• NetBible

    A New Security plugin added to site

    I just added a new security plugin to the site as I noted several of our authors were having login attempts from foreign countries. I suggest you change your password to a complicated one. To authors — the lockout is set to 6 attempts of your password and the lockout period is set to 30 mins.. let me know if you are having problems.

  • NetBible

    The Story Behind the NET

    The Story Behind the NET You probably already know that the NET is one of the most transparent and accurate biblical translations available. Thanks to the NET’s 60,000 plus translators’ notes, every major decision by the translation committee is documented for you to explore. But do you know the story behind the development of the NET and why the committee included their notes?   Watch this special video from NET translation committee members Dr. Hall Harris and Dr. Darrell Bock as they talk about the story and purpose of the New English Translation.      Watch Now   Transparent and Accountable   The ultimate accountability was to the biblical text itself. The NET Bible is neither crowdsourced nor a “translation by consensus.”…

  • Impact

    Retirement? What’s Next

    Being a Director of bible.org I am swamped with emails of all kinds. I am sure you are as well. So when one grabs my attention, I want to share it. What makes an email grab someone’s attention? I think it’s when it affirms a person’s thinking. This one did as it talked about retirement, which if you ask my wife, she will tell you began back when I was in college at Syracuse University. I know, I know you are saying . . . back when? Then years later, at my “official” retirement ceremony several of my employees told my wife, “Your husband is a visionary.” Yes, I guess…

  • Impact

    Discipleship Training for Bible.org users

      Oswald Chambers in his Utmost for His Highest writes: “Our work begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are completely yielded and surrendered to God. One life wholly yielded to God is of more value to God than 100 lives simply awakened by His Spirit. God brings us to a standard of life by His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that standard in others.”[1]

  • Heartprints

    How can we reach more people for Jesus?

      I recently asked Pastor Rodney Beauford, from Houston Texas, how we can help him reach more kids and families.  His answer will make your day. Q:  How can we help you reach more kids and families? A:  "It is easy.  Show that you love the same people we love." My ministry is to help churches and community groups reach kids using Awana.  But Pastor Rodney's answer applies to any ministry.  Whatever your ministry, show people that you love who they love and care about what they care about.  All of our minstries are part of a larger story, and we are not the main character, Jesus is.  Make sure…

  • Engage

    The Dance of Life

    Years of Sunday nights at the Oasis on Lake Travis listening to the Brew, the local Austin band play salsa rhythms for all listening ears and for feet ready to move to it. One, two, three…five, six, and seven. This past year has provided me the opportunity to attend salsa classes for the first time in my life and I love it. Addicting is what it is. In class, the teacher reiterates over and over my hands are not mine while dancing with another person and especially in salsa dancing, the guy leads and directs the ladies hands towards the next turn or step. It’s not my job to decide…

  • Engage

    What Are You Afraid Of?

    While the week of love came and went for many, my husband and I continued our celebration a bit later. After a week of hearts, plush stuffed animals, chocolate and fresh flower scents wafting through the stores, my husband surprised me with a romantic movie I hadn't seen before called The Vow. "You'll like it," he promised. "It's like The Notebook." "Oh great," I muttered. "This is probably one of those dramatic, tear-sapping movies." While it is dramatic, it is also good and ironically, the actor playing the main character also starred in the movie The Notebook. If you haven't seen it, the movie tells the story of a couple…

  • Heartprints

    How MEATy is your Curriculum?

    Choosing a children's curriculum can be a daunting task. We begin all our children on the milk of the world, in the hope that we may also begin to feed them meat as we build on their understanding of God’s Word. In light of repeated New Testament analogies (1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:11-14; and 1 Peter 2:1-2); concerning milk and meat (or solid food), I will use the acronym “MEAT”. The acronym MEAT is one tool you can use to evaluate the best curriculum for your needs based on four factors: message (doctrine), expense (cost), applications (uses with learners) and teacher-friendliness (ease of use). Message: Is the message doctrinally sound?…

  • Heartprints

    Lesson From an Egg

    I remember one of the first times I hard boiled an egg. I removed the eggs from the refrigerator, put them in a pot, covered the eggs with water, sprinkled a little salt to prevent cracking, and waited for the pot to boil. Ten minutes later, I removed the eggs from the pot and put them in an ice-water bath. The famous test of a “done” egg seemed to indicate that this was sufficient for producing a proper hard-boiled egg. Some of you noticed my rookie mistake and are chuckling. For those who don’t know, you are supposed let the eggs sit before running them under cold water (or putting…

  • Heartprints

    Three Steps to Combating Power Struggles in Children’s Ministry

    Power Struggles are as old as The Fall. In Genesis 2, the man and his wife worked as a team, one unit working together in trusting teamwork: the ideal for every children’s ministry to aspire. Only a few verses later, everything has changed. Man and wife have sinned, and the Lord pronounces the consequences of their actions. “To the Woman He said:….You will want to control your husband, but he will dominate you.” (Genesis 3:16). Four verses later, we see the first evidence of this phenomenon: “The man named his wife Eve….” (Genesis 3:20) . Verse 20 is often glossed over. Its significance is often missed. The Man had already…