April 14, 2015
Two prominent features in modern Bible translations are the chapters and verses. People often ask me how they got there. Some think they were there from the beginning but they weren't. When Paul wrote the book of Romans, he didn't divide it into sixteen chapters.
One of the things we hoped to do with The Voice project was to help people understand that the Bible is not actually a single book. It is a veritable library of books, sixty-six in all, written over a period of more than 1000 years. The current configuration of the Bible didn't just happen. The order of the books and the collection itself represents a driving theological force which Christians believe was orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. But what about the chapters and verses?READ MORE >
The idea for this project came about while I was serving on staff at Ecclesia church in Houston. From start to finish, it has always been a project that involved people with a deep affection for Scripture and a sturdy belief in Scripture's essential place in the church. Those beliefs and affections along with a team of scholars, pastors, and artists have yielded a very helpful translation in The Voice.
Lead Pastor, CyFair Christian Church, Houston, Texas