Wednesday, March 11, 2009
My friend Dr. Ron Gleason (see sidebar links) has a new book out on the subject of the death penalty. As you can see from the graphic, it's called The Death Penalty On Trial - Taking a Life for a Life Taken. Rev. Kevin Johnson and I interviewed Ron this week on our radio program, Perspective Underground. As always, it was a fascinating discussion. I recommend this book highly if you are wrestling with this question and wondering if the death penalty is biblical.
Next, I happened to see an ad in the latest CBD catalog that raised my eyebrow a bit. It's for the NIV 2:52 Boys' Bible, which is apparently geared toward 8-to-12 year old boys. What raised my eyebrow is the pitch line:
Rick Osborne's study tracks help young men grow "Deeper, Smarter, Stronger, and Cooler" in the Lord.
Now, I am all for studying God's Word and getting kids into it as early as possible. But do we want to encourage a study of God's Word by appealing to boastful vanity? I think we know boys at that age place a great value on being "cool." I guess we can ask the question of what it means to be "Cooler in the Lord," but whatever is meant by whoever wrote that pitch line, we know what is most often meant by boys who want to be "cool" or think that they are "cool."
Couldn't they have written something that gave God the glory? If anyone is "cool," it's the Lord and I almost blush at using that term in reference to Him.
While I am at it, there's something that bugs me about "marketing" God's Word. But what do I know? I'm a meanie.