Recently, our WELS Northwestern Publishing House sent the pre-order information for the completed EHV (Old & New Testaments) in hard cover with a projected shipping date of July 1, 2019.  From the anonymous donation to St. Paul’s held in reserve for this, orders have been placed for distribution to our members and students and for placement on the shelves of our church and school.  Enough remains in the fund for the future ordering of EHV-based catechisms and other related materials which will be published. At some point, individuals will be able to buy leather-bound editions.  About a year after this initial edition of EHV comes out, an EHV Study Bible, now in progress, will also be published. Since the NIV 84 is no longer available for sale, we are grateful for the completion of this project. Below is the description sent out by Northwestern Publishing House.  

Evangelical Heritage Version

A group of Lutheran pastors and professors known as the Wartburg Project is completing a new translation of the Bible called the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV). The complete EHV will be available through Northwestern Publishing House beginning in July 2019.     The EHV at a glance:

  • An accurate translation that communicates the expressions and style of the original Greek and Hebrew in clear English
  • trustworthy version that does not add or subtract from the Word, allowing God to speak for himself
  • readable rendering of the Bible formatted in a single column with headings, footnotes, and references for guidance
  • The familiar message we know and love, ensuring every verse retains its meaning and impact

Translated faithfully from the original Greek and Hebrew, the EHV proclaims the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The expressions, imagery, and style of the original texts are there, giving readers a lasting picture of God’s grace and mercy for a lost human race.

With a text that remains reliable and trustworthy, yet at the same time readable and familiar, the Evangelical Heritage Version honors the heritage of the church, which has handed down the Word of God for generations.

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Rev. Roy W. Hefti

About Rev. Roy W. Hefti

Pastor Hefti grew up on the North side of LaCrosse. He is a 1971 graduate of Luther High School. He then attended Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. After graduation, he went on to attend Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. He graduated the Seminary in 1979 and accepted his first call to start a mission congregation in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. In May 1984, Pastor Hefti received and accepted the call to be the Pastor of St. Paul’s. Pastor, his wife Alice and 3 children moved to Bangor in July of 1984. The Lord blessed the Heftis with 3 more children while living in Bangor. Their 6 children are now grown and are living around the world. In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Hefti teaches 7th-8th grade confirmation classes and also teaches a rotating class of “A Touch of Latin” or “A Touch of German” to familiarize the children with a foreign language. Each morning, Pastor conducts a Bible study with the faculty and he also conducts a weekly mission devotion with the whole school.