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Former translation nut seeking good home for many Bibles

Former Bible translation nut seeks an organization to which to donate many varied English translations for loving Kingdom use. Local (Minneapolis) would be ideal, but willing to entertain other options. If you have any suggestions, please respond in the comments to this post. Thanks! [ Read More ]
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Divine reality is like a fugue

If only for my own reference, I want to duplicate a C.S. Lewis quote that Bob MacDonald published on his blog, Sufficiency. The quote is from the essay “Evil and God”, published in the book God in the Dock: Divine reality is like a fugue. All His acts are different, but they all rhyme or… [ Read More ]
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Questions when I hate to read the Bible

In my professional life, I am currently faced with learning a new software package. It is a niche program for our industry and unfortunately the only training is through a company that we compete with on some levels, though not directly. Enough so, however, that our management doesn’t want to send money their way for… [ Read More ]
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The NIV readalong: You suffered, he suffered, they suffered

Note: This is part of a semi-regular series of posts comparing the NIV translation of scriptures used in my church’s sermons with similar translations. The intent is to identify hurdles that may be encountered when reading along in the pew with a different translation and to determine if they are textually or exegetically significant. *… [ Read More ]
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The Wright way of reading along with the NIV…

Note: this is a salvaged draft of something I wrote in late April, but never got around to publishing. I’m revisiting it now because a few bloggers have recently posted or commented on N.T. Wright’s criticism of the NIV as a Protestant translation in his recent book, Justification. * * * * * I’ve mentioned… [ Read More ]
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The benefits of a blog’s blood pressure

It’s been a curious thing, these past 4-5 months. I’ve been incredibly busy with my full-time job and some sidebar freelance projects, nevermind the house and family, the sum of which has left very little time for blogging and other personal projects. After a self-imposed hiatus of several months, I attempted a brief return last… [ Read More ]
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With all your heart, soul and strength: the world vs. God

In 1 John 2:15-17, John offers a rebuttal to the world’s version of the greatest commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5) HCSB REB Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the… [ Read More ]
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Facebook: Which Protestant denomination should you join?

Usually I don’t populate Facebook items here, but this was a recent quiz that I thought some might find interesting (HT: Mike Beidler) – not sure if it’s available in a non-Facebook format. My result is particularly interesting to me in that Disciples of Christ shares a common root with the quasi-denomination that I grew up… [ Read More ]
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In community on a desert island

As part of the ongoing thread on “best uses for different Bible versions“, Dave S. posted his various preferences (NASB, ESV, HCSB, NLT), then followed up with the following anecdote: I told my friend about my “favorite four” post above. He said, “That sounds good but which one would you choose if you could have… [ Read More ]
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Misled, duped and deceived

I was flipping through the prophets a few days ago and couldn’t resist this idiosyncratic rendering in the REB, which I offer compared to examples of traditional, median and functional translation. Jeremiah 20:7 REB TNIV You have duped me, Lord, and I have been your dupe; you have outwitted me and prevailed. All the day… [ Read More ]
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