I usually hate it when people try to argue a universal because of a few antadotal (sp) experiences, but that said. . . Does anyone else see the ESV gaining steam? Is there hope for it yet? When I first moved to Texas I spent a few Sundays at a moderatly chasamatic independent church and while I believe the NIV was their pew Bible at the moment, the pastor went out of his way to mention his growing respect for the translation in an email exchange and a few of the elders were carrying ESVs (thinlines I might add, God's true word). I think it might have been sparked by an email exchange between the pastor and Wayne Grudem. And then my wife and I seddled in a Independent Reformed Baptist Church and the ESV was already the pew Bible there! I once started a thread on whether anyone noticed that the ESV seemed to be more popular in more reformed circles but I don't believe it went anywhere. But then . . . (yes there is more), my brother came to visist with his wife. We were talking about a whole host of Christian subjects when somehow the subject of translation came up and my brother commented that they had heard of this new translation that was supposed to be pretty good (being pretty anti-NIV, he has always used the KJV). Well I was able to quickly correct him in that the ESV is not good but excellent and I think my reccomendation will probably be acted on. Oh oh oh one more, I was in another independent reformed baptist church (this one with about 15 membors) and one of the other quests commented about me carrying the ESV. Her husband then chimed in that he was soon going to be standardizing his family on it. So what do you guys think? Has anyone else noticed or is this just that continued crawling along that has plauged it since its inception.