Posts Tagged ‘Language’

Here’s an interesting idea from Martin Luther: What if your church’s services were in a different language every week? What impact might that have on missions and on your understanding of Scripture (if some weeks were in Hebrew or Greek)? Here are his words: I do not want in anywise to let the Latin tongue disappear […]


We Christians have special reason not to use disparaging language. We’re told, “For he who is least among you all is the one who is great” (Luke 9:48, ESV). We know that every person is created in the image of God and is therefore worthy of love and respect (Genesis 1:26). We’re shown that even religious extremists and IRS […]


Hebrews 6:1a reads, “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity” (ESV). Or does it? Without being alarmist about English translations of the Bible, I’d like to suggest that the common rendering of this verse is a bit off. (My Greek professor, Dr. Black, pointed this out to our class.) It […]


Do you beat yourself up over certain sins (as I often do)? Here’s Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) on this apparently ancient dilemma: Grief for sins is necessary, but must not be perpetual. My advice is to turn back at times from sorrow and the anxious remembrance of your ways, and escape to the plain, to a calm […]