Some More Advice On Finding A Good Translation

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

 Bibletranslations article        We continue this week with advice for what kind of Bible to purchase. The wide range of Bibles available often make it so hard to determine which is the right one for you.

         Think some more about purpose. Some people who are new to reading the Bible need something that will help them more easily understand its meanings. Some of the newer versions, like the Contemporary English Version, (CEV) might be more useful for readability. The New International Version, (NIV), would be good if you want to quickly read through a Bible Book to get its flow. Someone may consider using one of these if his or her main purpose is to read the Bible through in a year.


Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

blessings artI remember sitting in my favorite restaurant in the world, a place called “Gallo’s,” and looking across the table at my beautiful new bride. Kristin and I had been married two weeks and we were now settled into our apartment in Le Bagnese, Scandicci, Florence, Italy. Le Bagnese was the neighborhood I had grown up in and I knew it well. In fact, each night Kristin and I would walk around my old neighborhood and I would share with her all of my memories. One of those memories was eating at my favorite place – Gallo’s. I ordered what I always ordered – Pizza Prosciutto e Funghi with a starter of cozze alla marinara. This all translates to a mushroom and ham pizza with a side of muscles cooked in a seafood broth. Eating this with a nice cold coke in a glass is still my favorite meal. Seriously, the best meal ever.

Some Advice About Finding A Good Bible Translation

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

Bibletranslations article         I am often asked to advise people about the purchase of a good translation of the Bible. Have you hunted for a good Bible lately? Go to a local bookstore and have a look at all the Bibles that are on display. Not only are there various translations, but there are also many levels of study helps available as well. All of them have strengths, but do not be fooled by the fancy covers. Some may not be very healthy in the wrong hands.

         There are many approaches that people have in searching for a Bible. Some consider that the only reliable Bible is the one that Grandma and Grandpa used. Others consider that it makes so little difference that deciding between translations comes down to the flip of a coin. For the modern Bible reader, these reasons should be considered less than responsible. Why? Well, this is no ordinary book! And the best one for you must be practical, at least for the next ten year. If you can wear one out sooner, great!

Where Do We Go From Here?

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

crossroads web         Which way? Left? Or, right? The uncharted future, be it the news of a dreaded disease, the crossroads of two desert highways, the loss of a long held and assumed reliable job, the assignment of a post near the heated battle, the loss of a loved one, or a broken trust in a relationship, leads us down paths of profound uncertainty. Answers—we need answers, but so often a satisfiable response cannot be found because it is not sought. Part of the problem may be shock, or fear. It could be because of self-reliance, or uncertainty of the road ahead, or possibly confusion about the way to go. In many cases it can even be a little bit of stubbornness and refusal to accept direction. There may be trust issues involved. In any case all have been at the crossroads of uncertain direction.