Book Review — Simple Faith Bible, Zondervan

A few months ago I purchased the Tony Evans Study Bible (CSB) because I wanted to gain more insight from a great African American pastor I’ve admired for decades. It was wonderful to have a study Bible with his personal notes, reflecting so many years of pastoral and teaching ministry. When the offer came toContinue reading “Book Review — Simple Faith Bible, Zondervan”

Paper or… digital?

A recent BibleGateway poll found that people still like taking a physical Bible to church. Overwhelmingly. I haven’t found that percentage to be SO high in our church. There are a good number of people using their phones or tablets now. But we still have a majority using physical Bibles. While I am getting moreContinue reading “Paper or… digital?”

Online Bible Resources

Occasionally when I add in a text reference I link the text to I am part of their “blog gridder” team, which means… well… I have no idea what it means. Just a badge to put on my blog and make me look cool. But Biblegateway is an excellent tool for online Bible resources.Continue reading “Online Bible Resources”

Clarity and accuracy in translation are helpful

Over the years I have done a very bad thing in the eyes of scholars. I have drifted more toward translations that work to make the text more readable. For ESV, NASB, NRSV, and RSV lovers… I am a heretic. For KJV only people, I’ve been apostate for years. I still use “word for word”Continue reading “Clarity and accuracy in translation are helpful”

Using online Bible tools

One of my favorite “go-to” sites for quickly accessing translations is BibleGateway. They also have apps for your smartphone. I like it on my computer because when I need a quick reference to view a verse in several different translations, this site is the easiest for me. I can type in the reference and goContinue reading “Using online Bible tools”

Happy New Year!

It’s the first Sunday of Advent, so for the church… HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Church has been on a different calendar for centuries, but evangelicals and Pentecostals don’t always recognize it. It’s too much of a “dead ritual,” or some such thing. I’ve learned to appreciate these seasons, especially Advent and Lent, helping us prepareContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

Black Friday, Good Friday, and Anticipation

Tons of deals to be had on Black Friday… which has successfully leaked (in the view of retailers, anyway) into Thanksgiving. I’m not here to mourn the loss of Thanksgiving. We’re a culture bent on compulsive actions and I’m not going to cure that in one season… or twenty. We want to shop for goodContinue reading “Black Friday, Good Friday, and Anticipation”

Dreaming about what IS possible

2 In the days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of the mountains. It will be lifted above the hills; peoples will stream to it. 3 Many nations will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the house of Jacob’s God so that he may teach us hisContinue reading “Dreaming about what IS possible”

Ancient Paths are So Cutting Edge

The Lord proclaims:Stop at the crossroads and look around;    ask for the ancient paths.    Where is the good way?Then walk in it    and find a resting place for yourselves.        But you said, “We won’t go!” (Jer. 6:16) Ancient paths really aren’t so “cutting edge.” It’s the invitation of God. When someone under 40 mentions them, then they seem so “cutting edge,” but the realizationContinue reading “Ancient Paths are So Cutting Edge”