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  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 12:31pm
    Kevin T. Bauder Ten years ago I authored a chapter and three responses for the book <em>Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism</em>, edited by Andy Naselli and Collin Hansen. My job was both to help readers understand fundamentalism and to respond to the positions represented by other evangelical authors. My approach overall was to […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 06/08/2021 - 7:00am
    We have already showed the importance of imagination for shaping on overall Christian outlook and sensibility. Still, for many Christians these things seem abstract and somewhat arcane. But what if what we are calling imagination is very close to, or identical to the biblical concepts of faith and illumination? If imagination is either identical to […]
  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 06/07/2021 - 7:00am
    This past Monday, I stayed home and had a real holiday. We grilled burgers, enjoyed God’s creation, and spent time with my parents. The day was relaxed, tasks were undemanding, and deadlines were done and gone. I didn’t brutalize my body with one of the annual holiday routines at my gym, and I slept in […]
  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 1:20pm
    Kevin T. Bauder One might think that creedalism was a thing of the past, but what’s old is new again. I recently encountered a confession of faith posted as a sign in someone’s lawn. If people take the trouble to post their beliefs on their lawn, then they must think that those beliefs are important—perhaps […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 06/01/2021 - 7:00am
    Determining if a poem, hymn, musical piece, novel, devotional work, painting or other work should be considered a helpful work of Christian imagination is mostly an act of considering its meaning. Does its content agree with the truths of Scripture? Does its form remain consonant with that content, and shape the appropriate responses in us? […]
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  • Mark Ward - Sat, 06/05/2021 - 1:01pm

    In my other life, I am the editor of Faithlife’s Bible Study Magazine, and one of my first acts as editor was to give myself a column: “Word Nerd: Language and the Bible.” They said I could. I also turn all the columns—plus a few that aren’t in print—into YouTube videos for the Logos Bible Software YouTube channel. Like and subscribe and all that.

    One of my first videos was on an obscure feature in the NASB, little asterisks that indicate when they translated historical presents (like, “Jesus goes into the city”) as pasts (like, “Jesus went into the city”). Good English just demands past tenses, even though the Greek is clearly in the present tense. It just sounds so breathless, so weird, even though it is, yes, possible to match the Greek with an English present. The fact that even the NASB couldn’t bring itself to translate these “literally” shows that forms don’t match one-to-one across languages.

    FWIW, using the magic of Logos Bible Software, I was able to count the number of times the KJV translators translated historical presents as present vs. past. It was a mix. They didn’t have a specific policy they consistently followed.

    Literaler is better...
  • Mark Ward - Sun, 05/09/2021 - 2:34pm

    The Inclusive Language Debate: A Plea for Realism, by D.A. Carson (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998).

    Don Carson's prose is elegant, and his pace is perfect. He briskly moves the reader through a narrative of the conflict among evangelical Christians over so-called "gender-inclusive language" in Bible translation, then he tackles the linguistic issues involved as efficiently as anyone could.

    I should have read this book many years ago, but the interesting thing to me is that my love for language and linguistics and Bible translation over time has brought me to all the same positions. I read the book very quickly because none of the concepts were new to me; there was no uptake required. What's so sad to me is that my tribe should have read this book many years ago, and many of the concepts would have been new to them. I recently got an email from a wonderful, gracious, studious pastor who is a respected friend—and he had picked up that the NIV 2011 was bad because of its gender language. I totally understand...

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 9:57am

    Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene H. Peterson

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars


    I’ve said before that I’m an emotional reader. My five stars for this book represent my rapture at great prose and, more importantly, my fervent amens in the final portion of the book.

    I realize now—how could I have missed this?—that I never actually did get around to reading a Eugene Peterson book (aside from select portions of The Message, which kind of does and kind of doesn’t count) until a friend recently urged me to read this one. Said I’d love it. I sent him a message telling him I’d gotten to the portion that, I’m sure, made him think of me. And it was indeed that last portion, a portion focused on Bible translation.

    If you’ve always assumed, like I half-consciously did when The Message came out, that it was a watered down Bible pandering to the same market that buys the kitsch on Christian...

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