Favorite Bible Translation

Lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about different Bible translations.  As most people my age, I cut my teeth on the King James BibleThe last decade or more I have been reading and preaching from the New International Version.  I love both translations, but they are very different.  The King James takes a word-for-word (formal equivalence) translation approach while the New International Version is a thought-for-thought (functional equivalence) translation.

In the last few years, two new, scholarly translations have been published. One is the Christian Holman Standard BibleThis Bible is a combination of a word-for-word and a thought-for-thought translation.  I have read quite a bit from this translation and I find it a refreshing and accurate approach to the Scripture.

Another recent and excellent translation is the English Standard VersionThe ESV is a word-for-word translation in the tradition of the King James Version.  It has quickly become a highly accepted translation by scholars and casual readers alike.

Check out these translations and let me know what you think?  Let me complete this post by asking the following question:

Which Bible translation do you prefer?

Here’s a link to a great radio broadcast by Dr. Albert Mohler about the best Bible translations.

Denying Jesus

denyThis morning I read Luke 22 as a part of my daily devotion. In the chapter, the Apostle Peter bragged that he was ready to die with Jesus if need be. Jesus told Peter that he would deny even knowing him before the next morning.

This whole scene made me start thinking about ways we deny Jesus in our daily lives. Can you think of ways we deny Jesus?

Pray for Persecuted Christians

david-plattSeveral members of the First Baptist staff attended the Kentucky Baptist Convention Annual Meeting yesterday in Lexington, Kentucky. One of the highlights was hearing David Platt speak during the final session. David is Senior Pastor of the The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama.

In his sermon, David spoke about our sisters and brothers in Christ who worship in fear of their lives because of persecution. Although he could not mention them by name, he told of two young men he recently saw baptized in an underground church where he was teaching. The men knew that taking such a stand for Christ could cause them to lose everything, including their lives, but they wanted to be obedient in baptism.

QUESTION:  Are there areas in our lives where we are not obedient?

Pastoral Prayer:  Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Protect them, empower them, and encourage them. Father, help us here at Shelbyville to be willing to sacrifice for your cause and for your glory in the same spirit of our brothers and sisters there. AMEN.