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Zondervan Publishing Hippo Bible Commentary Series Authored by Africans

Posted by Job on October 15, 2009

See link below.

New Commentary Series – by Africans

Also note this comment:

It is worth noting that the book is published in Africa by Hippo Press – a consortiu of African evangelical publishers that have combined under the facilitation of Langham Literature – one of the ministries of Langham Partnership International which in the USA is known as John Stott Ministries. This book is part of the fulfilment of the dream of John Stott himself to encourage indigenous scholars ans writers in the majority world countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is exciting to see this vision bearing fruit. Sam Ngewa is also one of the editors of the Africa Bible Commentary – which has sold over 80,000 in English in Afria, and is available also in French, Portuguese, and Swahili, with translations in Hausa, Amharic and Malagasi on the way. This too is entirely written by African evangelical scholars, some of whom got their doctorates through Langham – JSM. Check out the stories at


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Black Homosexual Tries To Stop Publication Of Bible On Grounds That It Is Homophobic!

Posted by Job on July 11, 2008

I read about this first on a “we hate black people” site (which I peruse from time to time because I happen to be black and wish to see what they are saying about us colored folk) where they are just loving it:

Normally I would not give people like that publicity – let alone traffic – but it seems oddly to fit somehow. Perhaps it is the truth that both the sin of racism and the sin of homosexuality oppose Jesus Christ and the Bible. Any racist that casts stones at homosexuals ought to realize that unless he repents of his sins, on judgment day the racist and the homosexual will both burn for eternity in the lake of fire. Now for the story from a more reputable source:

‘Gay’ man sues Bible publishers
$70 million for emotional distress because homosexuality cast as sin

Posted: July 09, 2008 10:52 am Eastern© 2008 WorldNetDaily   

Bradley Fowler (

A homosexual man who has a blog on Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign website is suing two major Christian publishers for violating his constitutional rights and causing emotional pain, because the Bible versions they publish refer to homosexuality as a sin. 

Bradley LaShawn Fowler, 39, of Canton, Mich., is seeking $60 million from Zondervan and another $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing in lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

Fowler filed his claim against Grand Rapids-based Zondervan Monday, alleging its Bibles’ references to homosexuality as a sin have made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment,” the paper said.

He filed suit against Tennessee publisher Thomas Nelson in June.

Zondervan says that even if Fowler’s claim is credible, he’s suing the wrong party. A company spokesman told WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids that Zondervan doesn’t translate the Bible or own the copyright for any of the translations but relies, instead, on the “scholarly judgment of credible translation committees.”

U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. refused Monday to appoint an attorney to represent Fowler in the Thomas Nelson case, saying the court “has some very genuine concerns about the nature and efficacy of these claims.”

Fowler, who is representing himself in both lawsuits, says in his complaint against Zondervan that the publisher intended to design a religious, sacred document to reflect an individual opinion or a group’s conclusion to cause “me or anyone who is a homosexual to endure verbal abuse, discrimination, episodes of hate, and physical violence … including murder.”

Fowler alleges both Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, with its King James Bible, manipulated Scripture without informing the public by using the term “homosexuals” in a New Testament passage, 1 Corinthians 6:9.

He told the Grand Rapids TV station in an interview he wants to “compensate for the past 20 years of emotional duress and mental instability.”

Zondervan, he contended, is misinterpreting the Bible.

“These are opinions based on the publishers,” Fowler said. “And they are being embedded in the religious structure as a way of life.”

‘Astounding research’

Fowler’s blog on Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign website features a post titled “Unleashing America from Injustice,” in which he says he “was completely distraught after discovering the term-homosexual-was added to the bible, in 1976, and then removed, in 2001 and 2006, without any consideration to the many victims who committed suicide or were murdered because of their sexual preference of homosexuality.”

The Obama campaign notes the opinions expressed in its community blog section “in no way should be interpreted as endorsed or approved by the campaign.”

On a separate personal blogsite, Fowler features his related book, written under the name “Bradley-Almighty,” which, he boasts, contains “astounding research from within the pages of the bible, that will change the face of religion across the globe.”

Titled “365 Reason’s to Study the Bible,” he says his “debut book” takes the reader “on a journey through time, as he shifts swiftly, yet gracefully, through the pages of religious history, slowly exposing hidden secrets bible publishers have fought- feverishly to keep hidden from the general public for centuries. An avalanche of secrets that are keeping millions around the world enslaved today.”

Fowler cites his interview with a newspaper called Michigan Front Page in which he said, “Lack of sincerity from bible readers has helped this conspiracy go on this long.”

‘Engrossed’ with Scripture

On his personal blog’s “About Me” page, Fowler says that while serving a sentence in the Michigan Department of Corrections, he “gained a sincere interest” in the Bible’s teachings and, over a 10 year period, “became so engrossed within” the Scriptures, he couldn’t do much more than eat and sleep.

In the rambling piece, he says “everything inside of me suddenly became consumed and overwhelmed by something greater than me … that’s when I found God.”

Then, in an apparent reference to the complaint in his lawsuit, he says, “Discovering how much the bible has been changed through man’s desicions and incorrect interpretations was hard to accept.”

His discovery, he says, “proves we all have been strung along, foolishly, lost in the essence of our minds.”

Fowler concludes with a description of himself as a “small business owner, part-time college student, member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, freelance writer for the Michigan Front Page, and author of two new books.”

Fowler, notes a post by JoAnne Thomas on, explained his complaint on his blog. He writes:

In 1970, I Corinthians 6:9 read as followed-Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulteres, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effiminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.

In 1982 ,the same scripture read like this-

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodimites.

In 2001 the same scripture reads like this-

Surely you know that the people who do wrong will not inherit God’s kingdom. Do not be fooled, those who sin sexually, worship idols, take part in adultery, those who are male prostitutes, or men who have sexual relations with other men, those who steal, are greedy, get drunk, lie about others, or rob thses people will not inherit God’s kingdom.

Yet another person who is trying to read modern sensibilities into the Bible, completely ignoring that the book was written not by white 1960s liberals but rather by Middle Eastern Jews who were so conservative that they would make Bob Jones University look like Cal – Berkeley during the free speech days. First, Jesus Christ was a Jew who honored the law of Moses which CLEARLY bans homosexuality. Second, Paul, who wrote the epistles in question, was a Jew who honored the law of Moses which CLEARLY bans homosexuality. Third, while the New Testament does not use the term homosexuality, NEITHER DOES THE OLD TESTAMENT. BOTH TESTAMENTS CLEARLY DESCRIBE THE SINFUL SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, NOT USE A TERM THAT MAY NOT HAVE EVEN EXISTED AT THE TIME. Fourth, INDEPENDENT EXTRABIBLICAL WRITINGS ALL CONFIRM THAT IN THE ANCIENT WORLD CHRISTIANS (and Jews) WERE NOTED FOR THEIR OPPOSITION TO HOMOSEXUALITY (and abortion). Claiming that the Bible does not reject Christianity not only rejects the text of the Bible itself, but IT REJECTS HISTORY. That is why up until very recently, the typical gay rights trick has been to claim either A) the Roman Catholic Church made up or altered the New Testament writings that forbad homosexuality, B) Paul’s teachings on the matter conflicted the words and message of Jesus Christ and should be rejected, or C) the Bible is not inerrant and should not be literally interpreted or the final authority. Claims that the Bible text does not condemn homosexuality and Christians going back to the early church did not practice it – again clearly disproven by history – would be IMPOSSIBLE were it not for political correctness. 

By the way: please note how Zondervan is not standing behind the Bible, but rather is shifting the blame – and financial responsibility – to the translation committee. “Zondervan says that even if Fowler’s claim is credible, he’s suing the wrong party. A company spokesman told WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids that Zondervan doesn’t translate the Bible or own the copyright for any of the translations but relies, instead, on the “scholarly judgment of credible translation committees.” Remember: Zondervan is owned by the world’s biggest pornographer Rupert Murdoch. Thomas Nelson, by the way, is also now owned by a secular media company. 

Murdoch’s Fox News during “The Passion of The Christ” controversy ran a special which basically took the liberation theology line on the crucifixion (later adopted by dual covenant heretic John Hagee) that Jesus Christ was killed by the Romans for being a political subversive (which by the way would have made Jesus Christ A SINNER if true!), and that the Jewish leaders had nothing to do with it. It is only because so many evangelicals are wedded to the conservative and/or Republican Party lines whose Fox News toes that they were able to get away with such blasphemy without a peep from evangelicals! I have a strong feeling that the instant that publishing the actual Bible is no longer profitable for Murdoch, he will come out with a fake one. And yes, these new translations and this new Bible scholarship that makes any and every excuse to push the Bible translations into more liberal and less spiritual directions will make it so. 

As I have stated many a time before, I do not wish to give things like this more significance than they deserve. I am not Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church who believes that homosexuals are destroying our nation, culture, world, etc. or “Brother R.G. Stair” with his little compound in South Carolina who makes homosexuality the defining aspect of the anti – Christ and the endtimes. Rather, things like this are merely symptoms of problems in our culture – and in contemporary Christianity – that are much larger and run far deeper. For instance, the main problem isn’t that you have fellows like this willing to make this claim, a court willing to take him seriously, or even a major secular immoral corporation like NewsCorp throwing its own translators under the bus, and thereby betraying their intention to hire translators that will make no references to the sin of homosexuality in their future Bible translations (yes, NewsCorp makes a ton of money off the gay community, and furthermore gay rights activists have made huge inroads into the business community and into the Republican Party and conservatism just like everywhere else). No, the problem is that when confronted with this information, so many Christians either lack the Bible knowledge to oppose it, or they have and discard it in order to follow after their own hearts. The latter is obviously true from how so many Christians are following heretic and apostate preachers whose doctrines and lives are open contradictions to the Bible.

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