Review: The NIV Study Bible

My big confession: I have never been a fan of study Bibles. I have always wanted Bibles with significant margins so I can put in my own notes. With the coming of digital Bibles and resources, I have utilized the marking tools and notetaking tools of Logos to build my own system. When I studyContinue reading “Review: The NIV Study Bible”

NIV Faithlife Study Bible — Review

I had the good fortune of being sent the NIV Faithlife Study Bible for review purposes. I am thankful to Zondervan and their marketing team for making this available. Over the years I have shied away from study Bibles. They are big and bulky and even then they are too limiting in the ability toContinue reading “NIV Faithlife Study Bible — Review”

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”

How’s your forehead look?

Translation fun. The literal use of a word, which the ESV uses in Jeremiah 3:3 is, um, not helpful. Here is a comparison at Biblegateway. Strengths and weaknesses of translations are a key reason I like having so much available either online (like Biblegateway) or digitally (like Olive Tree or Logos). Just watch out forContinue reading “How’s your forehead look?”

Justified Through Faith

Attention all Greek scholars! Figure this one out for me! Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Rom. 5:1, NIV) Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness combined with our faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:1, CEB) Therefore, sinceContinue reading “Justified Through Faith”

The Common English Bible — A Year Later

Last Advent season I was part of the blogger series for the Common English Bible. They extended their blogging series through Lent, then to Pentecost, so I spent many months using the Common English Bible along with the NIV2011 in my teaching and preaching. Once the blogging event was over last spring, I still foundContinue reading “The Common English Bible — A Year Later”

Common English Bible and Romans 5:1

I have enjoyed our New Testament reading this summer in the Common English Bible. Yet, I still find a couple of awkward phrases. (Every translation provides that, however.) Rom. 5:1 in the CEB is interesting: Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness combined with our faith,[a] we have peace with God through ourContinue reading “Common English Bible and Romans 5:1”

Common English Bible and the NIV — Long Term Strategies

I’ve probably shared this video before, but it deals with the CEB’s use of “Human One.” As I continue to use both the CEB and the NIV, I continue to think about how fast we think we need to change up translations. One interview I heard with a CEB official was a bit disappointing, butContinue reading “Common English Bible and the NIV — Long Term Strategies”

The Beautiful Obligation

16 If I preach the gospel, I have no reason to brag, since I’m obligated to do it. I’m in trouble if I don’t preach the gospel.(1 Cor. 9:16, CEB) 16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach theContinue reading “The Beautiful Obligation”