Grab a smartphone or mobile tablet, celebrate National Day of the Bible

Monday is National Day of the Bible, which kicks off the celebration of National Bible Week. Every year during Thanksgiving … Continued

Monday is National Day of the Bible, which kicks off the celebration of National Bible Week. Every year during Thanksgiving week, people all across the United States commemorate God’s Word with concerts, public readings, and special contests. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Chicago this week, you’re in 2012’s official “Bible city.”

In 1940, with war raging in Europe, a group of business people created National Bible Week in an effort to bring hope to the country by turning to the Bible, a proven source of comfort throughout history. Interestingly, the first Bible-reading radio broadcast was interrupted by news of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The readings continued at the request of the NBC radio network leading millions in prayer between news reports.

National Bible Week has continued as an annual tradition ever since, encouraging everyone to read the Bible, whether it’s Christians bolstering their faith or simply others who want to understand a different worldview.

Obviously, the Bible has been a significant part of our national history, and it’s rooted in thousands of years of history of its own. But even with that history, many have wondered about its future. Will this generation cast aside the Bible, or could it become the most engaged generation in history?

I believe we’re witnessing something that only happens every few centuries…the revolution of the Bible transitioning into the future. What traditionally been known as the Good Book is becoming available in a new way. Today, over 70 million people see the Bible as an app on the phone that intersects their everyday life. And it’s not just sitting there unopened. Since we launched the free YouVersion Bible App four years ago, we’ve seen people use the app to spend more than 35 billion minutes in Scripture.

Sometimes traditions can grow hollow over time and become more about the tradition itself than the meaning behind it. What’s personally encouraging to me is to see how the Bible continues to connect with people of all ages.

On National Day of the Bible, we’re not observing a hollow ritual, but a celebration of God’s Word—something I believe our children and grandchildren will continue to celebrate for decades and centuries to come.

Bobby Gruenewald is a pastor and innovation leader at, a multi-site evangelical church

More on: , , , ,
  • WmarkW

    The Bible is a natiional epic, which was a common literary genre at the time it was written, mixing some history with mythology and exaggeration. It was written by humans and contains nothing that a smart literate person of the time couldn’t have known. It belongs with other great works of historical fiction, like the Iliad and MacBeth.
    sent from my Android

  • slowe111

    THe Bible has been used to justify or support war, rape, homophobia, sexism, suppression of science and scientists, censorship, slavery and xenophobia. It is in dire need of a new edition, severely edited. The organizations who continue to support the bible need to gather like they did in 300+ AD and reconsider the books and contents of this book, much of which is out of date, condridictory, wrong, hurtful, mean, and even evil for the modern world. Until they do that, I have no respect for them of their book!

  • one nation

    A means of control of the masses to force their religious views on another. What if there was such a movement for a different type of a religion? What percent of bible thumpers know the history of the bible?

  • Secular1

    WMW i agree that it is a vile, filthy and bigoted tome that best had been left on teh dung hill of history. It’s fairy tales do not hold a candle to the books Iliad, Odyssey, Mahabhartha, Ramayana, Bhagvatham, Legend of Gilgamesh, story of Rustom, and scores of others. The language style of OT & NT is so monotonus that it is a real effort to keep awake and simultaneously read it. Thats why keep saying it should be left on the dung hill of history, unlike the others above, which at least are interesting reads.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

Read More Articles

Magical Thinking and the Canonization of Two Popes

Why Pope Francis is canonizing two popes for all of the world wide web to see.

Pope Francis: Stop the Culture of Waste

What is the human cost of our tendency to throw away?

chapel door
“Sometimes You Find Something Quiet and Holy”: A New York Story

In a hidden, underground sanctuary, we were all together for a few minutes in this sweet and holy mystery.

Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

She’s been ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. But the story of Easter makes it clear that Mary was Jesus’ most faithful friend.

Sociologist: Religion Can Predict Sexual Behavior

“Religion and sex are tracking each other like never before,” says sociologist Mark Regnerus.

The Internet Is Not Killing Religion. So What Is?

Why is religion in decline in the modern world? And what can save it?

river dusk
Cleaner, Lighter, Closer

What’s a fella got to do to be baptized?

From Passover to Easter: Why I’m Grateful to be Jewish, Christian, and Alive

Passover with friends. Easter with family. It’s almost enough to make you believe in God.

Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

How might we love Stephen Colbert as the “Late Show” host? Let us count the ways.

God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.

The End of Surveillance for New York Muslims — For Now

How American Muslims modeled the right response to systematic injustice.