This is old news, but Eugene Peterson, who wrote the forward to our U2 sermons book (Bono is a big fan of his Bible version), gave a keynote at the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly this summer, and it's written up here. I love this, as part of a comment from him about how the Bible is "not an encyclopedia," but a story which we "can only enter by being submissive":

Peterson said the most frequent complaint he hears about The Message, his translation of the Bible into contemporary English, is that there are no verse numbers. �People say, �How can I study this? I don�t know where I am.��
That�s the point, he tries to explain to these critics. �You�re out of control.�

Amusingly, a new version has just come out. It has verse numbers. Religious people just hate to be out of control.

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