Contemporary Martyrs for Christ 

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A still frame from the 1919 documentary film Auction of Souls, which portrayed eye witnessed events from the Armenian Genocide, including 16 crucified Christian girls.

Father Ragheed Ganni

Father Ragheed Ganni, 1972-2007 

Chased by a mob, Egypt 2013.

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A murdered Christian man in Kenya with  a Bible placed on his back in order to mock Christ. (2014)

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Twenty-one Coptic Christians, killed February 2015

Father Jacques Hamel, 1930-2016

Egypt, 2017, about 50 church-attendees dead.

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My Cross 

I’m holding my wooden Cross in my hand,

and when I’m not, I still have the Cross forever signed in my heart by the Holy Spirit.

It’s a sign of God’s everlasting love.

A sign of victory over evil.

A sign of peace and reconsiliation.

A sign of love and unity among believers in Christ.

A sign that sparks hatred within the evil, but should we then hide it? No, we are not, as it is our hope…

Lennart Wennberg 

Some Notes on Bible Translations

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As I am not a scholar in any Bible-related subject, just an ordinary layman, a more correct title would be: “Some Personal Notes on Bible Translations”

When I grew up, the Bible in use was the Swedish Bible 1917, authorized by the King (of Sweden). The language was already outdated, but readable, and the general Bible-knowledge in the population was much better than it is today. The language of the Swedish Bible had a big impact in the Swedish literature and many many novel-titles were quotations from the Bible like Sven Edvin Salje: “Den söker icke sitt” from 1 Cor. 13:5. Another novel by Torgny Lindgren: “Ormens väg på hälleberget” Prov. 30:19, is full of old “Bible-language”. (I once had a patient, an old woman, who’s daily language was very similar to the Bible 1917.) (For my Swedish readers I can mention that I about 1987 heard a sermon at Tavelsjö kyrka, where the priest said: “Man kan ju läsa i den bibel som man plägar hava hemma!”)

I’m no expert, but I have once heard that the Swedish Bible 1917 is a translation to Swedish from the King James Version. I cannot verify this, but as far as I can tell, they are very similar.

In the mid 70s my older brother was touring in England and Scotland in a VW Beetle 1200 from 1957. Whe he returned home he brought me a beautiful King James Version with beautful painted pictures. It was love at first sight. Some of the verses I could read and recite, but some were, and still are, just too difficult for me… But the beauty, dignity and authority of that Bible made a profound impression on me.

Then came years of confusion. The New American Standard Bible and the the Living Testament, in English and Swedish didn’t appeal to me at all.

Bibel 2000, is probably the last official translation to Swedish. The New Testament, NT81, came 1981 and the full Bible about to the millenium. It is easy to read and understand, but in my opinon there is no beauty in the language, and I would like to call it, flat…

So I turned to the New International Version. The concept was appealing, a modern translation, easy to read and understand. But, the same problem here, where was the beauty, dignity and authority of the KJV? (I must admit though that I like the NIV Study Bible and the Zondervan NIV Study Bible.)

Perhaps it is a question of to which generation you belong. Perhaps newer and younger readers love the Bibel 2000 and the NIV, and good so.

At last I have found the combos that “sings” for me now: The New King James Version, NKJV, is my go-to EDC Bible, the KJV in a more modern language which has the same qualities of beauty, dignity and authority as the KJV but us easier to read and recite. For a Bible in Swedish I use the: Svenska Folkbibeln, a private initiative, which is closer to Bibel 1917 and KJV than Bibel 2000.

If you search the internet on this subject you will soon meet opinions like: “If you don’t have a KJV you don’t have a bible.” And “The NKJV is the words of satan”. I find this ridiculous. The small children in Iraq that were killed by ISIS refusing to deny their Christian faith saying: “We love Jesus! We have always loved Jesus!” Perhaps they have heard God’s Word from an inferior Bible-translation?

In the medical world we sometimes are referring to a formula by: Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF, Bennett JH. Becoming a medical information master: feeling good about not knowing everything. J Fam Pract 1994;38:505-513.

“The usefulness of any source of information is equal to its relevance, multiplied by its validity, divided by the work required to extract the information.”

Thanks for your attention!

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Ground Zero, New York City, 2004, Copyright: Lennart Wennberg

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Världens kristna är under attack / The World’s Christians are under Attack 

Ännu ett briljant inlägg från Kristen Opinion!

Father Jacques Hamel, Martyr for Christ

 

KRISTEN OPINION

Världens kristna är under attack. Den besinningslösa terror som idag drabbade Frankrike, har under lång tid varit vardag för Mellanösterns kristna: En präst har avrättats under pågående mässa. Flera andra togs som gisslan. Symboliken är slående. Mördarna kränker kyrkorummet och manifesterar därigenom inte bara sitt förakt för livets helighet, utan även för kyrkan, dess sakrament, den kristna tron – ja, för Kristus själv.

Nu måste vi se verkligheten.

Den kristna tron är under attack. Angriparen bärs av den jihadistiska, apokalyptiska, hatiska visionen om de otrognas totala underkastelse. De som tillber och tillhör Kristus förnedras och förföljs. Attacker mot kyrkor i Europa och Sverige har skett tidigare. Synagogor har en ständig hotbild mot sig och har utsatts för attentat. Men aldrig tidigare i modern tid i Europa har en präst slaktats när han firar mässa och till Jesu åminnelse bryter brödet och blandar vinet.

Kristna värden är under attack. Den barmhärtighet…

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#mittkors visar på hoppet

Mitt kors

Upptäckte detta igår, och det gjorde mig mycket glad! Fram med vårt kristna kors i alla former, och överallt! Vi ska inte skämmas för, eller gömma undan, hoppets, nådens och kärlekens tecken! /Lennart Wennberg

Let us show off our beloved Christian Cross in all its different versions, and everywhere! We should not be ashamed of, or hide away the sign of hope, grace and love! /Lennart Wennberg

KRISTEN OPINION

Åtta dagar har gått sedan lanseringen av Facebookgruppen Mitt Kors. Responsen har varit enorm. I skrivande stund har gruppen över 3 600 medlemmar.

Den som besöker sidan möts av mer än 800 bilder av kors – i halsband, örhängen, armband, radband, dekaler, flaggor, statyer. Tatuerade kors. Målade kors. Snidade kors. Smidda kors. Snirkliga kors. Bastanta kors. Keltiska kors, vikingakors, afrikanska kors, uppståndelsekors, krucifix, arabiska kors, kors med en davidsstjärna. Små kors som med varsamma händer måste hållas upp mot kameran för att ses, bredvid kors som tronar som meterhöga monument. Kors i guld och ädelstenar som formats av skickliga mästarhänder, bredvid kors som barnafingrar pillrat ihop av plastpärlor och garn.

Alla lika älskade.

Från bilderna blickar människorna. Individer, lika olika som lika. Män och kvinnor, gamla och unga, ur alla tänkbara etniciteter och ekonomiska grupper. Skäggiga mc-knuttar och prydliga damer. Välsminkade unga kvinnor och opolerade knegare. Militärer, konstnärer, räddningspersonal, lärare…

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