I had a conversation with Janet Mefferd last week about the forthcoming 2011 edition of the NIV. Mefferd hosts a syndicated daily talk program on the Salem Radio Network, and our conversation focused on the NIV update as it relates to the gender issue. You can download the MP3 of the program here, or press the play button below.
A little background to our conversation is in order. Mefferd’s questions revolved around a statement that CBMW released last month in response to the electronic release of NIV 2011. If you haven’t read that statement, you can do so here. That statement concluded with this:
“Though we are genuinely thankful for the many positive changes in the new NIV(2011), and though we are deeply appreciative of the very different process by which our friends at the CBT and Zondervan pursued and unveiled this new version, we still cannot commend the new NIV(2011) for most of the same reasons we could not commend the TNIV.”
It is very difficult to talk about complex issues in sound bites. Yet that is exactly what was required in this interview. The conversation moves quickly, and careful argument is regularly preempted by commercial breaks. So I just tried to make the most of the time that they allotted me. Hopefully this conversation sheds more light than heat.