Do we need to change the Gospel to speak to today’s world?

Feb 26, 2021 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today: The question was asked this last week: are we preaching the ‘wrong Gospel for today’s world?’ The implication being that we are, and we should change it so that it is more appealing to today’s society. That is the question (or challenge) that Peter Crumpler, former Church of England communications director, asks in his most recent CT article and I’d like to propose an alternative answer if I may because, for a number of...

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Bible translation progress report 2020/21

Feb 9, 2021 by

From Wycliffe Bible Translators: […] The past year has been a difficult year throughout the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen so many plans changed and lives disrupted. Yet God continues to be at work through your generosity and your prayers. At Wycliffe we have seen this first hand as the urgent and vital work of getting the Bible into people’s languages has progressed – despite the pandemic…  … More people have the Bible in their language – now 704 languages. Like the speakers of the...

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Facebook apologizes for accidental restrictions on Bible study website

Feb 3, 2021 by

by Julia Musto, Fox Business: Facebook said the content had erroneously been flagged as ‘low-quality’. Facebook is reportedly apologizing this week after accidentally restricting the ability to share content from the Bible study website Users posted complaints on social media and British YouTuber Paul Joseph Watson posted a controversial video titled “Facebook bans Bible passages” on Jan. 25 that garnered more than 50,000 views. “We’ve since...

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We need more than mere explanation

Jan 20, 2021 by

by Stephen Kneale: I wonder what aspect of sermon preparation and/or preaching you tend to find the hardest? I wonder what most preachers find the most difficult bit? Assuming you have prayed about it beforehand, you pick up your Bible to read the allotted passage – what is the hardest bit from there for you? In my experience (and I think, based on conversations I’ve had with other ministers, many feel similarly), the hardest part is not really understanding what a passage means. After all, we...

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Handling the Bible in Love and Faith

Jan 9, 2021 by

by Kirsten Birkett, Church Society: I want people to be convinced that the word of God is good. God is so generous, and his word saves and enriches and fulfils life. God will offer anyone the opportunity to approach him, unashamedly, in Christ. He will teach us all to let go of the old ways of hate, and separation, and disunity. His welcome is universal and unconditional. We know this from the Bible; and it is from the Bible that Christians have always learned not just how to come to God, but...

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What can we learn from the history of the Bible?

Jan 2, 2021 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: All through this week, at 9.45 each morning, Radio 4 is playing abridged excerpts from Professor John Barton’s book The History of the Bible. I have found it quite a mixed bag, with some helpful and interesting insights on the one hand, but also including some unhelpful and skewed opinions expressed as objective assessments (which they are not) mixed in. I previously commented on John Barton’s approach in reviewing an article in the Church Times earlier in the year here....

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