For those in the back who still don’t understand systemic racism

In the past five years, and I fully understand what that represents in time and certain people that will go nameless, we’ve seen an unleashing of spiritual destruction. Decay is not strong enough as a description. The utter rottenness of white conservative Christianity has been exposed over and over. Instead of repenting, there has been a constant doubling down of Christian Nationalism, racism, and misogyny.

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The reckoning we don’t recognize

Earlier this week, I gave some links to issues regarding black brothers and sisters leaving white evangelical spaces.

Now, the Southern Baptists are losing Beth Moore. (I am sure many them think this is a GLAD moment for them.)

Her departure is “tectonic in its reverberations,” said Jemar Tisby, the president of a Black Christian collective called the Witness. “Beth Moore has more influence and more cachet with Southern Baptists, especially white Southern Baptist women, than the vast majority of Southern Baptist pastors or other leaders. So her leaving is not just about one individual.”

The unfortunate thing is this is a reckoning in the white evangelical spaces… and we don’t recognize it.

Lifeway Bookstores and the NIV2011

Last year the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution asking Lifeway Bookstores to quit selling the NIV2011. (Something about liberal commie pinkos or something like that.)

Thankfully, Lifeway has decided to keep the NIV2011.

I won’t shop at Lifeway any more than I already do (which is never), but I’m glad to hear they have a bit more sense than a declaration from the convention floor of the SBC.

The CBT Responds to the Southern Baptists

The Committee on Bible Translation responded a few weeks back to the Southern Baptist resolution “banning” the use of the NIV:

A brief response from the Committee on Bible Translation to the resolution introduced on the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention regarding the updated New International Version
June 15, 2011
The Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) welcomes informed criticism of our work. No translation is perfect, and we are always working to improve our translation. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has recently adopted a resolution regarding the updated New International Version (NIV). We take this opportunity to offer a brief response.
First, we object strongly to the accusation that the NIV “alters the meaning of hundreds of verses, most significantly by erasing gender-specific details which appear in the original language.” Our concern is always, in every decision we make, to represent God’s unchanging Word accurately and naturally in modern English.
Secondly, we object strongly to the accusation that “the 2011 NIV has gone beyond acceptable translation standards.” In fact, the translation standards followed by CBT are exactly those followed by professional translators around the world. CBT employs those standards in combination with the best biblical and linguistic scholarship to render God’s eternal Word accurately into modern English. This mandate is what guides us in all our decisions — not any other agenda.
For additional information on the translation philosophy and scholarship of the New International Version, please see the NIV Translators’ Notes:
http://www.niv-cbt.org/niv-2011-overview/translators-notes/
For additional information on the evangelical scholars who make up the CBT, see:
http://www.niv-cbt.org/translators/