I must be open with you about the fact that I have been officially diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. So, vacillation is a part of my lifestyle.
After all of the thoughtful consideration of Bible translations, it looks as though I may in fact be switching back to the NRSV from the ESV. This doesn't mean that I deny the liberal bias of many of its translators. It doesn't mean that I think its the best translation on the market (however, Eugene Peterson, Walter Brueggeman, Dallas Willard, and Richard Foster, actually do, in the introductory section to their Spiritual Formation Bible, make the remark that they believe the NRSV is the best translation available).
Here are my reasons:
1) When I began seminary at Austin Seminary, I had a very defensive posture toward my professors. I was always looking for liberalism and heresy in everything they said. At one point, I felt the Holy Spirit convict me of the poverty of my judgmentalism and negative, critical spirit. As a part of my feeling that God was calling me to be more charitable in my attitude to others who profess Christ, I felt that he was calling me to use the NRSV. Every time I switch translations I eventually feel God calling me back to the translation as a pledge of my acceptance of my call to work in a complex theologically diverse denomination, even though I myself am a conservative evangelical.
2) I have spent the past 5-6 years memorizing hundreds of verses in the NRSV translation. It is difficult more me to shift to a new translation because the words are in a different order than what is "emblazoned on my brain" (My friend Bandlady once spoke about Scripture being emblazed in her brain. I thought that was the coolest phrasing.)
3) Sometimes I get frustrated with my denomination and wonder whether I'll be able to stick it out. When I do, I think I better get used to a more conservative translation of the Bible that is accepted in churches outside of mainline denominations. Then God challenges me and says, "Do you not trust me enough to live out my call on your life, believing that I'll take care of you?"
You may think I'm crazy. I often think I really may be.