One or Many

When I played baseball, I only wanted to use my glove. I only used two in the whole time I played with an adult glove. Any other glove was inferior. I liked the way my glove carried with it the dirt and memories of games past, how it was shaped to my hand, and how the callouses on my hand reflected the shape of the glove. It was mine, and with it, I could catch anything.

I used to be the same way with my Bible. I had MY bible. I knew where it was, it was the only  Bible I wanted to use. I remember heading out for Bible studies, asking Emily where my Bible was, and she would say, "Why don’t you just borrow mine?" I would stare at her blankly and say "No thanks."

I’ve had a habit of buying a new Bible, reading it through (marking all
the way), and then shelving it and buying a new one. Now, it’s all changed. I now use a number of Bibles for a number of different things. I’m wondering if this is weird, normal, or what. So, tell me what you like…one Bible, or many?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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9 thoughts on “One or Many

  1. I have 2 that I use. An NIV and an ESV. I love the ESV as well. I will sometimes get a new bible when some of the new cool cover designs come out. (I know, I’m weird, I like fashion in Bibles 🙂 I probably buy more new bibles than most people. But for me, buying a new bible is like a great study time. I have been putting notes in my bibles for years. I once heard Jeff Walling say, you should always write notes in your bible and you should get a new bible every year and start over. I don’t quite get one every year, but when I do get one, I transfer all my notes over to the new bible. I can’t seem to just start over. Usually there will be more notes to transfer each time and it usually takes me a good week to get everything transfered. But I love the time of reflection it brings about. And I keep all of my bibles so I figure someday I’ll have enough bibles with notes to pass along to all my children and grandchildren.

  2. I’ve got an altogether different, strange Bible these days. Never thought it would happen. I’ve downloaded the New Testament on my laptop and have found it to be just as addictive as surfing the ‘net. And since I drag the laptop around everywhere, I’ve no excuse not to be reading. And, the print is nice and large for these tired, old eyes.

  3. Ok, I have to weigh in on this one. I love my “old” bible – the one that falls open to my favorite passages, and the one where I have scriptures memorized, not by chapter and verse, but by where it is located on the page! However, I’ve also been suprised by the freshness of old scriptures when they are encountered in a new translation. As you know, I’ve recently discovered the ESV, which has been a pleasure. I think everyone needs both – the comfort and familiarity of the bible that carries our spiritual journeys past, as well as the challenge of the new one, that spurs us toward new and fresh ways of reading and understanding God’s word.

  4. Two in the car for church. They are in a kit that has all the needed church stuff (drawing paper, pencils, my highlighting pencils, pens and kleenex). One is an NIV so I can read what everybody else is reading in class. The other is a parallel with greek transliterated in the middle so I don’t bore people with stupid questions about the original language.
    On bookshelf, I have the NASB inductive study bible that I actually use and mark up. And about 12 bibles that I never open.
    Believe it or not, I still don’t have a computer bible.

  5. Tim,
    Keep your confessions to yourself. A Yankees hat? Wow?!? I’m not so sure about this new revelation.
    I hear good things from my dad about your time away. God’s blessings on Highland Oaks as you continue your journey into the unknown.