Reader reviews of the HCSB

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) was one of last month's giveaway books. Thanks to Phil McCheddar and James Durbin for sending in reviews of the translation and keep a look out for tomorrow's post announcing our September giveaways!HCSB Translation"Not having heard much about this translation before, I didn't know what to expect. It turns out to be a relatively accessible translation. Comparing it with other translations it certainly is more readable than the ESV, and even the NIV, … [Read more...]

Celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible

This video comes from my friends at St Helen's Church here in London. Actually I used to attend this church on a Sunday evening in the 90's when I was a student (going to a charismatic one in the morning). It was there that I got to know Richard Cunningham and Hugh Palmer.This clip gives us a good brief insight into the history of the King James Bible which is 400 years old this week. It is remarkable to consider the impact this translation has had. Although we have had new translations … [Read more...]

Rick Warren at Desiring God 2010 – The Battle for your mind

Rick Warren's talk at the Desiring God 2010 National Conference Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God conference follows below. Not surprisingly in some reformed circles online the recriminations continue. People wonder why Piper would invite Warren. But I very much enjoyed this talk. Warren is no lightweight. It is easy to dismiss his talks as lacking theological substance, but to those who's ears are open, they will realize there is much depth to them. He has the skill, often spoken … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem’s Thoughts on Bible Translation

This is a classic quote from Grudem about why he prefers essentially literal translations (sometimes called word-for-word)  over the so-called dynamic equivalent (sometimes called idea for idea) For more about Bible translation see my interview with the ESV Bible translators:“I cannot teach theology or ethics from a dynamic equivalent Bible. I tried the NIV for one semester, and I gave it up after a few weeks. Time and again I would try to use a verse to make a point and find that the specific … [Read more...]

A Bible is For Life, Not Just For Christmas

Christmas seems like it's just around the corner. In these times of financial pressure, surely we all feel the need to make good choices in our gifts this year and not be wasteful. A new Bible for a loved one (or dare I say for yourself?) is certainly an excellent investment. But what Bible? And what format? In this post I will look at a few examples, some of which I can recommend.At the top of my list would be the ESV Study Bible. The translation is essentially literal and as close to a … [Read more...]

2008 Top Posts Numbers 3 and 4

Number 4 in the list of most read posts this year so far is a post linking to a number of sermons by C. J. Mahaney, as well as my interview with him. If you missed it, do also check out his sermon on People God Killed.Number 3 is a post summarizing a series from back in 2005—my interview with the ESV Bible translators, which seemed to launch my blog as a place where Christian leaders would agree to be interviewed. It has gained one place from last year.Join us tomorrow for the top two posts! … [Read more...]

Bilingual ESV Bibles Provided Free During Olympic Games

This press release was just sent out from Crossway. It is great news and reminds us of the need to pray during these Olympic games.*****************************Wheaton, IL— China will provide 10,000 free Chinese-English bilingual Bibles to be distributed in the Olympic Village where the Olympic athletes and media are housed, as reported by the China Daily newspaper. The bilingual Bible text will include the CUV (Chinese Union Version) and the ESV (English Standard Version), appearing in two s … [Read more...]

3rd Most Read Post – The ESV: A Bible Translation for Everyone?

No. 3 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on July 10, 2005 and represented the first in my series of interviews with Christian leaders. I had no idea back in 2005 where the blogging journey would lead me. An exclusive offer to interview the translators of what was then a little-known, new, apparently niche-appeal translation was simply too good to turn down. The folks at Crossway were kind enough to offer me this amazing opportunity, which I grabbed with both hands!For awhile, … [Read more...]

20th Most Read Post – Twelve Literary Features of the Bible

No. 20 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on October 25, 2007, and introduced us to a remarkable new approach to a study Bible, brought to us by Crossway. As of January 2008, I'm still working my way through this Bible, reading it from cover-to-cover. I'm enjoying it very much. Crossway has made the preface of its new ESV Literary Study Bible available online. They have also made the text available for electronic purchase. I am very impressed with the introductions they offer … [Read more...]

Twelve Literary Features of the Bible

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 20th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 21st most popular post was my interview with Mark Dever.This post introduced us to a remarkable new approach to a study Bible, brought to us by Crossway. In January 2008, I'm still working my way through this, reading it from cover-to-cover. I'm enjoying it very much.***************Crossway has made the preface of its new ESV Literary Study Bible available online. They … [Read more...]


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