The Mail Bag
You have questions…occasionally I have answers…..
What kind of cat is Liam?
A damn fine one.
You will not find anyone who cares less about what breed a cat is than me. In fact, the question offends me because it implies some cats have more value than others based on their pedigree. Do not bring that mess around me…it will not end well for you…
I do think his mama was cheating with a Maine Coon at some point…
Is the Geneva Bible a good Bible?
I am dumbfounded at the number of times I’ve been asked this lately…someone must be pushing this again.
In its time, the Geneva Bible was a great Bible for English speaking Protestants, especially the Reformed.
The study notes were by Calvin himself.
It only fell out of favor when King James authorized his version because he wanted a Bible that was more supportive of the throne. Translation wise, I think it was a better translation than the KJV.
Having said all that… virtually any modern Bible is a better translation than either the Geneva or the KJV.
We have better (older) manuscripts and a much better handle of the ancient languages today.
If you’re interested in the Geneva Bible because you think it’s “purer” than the modern versions, you’re just playing a game to feel like you’re better than someone else.
I own one,(maybe a couple) but it would take me an hour to find it and I don’t care enough to make the effort.
What Bible version do you use in your church?
We use the NLT .(shock)
We used to use the ESV when I was truly Reformed and very much a snob ,but I saw Rob Murphy using the NLT and was intrigued.
The more I engaged with it the more I loved it for teaching.
I use a bunch of versions when I’m preparing….but my two favorite Bibles are a purple covered NLT and a Schuyler I was gifted that I can’t keep my hands off of.
The very best Bible version is the one you can’t keep your hands off of…
When I’m doing devotions or just reading, I often use the NRSV…my second favorite version.
Why are you so dishonest about your political beliefs? Just say you’re a liberal Democrat and stop pretending it’s all about Jesus.
Because I’d be lying.
15 years ago I would have identified as a centrist Democrat because I was a Kennedy/ Humphrey Democrat or a Tom McCall/Mark Hatfield Republican. (Oregon legends)
Neither party now resembles how I identified them for most of my life.
I do not identify with either outfit now, because both are run by extremes and neither comes close to a biblical worldview in totality.
I am vehemently disgusted by Donald Trump and believe Christian nationalism is just another form of idolatry.
That does not necessarily mean I support anyone else.
I do measure everything with Jesus…
How can you reject inerrancy and consider yourself a biblical Christian? What is your view of the Scriptures?
The Bible does have error and contradictions and all manner of odd stuff that belies “inerrancy”.
I am a very serious Anglican and I do hold to the 39 Articles of our faith.
VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.
Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.
I believe the Scriptures are inspired and authoritative in matters of faith…when interpreted correctly.
That’s where the rubber hits the road…
Chances are that I read them a lot more than those asking the questions…