Thinking Out Loud

July 2, 2009

Random Items

First of all, today is the day the story went national.   The CTV Television Network, The CBC TV and Radio Network and The Toronto Star finally picked up the story of the removal from television of Ronald and Reynold Mainse, formerly hosts of Canada’s national Christian television program, 100 Huntley Street. There’s also a report today from CanadianChristianity.com.  This is all a full month after you read it here and here (sort of) and everywhere here in the blogosphere.    Today’s publishing flurry seems to have been precipitated by a news release from Crossroads Christian Communications, Inc. itself.    Why bother now?

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Meanwhile, I was just wrapping up yesterday’s post when I decided to pose a small-print, trivia question concerning Jehovah’s Witnesses in the U.S.    Do they stand for the national anthem?   Some here in Canada don’t.   I couldn’t picture anyone getting away with that in the U.S.    A couple of people wrote in right away to explain the JW position.   This link takes you directly to the post with the comments, and you’re still free to jump in.    Should any Christian — in the broadest sense of the word — pledge allegiance to a political entity such as a state, republic, or any other kind of country?    Leave your comments on that post from yesterday (July 1).

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When I was baptized — along with 107 other people at The Peoples’ Church in Toronto, Canada’s one and only megachurch at the time — my ‘testimony verse’ was Proverbs 3: 5, 6.   Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding.   Acknowledge Him in all your ways and he will direct your paths.    At least that’s what it was then.   We’ve since learned that ‘he will make your paths straight’ might be a more accurate translation.   Some would interpret this as, ‘he will make your paths smooth.’    But ‘smooth’ is just not reality for some people.   The last few days for me have been anything but smooth.    I really think I need to quit my job.   I’ve typed my letter of resignation, but there’s nobody to give it to, since I own the company.

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4 Comments »

  1. Jerusalem Bible: He will see that your paths are smooth.

    Most others (that describe the path itself) say “straight.” (RSV, NAB, NWT)

    And there are many (KJV) that say something like “direct your steps”

    A thoughtful distinction. Thanks

    Comment by tom sheepandgoats — July 3, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

    • You have quite a Bible collection. RSV is getting hard to find these days, most stores sell the NRSV; same with Jerusalem Bible, most have the New Jerusalem. And I usually don’t see NAB (a Catholic Translation) and NWT (Jehovah’s Witness) in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence!

      I still think that for some, smooth denotes freedom from friction; when in fact, life is filled with friction!

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — July 3, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

  2. Agreed. It is.

    Another unsavory instance of the word “smooth” is at Isa 30:10

    “Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” (KJB)

    which the NIV renders:
    “They say to the seers,
    “See no more visions!”
    and to the prophets,
    “Give us no more visions of what is right!
    Tell us pleasant things,
    prophesy illusions.”

    and the Contemporary English Version paraphrases:

    “and have said to his messengers and prophets:

    Don’t tell us what God has shown you and don’t preach the truth. Just say what we want to hear, even if it’s false.”

    Some of these Bibles I have, but others are through parallel translations or websites.

    Comment by tom sheepandgoats — July 4, 2009 @ 9:21 am

  3. That is to say – per your original point: one does want to make straight paths for ones’ feet, not smooth paths.

    Is the Hebrew word the same?

    Comment by tom sheepandgoats — July 4, 2009 @ 9:26 am


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