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Where Should I Train for Ministry?

Where Should I Train for Ministry?

I just posted the following in a Facebook group composed largely by pastors who graduated from KJV-Only institutions. One asked which schools group members would recommend for a youth pastor. I jotted out some thoughts I’ve been wanting to send to the KJV-Only...

Can People Learn to Read the English of the KJV?

Can People Learn to Read the English of the KJV?

One Sunday a few years ago I asked the teens I was teaching in Sunday School to read some verses out loud, and one of them read from the KJV. This is what he said—and I quickly took note of his pronunciation errors and saved them, because I thought they raised a good...

Three Critiques of Authorized that Bear Weight with Me

Three Critiques of Authorized that Bear Weight with Me

It’s been really, really hard to get responsible, unsympathetic people to offer critiques of Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible. I have come to feel that a patient and careful response from one’s opponents is one of the rarest honors accorded to a...

Does My Argument in Authorized Apply to Old Hymns?

Does My Argument in Authorized Apply to Old Hymns?

A pastor friend in urban Chicago asked a great question: How does the case you make in your book regarding [unintelligible language in] the KJV apply to our hymnody? I'm editing our Sunday slide presentation and am finding that the “thees” and “thous,” while beautiful...

I Looked for a Musician to Stand in the Gap

I’m the music director at my church, my wife is one of our pianists. We and another pianist, a very dedicated and skillful lady, recently attended a Majesty Music Conference in order to gain instruction and, frankly, inspiration for a church music program (our own!)...

Survey for Foundations Baptist Fellowship Talk

I have been asked to address the Annual Fellowship of the Foundations Baptist Fellowship International in June, 2018, in Troy, Michigan, on this topic: "The Legitimate Concerns of the Next Generation (An Objective Analysis)." Now, every Christian worships within some...

A Great Pro-Protestant Argument against Sacred Tradition from Ross Douthat

A Great Pro-Protestant Argument against Sacred Tradition from Ross Douthat

Matthew Lee Anderson and Derek Rishmawy just spoke on their Mere Fidelity podcast to my favorite New York Times columnist, the conservative Catholic Ross Douthat, about his new book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism, a work critiquing...

John Calvin and Lamin Sanneh on Giving the Bible to the People

My book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible, amounts to an argument for vernacular Bible translation—applied to one specific set of objections in one specific historical circumstance. I find myself repeating myself as I promote the book on podcasts...

Wow. Just Wow.

Wow—from an evangelical literary review that looks promising: I’m wondering if perhaps “fundies” have advantage in our emerging justice culture that others don’t have. Fundies grew up knowing that what they watched and where they went had moral importance. Fundies...