(Romans 12:19-21 and other subjects)
This morning I sat down with a church member who is experiencing a call–
to Bible Study.
I don't know about you other pastors out there, but when I hear someone experiencing a call to Bible Study, I want to pay attention to it. We discussed what sort of program we might offer and when it could be and what might be the appropriate parameters and whether we had time for it at all, and then she showed me what she had been reading this morning.
Now I will admit to being an NRSV snob. Occasionally I'll look to see how Eugene Peterson approached a text in "The Message," and there are a few things I still love in the King James Version, but really, I'm an NRSV reader on most occasions. So when I saw her Bible and the letters on the front, NIV, I drew back ever-so-slightly.
But something wonderful happened.
She gave me fervor.
For the verse I would have read this way in the NRSV–Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.–came out this way in the NIV:
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
The Bible Study is on the calendar.