USA Today reported that a survey of a major Christian book retailing chain showed a remarkable increase of 22% in Bible sales as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC. Many churches reported a full house the Sunday after the attacks. While there is certainly nothing wrong with going to the Scriptures in a crisis, it should be our constant companion in good and bad times.

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