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Bibles for graduates

Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by rbell, May 11, 2007.

  1. rbell

    rbell Active Member

    Jan 16, 2006
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    Ever since I arrived at my church, we've given our high school grads (or GED) a Bible on Graduate recognition day. For the last 7 years, it's been an NIV Thinline Bible, bonded leather. I don't do cheap (the "gift Bibles" that have unreadable type, paperback, etc.); of course, I've always managed to buy them for under $20 each (this year, $17 apiece...not bad!).

    It's gotten kind of expensive recently. This year, we recognized 21 seniors. That's about $400. Now...it's a priority: we're gonna keep doing it, even if it doubles in cost.

    But...I had a chance this year through a contact and a store opening to buy HCSB's, bonded leather, for $13. That's right...$13! I almost did it, but stuck with what I had done.

    FYI, our church primarily uses NIV, but our pastor often reads from other translations...as do many SS classes (we ask that they use translations rather than paraphrases for teaching). But, many of our kids go off to college...and even if they don't, I don't see them being hamstrung if they brought another version to church.

    My question is this: have any of ya'll changed the versions of the Bibles you present to graduates? How was it received?
    (of course...I doubt changing from one MV to another carries the same emotional issues as changing from a KJV to an MV...but your insights could be quite helpful)

    Just curious...in case another deal comes up next year. And no...price isn't the only consideration. I'm not presenting paraphrases or the book of Mormon, etc.

    Thanks, folkseses.
  2. robycop3

    robycop3 Well-Known Member
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    Jul 31, 2000
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    I see no prob, long as it's a recognized valid version. Trying to stick with just one version is akin to some KJVO practices. Perhaps God is sending you a message in causing ya to discover the lower-priced HCSBs.
  3. Ed Edwards

    Ed Edwards <img src=/Ed.gif>

    Aug 20, 2002
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    I have been using the
    HCSB = Christian Standard Bible /Holman, 2003/ for about 4 years.
    I didn't get my pre-paid-for whole Bible until March of 2004
    but the scriptures we studied in the LIFEWAY Company
    EXPLORE THE BIBLE series were contained in that Literature
    (as well as the KJV1769 Edition).

    I recommend the HCSB for public & family reading and private
    devotion. I practice using the HCSB for public & family reading
    and private devotion.

    I ended up getting a second HCSB cause the first one
    (probably like the GIFT BIBLE) didn't have the book of MAPS.
    Yes Sir, I believe my Bible from Genesis to MAPS! :)

    Well, I not only believe my HCSB from cover to cover,
    I even believe the cover: HOLY BIBLE
    #3 Ed Edwards, May 11, 2007
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  4. webdog

    webdog Active Member
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    Mar 31, 2005
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    This year, for the most part, I have been HCSBO. I'm reading it through, and love it so far (half way through the OT). I wouldn't hesitate purchasing the HCSB as a gift Bible. One thing I have found personally, when the Bible I have is different than the one my pastor is reading from, I concentrate more on what the text is really trying to convey. If words are slightly different, it's a good thing, IMO.
  5. bobbyd

    bobbyd New Member

    Dec 15, 2004
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    Our pew Bibles are NIV, and were donated by a member in honor of her late husband...i tend to preach from the ESV, but have been using the HCSB more often. As for gift Bibles, i try to get one that matches the student's personality. If i find a color that the graduate really likes and the Bible is only in NIV, i'll get it; but for the most part i try to stick with HCSB as of late for buying graduate Bibles.
  6. TomVols

    TomVols New Member

    Oct 30, 2000
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    I only do Bibles if they don't already have one. I have been given many, many Bibles as gifts for my ordination, graduation, etc. I gave most of them away. I can't justify having 10 Bibles of the same translation when the world needs the Word. There are many good gift books and other items that are appropriate for graduates. Plus, we don't just give them to HS grads, but to college grads, grad school grads, etc. We honor grads who range in age from 17 to their 40s and 50s.
  7. jshurley04

    jshurley04 New Member

    Feb 29, 2004
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    Grad Bibles

    When I was a Y.P. in Texas I gave out Bibles to the H.S. Grads the one year that I was there. I gave out MacArthur's Study Bible with was NKJV. I have not thought about it until just now, but that may have been the reason I was let go. Not the MacArthur thing but the NKJV thing. This was a pastor and a church that for years was very much KJV and this may have been the real reason that I was let go just a few days later, although they never said so. Hummmm I'll have to think about that.