Scriptures for ’71

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

Do you recall my post on the “Good News for British Columbia” booklet? Well, I have a small update.

When I was out on errands this afternoon, I found another copy of the booklet. As you may recall, this was a “Good News Bible” Gospel of Mark issued in 1971 to tie in with the 100th anniversary of B.C. joining Canada. Now copies are thin on the ground and hard to find.

This new copy to me, however, has a blurb on the back cover which explicitly makes the tie to marking the 100 years.

I’d like to reproduce the blurb in full below, in case you are curious.

It reads:


One hundred years ago, our Province joined the Confederation and became part of the great Dominion of Canada. In this Centennial Year we have reason to give thought to the Scriptures. For they have been the foundation upon which our freedoms have been built. Our freedom and prosperity are worthy of our thanksgiving to God, the Creator and Sustainer of all life.

The familiar “Beautiful British Columbia” is certainly appropriate, for wherever we look we see nature, the handiwork of God, arrayed in magnificent splendor. For this we thank God.

Many years ago in another land and to another people and appeal was made that is applicable for us in our Centennial celebrations: “When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which he has given you. Beware that you forget not the Lord your God.” Deut 8:10-11 What God has done for us in love demands our thanksgiving.

In the activities of life, and in this year’s Centennial celebrations may we take time to read th Scriptures and find in them the Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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6 Responses to Scriptures for ’71

  1. Jane says:

    Are Canadians done with the Bible? (Huntley St)
    Published on 1 Jul 2014 – Rick Hiemstra , Director of Research (The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada), Lawson Murray, President of Scripture Union and Paul Richardson, President of Bible League Canada, sit down with Crossroads Global CEO Dr. John Hull to take a deep look into the alarming trend of Canadians’ Bible reading habits.

  2. fjc says:

    Don’t know if they are done with the Bible.

    But no doubt some may be done the folks who manipulate the Bible, it’s verses, and the interpretation of those verses to forward their own agendas, opinions, personal spheres of influence, and financial interests.

  3. CobbledStones says:

    What exactly is alarming about people reading a fictional book filled with stories about slavery, selling your own daughter as a sex slave (Exodus 21:1-11), child abuse (Judges 11:29-40 and Isaiah 13:16), and bashing babies against rocks (Hosea 13:16 & Psalms 137:9). You REALLY want children and impressionable reading about Jesus also promoting the idea that all men should castrate themselves to go to heaven: “For there are eunuchs, that were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are eunuchs, that were made eunuchs by men: and there are eunuchs, that made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.” (Matthew 19:12 ASV) I don’t know why anyone would follow the teachings of someone who literally tells all men to cut off their privates.

    By all means have them read a book that promotes Dragons. “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, Or his mighty strength, or his orderly frame. “Who can strip off his outer armor? Who can come within his double mail? “Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror. “{His} strong scales are {his} pride, Shut up {as with} a tight seal. “One is so near to another That no air can come between them. “They are joined one to another; They clasp each other and cannot be separated. “His sneezes flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. “Out of his mouth go burning torches; Sparks of fire leap forth. “Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth As {from} a boiling pot and {burning} rushes. “His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes forth from his mouth. “In his neck lodges strength, And dismay leaps before him. “The folds of his flesh are joined together, Firm on him and immovable. “His heart is as hard as a stone, Even as hard as a lower millstone.

    And if that doesn’t work, read to your 4 year old:

    .. Meanwhile, Sisera ran to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because Heber’s family was on friendly terms with King Jabin of Hazor. Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come into my tent, sir. Come in. Don’t be afraid.” So he went into her tent, and she covered him with a blanket. “Please give me some water,” he said. “I’m thirsty.” So she gave him some milk to drink and covered him again. “Stand at the door of the tent,” he told her. “If anybody comes and asks you if there is anyone here, say no.” But when Sisera fell asleep from exhaustion, Jael quietly crept up to him with a hammer and tent peg. Then she drove the tent peg through his temple and into the ground, and so he died. When Barak came looking for Sisera, Jael went out to meet him. She said, “Come, and I will show you the man you are looking for.” So he followed her into the tent and found Sisera lying there dead, with the tent peg through his temple. So on that day Israel saw God subdue Jabin, the Canaanite king. And from that time on Israel became stronger and stronger against King Jabin, until they finally destroyed him. (Judges 4:17-24 NLT)

    Do any of you people actually READ your Bible?

  4. Jane says:

    Good biblical hermeneutics reduce the chances of doctrinal errors as does a good understanding of biblical vocabulary, original languages and authorial intent. Without some basics all the person who is angry with God can do is use what he sees as the nasties of the Bible to carpet bomb to get a reaction.

  5. CobbledStones says:


    Explain how one can be angry with a deity who doesn’t exist.

  6. CobbledStones says:


    You need not resort to conjecture or borderline Ad Hominem remarks. We are adults here.

    Your link dealt with the alarm being created over the Bible being read less.

    My comment wasn’t about anyone being angry with anyone – it related to the fact that the bible is filled with dreadful stories that cant always be explained to children using, as you suggest ” Good biblical hermeneutics reduce the chances of doctrinal errors as does a good understanding of biblical vocabulary, original languages and authorial intent.” Try that on a 5 year old Jane, and see where that gets you, just before you read them stories from the OT about slaughter, slavery, or incest.

    Stick to the topic and stop being so alarmed that I’m critical of your Bible.

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