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Introduction A few years ago, a Tennessee publisher presented a reasonable and helpful English translation of the Bible by an international team of 100 scholars. The publication is known as the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2003. In the translation of the apostle Paul’s letter to the local church at […]

DOES GOD GIVE FAITH? Introduction A recent journal article in the May/June 2011 issue of Grace in Focus by Dr. Bob Wilkin raised the question, “Is God An Equal Opportunity Saver?”  In his article’s  Conclusion, Dr. Wilkin answered the question with the assertions: “He [God] doesn’t give anyone faith . . . Everyone is capable […]

A new rabbi was installed at a very old temple near Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.  One of the newer congregants, Bogomilsky, wanted to commemorate the occasion by planting a young tree on the postage-stamp-sized grounds adjacent to the temple building.   The older members of the congregation agreed with planting a tree, but believed the hole for […]

a biblical history of god’s grace   Introduction     In 1996, an English translation of the Bible was published for the first time: the New English Translation (NET).  Three years later, another English translation of the Bible made its premiere appearance: the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).  Both translations feature sound manuscript support, capable translation […]

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On Not Being Proactive   Years ago, in seventh grade, the English teacher introduced her grammar students to the active voice and the passive voice.  In the active voice, someone does something—like, “a boy hit a ball.”  In the passive voice, something is done by someone—like, “a ball was hit by a boy.”   About […]