THIS SUNDAY, 6/8 – BRO. JERRY’S LAST SUNDAY!!
Choir: “Shine On Us”
Preacher: Jerry Joplin
SUMMER REHEARSAL SCHEDULES
Choir: NO mid-week/Wed. rehearsals until late August. HOWEVER, we will meet each Sunday in the Choir Warm-Up Room at 8:45am to rehearse that morning’s song (a piece familiar to everyone), and take a few minutes to rehearse a song for the following week.
Praise Team: We will continue to rehearse on Wed. evenings unless notified otherwise.
HOW I SURVIVED THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE – LUBBOCK METRO LEADER NEWSPAPER
David Taylor, a member of BHBC, approached me a few weeks back and asked if I would write an article for the Metro Leader. You should receive a hard-copy of the paper in your mail. But, in the event that you don’t, here is the web edition: http://lbkmetroleader.com/community/faith/how-i-survived-the-worst-day-of-my-life/
WITH SO MANY BIBLE TRANSLATIONS HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH ONE TO USE? (GREAT QUESTION)
The publishers of the soon-to-be-released “Modern English Bible” (coming Fall 2014) state it’s “the most modern word-for-word translation produced since the King James tradition within the last 30 years.” In my opinion, they’re overstating the “modern” part (they want to sell bibles), but based on what I’ve read so far, the MEV does appear to be a solid translation. And I’m all for making the Bible more readable & understandable to the masses – whatever it takes.
From the early 17th century until the mid-20th century (some 350 years), there was only one widely read translation: the KJV. Even into the 1970’s, a preacher could say, “Everyone please turn to Galatians 2:20,” and everyone’s Bible would read the same. But that was then. Today is different. Much different. Multiple Bible translations have exploded onto the landscape.
Quick Lesson on Bible Translations: First of all, since the original autographs (original manuscripts) are no longer in existence, ALL biblical manuscripts in human possession are translations of the originals. (In other words, there’s nothing “holier” about the KJV than any other reliable translation. Jesus didn’t speak in King James English. 🙂 ) That said, in modern times the two major categories you’ll read about when reading the Introductions to most Bibles are (1) Formal Equivalence, and (2) Dynamic Equivalence – “formal” focusing on “literal/word-for-word” translation (examples: ESV, KJV & NASB), and “dynamic” focusing on “modern readability/phrase-for-phrase” translation (examples: NLT, CEV & TEV). One other category comprises those translations that fall somewhere in the middle of “formal” & “dynamic”. This last category of translation strives to find an optimal balance between biblical accuracy and modern readability. Examples are: NIV & HCSB. All of the categories of translations mentioned here are translated using the best and most reliable manuscripts, but with different primary objectives in mind.
FYI – The Living Bible is not a translation, but a paraphrase of the American Standard Version. The Message is an actual translation – not a paraphrase – into idiomatic English (the way we actually tend to speak and think.) A brief preview of the MEV is below.
HOW WE GOT THE BIBLE
It’s always disturbed me at how many Christians can’t begin to explain how we got the very book on which we base our beliefs. This Fall, I will do a Preaching/Teaching Series on “How We Got the Bible.” It is a FASCINATING story that is sprinkled with the blood of many martyrs who have died so that the Bible might be passed along to us today. In way of introduction, should you be interested, below is a link to a wonderful “coffee table type” book on this topic with stunning photographs. Enjoy
IT’S COMING….COUNT ON IT
I haven’t attended a Southern Baptist Convention in decades. But, this month in Baltimore, MD, at their annual meeting, the SBC is being forced to “draw a line in the sand” in regard to the convention’s biblical stance on same-sex marriage. Why? Because a Southern Baptist Church in L.A., based on a recent experience by their pastor, now affirms same-sex marriage. I have no doubt that one day, perhaps in our lifetime, the act of speaking against homosexuality will constitute a “hate crime” worthy of prosecution. Until that day, though (and following), we are called to “speak the truth in love.” As you well know, speaking truth won’t make you popular. Jesus was executed for speaking truth. And Paul asked the Galatians, “Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?” (4:16)
One of the public figures today not shying away from truth is Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. He has written a sound, biblical and passionate blog in light of the SBC annual meeting. What he has to say applies not only to the SBC reps, but to believers everywhere.
Right now, believers – if they choose to – can do their best to sidestep the issue of homosexuality/same-sex marriage. But, eventually, every single believer will be forced to align themselves with what they believe regarding this divisive issue. Make no mistake, the issue is NOT whether or not to love & embrace homosexuals. The issue is whether or not to love & embrace homosexuality.
Below are two blogs/articles. The first is the one described above. The second is really, in my opinion, far more critical. Matthew Vines is a 24 year old “openly gay Christian” giving all his time and energy to convincing the world that, for millennia, we’ve been misinterpreting the Bible where homosexuality is concerned. Normally, this would be of no real concern. Heretics have been around for millennia, as well. However, a person as intelligent as Vines has the ability to make his case very compelling. And, social media gives folks like him the ability to state his case with lightning speed. Here’s the danger: since evangelical Christians, in large part, tend to be “abysmally ignorant of the Bible” (as one Bible professor described), they’re listening to Vines and considering his arguments.
I have a close relative who is lesbian. I love her with all my heart, and she knows it. I would do anything in the world for her – but I won’t rewrite Scripture for her, or anyone else who’s uncomfortable with what the Bible says.
Satan’s been rewriting God’s Word since Genesis 3. So this is nothing new. But, just as the Old Testament prophets, as well as Jesus, Himself, we must stand up for truth. The second blog does just that.
PRAY FOR JIM & JUDY GERLT
Jim & Judy are in Japan right now representing the City of Lubbock. The time difference is 14 hours ahead. They’ll be back next week.
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” Mark Twain (I’ve known a few people who follow this thought process!)
GRACE NOTES: “The Hardest Prayers to Pray”
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick