Posts Tagged ‘Community Baptist Church’

Though we are very thankful for “our Enola home,” we are excited about relocating our PA headquarters to Kittanning, where we’ll be through Mother’s Day weekend. We will be speaking in 5 more churches during this last week and a half of furlough ministry. We’ll also get to see individual supporters all along the way.

We are thankful for the very encouraging time we had at Community Baptist in Fleetwood and then at Calvary Baptist in York. Both churches were very encouraging and receptive to us. We’ve also enjoyed welcoming spring into this area. This past week was finally a week of consistently warm temperatures. We will definitely miss getting to take evening walks along the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg.


After doing a lot of reading about translation philosophy, I finally cranked out a rough draft of a lecture on it for the Bible translation course. Though scholarship is moving beyond functional equivalence (formerly called dynamic equivalence), this is still the prevalent philosophy in textbooks and the majority of the last translations. So, my lecture focuses on essentially a comparison of BI’s philosophy and functional equivalence. I really appreciated the critical analyses that are available to help me think through the issues, but probably my favorite analysis was done by Vern Poythress in Translating Truth. His article is called “Truth and Fullness of Meaning.” His main point is that functional equivalence has essentially reduced the translation process to a scientific process. This is evident even in the title of his first book, Toward a Science of Translation. He took the advances in linguistics, especially in regard to grammar studies (e.g., generative grammar by Noam Chomsky), and applied them to the task of Bible translation. The process he proposed is one of analysis, transfer, and restructuring, by means of kernel analysis and transformations, in order to produce the proper reader response to the resulting translation. As Poythress explains, this process is too reductionistic, even though Nida does give some explanation of the artistic aspects as well. Like Poythress, I am thankful for the analytical tools that Nida has provided in the theory he advanced, and I also recognize that Nida cannot be held responsible for those who have taken his theory further than he intended it to go. But I really appreciate Poythress helping me to see that translation is much more than a scientific process; it’s an art and a science. Also, the meaning of the biblical texts cannot be discovered simply by linguistic analysis. The transfer to other languages is much more than the transformation of underlying kernels into new forms in the target language. We also depend upon God’s Spirit to guide us, and we bow in humble recognition that some passages elude even our best efforts at trying to discover the meaning.

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I’m now into my 6th and final week of this trip to visit churches. It’s been a trip filled with the Lord’s blessings at every turn. It’s not always easy to go from place to place and have to meet so many new friends, but always by the end of the visit, I feel like I’ve gained some good, long-term friends. I did another church picnic, this one being in the Fleetwood area. By the end of the evening, the people at Community Baptist Church had become people I really wanted to hang out with more. Thankfully, we had that opportunity when I reported and ministered the Word all day the next day at their church.

I headed toward the Pittsburgh area to be with Fellowship Baptist Church and the dear people there. I enjoyed spending time with two different families during the week. I even got to hang out in downtown Pittsburgh for a day. God has given me beautiful weather for most of this trip, so it’s been fun to put the windows down and open the moon roof in my Ford Escape and enjoy whizzing along up and down the windy, hilly roads of the Penn hills. Fellowship really wants to take me on for support, but they are just waiting on the Lord’s timing.

This past Saturday I went back toward the east to be with the believers at Calvary Baptist Church in Clymer, PA. I hadn’t been here since 2008 when I was on deputation. I was so encouraged by Pastor Jeffers’ comments just before I got up to preach in the AM service. He said that I was the kind of missionary whom he wished the church had taken on the first time but didn’t. He doesn’t want to miss this second opportunity, so he recommended me to the church. What a great way to be introduced! Plus, I was greatly strengthened by the non-verbal feedback I got from the congregation. You could tell they have a heart for the Word and the Lord by the looks in their eyes. Plus, they gave very positive comments after each service.

I have one more meeting for this trip, and it’s at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mechanicsburg. Pray for the Lord to work in hearts, and ask Him to give me stamina to make it through this last week of travels.

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What an encouraging missions conference I participated in at Community Baptist Church of South Bend, IN! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the church down there, renewing old¬†acquaintances¬†and making new ones. The church had given a sizeable gift to finish off the funds needed to print the Kabiye NT for Togo, and their gift even helped fund the printing of a NT for Myanmar. So they had already demostrated their heart for Bibles International. It was also evident as I presented my ministry. It was one of those conferences where I never lacked someone to talk to when I was at my display. I’m also thankful for the opportunities to minister when I spoke in Spanish 1 and Spanish 3 on Monday, presented my ministry on Mon PM, and spoke to the senior men at their Bible study on Wed AM. The people gave me many positive comments about my ministry, so we’ll see if the Lord allows us to partner together.

Though I thoroughly enjoyed my hosts in South Bend, I was so excited to return to MY HOME on Wed evening. What a blessing it is to have my own place to return to!

I’m preparing now for the Haitian Creole OT workshop in November in Haiti. I just finished working through Psalm 101, where David expresses his heart to do right and to remove wickedness from the land. Derek Kidner, who wrote a small but excellent commentary on the Psalms explains:

The psalm is doubly moving: both for the ideals it discloses and for the shadow of failure which history throws across it. Happily the last word is not with David nor with his faithful historians, but with his Son. There, there is no shadow.

That’s an eloquent way to state a profound truth!

I return to Indiana this weekend, but this time to speak at Waterman Baptist Church in Kingman, IN. I’ll be teaching in SS and preaching in the PM service.

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