Laurence O. has released a WordPress plugin that automatically links to and displays passages from the ESV when you mention a Bible reference on your blog.
In some ways it’s similar to Chris Roberts’s plugin that we talked about a couple of weeks ago. The new plugin doesn’t require you to use markup to indicate Bible references, however.
The plugin has four main features:
- Automatic linking of Bible references and displaying of passages.
- Extensive administrative options. You can control how passages will appear directly from Administration panel—edit both CSS and web service options.
- “Two-click” installation.
- An optional show/hide link for passages. (Example–click the [+/-] link near the top of the page.)
We’ve released eleven new spots in the “Bible for Life” radio campaign. Each one-minute spot has someone reading a passage from the ESV and meditating on it. Over 700 radio stations now carry “Bible for Life.”
This month’s spots feature Christin Ditchfield, Nancy Rue, Plumb, Tammy Trent, and others. For example, here’s Christin Ditchfield talking about 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (1MB mp3).
Listen to all the spots at www.esv.org/radio/bfl .
Crossway has just published the ESV Children’s Bible. This edition contains the complete ESV text plus 214 illustrations and material geared toward kids at the beginning and end of the volume. Crossway designed the Bible to emphasize the Word of God.
The material at the beginning helps children learn how to read, meditate on, and apply the Bible. Read an excerpt from the front (130K PDF; the areas that look pink–technically, magenta–appear a deep red in the printed version. These excerpts come from proofs prepared for the printer and don’t have color-correction applied).
The 80 pages of material at the end introduce children to the message of the Bible. The material reviews key events and ideas found in the Bible and doesn’t shy away from tough topics like sanctification. It talks about some ways to study the Bible and how to apply it to kids’ lives. Parents can go through this material with their children. Read an excerpt from the back (469K PDF).
Here are all the topics covered in the supplemental material:
- The Bible, God’s Message to Us
- What the Bible Says About Itself
- How to Use the Bible
- About This Bible
- Who Is God? What Is God Like?
- God Makes Himself Known
- God Chooses a People for Himself
- The Ten Commandments
- From Old to New Testament
- Jesus: God’s Righteous Son
- Good News!
- The Gospel of Jesus
- What Is Salvation?
- Salvation Explained
- Sanctification: Becoming More Like Jesus
- The Fight of Faith
- Fighting the Fight of Faith
- Verses That Will Help Me Fight the Fight of Faith
- The Promises of God
- Go into All the World
- How Will You Respond to What You Have Read?
- Bible Reading Tips
- Bible Reading Plan
- Learning to Pray
- Bible Memory
We’ll be giving away some of these Bibles to readers of this blog in the near future.
Here’s Crossway’s description of the Bible:
Kids—Here Is a Bible Just for You!
The ESV Children’s Bible is the whole Bible, created just for kids! Young Children will love the 200-plus full-color illustrations. All Children will love that this is a real Bible, the same as grown-ups read, not a simplified Bible or storybook that they will soon outgrow. Families will love to explore together all of the beauty and riches of God’s Word.
The ESV Children’s Bible is…
Ideal for Kids 6-7—to enjoy the pictures and begin to read along at home and in church.
Ideal for Kids 8-9—to read on their own and memorize key verses.
Ideal for Kids 10-12—to read and learn from the many features about…
- The Message of the Bible
- The Plan of Salvation
- Becoming More Like Jesus
- The Promises of God
- Introductions to Each Book of the Bible
- How to Read the Bible
- How to Pray
The ESV Children’s Bible is a real Bible for real kids—a Bible to cherish for life.
The Bible currently has a list price of $24.99. Find it at Crossway, Amazon.com, or Christianbook.com.
There’s still time to register for next week’s (October 13-15, 2005) Christian blogging convention in Southern California, GodBlogCon. We’d love to see you there.
Every attendee will get a free ESV Bible (Compact Thinline TruTone edition, Charcoal Crown design).
We’re also presenting a session. Here’s the synopsis:
Blogging in Business
In this session we’ll discuss how you can use blogs in an established business. We’ll talk about how the ESV Bible Blog came about, how it’s increased interest in and awareness of the ESV, and how the blogging philosophy has changed our marketing approach and even our company.
You’ll learn tips for starting a product-focused blog, what to do (and what not to do) to keep people coming back, ways of coping with the unexpected consequences of having a blog, how to interact with other bloggers, and why a blog challenges you to understand your products and your company better.
We come from the world of Christian publishing, but the lessons we’ve learned can apply to any industry.
Judith Crotts’s blog chronicles life with her three kids in Little Rock, Arkansas. She writes of a recent event in the lives of her oldest daughter and son:
We got them each a Bible (except Emmie [the youngest] whose verse is still “Thy words were sweet and I did eat them”). ESV, about 4″ x 6″, and they’re pretty stoked on picking out their own colors. Don’t make me point out what ought to be obvious as far as whose is whose. Logan cried because he didn’t get to “use” his on Sunday.
From the “how cute” department. Hopefully they’ve had a chance to use their Bibles since Judith posted her entry.