So it was several summers ago when I spoke at my brother’s wedding. It was a fantastic event, but as it was an outdoor wedding in the Pacific Northwest, it rained. So my bible got wet from the open passage of I Corinthians 13 – the Love Chapter. The pages about 10 deep on either side got wet and rumpled up when they dried. Now, the binding is going.
So Fresh Read has to pick a new every day preaching bible. I have a dozen or more around here. I was using a thin line, large print edition (necessary as I passed the 40 year marker.) It was an NIV (that is the older NIV 84 edition).
Shall I change to the current NIV, and shock the traditionalists with the inclusionary language? “Greetings dear Brothers and Sisters…” The only OLD NIV I can find with larger print has red letters for the words of Jesus – I am not a fan. I could move to the ESV, which I find useful for study of the English Text, but no one else at church is using it, and it is less easy on the ear. Other candidates are the NRSV – which is less choppy, but just as inclusionary- or the New Living – too ooey gooey for my tastes – or one of several newer translations that I have as yet to explore.
We will keep you posted.