A friend stuck his head in my office and asked what I was doing. "Writing a book review." "What's the book?" he inquired.
"Are you giving it a thumbs up or thumbs down?"
My subject was really two new translations of the Bible. One, the Common English Bible, reveals by its very name that it hopes to become a semiofficial text, read not just by most individuals but read aloud in most churches.
N. T. Wright's The Kingdom New Testament is something entirely different. We'll never dub it (outside this review) the KNT (or the NTWV!), and it won't appear in bound leather on lecterns or in hymnal racks.
James C. Howell is senior minister of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and author of What Does the Lord Require? Doing Justice, Loving Kindness, Walking Humbly (Westminster John Knox).