Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Why Are There So Many Translations Anyway?

January 31st, 2011 Viewed 1729 times
(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill...

(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill, London. King James Version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone that’s attempted to purchase a new Bible lately has been barraged by not only the multiple translations, but the compilations of Bibles.  It’s not just that there are NIV, KJV, NKJV, ESV, CEV, and throw a few more acronyms in that alphabet soup and you get my point.  You also have to add that there are Study Bibles, Schofield Bibles, Marriage Bibles, Harmonies of the Gospels, Life Application Bibles, Women’s Bibles, Teens Bibles, Klingon Bibles, etc.

The truth is that the Bible is the number one seller of all time, and even Erasmus, the original author of what we call the “Textus Receptus” (or TR from here on) felt that pressure.  The TR is part of the basis of the KJV, and the first revision of that work in Greek was done in six months!  Why such haste?  Because he wanted to be “first to market” with his work so that he could beat the competition and make profit.

Which Bible Should I Use?

January 30th, 2011 Viewed 1916 times
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The first page of the Book of Genesis from the original 1611 printing of the King James Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Part of being a Christian family is being in God’s Word.  It’s not enough to just show up on Sunday and listen to the preacher, but if we are to learn more about God—who He is and what He has done—we need to put in the time to actually read through His Word.

The same would be the case with studying any other topic.

New Bibles

As we started our recent study in John, we decided around Christmas time to purchase new Bibles for the kids and my wife.  When deciding which translation to buy, we were looking for something that would be easy for my kids to understand and something that would be accessible and informative for my wife.

Americans Gone Wild

January 24th, 2011 Viewed 1686 times
Barbed wire (rusting after years of hard work)...

Barbed wire (rusting after years of hard work) Français : Vieux fil de fer barbelé rouillé Italiano: Filo spinato (arrugginito) Русский: Колючая проволока, покрытая ржавчиной (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barbed wire is an interesting thing.  Of it’s own, it’s a good deterrent for cattle, to keep them fenced in.  Its pricks are not friendly, but if a cow was determined he could probably get through one of these fences, and then have the whole world as his pasture.

In Romans 1, the Bible speaks of a different kind of fence, a restraint on this world against sin—and thereby against the consequences of sin.

How is Your Reputation?

January 22nd, 2011 Viewed 1572 times
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Headshift business card discussion (Photo credit: Lars Plougmann)

This past Wednesday night, I gave a talk at my church about being witnesses for Christ.  We talked about how we can impact people’s lives at the supermarket and when we go out to eat, but we also, briefly, touched on what we can do at the workplace.

That got me to thinking—how is my reputation in the workplace?  Would my coworkers consider me a person of integrity?

Identity Crisis

January 21st, 2011 Viewed 1798 times
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Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, USA (1942). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why do we expect men and women to be the same?  They aren’t.  I know, that statement may surprise some of you, but hear me out.

Ever since the mid 1900’s, what we’ve expected of women has changed.  She was no longer allowed to think that her life was complete by simply being a woman and raising a family.  Now she had to do all that and have a job outside the home.

How Does $2.5 Trillion Sound?

January 20th, 2011 Viewed 1841 times
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20090110 money printing-01 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The newly Republican House has a lot of expectations placed upon it—as one would expect considering the electoral landslide last November.  Amidst the vote on repealing ObamaCare, many on the left called them time wasters for even going through with the vote, and decided also to pick them apart for the spending reductions that they claimed they were going to do.

Part of the line that was heard throughout the media was that it was one thing to announce that you’d cut spending back in the campaign, but when the Republicans looked at the real picture, they wouldn’t be able to keep this promise without alienating their base.  They’d been perfecting this one since November.

Only, the Republicans decided to call their bluff:

Teen Tells Man to Save His Brother

January 12th, 2011 Viewed 1882 times

229864-jordan-riceI’m not sure I can do what this 13 year old did.  Being trapped by a flash flood in Toowoomba, Australia, he told a passing truck driver to save his 10 year old brother first.

When you add this to the fact that this young man did not know how to swim, and the result was that he and his mother were swept away, and later found dead.

And this all happened on his father’s 46th birthday.

Who Is Our Biggest Ally?

January 11th, 2011 Viewed 1628 times

old union jack

If you would have guessed Great Britain, you would have came up with the same answer that I did.  And yet that’s, obviously, not what our President thinks:

Barack Obama has declared that France is America’s greatest ally, undermining Britain’s Special Relationship with the U.S.

The President risked offending British troops in Afghanistan by saying that French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a ‘stronger friend’ than David Cameron.

The remarks, during a White House appearance with Mr Sarkozy, will reinforce the widely-held view in British diplomatic circles that Mr Obama has less interest in the Special Relationship than any other recent American leader. [France is our biggest ally in blow to Special Relationship with Britain]

America: Where Everyone is a Statistical Anomaly

January 10th, 2011 Viewed 1804 times
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English: Number of terrorist incidents for 2009 (January – June). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The odds of you dying from a heart attack are much higher than dying by a terrorist attack.  Yet which do you think Americans fear more?

This past weekend, an act of aggression was taken out upon innocent civilians by a person who was mentally unstable.  The act killed some, wounded others, and has left the many rushing around asking “what can we do to prevent this from ever happening again?!”


The answer, unfortunately, is “not much.”


Pregnant And Beautiful

January 7th, 2011 Viewed 2077 times

There’s something special about a pregnant woman.  It’s more than the glow, it’s the amazing feeling that there’s a new life growing inside.

When taken in this perspective, there’s a tiny miracle inside, and it’s something beautiful on the inside and the outside.


Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.