Things on earth

On earth things break down, tear up, wear out, cave in, rust, corrode, get eaten by bugs, or stolen. Hold things lightly. Hold on to eternal hope tightly. Sometimes a paraphrase captures the idea better than a literal translation. J.B. Phillips translation into Portuguese, of Ephesians 5.19, is very fine. Tell me again that all […]

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God guides

Sometimes I stay busy with good things, if not with those listed in my journal. But God guides. God provides. The synagogue provided quite the model for the church, so that it did not start from nothing. So much to learn and study, and so little time to do it in. Will there be a […]

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Truth often challenged

Truth is often challenged, never defeated, sometimes obscured from proper view by enemies and disciples who deny the Master. Talk about rapture and earthly millennium quickly devolves into “I think,” “I believe,” and “I don’t see any problem.” Shouldn’t that tell us something? Sofa from the library looks great in the living room. Colors work […]

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A translation rule

I’m not a professional translator, although I’ve done some of it, even for pay. It’s a challenging task. One of my translating rules: Prefer translation over transliteration, in order to reveal the meaning. For example, there’s no reason in the world to translate the NT Greek word as presbyters instead of elders. None whatsoever. In […]

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Say no

Warren Buffett said, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” I’m learning. It’s not that I’m trying to be a billionaire, but to do a good work in the Kingdom. A few principles apply from one area to the next, but I’m usually […]

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