Why Our Church Switched to the ESV
A few years into his current pastoral role, Kevin DeYoung was faced with a church that needed to replace its well-worn pew Bibles. DeYoung wrote to his congregation, outlining seven reasons why he preferred the English Standard Version (ESV) and was proposing its adoption. Among his top reasons for switching to the ESV, DeYoung noted its essentially literal translation philosophy, avoidance of over- and under-translation, consistency in translating important Greek and Hebrew words, and retention of important literary features.
DeYoung’s letter has been carefully edited and here put into booklet form. Sold individually or in packs of ten, Why Our Church Switched to the ESV is an excellent tool for pastors or lay leaders seeking to learn more about the English Standard Version.
Table of Contents
- Narrowing the Question
- ESV or NIV for URC?
About the Author
Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He serves as a council member at the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. Kevin is assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte). He is also now a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including Just Do Something and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.