COVID-19 Is Disrupting Americans’ Engagement with Scripture

Jul 28, 2020 by

by Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition: The Story: A recent survey reveals how COVID-19’s disruption of in-person church attendance is directly impacting Scripture reading. The Background: At the beginning of 2020, polling by the American Bible Society and Barna Group found that Scripture engagement by adults in the U.S. had risen to 70.9 million, its highest level since measurement by the two organizations began in 2011. A follow-up survey in June, though, showed that the COVID-19 crisis has...

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On not leaving the car in pieces on the garage floor – a review of John Barton’s A History of the Bible

Jul 8, 2020 by

by Martin Davie, Reflections of an Anglican Theologian: […] The chorus of praise that A History of the Bible has received, together with the academic prestige of  its author, means that it is likely to become a standard text to which those who want to know about the Bible and its interpretation will be automatically referred… …Barton’s approach to the Bible is one that has been put forward, in outline if not in detail, by a succession of liberal Anglican theologians since the middle of the...

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“Turn the other cheek” – how should churches respond to domination?

May 19, 2020 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: Jesus’ command to his disciples to “turn the other cheek” is traditionally interpreted as backing down from conflict for the sake of peace. The NIV translation of Matthew 5:39 begins: “Do not resist an evil person”. This is usually applied to individuals in community, although some have applied it to nations as a basis for pacifism. The injunction is not often applied to churches. Whether Christian communities should resist attack, perhaps from armed...

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Danish Bible Translation Controversy

May 18, 2020 by

From Christian Friends of Israel UK: The March release of the Danish Bible Society’s newest translation quickly became controversial. Other Danish Christians and Israeli media organisations described the ‘Contemporary Danish Bible 2020’ as both anti-Semitic and anti-Israel because the word ‘Israel’ had been replaced in many places with ‘the Jewish people,’ ‘the Jews’ or ‘the people.’ Some opponents even went to the extreme of claiming that the word ‘Israel’ had been completely removed from the...

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International Outrage Over Denmark’s Fake Bible: Time to Discard It

May 4, 2020 by

by Petra Heidt, Gatestone Institute: The misrepresentation of Holy Scripture by the Danish Bible Society (DBS) has been met with a crescendo of international protest demanding the withdrawal of the falsified Bible. The March 2020 Danish Bible, for the secular Danish reader’s easy reading, has omitted or replaced the word “Israel” in all but two places of the more than 60 Greek occurrences in the New Testament and in 9% of the Hebrew Bible. Protests started on April 21 with...

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Living and learning through the pandemic

May 1, 2020 by

From Build Partners: An East African Anglican perspective on the study of the Psalms. […] The growing death toll for the pandemic reveals an uneven spread of infection. Wealthier countries appear to bear the brunt of the disease while lower income ones are spared. However, this masks the wide ranging secondary impacts on lower-income countries such as those within BUILD’s footprint of East Africa, including the effect on livelihoods, on local economies, on education, on the political...

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