Tag Archives: Bible

Time to get a new Bible!

9 Oct

Over the next couple of weeks we will be moving to a new Bible translation for our public reading in church – the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

Our faith stands or falls on the trustworthiness of the Bible. The Bible is the inspired word of God and accordingly, it is our final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. The Bible is the centre because God speaks through his word.

We have to remember though that the original versions of the Bible weren’t in English. What we have are translations from the original languages of Greek and Hebrew. There are literally hundreds of English translations. Some of them are really concerned to be word for word accurate. Others are more concerned to be readable in modern English. As a result they sometimes paraphrase things to make it readable. However, often that means they have to make a decision about what something means rather than just using the words that the original uses. Continue reading

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Live light in 25 words

27 Sep
[This article first appeared on ‘The Briefing’ Website by on 20 September, 2012]

You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God. (1 Pet 1:23)

The Bible Society Australia have identified that only a relatively small number of Australian Christians engage with God on a daily basis—they claim 1 in 5. For people who love the God of Word, this is more than a little disappointing.

But how do we address that? How do we encourage the Christians around us to fix our eyes on Jesus, to hear God’s voice, to spend time in his word daily—or to do that ourselves? How do we develop habits like these?

The Bible Society have come up with a campaign to do just that. It’s a beautifully simple idea:

We’re asking you, your friends & family and churches & schools to commit to reading the Bible daily, starting with 25 words for thirty-one days.

During the month of October thousands of people across the country have committed to reading God’s word. Why don’t you do the same? (Of course, there’s no reason not to get on board even if you’re one of our international readers.)

Here’s an introduction:

There’s loads of resources to help get you started, videos with lots of Aussie Christians, a series that walks you through Mark’s gospel, and much more besides. Go check it out.