Sunday, March 1, 2009 : J. Alfred Smith Junior Highlights The
Spoken English New Testament from the Pulpit at Oakland’s Allen
Temple Baptist Church.

Mary Fairchild,'s Christianity expert, interviewed SENT translator Webb Mealy online on Friday, October 2nd, 2009. She also gave SENT a thoughtful and very positive review.

The Spoken English New Testament is listed as one of's "Top 10 Bibles":

It's also starred as one of Christian Monthly Standard's "My Top Bible Translations":

This is noteworthy because the editor of CSM prefers word-for-word translations rather than easy-to-read translations.


Dr. J. Alfred Smith Junior preached his inaugural sermon as
Senior Pastor at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, having
being elected after the retirement of his distinguished father,
Dr. J. Alfred Smith Senior. His New Testament text was John
16:7-15, and his translation of choice was the Spoken English
New Testament
. Translator J. Webb Mealy, PhD was honored
to take part in Sunday services on the day, being an old friend
the congregation. Dr. Mealy was on the faculty for a number of
years at Leadership Institute at Allen Temple, where he taught Introduction to Christian Theology, Introduction to the New
Testament, and New Testament Greek.

Dr. Mealy stayed for a book signing after the services, and was very pleased to be able to give a signed copy of SENT to US Congress Representative Barbara Lee. Barbara Lee is a member of Allen Temple, and attends service when she is in town.


Webb is in discussions with a producer with a view to producing a
pilot audio version of the Gospel of John this year.

photo : Scott Chernis Photography