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There are many translations of The Bible we can choose from these days.  Some are more literal while some take great liberties to present the original language in a more ‘reader friendly” format.  Then there are those that are not really Bibles at all–and today we discuss a paraphrase of the Bible that is becoming more popular and being read from our churches.

Eugene Peterson, the author of “The Message”, even says it is not really a Bible.  So is it right for this admitted human paraphrase to be read from the pulpits as if it were the authoritative Word of God?

Here is a quote from Eugene Peterson:

One of the Devil’s finest pieces of work is getting people to spend three nights a week in Bible studies. Why do people spend so much time studying the Bible? How much do you need to know? We invest all this time in understanding the text which has a separate life of it’s own and we think we’re being more pious and spiritual when we’re doing it. But it’s all to be lived. It was given to us so we could live it. But most Christians know far more of the Bible than they’re living. They should be studying it less, not more. You just need enough to pay attention to God.  (from A Conversation with Eugene Peterson)

Joining us to discuss the potential dangers in using “The Message” is John Lanagan, a researcher and writer who covers issues affecting the church such as contemplative prayer, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Message “bible,” the New Apostolic Reformation, and more. You can find his work at mywordlikefire.com, and at Lighthouse Trails Research. He is also the author of The Message “Bible”— A Breach of Truth, a Lighthouse Trails Print Booklet Tract.

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We will also check in with author  David Fiorazo, author of a new book, “The Cost of Our Silence“. We will discussing the potential ramifications of the Supreme Court decision on homosexual marriage – which as of today has become the Law of the Land.