• MaustsOnToast

    Most Popular Bible Verses of 2023

    According to YouVersion’s 2023 stats, here are the most popular Bible passages of 2023: Jos 1:9; Pr 3:5–6; 4:23; 16:3; Is 41:10; 53:5; Je 29:11; Mt 6:33–34; 11:28; Jn 3:16; 10:10; 14:6, 27; Ro 8:28, 31; 12:2; 1 Co 10:13; 13:7; 2 Co 5:17; Eph 2:10; Php 4:6–8, 13, 19; 2 Ti 1:7; Heb 4:12;…

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  • Whip-poor-will Song

    One of the songs I remember hearing my grandmother sing is the “Whippoorwill Song.” It can be found in The Star of Bethlehem: A Collection of Church-Tunes, Anthems, Choruses and Glees, originally compiled by J. H. Hall, J. H. Ruebush, and Aldine S. Kieffer and published by Ruebush, Kieffer & Co. in 1889. The entire book…

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    Words for Word Translation

    Translation is never as simple as matching up word for word. Romans 10:4 appears as follows in the Greek New Testament (Nestle-Aland 28th edition): τέλος γὰρ νόμου Χριστὸς εἰς δικαιοσύνην παντὶ τῷ πιστεύοντι. In English, the Christian Standard Bible gives us: For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes,…

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  • MaustsOnToast

    The Happiness of Human Beings in Bible Translation

    I am honored to have an article about Bible translation published on the blog of Phoenix Seminary’s Text & Canon Institute. It’s called “Bible Translations Are for People.” In it, I reflect on what is often considered one quality of a “good” translation of the Bible: acceptability. We celebrate the translation of the Bible, but…

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    Walking by Faith

    Scrolling Reading Paul’s letters in the New Testament is like scrolling through his phone. Today, our reading from 2 Corinthians drops awkwardly into chapter 5 (vv. 6-10,14-17). It feels a bit like we’re reading screenshots that have been stitched together. What’s going on? Why did he say that? What led to this? Who’s he talking…

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  • Stained-glass window at the 1923 Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

    The Polyphony of Pentecost

    Introduction: Bonhoeffer in America In 1930, German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer traveled to America in search of adventure. He spent one year in New York among Harlem’s predominantly Black community. He especially enjoyed going to church and hearing the choirs sing Negro spirituals (to use historical language). He was also thrilled to discover fiery Black preachers…

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