On Sunday, June 12, 2011, Eastside Elders introduced the concept that as a church family we will be switching to a different version of the Bible on January 1, 2012. The new version will be the English Standard Version (ESV). There are several reasons for this switch:
1. Currently Eastside uses the New International Version (NIV) published in 1984. However, the editors of the NIV has done a major overhaul of this translation and the NIV 2011 Edition is not what the elders of Eastside would consider a good translation. To read more check out this article and resolution from the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention: http://bpnews.net/blog/
2. We feel that we need to remain very conservative with our Bible choice. We have chosen the ESV because it is a word-for-word translation of the Bible versus a more thought-for-thought translation such as New Living Translation or The Message. We have a Bible Guide at Eastside (which we received from Lifeway) that shows where each Bible is on the continuum.
3. Lastly, it is our understanding that the 1984 Edition of the NIV will not be available for purchase.
Our local Lifeway Christian Store has agreed to help us out with our efforts of moving to the ESV. They are going to provide us with a survey asking us which type of Bible would you want (i.e. study Bible, thin line, large print, etc) then they are going to order some of these Bibles. Here is the good news, our local Lifeway Store will be offering discount coupons to us in order to help with the transition.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the elders at Eastside.
PS If you have a Kindle or the Kindle App on your smartphone then you can download the ESV for free from Amazon.com or you can download the Youversion App on your smartphone for FREE that also contains the ESV.