But just like every place, there are status symbols. Or rather here, smart symbols.
Pseudo-smart. Bible open + notebook with copious notes + thin reference book = smirks of disapproval.
Smart. Bible open + notebook with copious notes + monster thick reference book = eyebrows raised in impression.
The score keeping game is rooted deep in the human heart. Here's to creating the beloved community Jesus had in mind where you are accepted no matter how "thick" your books are.