Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

I noticed something the other day. Let’s see if you notice it as well:

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
“We can,” they answered.
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,
 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” (Mark 10:35-40, NIV)

Do you see it? Here’s a hint: This isn’t a theological issue, it’s a grammatical one.

Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?

Do you see it now? Why is there a preposition at the end of that sentence? I mean, it’s not technically wrong I suppose, but it’s certainly less polished than we find in the ESV or NASB. To be clear, I’m not suggesting we banish the NIV altogether (although, if you are going to use it, I’d suggest using the 1984 version, and good luck locating one). I’m also not claiming to be a grammar aficionado. I certainly have published my share of errors (and yes, I realize the weekly “kind of” violates the same principle against which I am complaining). The NIV’s rendering of this verse simply startled me a bit, and since I was lacking content for today’s post, I thought I’d use it.

There you go. Now as you embark on your daily Bible reading and study, please don’t get tripped up by the grammar (good or poor) of the passage. As long as God’s Word is clear, that’s all that matters!

Okay, now that I’ve put my red pen away, let’s get to the good stuff. Here’s your week in review (kind of):

  • Equipping Eve didn’t make the list, but my favorite podcast, Truth For Life, did.
  • I’m sure most of you are aware by now that Rachel Held Evans passed away last Saturday. There is a lot of debate and flutter going around about her erroneous and dangerous theological views, but please don’t let those disagreements stop you from praying for her husband and young children.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Here’s another fascinating mini-biography by Simonetta Carr.
  • There is hope in Christ, even in the midst of utter despair.
  • I love this hymn, and I love my friend’s brief reflections in this post.

When we shall come home and enter to the possession of our Brother’s fair kingdom, and when our heads shall find the weight of the eternal crown of glory, and when we shall look back to pains and sufferings; then shall we see life and sorrow to be less than one step or stride from a prison to glory; and that our little inch of time-suffering is not worthy of our first night’s welcome home to heaven.

Samuel Rutherford, The Loveliness of Christ
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