Readership

While pushing through the Old Testament book of Exodus…

Today I came across the following report of the most read, most influential pieces of communication in our society today:

Circulation for Top 20 Newspapers in The USA:

Here is the paid weekday circulation of the nation’s 20 largest newspapers for the six-month period ending March 31, 2006.

1. USA Today, 2,272,815, up 0.09 percent
2. The Wall Street Journal, 2,049,786, down 1 percent
3. The New York Times, 1,142,464, up 0.5 percent
4. Los Angeles Times, 851,832, down 5.4 percent
5. The Washington Post, 724,242, down 3.7 percent
6. New York Daily News, 708,477, down 3.7 percent
7. New York Post, 673,379, down 0.7 percent
8. Chicago Tribune, 579,079, up 0.9 percent
9. Houston Chronicle, 513,387, down 3.6 percent
10. The Arizona Republic, 438,722, down 2.1 percent
11. Newsday, Long Island, 427,771, down 2.7 percent
12. The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., 398,329, up 0.9 percent
13. San Francisco Chronicle, 398,246, down 15.6 percent
14. The Boston Globe, 397,288, down 8.5 percent
15. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 365,011, down 6.7 percent
16. Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St. Paul, 362,964, down 2.9 percent
17. The Philadelphia Inquirer, 350,457, down 5.1 percent
18. Detroit Free Press, 345,861, up 0.04 percent
19. The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, 343,163, down 1.6 percent
20. St. Petersburg Times, Florida, 323,031, down 4.4 percent

You can count me as a stat in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 20th ranked periodicals above. My day is not complete until I read those papers, cover to cover. But when I read those telling stats that most papers are losing subscribers, I couldn’t help but wonder where the Bible would rank in readership? What would be the total number of people reading the Bible over the past 6 months? Would that number be up or down compared to the previous measurement? If up, why? Conversely, if down, why?

It was about a year ago that the Holy Spirit convicted me – The Bible is life and all other sources of information are not. I am not canceling my subscriptions, but I am committed to balancing what I read everyday by starting my mornings by soaking in the scriptures.
Reminds me of a saying – “If it is not eternally significant, it is insignificant”.

Father, help us develop a craving for your Word, and let it begin today.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Intriguing (as usual). I went to Barna Group and found these stats:

    – Bible Reading During A Typical Week By Year 1988- 36%; 1991- 45%; 1992- 47%; 1993- 34%; 1994- 37%; 1995-31% ; 1996 34% 1997-36%; 1999- 34%; 2000- 40%; 2001 – 37% 2002-42%; 2004-44%; 2005-45%

    – 88% of evangelical Christians have read the Bible in the past seven days. (2005)

    – Women (50%) are more likely than are men (39%) to have read the Bible in the past week. (2005) Women 2002-46%; 2000- 46%; 1997-38%; 1993-40%; Men-2002-37%; 2000-35%; 1997-34%; 1993-28%

    – Nearly seven out of ten born again Christians (67%) have read the Bible in the past week, compared to 34% of those who adhere to a non-Christian faith. (2004)

    No matter what the rest of the world is doing, I know this is what we’re supposed to be doing. I’m thankful to have you to hold me accountable for reading the Bible every day!

    peace,
    e

  2. Intriguing (as usual). I went to Barna Group and found these stats:

    – Bible Reading During A Typical Week By Year 1988- 36%; 1991- 45%; 1992- 47%; 1993- 34%; 1994- 37%; 1995-31% ; 1996 34% 1997-36%; 1999- 34%; 2000- 40%; 2001 – 37% 2002-42%; 2004-44%; 2005-45%

    – 88% of evangelical Christians have read the Bible in the past seven days. (2005)

    – Women (50%) are more likely than are men (39%) to have read the Bible in the past week. (2005) Women 2002-46%; 2000- 46%; 1997-38%; 1993-40%; Men-2002-37%; 2000-35%; 1997-34%; 1993-28%

    – Nearly seven out of ten born again Christians (67%) have read the Bible in the past week, compared to 34% of those who adhere to a non-Christian faith. (2004)

    No matter what the rest of the world is doing, I know this is what we’re supposed to be doing. I’m thankful to have you to hold me accountable for reading the Bible every day!

    peace,
    e

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