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I realize that many think that more formal (or literal) translations are better. Of course, books have been written on that, but this just deals with form and grammar. To me copying the grammar of the original languages and trying to squeeze it into English, except for when they don’t, makes for some awkward reading for some of us. I prefer English as opposed to Greek or Hebrew or Aramaic English. Half of you who are into translations will disagree with this. I felt ‘literal is better’ when I read the NRSV for three years–a great translation–so I understand (in a non-expert way) where everyone is coming from.
Top Translation Traps: Slavery to Form « God Didn’t Say That

“For this month’s column, I thought I would offer a few reflections on Andy Stanley’s recent book, Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend. Here’s a classic passage which represents in miniature an entire universe of erroneous thinking.”
–Carl Trueman
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – Reformation21

As long as we’re getting critical, if you are an author or a pastor, don’t do this.
An Unhealthy Focus in Much Christian Literature | Borrowed Light
I’ve read how I’m supposed to have a problem with prayer and a few other things, when I don’t. It’s very condescending.

Everytime I read the Old Testament, I appreciate it more, even if I’m more disturbed by it. Some good stuff on this page if you’re interested. A quote if you don’t have time.
Old Testament | Miscellanies.

[Jesus] regarded the whole Old Testament movement as a divinely directed and inspired movement, as having arrived at its goal in himself, so that he himself in his historic appearance and work being taken away, the Old Testament would lose its purpose and significance. This none other could say. He was the confirmation and consummation of the Old Testament in his own person, and this yielded the one substratum of his interpretation of himself in the world of religion.

–Geerhardus Vos—Biblical Theology

I know you’ve been bombarded with articles on mental health. Here are just a few more with the last one being an infographic on schizophrenia, one of the most misunderstood disorders and misused terms.

Lessons Learned from the Dark Valley of Depression | Biblical Counseling Coalition Blogs

A Biblical Counseling Perspective on Mental Illness | Biblical Counseling Coalition Blogs

HT: David Murray | HeadHeartHand Blog

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Schizophrenia: The Broken Mind

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