Warnie awards and a logo competition

I am pleased to announce two more members of that exclusive club- the winners of Warnie awards. The first was a favorite of mine a while back and should really have recieved an award by now. The Happy Husband is a fantastic blog. Blogging about marriage in todays society is crucial, and much needed. We need more of these niche blogs- what about worship blogs, working as a christian blogs, fatherhood, or perhaps being a wife (actually girltalk does that fantastically well- the women of the … [Read more...]

The Return of the Warnie Awards

Once again the award that simply will not go away has returned. Two new proud recipients are unveiled on an unsuspecting world.The first receipient, is a fellow Warnie, although Dave Warnock says he has never been called that nickname. Perhaps something to do with his methodist sensibilities? Warnie is kid of Arniesque really so perhaps as a nickname it is less suitable for our methodist brother? He is certainly nothing if not gentlemanly (Ed- or should that be gentlepersonally?) in our … [Read more...]

What is Reformed or Calvinist theology- a book review of a modern defence of Calvinism

R.C Sprouls book "What is Reformed Theology is the best available simple explanation of Reformed Theology I have seen. You may have never heard of Reformed theology or youmay have rejected out of court what you believe Calvinism stands for. The truth is that despite its current neglect the theology Sproul so clearly explains in this book has been immensely influential in the centuries since the reformation. Sproul explains what the so-called "solas" mean, and outlines each of the so-called "five … [Read more...]

The ESV – A Bible Translation for Everyone?

UPDATE In January 2008, the following post was identified as the 3rd all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 4th most-read post was one in a series of posts cataloguing an online debate about baptism and church membership among theological heavyweights, including John Piper, Sam Storms, Wayne Grudem, and Mark Dever, among others.This third-ranked post represents the first in my series of interviews with Christian leaders. I had no idea back in 2005 where the blogging journey … [Read more...]

ESV: assisted by God

To what extent was the translation of the ESV Bible one consciously assisted by prayer and the Holy Spirit? How conscious of his work in illuminating and guiding our understanding of God's Word were you in working together on this translation? <!-- D(["mb","rnrnWatchrnVern Poythress respond (Windows Media format).",1] ); D(["mb","rnrnThe question is, what role did prayer and ourrndependence on God have in the process of working on the ESV translation? Irnthink it had a very … [Read more...]

Gender and translation: getting out of my depth……

Help! I seem to have opened a can of worms with my post on gender and translation. Dave Warnock is keen to point out his own position and links to a pdf which is very critical of Wayne Grudem's views on this subject. I presume that the article David quotes was written in response to a book-length treatment of gender and bible translations posted at the CBMW website. This book seems to address in great detail many of these issues, and was written by Wayne Grudem and Vern Poythress- two names … [Read more...]

ESV: original language experts- we all need them!

It is possible that a generation of preachers may grow up relying on the great translation work of the ESV and other translations and preaching from the English Bible with infrequent reference even in preparation to the original languages? Would such a situation be less or more problematic for the church than people with the little knowledge that is often described as a dangerous thing attempting to revise Bible translations themselves? How important is it in your view for every preacher to … [Read more...]

ESV: arguing with translations whilst preaching

It is possible that a generation of preachers may grow up relying on the great translation work of the ESV and other translations and preaching from the English Bible with infrequent reference even in preparation to the original languages? Would such a situation be less or more problematic for the church than people with the little knowledge that is often described as a dangerous thing attempting to revise Bible translations themselves? How important is it in your view for every preacher to … [Read more...]

"Happy independence day" from a British blogger

It may surprise my American readers to know that until today I had never even read a copy of your declaration of independence, not a single line of it! So it really was about time I remedied that.I hope you will forgive me a somewhat rambling post which just reflects my personal feelings whilst reading it. It felt kind of like reading a set of divorce papers which paved the way for the "special relationship" that we now share. It is of course not entirely unlike the relationship some divorced … [Read more...]

Gender-inclusive language: bible version rankings

Wayne Leman was posting about gender-inclusive bible translation at the same time I was. Wayne's post is interesting as it seems to confirm that the ESV is itself more gender-inclusive than the NIV (although less so than the TNIV). I think that we should be careful not to polarise this debate as it would seem to me at least that there is a real debate between genuine people about how some of these verses should be translated. So far I havent really seen any evidence for the conspiracy … [Read more...]


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