Rise of the New Living Translation

Please go over to Rick Mansfield’s blog and read his most excellent article on the rise of the New Living Translation and its possibilities of taking first place over the NIV as many folks common Bible.

He writes,

Suddenly and seemingly unexpectedly, signs are starting to point to the New Living Translation as a major contender for the spot of top English translation that the NIV has held onto for the last two decades. How did this come about?

Read on to see

New Book: The Many Gospels of Jesus

Over at the NLT blog Keith Williams gives a plug to one of Tyndale’s books The Many Gospels of Jesus by Jason Driesbach, Philip W. Comfort, who both are involved in some degree in the NLT. It looks like the book just came out in June 2008.

Here is a blurb:

In the wake of The DaVinci Code book and movie and the recent discovery of The Gospel of Judas, there has been an increased interest in the ancient books written about Jesus in the third century A.D. that aren’t part of the Bible’s canon–commonly known as the Gnostic Gospels. Decide for yourself the truth behind all the “hidden gospels.” Compare what the Gnostic Gospels have to say with the four Gospels in the Bible. Discover the truth about Jesus for yourself.

Definitely looks like a must have!

More A.W. Tozer re: the Cross

Let us plant ourselves on the hill of Zion and invite the world to come over to us, but never under any circumstances will we go over to them. The cross is the symbol of Christianity, and the cross speaks of death and separation, never of compromise. No one ever compromised with a cross. The cross separated between the dead and the living. The timid and the fearful will cry “Extreme!” and they will be right. The cross is the essence of all that is extreme and final. The message of Christ is a call across a gulf from death to life, from sin to righteousness and from Satan to God

A. W. Tozer. The Set of the Sail, 35,36.

The New Heavens and New Earth!

I was reading part of Isaiah this morning (the fifth gospel) and wanted to share a passage from Isaiah 65:17-25;

17 “See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind

18 But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.

19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more

20Never again will there be in it
infants who live but a few days,
or older people who do not live out their years;
those who die at a hundred
will be thought mere youths;
those who fail to reach a hundred
will be considered accursed.

21 They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
the work of their hands.

23 They will not labor in vain,
nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the LORD,
they and their descendants with them.

24 Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.

25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
but dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain
says the LORD.