Wycliffe Takes Stonewalling to a New Level

Wycliffe Bible Translators is still stonewalling. The leadership probably thinks this issue would go away but it wouldn’t. Not especially when each one of their statements has been full of lies. Not even the statement from February 15.

I called both SIL and Wycliffe offices this afternoon. And no official could give me information about where Rick Brown—their missiologist and linguist responsible for some of these mistranslations—went for graduate school. I called SIL in Dallas first and was asked to call Wycliffe in Orlando. Mark you; I wasn’t asking any questions pertaining to the controversy. I just wanted to know where Mr. Brown went to graduate school.

No luck. I wonder if releasing information about his educational background has any security implication. I spent a total of 15 minutes on the phone and could not get an answer. Even Mr. Brown’s boss Freddie Boswell, Jr., has colleges he attended listed. Why not Mr. Brown’s?

Wycliffe has taken stonewalling to a new level.

 

Wycliffe Bible Translators is still stonewalling. The leadership probably thinks this issue would go away but it wouldn’t. Not especially when each one of their statements has been full of lies. Not even the statement from February 15.

I called both SIL and Wycliffe offices this afternoon. And no official could give me information about where Rick Brown—their missiologist and linguist responsible for some of these mistranslations—went for graduate school. I called SIL in Dallas first and was asked to call Wycliffe in Orlando. Mark you; I wasn’t asking any questions pertaining to the controversy. I just wanted to know where Mr. Brown went to graduate school.

No luck. I wonder if releasing information about his educational background has any security implication. I spent a total of 15 minutes on the phone and could not get an answer. Even Mr. Brown’s boss Freddie Boswell has colleges he attended listed. Why not Mr. Brown’s?

Wycliffe has taken stonewalling to a new level.

Relevant links:

Biblical Missiology petition

http://www.change.org/petitions/lost-in-translation-keep-father-son-in-the-bible

Why the Petition was started

http://biblicalmissiology.org/translation-petition-faqs/

Biblical Missiology Fact Check for Wycliffe’s initial response

http://biblicalmissiology.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/LostInTranslation-FactCheck.pdf

  • A L

    This one kind of confuses me.

    You are a Lausanne blogger: http://conversation.lausanne.org/en/people/profile/husseinwario

    And, yet the Cape Town Committment (a document created by the Lausanne movement) seems to speak in support of the insider movement: http://www.lausanne.org/en/documents/ctcommitment.html#p2-3

    Here’s the section that talks about that:
    From section IIC. Living the love of Christ among people of other faiths

    “4. Love respects diversity of discipleship
    So called ‘insider movements’ are to be found within several religions. These are groups of people who are now following Jesus as their God and Saviour. They meet together in small groups for fellowship, teaching, worship and prayer centred around Jesus and the Bible while continuing to live socially and culturally within their birth communities, including some elements of its religious observance. This is a complex phenomenon and there is much disagreement over how to respond to it. Some commend such movements. Others warn of the danger of syncretism. Syncretism, however, is a danger found among Christians everywhere as we express our faith within our own cultures. We should avoid the tendency, when we see God at work in unexpected or unfamiliar ways, either (i) hastily to classify it and promote it as a new mission strategy, or (ii) hastily to condemn it without sensitive contextual listening.

    A) In the spirit of Barnabas who, on arrival in Antioch, ‘saw the evidence of the grace of God’ and ‘was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord,’[72] we would appeal to all those who are concerned with this issue to:

    Take as their primary guiding principle the apostolic decision and practice: ‘We should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.’[73]
    Exercise humility, patience and graciousness in recognizing the diversity of viewpoints, and conduct conversations without stridency and mutual condemnation.[74]”

    This, to me, sounds like Lausanne and those working with Lausanne support the insider movement, and you support Lausanne?

    • http://www.cracksinthecrescent.com Hussein

      I am not a Lausanne Blogger. Do you know what it means? I share my articles on Lausanne Global Conversations. I have always been against Insider Movements. You can find my article, Convert Drought Fatigue and New Bible Translations. I have made it “sticky” on my blog so that you don’t go around confusing people.

  • http://www.cracksinthecrescent.com Hussein

    Bob,

    Even when the employee in question is mostly responsible for the damage to the organization’s reputation? I doubt it. Wycliffe is trying very hard and failing at protecting its good reputation while covering its tracks.