First of all, a bit of public service; your credit reports can be obtained for free from www.annualcreditreport.com. Even if your debt is all paid off and you're in your dream job, you might do well to take a look and make sure that nobody's piggybacking on your good credit. Like, say, a criminal or illegal immigrant. Again, if you're tired of paying for welfare (half a trillion dollars annually) and such, charity starts at home.
I was also thinking about the actual implications of the "New Gelded Version" translation/paraphrase of the Bible. Never heard of it? Well, Zondervan calls it the "TNIV," but I think "NGV" is a better description, as what is masculine in the NIV is often removed in the "NGV."
And the significance? Well, the argument for why the "NGV" is needed is that people today don't understand "grammatical gender," specifically the common use of masculine pronouns to refer to both sexes. Hence, when it's "he" in the Greek or Hebrew, sometimes the NGV will use "he or she" or "they."
The theological problems with this approach are legion, starting with the fact that (e.g. Hebrews 12:7) that human, familiar relationships model God the Father's relationship with us. But sadly, it goes further.
To wit, it is not only Scripture that uses grammatical gender, but also literature, poetry, journalism, law, and more. So to argue that Scripture cannot be understood in its historic form by many is simultaneously to argue that these people are not capable of understanding any document not written by gender feminists.
In other words, it is to argue that our educators, especially gender feminists, are guilty of stunning educational malpractice. By arguing that historic authors--including the Author of Scripture, ahem--are guilty of gross misogyny by using grammatical gender, they've rendered their more gullible students unable to understand great works of literature, law, history, and the Scriptures.
Justice would be to close all "women's studies" (oops, "womyn's studies") departments and send their professors to productive work, optimally being a waitress at a southern cafe where they still call the customers "hon." Failing that, we might do well to avoid buying books from the publisher of the "NGV," Zondervan.
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