Ours is a changing world. The good old days (if they ever existed) are gone and will never return. Though America has never been a "Christian" nation there was a time when most folks knew the basic stories of the Bible. That day, too, is past. Sadly most folks who claim the title Christian are not much more biblically literate than non-Christians. My friend Beth pointed to a fascinating article on Christianity Today by Brian Lowry "Biblical Literacy Reaches New Low" on how John 3.16 was the number 1 item on Google search after the Florida/Oklahoma game.
Here is another article on John 3.16 posted by Jonathan over on the OOZE called "John 3.16: Is it Focused on Just People or Something Bigger?"
History can teach us many things if we will just have ears to hear and eyes to see. There are massive "Battles for the Bible" going on in Protestant Christianity today ... even among Churches of Christ. Often we fail to see how our own battles are couched in in cultural terms unawares. Mark Noll, one of the best Evangelical historians in America, has written as short and enlightening account from a previous battle that can help us see our own today: Battle for the Bible.
Readers of English Bibles are often confused by the use of textual notes and how they are represented. Holger Szesnat shares a slightly more beefy article in the Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism called "Some Witnesses Have ...' The Representation of the New Testament in English Bible Versions." Actually a helpful piece.
Just to be WOWED! Some pictures of God's Amazing Creation.
China has nearly 300 million people on the NET.
And if you are not familiar with the hoopla over the Bible Illuminated then here is a short look at one person's view of the project.