12“For the word of God is alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12a, NIV)
Some ten years ago, an Anglican bishop was ejected from his church for reading the Bible on his mobile phone. In those days phones weren’t allowed in holy places. Things are different now. I have read about a Center for Digital Theology functioning at one of British universities. The development of apps and social media is changing the character of worship. During services, believers may read their smartphones with more than 1,000 Bible versions in over several hundreds languages in them.
I’m no opponent of new technologies used for worshiping the Lord. Myself, I have the YouVersion app in my phone, which every day reminds me of the time when I should read another portion of the Bible according to my reading plan, and also supplies commentaries and cross-references. During worship services, I read Bible verses and lyrics of hymns as they are projected on to the big screen , and enjoy music played on electronic instruments. However, I always carry my Bible with me, being, probably the only person in the church who reads a paper edition of God’s Word.
My Book of Books is dear to me. It was sent to me by my American student after I had returned from the United States where I was teaching in a high school. Actually, the arrival of the parcel was the start of my spiritual growth. Almost every page of more than two thousand pages in the Bible contains my notes and markings. A lot of passages are highlighted in different colors. I remember on what occasion I marked the verses or made notes. I remember every pastor who preached on this or that passage that I ticked. I feel the position of every book of the Old and New Testaments. I see the Spirit of God hovering over the waters in the very beginning, I hear the words “Yes, I am coming soon” in the very end. The past, present and future of mankind are in between “Genesis” and “Revelation.” The Bible is a living thing in my hands.
When, after more than 30 years, I met my American student last March, I asked her to sign the cover page of her present she had made long ago. On a specially assigned form of that page she wrote: PRESENTED TO my dear friend Vitaliy Babych FROM Holly Virginia Lord Reese. Thank you, Holly!
Our Father, we pray that Your Word will remain warm and throbbing regardless of which way it comes into our hearts. May the sharers of Your truths be blessed by You and always remembered by thankful receivers.