According to the Associated Press, prisoners of the Jackson County Jail in Oregon have found a new use for the Bibles that have been given them. This won't please the Gideons, but the inmates are so desperate to smoke that they tear out the pages of the Bibles and roll their cigarettes in them. While that disturbs us, it is not that much worse than having a Bible and never reading it. Many have it on a bookcase or a coffee table and never try to understand it or live by its precepts.

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.