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“A Life Transformed by God’s Word”: John Piper on William Tyndale /

On October 6, 1536, William Tyndale was executed for translating the Bible from the original languages into modern English. He was accused of “always singing a single note”: God’s Word in the vernacular. For that he was exiled, betrayed, strangled and burned. Many of Tyndale’s words and phrases remain in use today, 480 years later. This is the legacy of your English Bible.

I was reminded of Tyndale this week. So I remembered a message I heard John Piper give about him when I was preparing to go abroad for the sake of God’s Word. Piper presented Tyndale’s life as worthy of imitation, in taking seriously the call to study God’s Word and to translate it. He challenged thousands of young adults to be involved in Bible translation. I share with you what was challenging and confirming to me.

“William Tyndale: A Life Transformed By God’s Word”
Message by John Piper, May 26, 2008, New Attitude Conference, Louisville, KY

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Storytelling and Translation Podcast /

When you aspire to make disciples of all nations, you must prepare to work among people who cannot read and leave them with what they need to carry on the work. The story4all podcast provided a testimony and summary of one worker’s approach in Southeast Asia that considers orality, written translation and church planting. If you’re preparing your strategy now, think about how to bring these together.

Below is the audio of “Story and Translation, Part 1” (and here’s Part 2).

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Herana: A Traditional Nepali Christmas Song /

Herana हेरन

Khristiya Bhajan no. 35
ख्रीष्टीय भजन न. ३५
Arrangement by Aradhna

हेरन आकाशमा ताराको उज्यालो
नवजात प्रभुको दर्शन गर्न नगर बियाँलो (२)

ईश्वरको वचन पूरो गर्नलाई आए प्रभु जगमा (२)
मानवको सबै दुःख बुझ्नलाई पस्रिए डुंडैमा
(गोठालाहरू छक्क परे जब) देखे स्वर्गदूतलाई
ढाडस पाई रमाइ गए खबर दिनलाई (२)

तारालाई आफ्नो लक्ष बनाइ बढे ज्योतिषीगण (२)
भेटी चढाए दर्शन पाई गराए आनन्दित मन
(पापी जनको तारणहार) मानिसको रूपमा
ख्याल नराखी डाँडा-काँडा बढौँ सबै प्रभुमा (२)


Transliteration

herana aakaashmaa taaraako ujyaalo
nawjaat prabhuko darshan garna nagara biyaañlo

ishwarko bachan puro garnalaai aae prabhu jagmaa
maanawko sabai duukha bujhnalaai pasrie DuñDaimaa
goThaalaaharu chhakka pare jaba dekhe swargadutlaai
DhaaRas paai ramaai gae khabar dinalai

taaraalaai aaphno laksha banaai baRhe jyotishigaN
bheTi chaRhaae darshan paai garaae aanandit man
paapi janko taaraNahaar maanisko rupmaa
khyaal naraakhi DhaañRaa-kaaRaa baRhauñ sabai prabhumaa


Translation

Look at the brightness of the star in the sky
Don’t delay to appear before the newborn Lord

The Lord came to the world to fulfill the word of God
He laid humbly in a manger to understand man’s sorrows
Shepherds were amazed when they saw the angels
They were encouraged and happily went to share the news

A band of astrologers made their own way to the star
Obtaining an audience, offering presents, their hearts were filled with joy
Rescuer of sinful man, in the form of a man
Taking no thought of the ridicule, the journey, let’s all grow in the Lord


Key G, Time 3/4

G   D   G Em    C  G
हेरन आकाशमा ताराको उज्यालो
G     Am  C   Em G   D  G
नवजात प्रभुको दर्शन गर्न नगर बियाँलो (2)

G     D   Am  C   Em  D    G
ईश्वरको वचन पूरो गर्नलाई आए प्रभु जगमा (2)
G     Am C    Em       D G
मानवको सबै दुःख बुझ्नलाई पस्रिए डुंडैमा
Em    D G          C     D G
(गोठालाहरू छक्क परे जब) देखे स्वर्गदूतलाई
D       Am  C  Em  D G
ढाडस पाई रमाइ गए खबर दिनलाई (2)

G     D    Am   C Em  D    G
तारालाई आफ्नो लक्ष बनाइ बढे ज्योतिषीगण (2)
G    Am C  Em         D  G
भेटी चढाए दर्शन पाई गराए आनन्दित मन
Em      D G      C     D  G
(पापी जनको तारणहार) मानिसको रूपमा
D        Am  C   Em  D   G
ख्याल नराखी डाँडा-काँडा बढौँ सबै प्रभुमा (2)
Conference Messages on “Scripture” /

I promised some of you these audio messages. K—— and I recently attended a Christian conference called New Attitude. It was saturated with grace. The theme this year was “Scripture” (“If the Bible really is God’s Word, then we’re called to delight in it and obey it”). Last year we attended with H—— before he left for East Asia.

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We recommend all the messages. Especially: “The Troubled Soul” about how to speak God’s Word to yourself (instead of listening to yourself); “William Tyndale,” about the man who was killed for translating the Bible for the first time into modern English (this is the legacy of your English Bible: translating it so that we could understand the gospel came at great cost!); and “Fighting for Faith with God’s Word,” full of practical ways to fight temptation with the Word as your sword.

K—— and I wanted to pass on to you what was an incredible gift to us.

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart.

—Jeremiah 15:16