Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Love Redefined and the CEB
I started this blog for several reasons and one of them was that I often spoke with people who did not see a "love disconnect" who did not see a need to take a fresh look at love and how we abused love in our society. Then I stumbled upon a fresh take on the ultimate book on love ever written. The collaboration that wrote it simply calls it the Common English Bible (CEB)- I call it a ministry breaker. To say that I am concerned or offended that it might "put me out of business" would just not be true. I take copies of this Bible everywhere I go - when I speak or have a meeting with someone. I immediately purchased 50 copies of the New Testament (it was only available in the NT when I started out - now it is all I can afford) in the CEB because it changed my life and I began giving them out every time I speak. It's getting expensive - but it is worth it - because many people after simply hearing what I have to say (and I quote the CEB in all of my talks) say they have never heard Scripture presented like that and suddenly they are on board with a concept that beforehand never seemed necessary. Redefining love is not a difficult concept to grasp (check out the basic idea) but without the help of the Common English Bible it would not be possible.
I have been working on this concept for quite some time and yet there was never a Bible translation available that flowed naturally with the topic. (Do you want a copy of the CEB? Click here to send me an e-mail and I'll send you a NT for FREE!) A translation that flawlessly flows into natural speech is important to me because it helps me get across the concepts without "preaching" at people (and I'm a pastor so I know all about preaching) because it isn't about pounding it into their heads - it's about love. I really feel that the CEB paints that picture perfectly - it really gets across the idea of love in a fresh and new way.
Be Blessed - jerrod