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Ephesians 4 and the Americanization of Christianity (Why Greek Matters Part 15)

Does being American (or the citizen of any modern democracy) influence how one interprets the Scripture? Can one’s commitment to democracy affect how we even translate the biblical texts? Let’s consider one text, Ephesians 4:11-12. It names certain types of … Continue reading

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When the NIV Gets Tricksy (Why Greek Matters Part 13)

I am one of the last people I know to dog on the NIV. Honestly, I think its a fairly decent translation. Not my favorite modern english translation, but decent. Nevertheless, there are moments when reading the NIV that make … Continue reading

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“The Importance of the Biblical Languages” by Martin Luther

An excerpt from: “To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany That They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools” (1524) “All right,” you say again, “suppose we do have schools; what is the use of teaching Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, and … Continue reading

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First Be Filled, Then Control the Outpouring (Principles and Practices for the Spiritual Life, Part 2b)

The person who is wise, therefore, will see their life as more like a reservoir than a canal. The canal simultaneously pours out what it receives; the reservoir retains the water till it is filled, then discharges the overflow without loss … Continue reading

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