I have been preaching the Gospel for just over 9 years now. In that time, I have preached from only 3 versions of the Bible: a very brief stint in the KJV, followed by probably 5 or 6 years (maybe 1 or 2 more) from the NIV, and the last couple of years from the HCSB. There were times when I would preach from the Hebrew Bible or the GNT, if the passages were not overly complex, but I didn’t make it a regular practice. I did that mainly as an exercise in discipline–I had better know it if I were going to stand in the pulpit and expound it!
I’ve recently (as in the last two weeks) begun preaching from the NLT in the evening service. Let me say that I have really come to enjoy the NLT, much more than I did when I first read it many years ago. That being said, I have not enjoyed it nearly as much as my preaching bible. Granted, I’ve only been at it two weeks, but thus far I haven’t been as comfortable with it while preaching. I can’t quite pinpoint why; perhaps a few more weeks will reveal this and maybe I will even begin to enjoy it while preaching. So, I will continue with it up to my stop on the Mosaic NLT blog tour, which is scheduled for Nov. 2.
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