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Kindling the Presence of God 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

Kindling the Presence of God

The Bible brings us closer to God.

At a Glance

Some hotels are replacing print versions of the Bible with e-readers. This invites us to discuss the reading of the Word of God, a topic introduced in today's epistle text.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Prayer Prosthesis," October 21, 2001, at

In Moses' day, God's Word was inscribed on tablets, just like today.

Well, okay, not just like today. Moses' tablets were made of stone, while ours are made of plastic, glass and silicone.

Still, you may have read God's Word on such a device, especially if you happened to stay at the Indigo Hotel in the British city of Newcastle recently. There, the management swapped out the usual hardcover Gideon Bibles in each of its 148 guest rooms for an Amazon e-reader -- a Kindle -- that's preloaded with the Bible. Guests can download other religious texts free of charge, and other reading

material for a small fee.

While the Indigo is part of a chain, the Newcastle location was chosen to ...

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