Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of His Servant?


2010 European Christian Book of the Year

It is nice to see that evangelical Romanians are “coming of age”, and that both Baptists and Pentecostals are looking back to try to uncover the people who collaborated with the Secret Police (securitate) from within their own ranks.

The Baptists (Daniel Mitrofan) published a few years ago Pigmei and Uriasi [Dwarfs and Giants], and the Pentecostals (Vasilica Croitor) just published Rascumpararea Memoriei [The Redemption of Memory].

While I have not read any of these books (I only read about them), both books ruffled a lot of feathers. For that I am not surprised.

It seems (again from second hand info) that the Pentecostal book is more balanced and fair. In any case, congratulations to Vasilica Croitor for winning the 2010 European Christian Book of the Year.

I assume that it is a pretty good book if it won this award and I hope to read both of them someday to learn from both the dwarfs and the giants!


NATO in Romania 

President Bush is in Romania (where I was born) for a meeting with NATO allies, and he is calling for NATO expansion.  More specifically – he is trying to convince the other allies that Georgia and Ukraine should be allowed to join.  There is opposition both inside and outside.  The most vocal opponent – not surprisingly – is Russia.  Other countries (e.g. Germany) also seem to be against this expansion – for “the sake of balance.”

In my opinion – Bush is right.  The Cold War is over – and the expansion is not a threat to Russia.  At least  – it is not an offensive threat.  The only “threat” is defensive.  What do I mean by that?


The Library of Christian Classics in Romanian

We are working and thinking about a project for the purpose of making available in Romanian as many of the Christian classics as possible. The intention is to have available in Romanian a website similar to that found at http://www.ccel.org. That website (in English) is huge and has mostly classics whose copyrights have expired – so their posting for free is not a problem. Our website (probably at SlavaDomnului.org) will start with some of the most basic writings: The Institutes of the Christian Religion and the commentaries on the Bible by Calvin, The Matthew Henry Commentary on the whole Bible, Spurgeon’s Treasury of David, some of the writings of Jonathan Edwards etc.

The website will look something like this http://www.axa-telecom.ro/joom/ (this is just a demo). The intention is to help Romanian Christians who cannot read English and/or other languages to have access to some of these Christian classics.

To accomplish this project – which will be ongoing for many many years – we need (first of all) God’s help, some sponsors for the volumes to be published, good translators, and a good web designer and administrator. All the books available online will be free and will be downloadable (usually in pdf).
Anybody can sponsor a project or part of one. For example – the Matthew Henry Commentary is a huge project because it covers the whole Bible. This commentary has at least 2000 pages and may be a project too costly to be sponsored by one single person. Even though we will try to work with volunteers, most likely we will have to pay professionals to get good quality translations. Since it is estimated that it will cost us aproximately $200 to translate a decent size book (we are working on finding the exact prices – I may be completely wrong here) – one person may want to sponsor the publication of only one volume (e.g. The Commentary on Genesis by Calvin etc.).

We will let you know more about this soon. Meanwhile – I would appreciate some input on this project.

Can you help by sponsoring a volume? Can you help us find a good translator? Do you have any suggestions for some of the classics to be translated? Do you think that this project will be useful for Romania?
Blessings and JOY to all.