Bibles I Own

I have been meaning to get around and show the bibles I currently own. Always interested in what bible collections people have, so I thought I would take the time and share mine.

What Bible am I reading now a days? I have recently switched over to the Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB), as I find it literal enough, but yet has a nice modern English to it. I would love to own a premium leather version of this bible, but at this point I am going to wait as there are plans to release an updated version in 2009. I do find much use out of using various translations when I am doing my studies the NLT, and The Message for example sometimes help in drawing out the meaning of some difficult passages.

I just got my Revised English Bible (REB) in the mail last week and started to read it a bit, but have not spend enough time on it to comment. Although my purpose is not to post reviews on these bibles, I may on the Study Bibles that I own, but there are some really good reviews already done by some respected bloggers.

  1. Rick Mansfiled – Top Ten Bible Versions: The Complete Boxed Set
  2. ElShaddai Edwards – he is sufficient

I have broken them down into 6 categories.

  1. Leather Bibles (including study bibles):
    1. New King James Version (NKJV)
    2. Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB) – Ultra Thin Reference
    3. English Standard Version (ESV) – Cordovan (Antique Burgundy) Premium Calfskin
    4. CSB – The Ministers Bible
    5. NKJV – The Believers Study Bible – W.A. Criswell

  1. Bounded or TruTone Bibles:
    1. CSB – Compact
    2. The Message – New Testament
    3. ESV
    4. The NET Bible – Reader’s Edition
    5. The NET Bible – First Edition

  1. Hard & Paper Back Bibles:
    1. The New Testament in Modern English – J. B. Phillips
    2. The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
    3. The New Livining Translation (NLT) – First Edition
    4. The Revised English Bible (REB)
    5. NKJV
    6. ESV Classic Reference

  1. Greek English Interlinear Bibles:
    1. The NKJV Interlinear Bible
    2. Zondervan NIV Interlinear Bible
    3. ESV Reverse Interlinear Bible
    4. KJV Interlinear Bible

  1. Parallel Bibles
    1. The Evangelical Parallel New Testament (NKJV, NIV, ESV, HCSB, TNIV, NLT, NCV, The Message)
    2. The Comparative Study Bible Old & New Testaments (NIV, NASB, Amplified Bible, KJV)

  1. Study Bibles (various covers)
    1. Scofield Study Bible KJV
    2. The Believers Study Bible – W.A. Criswell NKJV (This is one is really good)
    3. Scofield Study Bible ESV
    4. Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible NASB
    5. Thompson Chain Study Bible KJV
    6. Ryrie Study Bible NASB Updated Edition
    7. Thompson Chain Study Bible NIV


Why Ron Simpkins is my Friend

I think through the years of the many friendships that I have had, some of my best friends have gone on to the next journey of life. In recent years I have had the privilege of making various new friends, really great friends. But Ron Simpkins stands out above the rest. I am not saying anything else that others have not already echoed. Ron is one of those persons that you just gravitate to.

What is about him? Is it his sense of humor (which is really wicked)? Is it his wit and genius? Is it that he is a great story teller? Great Preacher? Historian? Author? Is it his passion for

Ron Simpkins

God that just makes me want to be a better Christian? Or maybe he just loves people, and seeks out friendships and makes you feel like you are important, and he values your friendship? When I stop and think about it, he has way more friends than I do, but yet I feel like I am his best friend in the world (I know I am not). Maybe most of us don’t have a lot of friends because we don’t pursue them. Ron does not blog as often as I like him to, but he blogs the old fashion way, he picks up a phone, he visits a friend, he stays out late over some coffee and just talks. Maybe if I made an effort like Ron, I would be somebody’s best friend.

I am thinking about this because the other night we had one of Ron’s friends minster at our church. Kerry Rhethadle, District Supervisor, Denver Co, Foursquare Church. We talked a bit before church, and then afterwards went out and had a late dinner. We talked and had this great time, as if we knew each other for years.

You see, Ron was the wireless connection known as Friends. He knew that his buddy was coming to California for a FourSquare Minsters Convention, and he told him you have to call Pastor Omar Lopez (he and Omar are great friends). Then he called Pastor Omar, and said you have to have him at your church, and spend sometime with this guy he is great. Without question, in a last minute notice Kerry was at our Church ministering.

Ron has his own Blogroll it’s called relationships. I have made some new friends through blogging, or at least acquaintances. And have connected with others through BlogRolls. Some post their photos, so you get an idea what they look like. But yet there is something about that face to face contact, the voice, the smile, the eyes, that you just don’t get when you are on the net.

Why is Ron my friend? Because at his core he loves people, not because of what he sees in me, but who he is on the inside. Stop blogging for a bit call a old friend, make a new friend at church ask them out for some coffee or dinner.

BlogRoll Update

Added Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Nick Norelli is a fellow Charismatic, and a great Thinker (I’ll let him decide just how Weird).  I truly enjoy his site, great blog, with lots of thought provoking articles. I enjoy his attitude, and his dedication to Christ.

Also stop by and visit Ron Simpkins.  He is a great Weird Thinker-Christian.  He does not post often but does write some very fascinating articles.  We are great friends, and the last 5 years he has inspired me to die and live for Christ more than any other.  Some of the recent posts are from his upcoming new book.

Over Committed to the Bible

Recently one of my favorite authors J.P. Moreland gave an address at the National ETS conference. I guess he shocked some of the listeners, and readers of this paper. But I being a Charismatic Christian had a deep appreciation for what he wrote. It is wonderful to have such a great mind, and heart for God as does JP Moreland, and to have him think about God and articulate in the manner that he does on certain positions, is a real treat for me.

One reason I am posting this is because I was reading something that ElShaddia posted at his site. It was a question regarding “is it ok to enjoy the feeling of a worship song?” JP in his paper makes a point that I think can apply here. Part of what he says is that we read about certain things in the bible but they don’t exist in the bible (i.e. demons), the exist in reality. Now he does not go into worship, but I think it can apply to the point he is making. We read about worship, we learn about worship, and we gain knowledge about what worship is from the bible, but worship does not exists in the bible, it exists in reality, with us and how we express our worship to God.

I often find myself overcome with emotion when I worship God. It draws me into His presence in way that nothings else does. There is an emotional connection during worship, after all we are created emotional people.

I am going to summarize here and encourage all of you to read his paper, and check out the other references that I will give here and maybe start a healthy dialog on what he stated. I would highly encourage you to read his paper, and the following links that I give to properly understand JP Moreland’s position before you respond to quickly.

How Evangelicals Became Over-committed to the Bible and What Can Be Done about It, was presented at the 2007 national ETS conference.

According to JP Moreland:

I am more convinced of inerrancy than at any time in my Christian life, but the charge of bibiolarty, or at least a near, if not a kissing cousin, is one I fear is hard to rebut. To be more specific, in the actual practices of the Evangelical community in North America, there is an over-commitment to Scripture in a way that is false, irrational, and harmful to the cause of Christ. And it has produced a mean-spiritedness among the over-committed that is a grotesque and often, ignorant distortion of discipleship unto the Lord Jesus.

JP acknowledges that:

“One could never be too committed to loving, obeying and promoting Holy Scripture, However, such over-commitment is ubiquitous and harmful. The sense I have in mind is the idea that the Bible is the sole source of knowledge of God, morality, and a host of related important items.”

He goes on to say that there are:

“Three areas where Over-commitment to the Bible is Harming American Evangelicals.

  1. Natural theology and moral law
  2. The realm of spirit/souls
  3. Divine guidance, prophetic revelation, words of knowledge and wisdom”

The actual paper

Kingdom Triangle Response

Blog responses to ETS Paper and Kingdom Triangle

  1. John Mark Reynolds at Biola University (here)
  2. Frank Beckwith at Baylor University (here),
  3. Melinda Penner and Brett Kunkle at Stand to Reason (here and here), and
  4. C. Michael Patton at Converse with Scholars (here).
  5. Paul Copan at Palm Beach Atlantic University and President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (here)
  6. JP Moreland’s Response (here)

Missionary Prayer Request

I got this email from my friend Rory Butler who is currently living in China doing Missionary work. I would appreciate it very much for those you that stop by to take a moment and pray for his needs.

Please pray for guidance and wisdom as I have had to take over pastoring again of the house church I started here. I don’t plan to stay indefinitely but for now I am here and will need to get things in order before I move on so I will be here until at least the end of February.

A few days ago I started a new outreach here on Friday nights. Its an English bible study that basically explains Jesus and salvation to unbelievers. PTL that the first night we packed the small room out. That was a surprise because in the past its been hard to stir up much interest. The best part was that we had more guys show up. Usually in China its hardest to reach the guys, but this time at least half were young guys. We will do it again this Friday, please pray for it.

Other than that I ask your prayers as I have been sick in bed with food poisoning the last 2 days.


Which theologian are you?

Which theologian are you?Karl Barth
You scored as a Karl Barth

Which theologian are you?
created with

The daddy of 20th Century theology. You perceive liberal theology to be a disaster and so you insist that the revelation of Christ, not human experience, should be the starting point for all theology.
Karl Barth
John Calvin
Jonathan Edwards
Martin Luther
Charles Finney
Friedrich Schleiermacher
Paul Tillich
Jürgen Moltmann

I guess I should at some point in my life read the writings of Karl Barth. I know very little of his works, I do believe in biblical inerrancy, so I hope this match is with some of his other veiws 🙂

See how ElShaddai scored.

Unofficial endoresment by Dr. Wayne Grudem on the HCSB?

I was reading an interview with Dr. Wayne Grudem on when he mentions the following:

My expectation is that we will see a return to an emphasis on essentially literal translations such as the English Standard Version, the New American Standard Version, the Holman Christian Standard Version, and the New King James version…

Not bad to be mentioned along side some very good translations of the bible.