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Los Angeles County Edition Vol. 22, No. 7 TV & Entertainment

Contestants create spiritual haven on set of ‘Survivor: Redemption Island’

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TNIV debate renewed in critique of the new NIV

By Michael Foust BP News Service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Six years after the evangelical world debated the merits and appro- priateness of making Bible trans- lations more gender inclusive for words dealing with people, the divide is becoming evident once again. At issue is the 2011 translation of the New International Version, which is being released six years after the full version of the 2005 Today’s New Interna- tional Version transla-

tion—which never gained wide support—was published. Zonder- van later discontinued the TNIV. Critics said the TNIV’s gender inclusivism went so far that it changed the core meaning of pas- sages. LifeWay Christian Stores refused to carry it.

The latest round of criticism is led by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, the Louisville, Ky.-based group which was a leading opponent of the TNIV.

The council, which supports a complementarian position on manhood and womanhood, re- leased a review of the 2011 NIV in late May, concluding that 75 percent of the “inaccurate gen- der language” it said was in the TNIV remains in the 2011 NIV. The 22-page evaluation did say, though, that the newest NIV in- cludes “numerous commendable improvements” from the TNIV—

933 in all. One example is Gen- esis 1:27, which now says God cre- ated “mankind in his own image.” The TNIV had said “God created human beings in his own image.” But more than 2,700 of the prob- lems critics identifi ed in the TNIV remain, and because of that, the council says it cannot recommend the 2011 NIV. Some of the verses are particularly problematic, it said, in- cluding two verses in Paul’s letters, which the council said leaves room open for female pastors. Douglas Moo, chair- man of the Committee on Bible Translation—

which translated the new NIV— said there was no agenda in the translation process other than to render a Bible into more contem- porary language. The committee did, he said, make significant changes following the controversy over the TNIV.

“Our gender decisions were made on the basis of very careful and signifi cant research ... and the decisions we’ve made about gender have no motivation of not offend- ing people,” he told Baptist Press, explaining that the committee used the Collins Bank of English, a database of 4.4 billion words showing how people are speak- ing and writing. “The motivation, rather, is to communicate clearly to people what we think arguably is contemporary English.” Much of the debate focuses on translation philosophy: Is it

See NIV 2011, page 8 July 2011 Bill Morrow

The Good News comes to where needed most: The U.S. Capitol

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Lebanon Prayer Group promotes intercession for the Arab world

By Jessica Siegfried

LA MIRADA — Dr. Ray Sleiman and the Lebanon Prayer Group march to the frontlines of spiri- tual battle armed with prayer and faith in God.

Although they work around the clock in that effort, it was show- cased in dramatic form in May when nearly 800 people gathered at Biola University where the min- istry group held its 22nd Interna- tional Day of Prayer. The primary focus was to pray for the Arab world and the United States. Since the prayer group started two decades ago, there has been an increase in evangelical church- es in Lebanon, but they still make up just 1 percent or so of the pop- ulation.

In the spring of 1990, Sleiman and a small group of people be- gan praying for Lebanon, a coun- try plagued by civil war. Four months after the group held its fi rst day of prayer, the civil war in Lebanon ended. “Twenty-two years later, we have literally seen conversions in the Arab world—especially among Muslims—blossom to an all-time high,” Sleiman said, “Our driving force is based on the many prom- ises of the Lord Jesus Christ, like in Matthew 21:22 ‘And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.’”

Sleiman and the Lebanon

Hundreds of people turned out for an International Day of Prayer event at Biola University. Some of the women participating in the event wore prayer shaws.

Prayer Group also planted Grace and Truth Gospel Church in Long Beach in 1999, where Slei- man is also the pastor. The church meets three times a week as well as a Sunday morning service. “Our goals so far are to keep promoting prayers for the Middle East and USA, the two portions of the world that will determine the world’s immediate future,” Slei- man said. “Other goals include evangelism, mission trips, book publishing and media

Pastor Allan Esses, founder of the online site Yes Jesus is Lord, also supported the International Day of Prayer taking the opportu- nity to pray for the Middle East. “The most powerful thing God has given us is the power of prayer,” Esses said, “This event was a chance for Christians to be on their knees praying for God to open doors to share Him with others.”

See PRAYER, page 6 Missionary turned piano tuner opens doors with music By Dawn Wilson

SAN DIEGO — Men and chil- dren of the Nimo tribe ran their fi ngers across the keyboard as they enjoyed their fi rst experience with a piano brought to them by mis- sionary Paul Robinson via a New Tribes Mission barge. Robinson served the jungle peo- ple of the May River—the area of East Sepik in Papua New Guinea, which shares the island with Indo- nesia—for 17 years and brought in the piano after his fi rst term of ser- vice there. “New Tribes Mission has their

own fl eet of planes and I main- tained and serviced the jungle air- strip for the missionaries and the teams who came to the guest house for language study,” he said. The tribal people loved the pia- no, but Robinson had to keep it dry in the jungle weather.

“I had to keep light bulbs inside,

People from the Nimo Tribe surround Paul Robinson and the upright piano he brought to the village during the 17 years he served on the mission fi eld.

and when the generator was on, I could dry out the piano,” he said. Robinson’s three sons were homeschooled and also attended the mission school, but as the time came to launch them from home,

the missionary said he felt it was time to change ministry location. Today, he is a piano restoration expert in San Diego County, the owner of the ACME Piano Compa- ny, the oldest piano store in San Di-

ego. Robinson purchased the com- pany in 2000 from Jack Von Murik. “He survived the German con- centration camps and apprenticed as a piano rebuilder,” he said. “When he came to America, he bought the company from the orig- inal owner in the early 1950s. “I worked with Jack for several years, but he was in his mid-70s and wanted to retire. I was home from the mission fi eld, looking for piano parts, and went to his store. Things fell into place, and I bought the store from him.”

Learning on a ‘wreck’ Robinson’s love for pianos began


“I wanted to play since I was 5,” he said. “I worked on pianos since junior high. My parents bought an old wreck of a piano, and I put it in the garage and refi nished it. I took lessons from a lady.

“In high school, I bought old

pianos from the newspaper, cheap, and fi xed them up to sell them,” Robinson said. “Then I started training to be a piano tuner when I was in training with New Tribes Mission. I read and studied books about piano tuning in the mid- 1970s. I learned what to listen for, and the books were helpful, show- ing the procedures on how to tune the pianos.”

At ACME Piano Company, he offers piano tuning, but also com- plete quality restoration of pianos. “Many clients’ pianos are hand- made from the early 1900s, incred- ible instruments that families have had for years,” Robinson said. He helps them preserve their family history and heritage. Robinson also services the 40 pia- nos at Point Loma Nazarene Col- lege.

“I love working there, with the See PIANO TUNER, page 13

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