youth ministry, youth worker

Burning “The Way”

By Doug Franklin September 9, 2010

A lot is being said right now about the burning of religious type books. This guy down in Florida wants to burn a Quran to mark the 9/11 bombing. I guess he wants to burn it because it leads people to believe things that are not true. If this was the measurement for burning books I might want to burn my copy of The Way Bible. This was the Bible I had as a kid. My Sunday School teachers told me if I memorized verses I could one day remember all of them when I was in a Russian prison suffering for the Lord. Problem is, I have never been in a Russian prison. Many of the verses still help, but not because of imprisonment. The Way Bible also had pictures of students always smiling and having fun. Unfortunately, I came to find my spiritual life was not always fun. There were many days I didn’t smile. Kind of ironic the mixed messages I got from them. What I wish they would have told me was that God would never leave me instead of saying, “everything is always going to be great.”  I am also thinking about burning me copy of Good News For Modern Man Bible; the stick figures scare me.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More