find that to be the case.
    2. To do so requires me to focus on "getting through" passages. I have not found that to be a valuable way for me to study Scripture.
    3. I prefer a more in depth study of passages.

    We just finished a 31 week really quick series through the entire Bible, sermons, Sunday school and small groups, for all age groups. It was a really helpful exercise for our church, as we have so many young and new believers who are functionally illiterate when it comes to the Bible. What shocked me was the number of people who have been in the church for years who were unfamiliar with most of the Old Testament and its relation to the NT, particularly those stories that they never heard in children's Sunday school.

    Must be the pastor's fault.
    Isn't everything the pastor's fault???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Farra View Post
    Isn't everything the pastor's fault???
    Yes, most of the time. But sometimes it is the soundman who has the volume way too high or the custodian who didn't set the thermostat to please everyone.

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