Nearly five centuries ago in Central Europe, an unknown Augustinian monk decided to nail 95 theses to a church door, sparking a religious revolution felt to the present day.
Reformation Day, the anniversary of when Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation, is an observance remembered by hundreds of American churches in the modern day. While the exact date of Luther's call to theological debate was Oct. 31, or the Eve of All Saints' Day, many Protestant congregations choose to observe the occasion on the last Sunday in the month. This year, Reformation Sunday will fall on Oct. 27, with Protestant denominations such as Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Baptists drawing attention to the past.
For Pastor Skip Athey of Grace & Truth Family Baptist Church, a Floridian congregation with an average attendance of over 100, Reformation Day is "a way to connect with Protestant Church history." more >>
1. YouVersion Bible App [Free]
- Rated a whopping 4.8 by over 650k android users, the YouVersion Bible app is currently the best android bible app on the Google play store. Well, this bible app is in use in over 90 million android gadgets across the globe – which means people are reading, listening to and even watching and sharing the Bible completely for free.
Bible illiteracy is one of the main factors preventing Christ's followers from truly connecting with their savior, and one man has made it his mission to correct that.
Dr. Tom J. Cowley is making it his life's task to make sure those who may not know Christ or those who follow Christ and want to bring Jesus deeper into their lives have the opportunity to do so. For that to happen, one has to have an understanding of Christ's life and experiences that are detailed in the pages of the Bible.
Unfortunately, the seldom-discussed issue of Bible illiteracy is preventing many from doing so. Dr. Cowley explains that while those dedicated to Jesus may be familiar with the stories and certain occurrences surrounding the life of Jesus, many are blind to key happenings that shaped Christ's teaching and his message. So Dr. Cowley has tasked himself with developing an overview to provide an easily discernible look into the life of Jesus. more >>
Editor's Note: This is the third part of a series examining different aspects of Bible translation, inspired by the recent controversy surrounding Wycliffe Bible Translators and its translation for a Muslim context. While The Christian Post series will not be focusing exclusively on the Wycliffe controversy, the topics in the series are related to the situation and are helpful to understanding the complicated nature of Bible translation.
Eminent New Testament scholar and Bible translator Daniel B. Wallace recently spoke with The Christian Post about his work with the New English Translation (NET), choosing beneficial translations and grappling with what he believes are some of the more harmful misconceptions, myths and lies about Bible translation.
Dr. Wallace is professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he has taught for more than 25 years, and is Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, established in 2002 for the purpose of digitizing Greek New Testament manuscripts. The New Testament scholar, whose Greek grammar textbook is used at seminaries across the U.S., has served as a consultant on four Bible translations, and most notably worked as the senior New Testament editor of the NET Bible — which he says is "the translation that translators like." more >>
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have released the official trailer for their upcoming "Bible" series on Thursday.
Furthermore, the epic 10-part mini-series has received an airdate; "The Bible" will debut on the History Channel on Sunday, March 3.
With anticipation for the debut rising, Twitter users have sounded off about the trailer for "The Bible." more >>
An extremely rare version of the Bible, called the Bishop's Bible and printed more than 400 years ago, has been discovered and salvaged in England before it could be thrown out.
"It was rotting away in a cupboard, the wooden and leather covers covered in beetles. The pages were like blotting paper and didn't smell too good," Arthur Brooks, a church reader at St James' Church in Teignmouth told the Telegraph. The book was apparently about to be thrown out by the church, before Brooks recognized its significance and potential value.
The Bishop's Bible, only 70 copies of which are said to have been produced, was first printed in 1568 by the Church of England during the time of Queen Elizabeth I, only 30 years after the Church of England separated from the Vatican and established its own authority. more >>