Happy Easter to everyone!

This Easter season, my family and I have been blessed to see two excellent large-scale drama productions Face to Face and So High the Price at two local churches a few blocks from my home, plus a Maundy Thursday service where the altar was stripped and our feet were washed as a symbolic reminder of …

TNIV & Grudem: great April fools joke on Better Bible Blog

For a great April Fools joke, see Wayne's post called "Grudem joins TNIV team" from April 1 on Better Bible Blog.An interesting post on how Wayne Grudem translates aner (Greek for man or human?), see Suzanne McCarthy's post#1 and post #2 on Better Bible Blog.For a change of heart on bible translations, see Gary Zimmerli's …

Is there a need for a female identity?

Some feminists may be driven by a desire to find a female identity, just like we were driven to find an Asian Jesus, a black Jesus, and a white Jesus. Sure some women who may have experienced abuse by men might find it more challenging to relate to God as "Father God". As a result …

Reconstruction and feminization of God

To use gender-neutral language in the bible is one thing, but to completely feminize God is another thing. A sector of feminism has tried to neuter and feminize God's male gender in Father God, not just from the bible, but also from our everyday speech. If there are any feminists out, please don't take this …

Bible is neutral in gender, but God is not neutered of gender

We know what a gender-neutral bible is like (TNIV, NLT, NRSV), but what would a gender-neutral God look like? Such a God would be neutered. In other words, we would have an emasculated God. But the God I worship is one I know as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. …

The TNIV: still timeless truth in today’s language?

I was informed about a new blog that calls itself the TNIV Truth. The blogger, who we now know is Wayne Leman, is hoping that the truth about the TNIV gets out there because there has been a lot of criticism about the translation. Like him and others, I also feel that the TNIV has …

New Living Translation (2nd edition): perhaps the best-reading translation available

Bible readers might not yet know that the New Living Translation now has a second edition, the NLT(2004). Tyndale's first edition in 1997 was very good, but the 2004 edition, which I'll call NLT2, is even better. The new improved quality caught my attention recently. Thanks to Tyndale House marketing for offering to send me …

The first baptismal pool

This baptistry of the Lateran was built in the 4th century in Rome. It was one of the first public baptistries built by Emperor Constantine after his conversion to Christianity. Historically, Christian converts were baptized once a year on the eve of Easter. People in droves were baptized by immersion in this octagonal shaped pool. …

Sin is a virus, but Christ is the remedy

Human sin seems to rear its ugly head day-in and day-out—everyday! Somebody help rescue us from this virus that we can't shake off! It’s in front of us, behind us, to our left and to our right. We can’t get away from it. It's like a viral infection we can't sem to shake off. It's …

Today’s Evangelicals: still "sold out" for Christ

I was surprised to hear the term “fundamentalist” used by some people to describe evangelicals. Most evangelicals do not even know what a fundamentalist is. It is actually a pejorative term that should not be used to describe evangelicals. Today's evangelical churches have no resemblance in form and style with the evangelical churches of the …

Salt and light in the world

After my wife came back from BreakForth in Edmonton, AB, I noticed in her a renewed passion for God and spiritual things of the Lord. It made me reflect and ask: "How much of what we learn in the classroom is really useful in the real world?" What I am learning in seminary does seem …

Impossible bible translation

The linguistic challenge is only one aspect of the difficulties inherent in bible translation. There are other aspects that would make anyone dizzy trying to understand why bible translation is not so simple, or black and white. All we can hope for, in any translation, is something that comes closest to the originally intended meaning. …

Can the Orthodox doctrine of sin be post-modern?

I have come across an alternative view of original sin which I find very compelling. The Eastern Orthodox view of sin is a little different from how Luther and Calvin saw original sin. The Reformers saw our human nature and essence as so thoroughly corrupted and damaged (total depravity) that it cannot be recognized by …

What is original sin?

Today, as I was teaching my Sunday School class on today’s lesson from Luke 3:14-17 and 21-22 on Jesus’ baptism, which led to our own baptism, and eventually onto the elusive topic of original sin. Many Christians do not seem to really understand what original sin really is and have never really moved beyond our …

TNIV and ESV: new bible translations–Part 2

The ESV translation is a very good translation that has not yet been noticed by many in the mainstream bible-reading community. Much of the text is very similar to the RSV, and many parts of it have even remained RSV word-for-word. (Try doing a parallel scripture search and you'll see the striking similarities). The ESV …