To Blog or Not to Blog

December 6, 2017

To blog or not to blog, that is the question.

I have neglected this site for the past five years. And as I sit here now, I wonder what I should do about this. Should I resume blogging? They have recently updated the HCSB, now the CSB, and they are about to issue a revision to the NET Bible. Or should I just leave the site up as a legacy to my past? Or should I accept that the time for this blog has passed, and delete this site?

When I started digging through my papers to find my login information for this blog, my intention was to delete this site. But as I sit here at my computer looking at this site, I am not so sure.

So I will give it a day or two to consider that to do.


Lifeway to Continue Selling NIV 2011

June 8, 2012

Lifeway Christian Resources has voted to continue selling the 2011 revision of the New International Version (NIV).  This is a denial of the request from the Southern Baptist Conventions (SBC) that Lifeway cease selling the NIV.  And Lifeway is owned and operated by the SBC.

In the article on the Christianity Today blog, Lifeway states that continuing to sell the NIV should not be interpreted as endorsing the NIV.  I see this attitude as very positive from Lifeway.  Hopefully this is a step towards sanity regarding the NIV.


ESV Updated (Again)

January 1, 2012

There have been some (fairly minor) changes to the English Standard Version (ESV) at the end of 2011.  You can read about this on The Gospel Coalition blog.  This article contains a letter from the President of Crossway about these changes.  It also provides a link to a complete listing of changes to the ESV.  I do see these as fairly minor revisions.  Many of the changes make the English read more naturally, which I view as a good thing.

The most potentially significant changes to  the ESV concern the reduction of the usage is the word ‘slave’ in the New Testament in passages such as 1 Corinthians 7.  But it should be noted that the word ‘slave’ is still used in a number of other passages in the ESV.  The Gospel Coalition blog article also includes a video of a discussion by the ESV Translation Committee on the word ‘slave’.

Bible Translation Discussion & Analysis [Updated]

January 1, 2012

There are a couple of excellent resources on Bible translations over at the blog Slave of the Word by David Croteau.  He has put together an excellent analysis comparing six Bible translations: the ESV, NIV84, NIV(2011), HCSB, NASB, and NET.  David takes a look at about 50 passages and gives them each a score.  The first article in the series explains his approach.  And the final article in the series provides a link to a pdf of the entire series.  I have found this to be a terrific series and highly recommend looking at it.

Slave of the Word also has an article providing links to a series of talks given at a symposium at Liberty University.  There are talks by supporters for the NIV, ESV, and HCSB.  While I have not found time yet to listen to all of these, what I have listen to so far is well worth the time.

Updated Info:

The Slave of the Word blog has also provided  a link to the symposium lectures on the Liberty University web site.

Rob Bell Moving to LA

October 1, 2011

In my previous post, I mentioned that Rob Bell was moving on from serving as pastor at Mars Hill, the church in Michigan that he founded.  Well now there is information about where he is moving on to – California, LA to be more exact.


Rob Bell is working on a new television show, Stronger, for ABC with Carlton Cuse.  Carlton Cuse was the executive producer and screenwriter for the TV series Lost.  You can read more about this Scot McKnight’s blog Jesus Creed.

Rob Bell Leaves Mars Hill

September 23, 2011

Rob Bell has stepped down from serving as pastor at Mars Hill.  Mars Hill is a large church in Michigan founded by Rob Bell in 1999.  This was announced on the Mars Hill web site.

The book Love Wins created a lot of controversy when it was published earlier this year.  In Love Wins, Rob Bell questiones the traditional Christian teachings about hell.

The SBC on the NIV

June 23, 2011

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has passed a resolution on the 2011 revised New International Version (NIV2011).  And not surprisingly they do not recommend that SBC churches use this translation.  Also they do not want LifeWay to offer this translation for sale.  This is similar to the position they took concerning the Today’s New International Version (TNIV) in  the past.

Already the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) has issued a statement not recommending use of the NIV2011.  The other significant group to issue an official statement against use of the TNIV was the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA).  I do not believe that they have passed any official resolutions concerning the NIV2011.  But this something to keep an eye on.

The Committee on Bible Translations (CBT) is the committee of translators responsible for the changes to the NIV.  The CBT has issues responses to both the SBC and the CBMW.

You can find some additional information about the revisions made in the NIV2011 in this past post.

Scholarship From Logos Bible Software

May 5, 2011

Logos Bible Software will be awarding a couple of scholarships for seminary or Bible college. These are $1000 scholarships plus free Logos Bible Software. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 10.

For more information please see this post on the Logos blog which includes links to the applications.

Logos March Madness 2011

April 4, 2011

Logos Bible Software has had their March Madness tournament for 2011.  All of the books can be purchased at their discounted price until April 15.  There are not any must have books in my opinion (that have not been discounted before) but it is still worth taking a look.

Here is the link to the resources and their sale prices.

Some Roman Catholic Resources for Logos Bible Software

February 11, 2011

There are two excellent Roman Catholic resources currently available as pre-pubs for Logos Bible Software.  One is the Catholic Theology and Dogma Collection.  This is an excellent collection of pre-Vatican II documents inculding documents from the Council of Trent, documents from Vatican I and Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott.

The second resource is a collection of Vatican II documents.  This will provide a more recent statement on Catholic beliefs.

Together these two resources make a great library of Catholic theology.  You can read more about these and some other Catholic resources in this article on the Logos blog.