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  • Mark Ward - Mon, 07/25/2022 - 1:19am

    Why I Preach from the Received Text is an anthology of personal testimonies more than it is a collection of careful arguments. It is not intended to be academic, and I see nothing necessarily wrong with that. But it does make countless properly academic claims, and these are fit subjects for review.

    I’ve wondered how I can fairly describe a book that has more than two dozen authors. There is, indeed, a spectrum of views represented here. The contributions do not all perfectly cohere.

    So I think I’ll describe the poles, which I take to be the contributions of Mahlen and Myers. And then I’ll examine what they said about the main issue at stake in the debate over the KJV: the current intelligibility of Elizabethan English.

    A biblical worldview

    When I read a book such as this one, one that announces its agenda on the front cover, I am always on the lookout for the authors to to demonstrate their awareness of three of the very simplest of truths in a biblical worldview, namely that 1) there is created goodness in my opponents, who are made in God’s image; 2) the fall affects my tribe, too; and 3) Christ’s redemptive power is strong...

  • Mark Ward - Tue, 07/19/2022 - 11:37am

    This is so random, and I don’t know who would care—but I just stumbled across the very first document I saved in what ultimately became my Dropbox/Academics folder. It was an exercise I wrote for an English class in high school. I was 16 and 3 mos.

    What I find fascinating is that I was interested, at this quite early date, in language change. The first time I remember caring about and noticing language change was while reading (in early high school?) the dystopian novel Earth Abides. I specifically recall the scene in the book in which one of the survivors of the plague notices, decades after that plague, that the young folks around him were speaking in distinctive ways. Was that the foundation of my interest in language change? I don’t know. But clearly, language changes—and my interest in language change doesn’t.

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 07/01/2022 - 11:51am

    There are few figures on the national evangelical scene that I like and trust more than Kevin DeYoung. I think he nails the balance between, on the one hand, graciousness and fairness and charity and, on the other (can anything be on the other hand from charity?—yes!), a willingness to stand clearly with Scripture against sin of all kinds.

    I listen faithfully to his podcast, Life and Books and Everything, and I really appreciate that he has begun reading his WORLD Opinion articles there. Excellent stuff. I also enjoy his discussions—minus the sports talk, I must say!—with Colin Hansen and Justin Taylor.

    In a recent episode of the podcast, DeYoung made a few points that I’ve always wanted to articulate myself. As often when this sort of thing happens, DeYoung took unformed thoughts I had and very much improved upon them.

    These thoughts have to do with the apparent double standard we use with friends. If they err, we don’t criticize them publicly the way we might do with people in our out-group. I’ve often heard people say that...

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