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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

February 10, 2012


We have been arranging and re-arranging some books in the offices, and I got to thinking about those books I have and whether or not some of them are ever used.

One book I was looking at was my Bible Concordance. This is (was) an indispensible book for the preaching minister. Take a word, any word, “angel” “shepherd” “hunger” “commandment” or “command.” The concordance will give you all the verses in the Bible for those particular words. You get the book, chapter and verse. It is very helpful if you have a partial quote floating in your head or a partial incorrect Bible quote.

The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible sits there on my shelf. I now use sites on-line to look up Bible verses and words. I don’t have to get up from my desk chair, walk across my office, get the book, return to the desk, move my laptop and laboriously thumb through the book for the passage that tells of say, “Angels.”  (Ministry can be grueling.) A couple clicks on the computer and I find 92 passages in the King James Bible according to one website.

Anyway, things are changing. Books competing with the computer. I think I have a dictionary or two wedged in my bookshelf also… but you notice that I use the word “think” because I am not certain, and if I do, I have not used it since the Clinton Administration. I look up words online.

So, the other night in Confirmation, my suspicions about the younger generation and the use of reference books was confirmed… no pun intended. One of the class asked me a question about the origin of a word, of which I had no idea. I appeared somewhat “with it” when I said, “I don’t know, but you could Google it later.” Said the girl on my left, “I’ll look it up, if that’s OK!” (I was pleased she asked permission in the midst of the class.) “Sure,” I said. And she pulled her iPhone out of her boot and in seconds handed me the phone with the Dictionary.com website and the answer to the origins of that particular word.

My reference books remain unopened. It’s a whole new world out there.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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