Bible Study Tip #2 Which Bible Translation Should I Use?

There are many English translations one can choose from. There are so many that Craig Blomberg remarked a few years ago in his book “Can We Still Believe the Bible” that publishers need to stop making new English translations until we have put more translations in other languages. I appreciate that position a great deal.

The simple answer to the question is this – the best translation is the one you will read. That thought isn’t original with me. Many have made this point in the past. If a translation is done in such a way that you avoid reading it (hard or archaic words) you might try another one.

The main thing you want in a Bible translation is for it to be done by a committee of competent scholars rather than by an individual (The Message) or by a particular religious group (New Jerusalem Bible). Most major modern English translations fit this criteria.

My go to translation for daily reading is the NIV. My translation for study is the NRSV. The translation I use to compare against those two is the NASB. More on that later!

What is your favorite translation and why?

Bible Study Tip #1 Consistency

If you want to know God’s Word you have to study regularly. Consistency is the key even if what you are reading or studying is a very small amount. It isn’t about getting through the Bible in a year. It isn’t about always doing an in depth study. Knowing the Bible takes consistency. Be inContinue Reading

Does Unity Require Uniformity?

The short answer is no and yes. The answer is no if you mean complete agreement in all things. The answer is yes if you mean the core doctrines of the Christian faith. When we say we have to have “unity without uniformity” we are talking about the first. We are saying that the BibleContinue Reading

What is the “Perfect” in 1 Corinthians 13? It Has Nothing to do with the Completion of the Bible

“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 (KJV) For as far back as I can remember the popular interpretation of this verse was that the perfect was the completed New Testament.Continue Reading

Metacognition and Church of Christ Theology: An Introduction

It is important to think about how we think. That is what metacognition is all about. What are the presuppositions that we bring to the table that influence our understanding of the Bible? John Locke believed infants were born tabula rasa (blank slate) but that is certainly not the case when we enter into anyContinue Reading

What is the Real Issue in Churches of Christ?

It isn’t women’s roles. It isn’t instrumental music. It isn’t clapping or dancing. If I had to boil down to what our real issue is it is this – how we read scripture and the presuppositions we bring to the table when we read the Bible. A necessary and related discussion is our view ofContinue Reading

Self-differentiation: One of the Greatest Gifts You Can Receive

I wish someone had told me sooner, when I was much younger that the more you depend on others for how you feel the worse you are going to feel. It has taken me the vast majority of my life to figure this out and I am glad I did. The moment I stopped worryingContinue Reading

Reframing the Name “Church of Christ”

Having grown up in Churches of Christ, I am well aware of our quirks and idiosyncrasies. I am sure many of you are as well. We have traditionally used all kinds of phrases that are not found in the Bible to talk about things found in the Bible. For instance “we use Bible names forContinue Reading

Hearing God

“In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” – 1 Samuel 3:1 In our day and age, it isn’t that God isn’t communicating with us, it is that we aren’t good listeners. I don’t think “the word of the Lord” is “rare” today. I think we have gottenContinue Reading

Finding the Thread – Listening in John 9-11

In John 9 Jesus heals a man who was born blind…on the Sabbath (9:14). This got the attention of the local authorities who began to question the healed man. After verbally assaulting him the man defends Jesus saying, “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who doesContinue Reading

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