Billy at Joy in the Journey shares, as a pastor, what he places on the inside flap of his Bibles: ten counsels from the book The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper (based on Jonathan Edwards’s preaching):
After my first reading of this book, the final “10” counsels revolutionized my philosophy of preaching. I was behooved to summarize each point with one or two sentences and typed them out onto a word processor. Then, I printed the document out in a smaller form which fit the measurements of the inside flap of my Bible’s front cover. I used stick glue to neatly fit the paper into my Bible’s cover where I could carry these admonitions with me everywhere I spoke, taught, or preached. Anytime I had the opportunity to preach or teach the Word, I would read these points over and over again letting their wise counsel seep deeply into my being. This technique has so changed my preaching that you can literally track my preaching methods before and after reading Piper’s book. Since that first copy and paste endeavor, I have placed that same handout into four different Bibles spanning from my full size NIV Thompson Chain Reference to my ESV Thinline.
We know that other people write Bible verses they use to help share Christ with others.
What do you use the inside flap of your Bible for?
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Andy at Coded for Worship explains how to use the ESV daily verse as your screensaver in Windows XP. He uses the free program rsssaver and the Daily Verse RSS feed. (As Andy points out, any other RSS feed would work, too.)
The Dallas Morning News recently carried an article titled Christian Consumer’s Guide to the Bible(s) that discusses Bible translation theory. As a popular article, it necessarily glosses over some of the intricacies involved in the translation process, but it does mention the ESV a couple of times.
Having a diversity of translations is beneficial to Christians, said Dr. [Steven] Sheeley of Shorter College—as long as they take advantage of the resources.
“The variety of English translations suggests that someone must be right, somebody must be wrong,” he said. “But I see them as tools. You can buy a Bible and put it on your shelf. It doesn’t do any good unless you open them up and engage the text in the context of your own life and the life of others.”
Via Mark Overstreet.
Crossway author J. Mark Bertrand has a new blog about Bible Design and Binding. If you’re interested in craftsmanship of physical Bibles, this blog is for you.
A few of his recent posts:
Mark’s book, Rethinking Worldview, just came out.
The ESV Web Service now has its own domain: www.esvapi.org. The names of the API calls have changed slightly to make them more RESTian. See the Upgrade Guide for a list of key differences.
(The ESV website and text will continue at the same URLs. Only the Web Service is changing.)
The main advantage of moving to the new domain: you get 5,000 queries per day instead of 500. When the web service launched in 2003, 500 queries was a respectable number. But in 2007 it’s hard to do anything interesting with only 500 queries per day. The server also does some caching, so multiple identical queries in a short period of time won’t count toward your usage. (This change is useful for people who suffer a sudden burst of popularity.) Of course, this server-side caching isn’t a replacement for your implementing caching on your end.
The domain is running on a new server that should be faster and more reliable than the current server.
SOAP support has gone away, at least for now, mainly because SOAP queries comprised only 1.6% of all API calls but required complex debugging.
The Terms of Service, including the doctrinal requirements, remain the same.
The current API will continue to work indefinitely. Your current keys will work on the new service. However, sometime soon we will stop issuing keys for the current version of the service unless you need SOAP access.
The latest version of Chris Roberts’ excellent WordPress plugin uses the new API. We strongly recommend that you upgrade your copy of the plugin if you’re using it on your blog.