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“Cast the first stone” is one of many biblical phrases that have become common expressions. So why are these words left out of some Bibles? Well, they are and they aren’t: All the major modern English translations put the passage in which they occur (John 7:53–8:11, about the woman caught in adultery) in italics or brackets. They mark off this passage as if it doesn’t belong with the rest of the Bible—and they usually include some kind of explanatory note. Here’s what the New International Version says: “The earliest manuscripts and many other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53–8:11.”
—Mark L. Ward, Jr.
There are a lot of things in Scripture that are easy to read without giving them much thought. In my experience, the beginnings and endings of Paul’s letters fall into that category. Honestly, how interesting can greetings and farewells really be? Nothing to see here, citizen. Move along. Let’s get to something worthwhile.
—Michael S. Heiser
Café au lait. My grandmother created my first taste of the ambrosial drink that combines hot black coffee and hot milk, loading it for me with sugar. And I wasn’t the only 7-year-old enjoying java. I was raised in south Louisiana, where children begin their love affair with coffee by starting with café au lait. Our palates mature as we grow, until we take our coffee dark and bold, but we begin sweet and light.
Churches and ministries—especially small, local organizations— are rarely spoiled for choice in their volunteers. If an unqualified person offers to jump in and help, many organizations are just glad to have someone show up. They don't always have the luxury of scrutinizing candidates' resumes or analyzing their giftings. Yet Emmanuel Bellon, vice president of the Vital SustainAbility Initiative at ScholarLeaders International, is convinced that when it comes to training leaders, Christians have an obligation to ask: “How can we do better?”