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Studying Stewardship in Scripture

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This weekend’s Grand Rapids Press featured a story about the release of the NIV Stewardship Study Bible. Ann Byle writes,

Three Grand Rapids-based organizations and numerous local residents joined forces recently to create a study Bible that focuses on stewardship.

The Acton Institute, the Stewardship Council and Zondervan brought the NIV Stewardship Study Bible into print after more than five years of work that began with Brett Elder, the council’s executive director.

Elder traveled the world speaking on generosity. He said people were receptive to his message, but pastors and church leaders asked him for resources to equip their congregations.

“The only resource that transcends culture is Scripture,” said Elder, who began searching for a Bible to fill that need.

Check out the whole story here. And visit the NIV Stewardship Study Bible website to enter the Stewardship 1000 challenge.

Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.


  • I still hope that the NIV translators will come out with a version that includes the Deuterocanonical Books of Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Wisdom, Sirach, 1st & 2nd Maccabees, and the Greek portions of Daniel and Esther, and that the Stewardship Study Bible committee apply their system of study notes to these. There’s tons of good stuff you guys are missing in not having these Sacred Scriptures as part of the Protestant Bible. If the ESV and NRSV can be issued with the Deuterocanonical Books (even the original 1611 King James Version and the 1526 Geneva Bible were issued with them), then why not the NIV?

    BTW, the Protestant NIV and ESV, and the Catholic NAB are very close together as far as translations go. When the daily Scripture readings are read from the pulpit at Mass, I can easily follow along if I bring my ESV instead of the NAB. The only problem with the NIV is no deuterocanonicals. Sad.

    BTW, the President of the Acton Institute is Father Robert A. Sirico, a Roman Catholic priest. Ask him about the Deuterocanonicals.

  • Paul,

    Since the concerns you note have to do with the NIV itself and are not concerns uniquely related to the NIV Stewardship Study Bible, you are welcome to direct your recommendations to the NIV translators and Zondervan directly:



  • Thanks, Jordan. I should check the responses to my comments – I haven’t been. Sorry. I will write Zondervan. The NIV is a great translation, and the Stewardship Study Bible has great notes and helps. I just think it’s a shame to leave an entire portion of Sacred Scripture out. If the ESV and NRSV people can translate the Deuterocanonicals, then so can Zondervan. I will send them an e-mail.

    Thanks again!

  • PS, Jordan, maybe Father Sirico (if an NIV with Deuterocanonicals is ever issued) could pursue an Inprimatur and Nihil Obstat from his local Ordinary (his Bishop) in the Catholic Church for a Catholic NIV Stewardship Study Bible. It would be a shame to see this work ignored by Catholics. :-(

    Most of the people at my parish don’t even know about this study Bible or the NIV, and would never think to ask simply because it doesn’t have an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat. Oh, that would take maybe five years to get done, but I think it would be well worth the effort (and selling all those Bibles to Catholics would mean more profit for the Acton Institute, and there’s nothing wrong with honest profit).