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July 2 2015, 5PM

This is new ground for me. Much to see and learn. Verse 1 begins with a pause (שֶׁ֑) on Moses. The ^ under the shin is the signal for a pause. It is the atnach, a rest on the sub-dominant. You can see the music here. Note that who called is not state...
Will be this book-  Huldrych Zwingli’s The Lord’s Supper: Memorial or Thanksgiving to Christ, Translation and Introduction  (Tentative Title) An Occasional Publication of the Pitts Theology Library, Forthcoming. In sum, it’s a translation of ... [Modern Culture]


This is a late announcement, but I will be doing my According to John study tonight. The Google+ Event page has details. The YouTube viewer is embedded below. I’ll be working from Chapter 20 of Herold Weiss’s book Meditations on According to J... [Bible books] [Bible study] [According to John] [Google Hangouts on Air] [John]


Yesterday afternoon, the harrassment campaign against me seemed to have reached a low ebb, and I felt confident that this particular storm had passed. Yesterday evening, however, it kicked back into high gear and I started receiving so many hateful Twitt... [Academic freedom] [Technology]


 For this fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, I would like to offer a reflection on the readings informed by St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her “little way.” While there are other potential ways of uniting the readings for this Sunday, it appears fitt...

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Click here to view the embedded video.A tribute to Chris Squire, the bassist of Yes, a founding member and the only persistent member throughout the band’s history, who passed away recently. The video begins with the song Whitefish and then transit... [music] [Amazing Grace] [band] [bass] [bassist] [Chris Squire] [solo] [Yes]
In this post, I would like to post a couple of items on the belief within rabbinic Judaism that certain commands in the Torah could be nullified, or simply not applied.  A commenter asked me about this topic yesterday (see here), and I found a few... [Bible] [Rabbinics] [religion]


View this document on ScribdFiled under: Zwingli [Zwingli]
A sheep may fall into the ditch and defile himself, but he hastens out of it as soon as he can; but the swine chooses a dirty place, wallows all the day long in the mud and mire. A saint may fall into sin, but he hastens to recover himself by repentance. ... [Modern Culture]
Just doing some reading today from my Knox Bible and found myself in Ecclesiasticus (or Sirach) chapter 47 concerning the praise of David.  I just love how Knox renders verses 2-4.  I will put the NRSV translation first, followed by Knox.  ... [Knox Bible]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while... [Themes]
Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while... [Themes]


In less than three weeks, the most stupendous, restful, encouraging, restorative festival of spiritual refreshment and renewal ever devised by human minds will be taking place in Big Basin Redwood State Park. That’s right, friends. It is almost time... [Conferences] [Conferences] [Domesticated Chickenfest West]


by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#58120)
Matthias Flacius Illyricus – Biographische Kontexte, theologische Wirkungen, historische Rezeption Vom 17. bis 20. September findet in der Stadt Labin (Kroatien) das 4. Internationale Wissenschaftliche Symposium über Matthias Flacius Illyricus stat... [Modern Culture]
Blessed are the poor in spirit, For they can get a job at minimum wage. Blessed are those who mourn, For they made their bad decisions and must suffer the consequences. Blessed are the meek, For we can take advantage of them. Blessed are those who hunge... [Redeeming Life] [z] [jesus] [politics] [sermon on the mount]


Let me seek you in longing, and long for you in seeking.Let me find you in love, and love you in finding—Anselm, Proslogion cited in A Little Book for New Theologians, page 19 [Books] [Church History] [theology]
I had someone ask me if there was an organization of progressive and liberal Christians in Indiana. There didn’t seem to be. And so I have set up a Facebook page, “Progressive Christians of Indiana.”If you are in that category, please do... [Progressive Christianity] [Facebook] [Hoosier] [Hoosiers] [Indiana] [Indianapolis] [Progressive Christianity] [progressive Christians]
Jim:Good news for all! Originally posted on Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception: The Good News Firstly, I am delighted to say that it is time for the June 2015 Biblical Studies Carnival. This month’s festival of delights is hosted... [Modern Culture]


Readers will want to check out a new online publication called Exegetical Tools Quarterly. My initial impressions are "Wow." This appears to be a helpful resource. So check out the work of Todd Scacewater and others here.  [exegesis] [journal]
Building a Church Looking back on everything he has written thus far, Paul says his defense of himself is really intended to “upbuild” (ESV) the church.  Paul considers his letter to be a legal defense against an attack coming from his opponents in C... [Paul] [Corinthians] [humility]


The image is from Jeff Carter. I try to make this blog an exception to the classic blunder mentioned in the updated movie dialogue. The image is funny because we can all relate to it. And so it is also sad. Serious, profound, deep discussion has taken p... [humor] [movies] [comments] [funny] [internet] [meme] [Princess Bride] [quote] [The Princess Bride] [Trolls] [updated] [Vizzini]
This is a helpful article on perspective, give it a read:
A trove of mosaics have been discovered in Galilee by Jodi and her team.  go take a look at the report.Filed under: Archaeology [Archaeology]
Actors are in the biz for fame and fortune.  That’s obvious.  What isn’t so obvious is that many academics are driven by the same motivations.   So, rather than being primarily engaged in teaching, they pant after book tours and... [Modern Culture]
When confronted with the consequences of sin, most people react in denial or avoidance—much the same way as when confronted with the actual committal leading to this point.  Regularly, what begins as a rationalization for acceptance of conduct in ... [repentance] [sin]


I am looking for a couple very specific things for a priest in my life and am hoping you could assist. He wants a RSV-CE2 study bible, one with large margins, preferable lined margins, for note taking and remarks. I suggested he print his own since findin...
The book of Proverbs is full of recurring themes, characters, and poetic forms. It covers everything from wealth and poverty, to archetypical characters such as “the foolish man” and “the righteous person.” But one of its most compelling features ... [Products] [Training] [bible study software] [Bruce Waltke] [how to use logos] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [new international commentary on the Old Testament] [Proverbs] [proverbs explorer] [tutorials] [videos] [Wisdom Literature]


MARGINALIA REVIEW OF BOOKS: Present and Future of the Hebrew Past – By Aaron Koller.In some cases, the search for relevance produces work that is overwrought and unfounded, but in others, new life is breathed into old texts through the application of no...
The next argument John Walton addresses in his new book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate is the argument that Adam and Eve are required by biblically sound theology to be the unique progenitors of the human race. To... [Adam]
THE BIBLE AND INTERPRETATION:Composite “Herod” in Luke-ActsThe name “Herod” appears for three different Herodian rulers in Luke-Acts. The essay explores unique features of the Lukan depiction of two of these Herodian rulers at Luke 1:5 and Acts 12...
Multiple posts came to my attention recently, all of which seek to respond to the conservative assumption that it is liberals who need to worry about being wrong in accepting gays and lesbians, as well as more generally.Cindy Brandt writes,To be hones... [Fundamentalism] [Progressive Christianity] [conservatives] [doubt] [faith] [gays] [inclusiveness] [lesbians] [wrong]
POPULAR ARCHAEOLOGY: From the Sands of Egypt. A longish survey article by Michael Gordon. It was published in 2011, but Popular Archaeology has just released it from its subscription-only archive. For many past posts on the Oxyrhynchus papyri, see here an...
THE PERILS OF DIY: Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards (Elizabeth Goldbaum, LiveScience).A family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home during a routine livi...


I RATHER DOUBT IT: ‘Star of Bethlehem’ shines again? (Stuart Winer, Times of Israel). The sub-heading says what we do know: "Jupiter and Venus line up for celestial conjunction in eye-catching heavenly display."In Jerusalem, the two planets could clea...
1505: A dramatic personal incident brought about a radical change in Luther’s life on July 2: terrified by a dreadful storm near Erfurt he took monastic vows and entered the Augustinian Monastery on 17 July 1505. On 2 July 1505 Martin Luther – the... [Luther]
The Episcopal Church says it will permit weddings for same-sex couples after members approved the change at a meeting of its governing body. The decision by the church, which has about 1.9 million members in the United States, follows the U.S. Supreme Co... [Modern Culture]
Or, the birthday of the man who made Henry VIII happy because he gave him theological justification for his divorce: [Cranmer was] the most illustrious archbishop that ever filled the see of Canterbury, was the son of Thomas Cranmer, Esq. and of Agnes, da... [Modern Culture]


One of the most disturbing images from my childhood years is the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức in Saigon. Of course, I didn’t see this image as a child. It was high school before I was deemed mature enough (and the internet didn’t exist) ... [Bibliolatry] [Current Events] [Religious Violence] [Sects] [Branch Davidians] [gay marriage] [Pastor Rick Scarborough] [self-righteousness] [Thích Quảng Đức] [The Advocate]

July 1, 11PM

The name most famously associated with the idea that the Corinthians were stricken with an over-realised eschatology is Anthony Thiselton, who proposed this at length in his 1978 article, ‘Realized Eschatology at Corinth.’ Here’s an acco... [1 Corinthians] [eschatology]


BEN: There is also a strong emphasis early on in the book on what is called the ‘intellectualist’ approach to the nature of God, which is to say that God’s knowledge is given priority over God’s will in the divine attributes. This ... [Uncategorized]
In Peter Scazzero’s new book, aptly titled The Emotionally Healthy Leader,  is a set of questions that can be asked to see if you are an emotionally healthy leader. Being an emotionally unhealthy leader is not an all-or-nothing condition; it opera... [Pastoring and Leading]