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Church: World

What Should We Call Them?

Some thoughts on the language that we use to describe people from different parts of the world than our own.

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Observations

What Exactly Is Short-Term Mission?

In which I attempt to define objective criteria for distinguishing between short-term and long-term mission.

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Observations

Languages Worthy of Praising God

Are you not ashamed to mention only three tongues, and to command all other nations and tribes to be blind and deaf?

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Observations

Language and Mission

When Paul announced the message about Jesus Christ in Greece and Rome, he had to use all sorts of terms that had a completely different sound to his hearers than what he intended.

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Observations

A Few Quotes

A few good quotes on language, culture and mission from an excellent book

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Bible Translation

Harder than You Might Think

A simple, straightforward chapter of the Bible contains a real gotcha for the translator.

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Bible Translation

Reasons for Bible Translation: Dignity

It is difficult, close to impossible, for speakers of a prominent language like English to understand what it is like to have a minority language as your mother tongue. English speakers can assume that things will be translated for them, that they can get by in foreign countries even if they don’t know the language […]

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Bible Translation

Translation Isn’t Interpretation… Or Is It?

If you are translating the Bible then you are not interpreting it, right? Well, as with many issues in translation, things are not quite as black and white as many people think.

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Observations

When Lord Doesn’t Mean Lord

Bible translation can be quite complicated, you know!

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Church: UK

Things Home Mission Can Learn: Speak

To a newcomer, a phrase such as “we will now enter into a time of worship” conveys far more background information about the person using it than it does about what is going to happen next in the service.