From the beginning of September, we will be using the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible in our Sunday services and other public meetings.
Until now, we have been using the 1984 NIV (New International Version), but in the last few years the publishers have withdrawn the 1984 text in favour of their 2011 revision; it is no longer possible to buy new printed copies of the version which we have been using, and there also seems to be an ongoing, systematic effort to remove it from online services. Since it is impractical to continue using a translation which is out of print, and we are uncomfortable with some of the theological implications of the changes in the 2011 NIV, we have decided to adopt the ESV for use in our meetings instead.
Of course, our members are free to continue using the NIV – or any other translation of their choice – for their own private reading; the change applies only to what will be read from the front (and projected on the screen) during our public meetings.
Our last service using the NIV was on Sunday 30 August, and the first using the ESV will be on Sunday 6 September.