Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ephesians 4:4-6 The Foundation of Church Unity

Originally preached on 6/9/2013 Also Read: Ephesians 1; Colossians 1:13-23 (Pray through Eph. 1:16-23, 3:14-21) In a day in which battle lines are always drawn; I would have you examine unity with me. But not unity at the expense of truth. I would have you examine the foundation of Unity as God defines it. I would like you to turn this morning to Ephesians 4:4-6 as our text as we examine the only right and proper foundation of the unity of the Christian Church. We need a little context to make it flow; and time does not permit us to go into full depth; but we can grasp a brief overview of Ephesians so far. In chapter one Paul opens the letter with a strong emphasis on God’s sovereignty in salvation, the glory of blessings given to us as God chose us, and the presence of the Holy Spirit as a sign and seal of our salvation; all capped off with an amazing prayer  (1:16-23) of gratitude, and a plea that we will understand the riches of God’s glory showered upon us through and by and for the glory of Christ.) In chapter two the emphasis is on the fact that we were once dead, totally dead in sin – […]

Laying a firm foundation

The old NIV is gone.

The NIV is no more. Well the old one that is. The new NIV is filled with more translation decisions that I don’t like. Some of my dislike, I confess, is born of familiarity. But not all of it. Caveat: No I have not read the whole of the new NIV and compared every verse, but I have done some. My rejection of the NIV as my primary Bible translation is older. I haven’t actively read the NIV for a significant amount of time. I stopped using the NIV years ago when I was translating and preaching through Romans. I kept finding so many obviously interpretive translation decisions which I felt should have gone the other way that I opted for the NASB (1995 update). Translation is Treason It is worth noting that I’ve found the same in the NASB, ESV, KJV, NKJV, and whatever else there is out there. “Translation is treason” goes the old proverb among translators.  But to not translate is unacceptable. A translation must be made. But as soon as you translate, you begin to interpret. Your very interpretive bias demands it.  The receptor language is changing, the donor language is still being learned about.  Translation is treason. Do we choose formal equivalence like the NASB or […]