The ESV’s Great Reversal

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We’ve heard of the outcomes of many sporting events being reversed (I’m thinking most recently of the LSU-Auburn football game). But a great reversal took place today in the Bible-theological world.

Crossway has admitted it was a mistake to announce that the ESV “will remain unchanged in all future editions printed,” and, therefore, become the ESV Permanent Text. See the article at Christianity Today.

I posted about this decision just a couple of weeks ago. Continue reading

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Just Purchased The Kingdom New Testament

I very much appreciate the writings of N.T. Wright. I’m currently reading his book, Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why It Matters, which is a partner text with his most recent publication, How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels. I hope to post a shorter, combined review in the coming weeks. I’ve also enjoyed Wright’s works on various other topics such as Scripture and Pauline theology.

So, with having an Amazon gift card, I decided to purchase his translation of the New Testament entitled, The Kingdom New Testament. It goes by the title, The New Testament For Everyone in Britain, which is where my Amazon account is currently connected. Continue reading

Brief Intro Thoughts on Understanding Scripture

This past Sunday at Cornerstone, I continued on from my previous week’s message, which was entitled ‘More Than Bread’. In that message, I spring-boarded off of Jesus’ statement: ‘Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’ (Matt 4:4).

Building on that, this past Sunday, I gave five practical introductory pointers that I believe will help us becomes better students of the Bible. They are:

  1. Understanding Bible Translations
  2. Understanding Bible Context
  3. Understanding Symbolic Language is in the Bible
  4. Understanding the Priority of Christ and the New Testament
  5. Understanding Some Helpful Resources

If you want, you can listen to the short teaching by clicking below on the audio icon or by downloading here. I also attach here a PDF copy of my notes: Feasting on the Word – 4 Sept 2011.

Brief Thought on the Positive of Academia

For some, they feel the deep call into the world of academia. For others, not so much. And there is everything else in between.

Of course, there is also the extreme of seeing the world of academia non-important, especially when it comes to dealing with biblical studies and theology.

And then one can swing the pendulum to far to the other side top where study never leads to the life of Christ, but to being puffed up in knowledge (1 Cor 8:1), even pushing one away from Christ (i.e. John 5:39-40). Continue reading