Thursday, January 19, 2017

LifeWay releases new Christian Standard Bible

By Aaron Earls

LifeWay Christian Resources released its newly revised Bible translation this week. The full text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is available at www.CSBible.com, with print versions releasing in early March.

As a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), the CSB balances linguistic precision to the original languages and readability in contemporary English.

"We believe this is a translation that combines accuracy and readability without compromise," said Trevin Wax, Bible and reference publisher at B&H Publishing Group, part of LifeWay Christian Resources.

Independent research from the Global Bible Initiative reported the CSB had the best combination of adherence to the original text and readability for a modern audience.

"With the CSB, Bible readers and teachers can rest assured they have a translation that communicates ancient truths to a contemporary audience as faithfully and clearly as possible," Wax said.

More than 100 Bible scholars from 17 denominations translated the HCSB from the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts.

The CSB revision and oversight committee, a team of top biblical scholars, incorporated advances in biblical scholarship since the original translation, as well as input from Bible scholars, pastors and readers to provide an accurate and readable translation.

"This team has delivered a translation that hits the sweet spot between fidelity and readability," Wax said.

Tom Schreiner, professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and David Allen, dean and professor of preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, co-chaired the multi-denominational committee.

LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer said he was excited about the release of the CSB. "We know millions of pastors, teachers and Bible readers have a commitment to God's Word. At LifeWay, we share that commitment.

"Because God's Word is faithful and true, we wanted to provide a translation that is faithful to the original text, while being highly readable," Rainer said. "I believe the CSB will engage more people in reading and sharing God's Word."

Already, the CSB has been endorsed by numerous pastors including Tony Evans, Robby Gallaty, Eric Mason and Derwin Gray, as well as Bible teachers Kelly Minter, Lisa Harper and the team behind the popular women's Bible study, She Reads Truth.

For Wax, who also serves as a teaching pastor, the CSB makes an easy transition from the pastor's study to the pulpit. "As a pastor, I've grown more confident in the CSB's accuracy and precision," he said. "It is a text I can use for sermon preparation and serious Bible study."

He also believes the new revision makes discipleship and evangelism easier. "Because it is clear and easy to read, I can share it with people who are new to the Word of God as well as those who are already regular Bible readers."

A full version of the CSB is available at Read.CSBible.com. Beginning this month, the translation will be available through other Bible apps and website. CSB Bibles will be available at LifeWay Stores in March.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

See what's next in Bible Studies for Life


The upcoming spring edition of Bible Studies for Life is all about Jesus. The first section, Victory, covers the victory that’s available through Him—over fear and sin, with faith and hope, and shared with all believers. The second section, Identity: My Life of Faith, shows that how you serve your family, carry out your work, and live out your faith is a strong, consistent witness of your relationship with Jesus Christ. The study includes a special focus session for Easter—He Is Risen.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

10 Questions I Have for Small Group Leaders

By Chuck Lawless

My wife and I have always been members of churches with a Sunday School program until we joined our current church, Restoration Church in Wake Forest, NC. Now, we attend a small group that meets in a home on Tuesday nights, and we’re learning more about this approach.
In my opinion, the leader of either type of group makes or breaks the group. So, here are some questions all small group leaders need to consider.

Monday, January 9, 2017

3 Mistakes Leaders Make When Starting a New Year

Here is a typical scene the week after Christmas…
A leader gets some rest, feels rejuvenated, and the burden to lead the team better in the New Year starts to grow. The leader reads a book, favorites a dozen blogs, listens to some leadership training on a variety of topics, and is fired up for the first meeting with the team he/she leads. In the midst of the enthusiasm, here are 3 common mistakes leaders make as a new year begins. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Unfolded Online Bible Study for Men begins January 19!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

LifeWay celebrates milestones, focuses on future

By Aaron Earls
LifeWay Christian Resources celebrated two historic milestones in 2016, but remain focused on the future of the organization.
In April, LifeWay held a chapel service to commemorate its 125th anniversary, then held a groundbreaking and prayer service on the downtown Nashville property that will house its new headquarters in 2017.
Earlier, LifeWay announced plans to build a nine-story 250,000-square-foot office building in a new mixed use development located only a few blocks from the current location that was sold last year.
Construction on the new headquarters continues according to plans with the goal of moving in by the end of next year.

Construction on the new headquarters continues according to plans with the goal of moving in by the end of next year.
Thom S. Rainer also celebrated his 10th anniversary as LifeWay president and CEO in 2016. A special chapel service was held in February to recognize Rainer for his service.
Also during 2016:
B&H Publishing Group continued to earn critical acclaim and popular success. Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae's autobiography "Unashamed" became a New York Times Bestseller. Perennial best-selling author Priscilla Shirer published her first fiction book, "The Prince Warriors," a young adult fantasy trilogy addressing spiritual warfare. In response to pastors seeking advice, Rainer wrote "Who Moved My Pulpit? Leading Change in the Church."
New training resources were added to aid churches. LifeWay launched "Disciples Path: The Journey," a new long-term study designed to help "make disciples who make disciples." The one-year small group study focuses on helping both new and existing believers understand and apply core Christian doctrines to become more mature disciples.
To help students better understand how to minister in urban environments, LifeWay Students announced Infusion, a six-day event that helps participants approach issues likes poverty, racism, lack of education and health care with a gospel motivation.
Popularity of "The Insanity of God," a feature documentary produced by the International Mission Board and Cooke Pictures and distributed by LifeWay Films, spurred an encore showing in theaters and pushed box office receipts to $1.1 million. Based on the B&H bestselling book by the same name, the film highlights the persecuted church and how faith in God makes a difference in difficult places.
When floods ravaged Louisiana in late August, LifeWay worked to help pastors and churches recover. Pastors and churches impacted received help in restoring Bible study materials and pastoral libraries lost in the floodwaters. World Changers teams also helped in the cleanup and local LifeWay Stores sent volunteers and served as collection spots for donations.
In his August report to the trustees, Rainer said, "LifeWay's future is as bright as ever." He highlighted the hiring of Connia Nelson as the new senior human resources director. She was previously the senior vice president of HR at Verizon. Trustees also heard about a redesign of LifeWay Stores to help costumers find resources more easily and a nearly $2 million redesign of the kids' areas planned next year for stores nationwide.
In October, LifeWay leadership held their first Pipeline conference. Designed to encourage and challenge, the conference featured 10 respected church leaders and drew more than 1,000 in attendance and 3,000 who participated online.
With the sale of LifeWay's downtown property, the larger-than-life Billy Graham statue that had called Nashville home for 10 years found a new home at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in the North Carolina mountains. The new location near the main entrance of Ridgecrest is only a few miles from Graham's mountaintop home.
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In 2016, Scott McConnell was named as executive director of LifeWay Research. McConnell had been part of the research firm since its formation 10 years ago.
This year, LifeWay Research surveyed thousands of pastors, Christians and Americans to discover their thoughts on subjects ranging from the election to the end of the world. Among the studies released by LifeWay Research this year:
-- Lack of support reason pastors leave pastorate
No sabbatical. No help with counseling. No clear picture of what's expected. In the study, hundreds of former pastors said these were the crucial elements missing from the final churches they led before quitting the pastorate.
-- Unchurched will talk about faith
Americans who don't go to church are happy to talk about religion and often think about the meaning of life, the study showed. They're also open to taking part in community service events hosted at a church or going to a church concert.
-- Americans love God & Bible, fuzzy on details
Americans apparently don't know much about theology, the study showed. Most say God wrote the Bible. But they're not sure everything in it is true.

Monday, December 12, 2016

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Friday, December 9, 2016

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Five Ways to Care for Hurting People During the Holidays

Five Ways to Care for Hurting People During the Holidays

While many people enjoy the holiday season more than any other time of the year, there are others who struggle to find any joy in it at all. In fact, for many people, this time of year is devastating and debilitating. A broken relationship, a haunting seasonal memory, the death of a friend or family member, or the inability to bless their family with the kind of gifts others are receiving plants a dark cloud over many, especially when they are seeing the masses celebrating passionately while they are hurting deeply.
So how does a small group leader show the love of Christ to those who are living in the midst of the dark night of the soul?

 

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As John began writing his gospel, the Holy Spirit inspired him to avoid opening his book with the name “Jesus.” Instead, John was led to use a different name for Jesus: the Word.
Names are important, and John tied this name for Jesus—the Word—to the story of creation. It is extremely significant that the Gospel of John opens with “in the beginning” because it echoes the first words of Genesis 1. None of John’s Jewish readers could have read the early verses of his gospel without thinking about the creation story in Genesis 1. 
Join us as we explore the advent of Christ through John's Gospel!