Pastors accumulate Bibles. The Bible is the central document where Christians find and are found by God. Reading and studying these writings are a central discipline of our spiritual lives. Recently I counted more than 50 copies of the Bible on my shelves. Each has a story; I can tell you what was going on in my life when I acquired them, or when I was reading from them regularly. Some belonged to my parents; a couple are even older. My father studied daily from the Swedish Bible that had been his father's, and from the new Swedish translation I gave him a few years before he died.
Reflections, a mini-sermon written by Minot and area clergy, will appear each Saturday in The Minot Daily News. Clergy interested in writing a mini-sermon should contact Religion Editor Loretta Johnson at 857-1952 or Debbie Sandvold at 857-1950. The toll-free number is 1-800-735-3229.