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Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby EdnaMurphy » Thu May 15, 2014 4:57 pm

Church groups have been busy lately. The other day there were people handing out Gideons New Testaments with a book marker inviting me to their church when I was changing buses on my way home from shopping. Last night my employer had a scripture portion handed out by someone from the Pocket Testament League. What does anyone know about this organizatioion??????
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Re: Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby Timothy Bonney » Thu May 15, 2014 11:43 pm

Never heard of them. They do have a web page. They oddly refer to the Bible as, "the living Word of God." I'd refer to Jesus as the living Word of God rather than the Bible.
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Re: Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby Stephen Fox » Fri May 16, 2014 12:06 am

The local Gideon in South Dekalb County is one of the finest Baptist Christians I know
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Re: Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby Haruo » Fri May 16, 2014 12:24 am

Timothy Bonney wrote:Never heard of them. They do have a web page. They oddly refer to the Bible as, "the living Word of God." I'd refer to Jesus as the living Word of God rather than the Bible.

The Message: And the Word became print and shelved among us.
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Re: Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby Timothy Bonney » Fri May 16, 2014 12:26 am

Stephen Fox wrote:The local Gideon in South Dekalb County is one of the finest Baptist Christians I know


That's nice Stephen. Unfortunately most of the Gideons I've known have been far right fundamentalists. There desire to distribute Bibles is commendable. But few churches I've pastored in recent years, including the ABC, are willing to have Gideon speakers any longer because the theology is so out there.
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Re: Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby Haruo » Fri May 16, 2014 12:27 am

Interesting, founded by a British teenage girl (from the Cadbury family)... https://www.ptl.org/about/history.php

When I first saw "ptl.org" I thought "Praise the Lord" and had Bakker flashbacks.
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Re: Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby Timothy Bonney » Fri May 16, 2014 12:36 am

Haruo wrote:
When I first saw "ptl.org" I thought "Praise the Lord" and had Bakker flashbacks.


I remember all those jokes for what ptl stands for. "Pass the loot" comes to mind.

I wish the Gideons would distribute something other than the KJV too.
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Re: Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby Haruo » Fri May 16, 2014 2:39 am

Actually the last couple of Gideon NTs I've seen were NKJV, not KJV. The Gospel of John Edna referred to is probably ESV.
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Re: Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby KeithE » Fri May 16, 2014 7:40 am

Haruo wrote:
Timothy Bonney wrote:Never heard of them. They do have a web page. They oddly refer to the Bible as, "the living Word of God." I'd refer to Jesus as the living Word of God rather than the Bible.

The Message: And the Word became print and shelved among us.

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Re: Gideons and Pocket Testament League

Postby EdnaMurphy » Fri May 16, 2014 7:13 pm

The Gidion's Testament was an ESV. One thing that was interesting is that John 3:16 is translated into several languages in the beginning of the book. A young man noticed the Arabic and asked what I was reading. This was in a neighborhood with many immigrants, including a lot of Somalis.
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