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Using Specialized Pens to Write in Your Bible

Jesus at Soul DeSaenz gives advice on using archival-quality pens to write in your Bible:

The biggest reason for using an archival quality pen is the ink, or rather the pigment. These pens use pigment ink rather [than] dye ink. Pigment ink is chemically stable, its pH is neutral, it is non-acidic and non-alkaline so it will not cause the paper to degrade over time. The pigment molecule is also larger than the dye molecule. It will outlast dye ink under extreme sun exposure… not that any of you will leave your Bible open for days at a time the next time you visit the Sahara but at least your notes will not fade. The larger pigment molecule is not just less susceptible to degradation it also helps in preventing bleeding or spreading which is a plus when you consider the thickness of most Bible paper. The pigment stays on the surface of the paper more than dye inks. The stability of the solvent used for the ink will prevent it from bleeding even if you wet the paper, it dries instantly so it is nearly impossible to smudge.

Jesus also gives specific recommendations for pens and explains how to match a pen’s nib width to Bible paper.

October 24, 2007 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible Study,Life / Doctrine,The Christian Life | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:26 am | (4) Comments »

Make Use of the Inside Flap of Your Bible

Billy at Joy in the Journey shares, as a pastor, what he places on the inside flap of his Bibles: ten counsels from the book The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper (based on Jonathan Edwards’s preaching):

After my first reading of this book, the final “10” counsels revolutionized my philosophy of preaching. I was behooved to summarize each point with one or two sentences and typed them out onto a word processor. Then, I printed the document out in a smaller form which fit the measurements of the inside flap of my Bible’s front cover. I used stick glue to neatly fit the paper into my Bible’s cover where I could carry these admonitions with me everywhere I spoke, taught, or preached. Anytime I had the opportunity to preach or teach the Word, I would read these points over and over again letting their wise counsel seep deeply into my being. This technique has so changed my preaching that you can literally track my preaching methods before and after reading Piper’s book. Since that first copy and paste endeavor, I have placed that same handout into four different Bibles spanning from my full size NIV Thompson Chain Reference to my ESV Thinline.

We know that other people write Bible verses they use to help share Christ with others.

What do you use the inside flap of your Bible for? Comments are open (temporarily) on this post if you’d like to share. Comments are now closed. Thanks to everyone who commented.

October 22, 2007 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible Study,Life / Doctrine,The Christian Life | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:37 am | (10) Comments »