Bible Version Confusion

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.

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Children’s Holiday Club 2016


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

Fischer Random

Chess Game With a Dramtic SkySome 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.

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Passion Week: A Bible Reading Journey

10_Triumphant_Entry_1024The last week of Lent is known either as Holy Week or Passion Week. We use it to reflect on Jesus’ own last week, starting with the celebrated Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem, and ending with the Good Friday crucifixion and Easter resurrection.


This Bible Reading Plan from Olive Tree Bible offers a selection of daily Bible readings to help follow this theme during the coming week.

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A Shining Light

“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.
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