Blog Tour Review: New Leaven

I haven’t been using this blog very well (i.e., at all), but starting today I will use it to provide links to the stops on the Holy Bible: Mosaic blog tour. The tour has been going strong for a few weeks now, so I’m not going to give you links to every post all at once. But each weekday I plan to point you to that day’s tour stop along with a review post pointing to one of the previous stops on the tour.

Today we will look back at yesterday’s stop on the tour at TC Robinson’s blog, New Leaven.

TC presented a Q & A session with me. Here is a taste:

5. What hopes do I have for Mosaic?

Three things I’m hoping to see from Mosaic, apart from the obvious hope that people will be able to connect with God through the Scriptures and have a meaningful devotional experience.

(1) I hope Mosaic will help some evangelicals who don’t know much about the church calendar to take a closer look at it and consider what it could do for their spiritual lives.

(2) I hope Mosaic will help Christians get a glimpse at how wide and how broad and how diverse the entire Church is, and remind them that our unity in Christ is far more basic than our differences in culture and theological expression.

(3) I hope Mosaic will nudge a few people to give the NLT a(nother) chance, and I doubly hope that those who think the NLT isn’t very scholarly will take a close look at the Hebrew/Greek word study system in the cross reference column.

Additionally, TC’s contest giving away a copy of Mosaic is still open, so head on over and throw your name in the hat if you haven’t already won a copy.

Comments (32)
  1. Tim says:

    Hello Mr. Williams,

    There are a number of things which I appreciate about this new Mosaic Bible: 1. It is good for Christians to be more aware of the richness of poetry art and beauty (I could also add music–though not as germane to this context) in a time when we are saturated with a culture of often tawdry and superficial entertainment. It is good for us to remember that God the Creator endowed us with creativity and the capacity to love the beautiful (Phil. 4:8). That being said, we need to make sure that we test all things by the light of Scripture (1 John 4:1)–not everything creative comes from God.
    There is some value in the church year in creating focus; and certainly God gave the Israelites a very detailed and meaningful calendar. But the chruch year can become mechanical if done every year or mindlessly, and it is damaging to be limited in our exposure to the Word to only the lectionary readings, or to be constrained to preach upon the “text for the day”.
    Your second goal is more of a concern and about which I have a question: It is true that we can learn from many people from different times and different cultures; and we can also recognize that many Christians in many denominations have been lightened by the Holy Spirit with beautifully meaningful thoughts that are in line with Scripture and enhance our study of it (this is why this Bible can be enriching, and why I bought it); but again it is contingent upon us to evaluate all by Scripture. And in stating the matter as you do above, the conclusion could be reached that you believe that theological differences do not matter at all; and that you are seeking some kind of dangerous unity (unity is not necessarily a good end in itself–there can be unity in apostasy and evil)in which we no longer search carefully for what is right, but for what is expedient to avoid conflict. When Jesus prayed for unity in John 17, He was not saying that theological differences did not matter. In verse 17 He says to His Father, “Your word is truth”. This means that we need to study carefully in God’s word for what the truth is, and beware of erroneous teachings. For example, I believe that the reformers (Luther, Calvin, and many others) were right and biblical in calling the Catholic Church the beast of Daniel and Revelation and that it was an/the antichrist. But the reformers were not right about everything either. Again, there is always the danger of lookiing to man instead of God.
    This does not mean that all Catholics were or are evil, but that it is an evil SYSTEM which points people to man, and not to God for salvation. These things matter, and are very important. But can I still appreciate some of what Augustine wrote, or what even the Pope says at times? Absolutely. But only if they are in line with Scripture. All churches are not right in their doctrines.
    Certainly this is what the Bible teaches. This is why I am writing to you. I seek clarification about #2 above.
    In our world we often seem to have lost the capacity to differenciate between evaluating a person and their ideas. Only God can evlaute a person’s sincerity and whether they are really a Christian. And without a doubt true Christians are all over the world in every denomination, and throughout history. But this does not mean that all of what they teach or taught is right. This does not mean that someone who says a teaching is evil or unbiblical is a “hateful”, “divisive”, or “arrogant” person. It is just a person who wants to really know what the truth is clearly from the Bible and follow it.
    I agree with you mostly about #3. I appreciate the NLT and its clarity. I think that the 2004 update helped enormously in terms of accuracy. Like all translations, I think that it states some things in a way that can be potentially misleading; but on the whole it has many strengths. I welcome your response. Thank you and blessings to you and your family.

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