Every so often, I collect several links to things that I think are noteworthy. Here are a few from the last few weeks:
- John Piper has released a new book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian. There is also a short (20 min) documentary that goes along with it, where he discusses the touchy subject of race and how being a part of the family of God succeeds all races. To it, I give a hearty Amen!
- Ray Comfort has produced a “documentary” about abortion. The movie is worth watching! For a balanced critic of some of it’s pitfalls check out Justin Taylor’s article.
- Ed Stetzer writes a insightful article about disaster relief in the wake of some of the recent earthquakes and storms. Wise advise, especially for ministers who might not know where to start. He also wrote a good article on churches having multiple worship services.
- Bible readers prefer word-for-word translations to thought-for-thought translations, and gender specific pronouns rather than gender inclusive, says a new survey conducted by LifeWay,. I suspect this is true for three reasons: 1) Transcendence – we want a version that sounds greater than us. 2) Accuracy – Most people who care to read the Bible care to hear God’s word as closely to the actual Greek or Hebrew words used as they can. 3)Longevity – Thought-for-thought translations sound dated after a few decades and by their own nature cannot endure changing idioms.
- My pastor, Glynn Stone, Jr., wrote a good article a little while back about the newest revisions to the NIV. I think it important that you make yourself aware of what is happening to a once reliable translation. Translations I rely on include the ESV, HCSB, NKJV, and of course the KJV.
- The message audio (and video) is online from John Piper’s annual National Conference. The topic this year was missions. I’ve loaded my player with them for my drive time.