Links 10.2.11

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!

Bloodlines Documentary with John Piper from Crossway on Vimeo.

  • 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.
  • 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.
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