Printed Bible Versions
Bibles in a Bookshop
When I was young, when anyone wanted a new Bible, it was easy to choose which version, for there were very few versions other than the King James version. In fact, I cannot remember seeing anything other than the King James Bible in the bookshops and all the Bibles given out to the children at Sunday school anniversaries were universally King James Bibles. Then in 1961 the New English version of the New Testament appeared, followed in 1970 by the Old Testament. From then onwards it seemed as if a new Bible translation appeared every few months and today we have hundreds. It is not apparently possible for anyone to give an accurate number of the current number of English translations, since there are also large numbers of partial Bibles containing a single testament, groups of books, or just a single book, but the American Bible Society, taking everything into consideration, thinks there are around 900 English language versions of the Bible available today and I am not sure whether this figure is just for printed versions or includes digital versions too.
St Martin’s Methodist Church was transformed into ‘The Hall of Memories’ from 2nd to 5th August when over 40 children aged 4 to 11 gathered to take part in the annual holiday club event.
This year the title was ‘Guardians of Ancora’. The children became ‘guardians’ searching for lost story treasures. Each story treasure uncovered helped the spire of light to shine brighter every day as the group learnt more about Jesus’ miracles. Continue reading
Some of you will be aware that I give the answer ‘Chess’ when asked for my favourite sport. A good game between two well-matched players can be exhausting and exhilarating – a literal battle of minds in which tensions can and often do run very high. I have been to large theatres to watch world champions play live (the board is displayed on a large screen on stage to help everyone see) and sometimes the tension of the mental battle on stage is so great that audience members, and even players, have to leave quietly to find some mental diversion in order to relieve the nervous strain.
I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat
our mobile phones?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
“A Shining Light” (Matthew 2:1-12)
Scripture: Matthew 2:9-10 ESV
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
In the cartoons, a sudden idea is often represented by the appearance overhead of a lit light bulb. Shining lights make us think of being dazzled, taken by surprise, found out. Perhaps we think of the dazzling light of Saul’s conversion. Whatever the connotation, the shining light can not be ignored.
As we cannot fail to get caught up in the relentless commercialism, the tired pop songs and the inexhaustible but exhausting round of indulgent parties, we sometimes feel inclined to offer at least a show of resistance by saying ‘Let’s Keep Christ In Christmas’.
There is a wealth of Bible study resources now available online which can take your own Bible reading up many levels. In this blog I am highlighting just one: Lumina
Lumina is a study portal maintained by the great people over at Bible.org and can be found easily by clicking on lumina.bible.org (how easy is that to remember?)