The History of the NIV Translation Controversy

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary recently released the seventeenth volume of their journal, and one of the articles is available as a PDF:

William W. Combs, “The History of the NIV Translation Controversy,” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 17 (2012): 3–34.


  1. Translation History of the NIV
  2. Reception of the NIV
  3. Continued Controversy over Translation Philosophy
  4. The Gender-Inclusive Language Controversy
  5. Today’s New International Version
  6. New International Version 2011
  7. Conclusion

It’s an informative survey.

From John Piper to Jason Meyer: A Video Testimony from Meyer’s Installation Service

It was a joy to watch Jason Meyer‘s installation service Sunday night. (Bethlehem Baptist Church streamed it live.) After Tom Schreiner (Jason’s mentor) gave his charge to the church, they played this moving video that tells some of the back-story on how Bethlehem transitioned from John Piper to Jason Meyer:

Bethlehem just posted an “Installation Service Recap” that includes pictures.


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James: The Latest Volume in B&H’s Exegetical Guide to the Greek NT Series

VlachosIn 2010 I shared my top five books on the letter of James and interviewed Chris Morgan on the theology of James.

Now I’d add this book to that top-tier list:

Chris A. Vlachos. James. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2013. 225 pages.

This sample 53-page PDF includes

  • Endorsements by Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, Peter Davids, Rob Plummer, Tom Schreiner, and Bob Yarbrough
  • The table of contents
  • Doug Moo’s foreword
  • Other front matter
  • The introduction and notes on James 1:1–4

We’re Moving to Minneapolis: 5 Reasons We’re Excited to Serve at Bethlehem College & Seminary

bcsLogoColorBethlehem College & Seminary (BCS) just announced that I’ll be joining their faculty in August 2013 as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology.

Jenni and I are grateful to God and excited to join the BCS family. We’re planning to move to Minneapolis this summer.

If you don’t know much about BCS, these links are a good place to start:

We’re excited to serve at BCS for at least five reasons:

1. Doctrine

The doctrine BCS affirms and celebrates is what we affirm and celebrate. [Read more…]

Larry Hurtado Reviews The Early Text of the New Testament

KrugerLast month Larry Hurtado informatively reviewed this book:

Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger, eds. The Early Text of the New Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Hurtado writes,

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve taken the time to work through the volume (21 contributions, and over 400 pp.), and I have to underscore how impressed I am with it.  In the following comments, I highlight contributions that I found particularly valuable. . . .

This volume (though expensive!) is now probably the most up to date analysis of earliest evidence about the state and transmission of NT writings in the second century CE. Given the limitations of our evidence, scholars are required to make the best inferences they can. This volume provides essential resources in doing so, and largely shows that we can with some confidence posit that the NT writings, essentially as we know them, were copied for both ecclesial and private reading.

George Whitefield: “I am content to wait till the judgement day for the clearing up of my reputation”

abridgedGeorge Whitefield wrote,

  • Let the name of Whitefield perish, but Christ be glorified.
  • Let my name die everywhere, let even my friends forget me, if by that means the cause of the blessed Jesus may be promoted.
  • But what is Calvin, or what is Luther? Let us look above names and parties; let Jesus be our all in all—So that He is preached. . . . I care not who is uppermost. I know my place . . . even to be the servant of all.
  • I am content to wait till the judgement day for the clearing up of my reputation; and after I am dead I desire no other epitaph than this, “Here lies G.W. What sort of man he was the great day will discover.”

Quoted in Arnold Dallimore, George Whitefield: God’s Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century  (Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1990), 154.

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Wayne Grudem on the Jason Bourne Films

Bourne_0Wayne Grudem evaluates the Jason Bourne films (his critique applies to The Bourne Legacy as well) when he discusses the CIA in Politics—According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010), 424–25:


The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the primary organization that gathers and analyzes information about other countries, especially about potential enemies of the United States. In other words, the CIA coordinates America’s spy network abroad. [Read more…]