Translation travails

I suppose 6 deg C isn't that cold - but it certainly feels it without heating! The days are starting cold and if there is a cloudless sky, it warms up to 22 or 23 deg, cooling again as soon as the sun goes down around 6 pm. Coming from England, these are temperatures I'm … Continue reading Translation travails

Better Bibles Blog: The foolish things of this world

Suzanne McCarthy has just made a terrific post at Better Bibles Blog which, to my mind, captures some of the real missional spirit of Bible translation. In the end it isn't all about technical questions or whether the NIV is better than the ESV, it's about our God reaching out to his broken world. Link … Continue reading Better Bibles Blog: The foolish things of this world

More on Carson and the Emerging Church

Almost a year ago, I wrote a review of Carson's book on the Emerging Church. At the time, i wasn't too impressed by the book which seemed to imply that any new forms of church life would inevitably unorthodox in their theology. However, anyone who is even slighlty au fait with the emerging scene knows … Continue reading More on Carson and the Emerging Church

News from Antsirabe

I thought I'd had a long journey from Southampton to Antsirabe in central Madagascar. I left home at 5 am on Saturday, flew via Paris to Antananarivo where I stayed the night in a hotel and continued by winding, mountainous road to Antsirabe on Sunday, arriving after dark. That was until I met some of … Continue reading News from Antsirabe

Cricket lovely cricket!

This post needs a cross-cultural warning. People who were not brought up in the British Commonwealth struggle to understand why cricket is so fascinating. I'm afraid that I can't help much with that, but those who don't love cricket do have my sympathy - you are missing a wonderful thing! I spent eight hours yesterday … Continue reading Cricket lovely cricket!

Spam, spam, spam, spam, spaaam!

Overnight, we were hit by about two hundred spam comments advertising gambling on US sports. At least that's what they said they were doing, I didn't follow any of the URL's to check. I don't care! We do have moderation software installed that doesn't allow suspicious comments to be posted to the site without me … Continue reading Spam, spam, spam, spam, spaaam!

Better Bibles Blog: Translating the genitive construction

There is an excellent post at Better Bibles Blog on translating Greek genitives. This may not sound the most exciting subject under the sun - but it is one of them. A genitive is a possessive structure such as 'coals of fire' (to quote the AV) and Greek uses them all over the place in … Continue reading Better Bibles Blog: Translating the genitive construction