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March 26 2017, 1PM

For those who understand. Estudios Bíblicos Online 500 Años de la Biblia Políglota Complutense (video) Acto de conmemoración de los 500 años de la Biblia Políglota Complutense. El acto fue presidido por el Rector de la UCM, José Carrillo, y por e... [Modern Culture]

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And his response to the person who denigrated Special Olympics is right on the mark. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 25, 2PM

The face of death, and nearness of eternity, did much to convince me what books to read, what studies to prefer and prosecute, what company and conversation to choose. It drove me early into the vineyard of the Lord, and taught me to preach as a dying man... [theology]

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They cannot govern. The Republican Party as it is presently constituted, from party base to congressional leadership, is competent to do two things: complain and vandalize. If that wasn’t made clear last November, it was made clear this week, when t... [Modern Culture]
“There is a hidden grace in poverty, and happy is he who knows how to find it.” – Vincentius [The problem of course is that the Bible never describes poverty as some sort of meritorious state.  Vincentius is what happens when people think they ... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#88469)
Thanks to Joel Watts for this- Filed under: Luther, Luther Burns Your Worthless Book [Luther] [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book]
March 25, 1549: Veit Dietrich died in Nürnberg, Germany at the age of 42 Veit was probably the most famous of all of the boarders in the home of Martin and Katie Luther. He was born on December 8, 1506, also in Nürnberg. At the age of fifteen, he enroll... [Church History]
Die Theologische Erklärung der Bekenntnissynode in Barmen vom 31. Mai 1934 ist die zentrale theologische Äußerung der Bekennenden Kirche unter der nationalsozialistischen Herrschaft 1933-1945. Sie richtete sich gegen die falsche Theologie und das Kirch... [Church History]

March 24, 3PM

Most folk think that ‘Luther’ is a form of the family name ‘Luder’ and that Martin Luther simply took to spelling his name in the more modern format. Not so.  Rather, sometime after the 95 Theses made him well known he adopted the... [Luther]

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This is an interesting essay. Im Jahr ihres 500-jährigen Jubiläums ist die Reformation auch auf der Leipziger Buchmesse ein großes Thema. Neben zahlreichen neuen Titeln, die sich mit der Erneuerungsbewegung und Martin Luthers Leben und Wirken auf ganz ... [Church History]

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You are like mouse-dropping in the pepper. –  Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]

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Local Catholic couple Jenny Barkley and David Rondo, who have been cohabiting for two years with no intention of marrying, announced to friends during lunch today that they would have to stick to fish options due to the Lenten fast. “I grew up super Cat... [mockery]

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Thanks to Richard Goode for pointing this out- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 23, 2PM

No one can become a theologian unless he becomes one without Aristotle. — Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]

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The Presbyterian Church (USA) issued a statement Thursday reaffirming its inclusive stance toward everyone who holds the exact same beliefs that they do. Hundreds of PCUSA leaders signed the document affirming their progressive, forward-thinking toleranc... [mockery]

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Worth reading. Hendrickson Publishers Blog If you study Biblical Aramaic and haven’t yet gotten a chance to explore this new handbook, you’re in luck. We sat down with Amy Paulsen-Reed, one of the editors, so she can tell us more about the book and ... [Modern Culture]

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Have you ever noticed that the Hebrew and Greek equivalent of our notion of ‘I’m sorry, I apologize’ is nowhere to be found in Scripture?  Or that you’ve never noticed any story in the Bible that features some character or other g... [theology]

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Visit TVZ for ordering and more. Filed under: Karl Barth, TVZ [Karl Barth] [TVZ]
And giving fuel to the alt right fire- CNN reports A Jewish teenager was arrested in connection with a series of bomb threats that have rattled Jewish institutions and community centers across the US and another countries, Israeli police said.Filed under:... [Modern Culture]

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Good advice, mom-  from @amitkbali Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This only I would learn of you, whether you are baptized on the sword or on the Cross?–Menno Simons In discussions about Christian attitudes to war, one of the surest ways to annoy people is to take an “almost pacifist” position—holding that w... [Church History]

March 22, 3PM

viaFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The words of President Donald Trump and his White House staff are, in no small way, a matter of national security and credibility, and those things have entered a danger zone, a Wall Street Journal editorial argued on Tuesday. The conservative-leaning edi... [Modern Culture]
REFORMATION AS PAULINE INTERPRETATION Jörg Frey: “Has Luther misunderstood Paul?” Join the public lecture: Donnerstag 23.3.2017 18.15 Uhr, Universität Zürich, KO2, Karl Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich.  Link to the original video: https://... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Church History]

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I wonder if he will distribute copies of Playboy to the graduates and how much he’s paying Jerry *The Sell Out* Falwell Jr. for the privilege to degrade Christianity again. “I look forward to speaking to this amazing group of students on such a mo... [Modern Culture]
Princeton has rescinded its decision to honor Tim Keller. Faced with mounting criticism for its decision to give a major award to the Rev. Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and one of the country’s best known conse... [Modern Culture]

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A strikingly clever pun on the marquee of Beacon Baptist Ministries has reportedly sparked revival in the town of Delphi, Indiana. “I’ve never talked to God in my life,” claimed area resident Darrell Jones, “but when I saw that ‘Son screen pr... [Modern Culture]

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‪Asking a Marxist about theology is like asking a man born blind about colors.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The best theologians aren’t innovators, they are renovators.Filed under: Theology [theology]

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The story of Adam and Eve isn’t a marriage relationship manual.  So please, shut up.  Oh, and here’s your Dilly. Filed under: Dilettante, Dilly the Dilettante Award [Dilettante] [Dilly the Dilettante Award]

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On 16 April 1528 Luther wrote his friend On Laetare Oecolampadius married a widow, a wealthy one, they say. Good for him! Laetare was on 22 March that year, but Oecolampadius was actually married March 12 or 15.  Come on, Martin, get it right.  You aren... [Luther]

March 21, 4PM

When Marco was in opposition to the Democratic candidate…  I wonder if he’s willing to express the same sentiments now… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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You may not be familiar with Johann Hilten, but he was a strange little Monk with some fairly bizarre apocalyptic inclinations who was fairly influential on Luther in terms of the latter’s self understanding. In the Franciscan Convent at Eisenach, i... [Church History] [Luther]

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“Permission is an act of governing Providence, by which God does not employ hinderances which no finite agent can overcome, or knows how to overcome, to restrain rational creatures, inclining themselves of their own accord to sin, from an evil forbidden... [theology]

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Pastoring is not a very glamorous job. It’s a very taking-out-the-laundry and changing-the-diapers kind of job. – Eugene PetersonFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Es ist nicht nur kalendarischer Frühlingsanfang; das Datum erinnert uns daran, dass 2017 auch Hoffnung auf einen ökumenischen Frühling besteht: Bruder Klaus und Ulrich Zwingli begegnen sich zum ersten Mal – an Niklaus‘ Geburtstag, denn dieser feier... [Church History]

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Amsterdam, 20 September 2017, conference From Reformation to Reformations: On Analogies, Ideals and Ideas. This conference will seek to contribute to the developing field of cross-cultural religious and cultural studies by analyzing the cultural, politic... [Conferences] [Refo500] [Reformation]

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If Christians got as worked up by ‘do not forsake the assembly ‘ as they do by ‘man shall not lie with man as with woman’? Ever wonder why they don’t?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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I had made up my mind to write no more either about the Trumps or against them. But since I learned that these miserable and accursed people do not cease to lure to themselves even us, that is, the Christians, I have published this little book, so that I... [Luther]

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‘”We can’t have a president who is under FBI investigation!” — Trump folks, during the campaign’-  George TakeiFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Posted previously, but worth repeating: A two-day international conference in Cannon Chapel on April 3-4 will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The conference is convened by Candler and Emory’s Center for the Study of Law an... [Church History] [Conferences] [Reformation]

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The 9th Enoch Seminar, “From tôrāh to Torah: Variegated Notions of Torah from the First Temple Period to Late Antiquity,” will take place from June 18-23, 2017 at the beautiful Monastero di Camaldoli in Tuscany. Please see the conference site for a ... [Conferences]

March 20, 3PM

When he wrote, in a disputation- So far am I from yielding to you that unless you leave me and mine—that is, the sheep of Christ—in peace and quiet, I shall proceed to deal with you far more roughly, without fear of your words or your frowns. You must... [theology] [Zwingli]

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Those who despise Doctrine despise Christianity.  There simply is no ‘doctrineless’ Christian faith.  Such is an illusion.  A lie.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Published in 2017 for the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, this facsimile edition is an exact replica of Luther’s 1545 German Bible.  And the 1545 German Bible is Luther’s best edition, far superior to the two volume 1534 editio... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

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I haven’t read the book so I can’t comment on the accuracy of the review. I simply pass it along for the Bonhoefferians amongst you. Wretched souls that you are. Sojourner Theology Sabine Dramm received a doctorate in education science from ... [Modern Culture]
New panels have been added to the list of the accepted proposals: Identity, Religion and Culture (Sergio Sorrentino, University of Salerno, Italy); Between the Horn of Africa and the Caucasus: Ancient Eastern Christianities in Interaction (Igor Dorfma... [Conferences]

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Seriously. Not the Onion. Seriously. Why are celebrities asked their opinion about policy and practice when so many of them are mentally ill? Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal appears to have joined the ranks of celebrities who sincerely believe th... [Modern Culture]

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Via Richard Goode- Jesus and the Wild from Laidlaw College on Vimeo.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Trump is the most disliked, distrusted President in recent American history. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is pleased to announce the start of a new MA specialization in Biblical Studies and Digital Humanities at the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer (ETCBC), Vrije Univ... [Modern Culture]
With three articles freely available for your reading pleasure.Filed under: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception [Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception]

March 19, 3PM

True peace is had in God and not in one’s passions, which boil in constant turmoil like the waters of a tumultuous sea.  –  Huldrych ZwingliFiled under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

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‪Shallow worship appeals only to shallow people who, though they should be teaching, haven’t learned the basics of their faith.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Because that’s precisely what gender based abortion is. Forcing pregnant women who do not want a child of one sex or the other to give birth could harm both the baby and the mother’s mental health, a leading doctors’ union member has sai... [Total Depravity]

March 18, 11AM

From an essay in the Raleigh News and Observer: Here are the reasons why, all things being equal, Christians must go to church: Christianity is a team sport. Permit me a humble analogy. You might see yourself as a terrific baseball pitcher. But if you onl... [theology]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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In an effort to increase security and reduce costs of surveillance, the city of Lancaster has voted to remove all security cameras and replace them with nosy Mennonite ladies. “Basically they’ll just do what they already do,” said Lancaster spokespe... [humor]

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Christopher Koerner was born at Buchen, in Franconia, in the year 1518. In his thirteenth year he began the study of the languages and of theology under his relative, Conrad Wimpina. In the year 1540 he began to teach in the University of Frankfort-on-the... [Church History]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
La sélection bibliographique fait partie des étapes indispensables pour toute étude sérieuse. Pourtant, il n’est pas toujours simple de s’y retrouver au sein de la littérature théologique de plus en plus abondante. De plus, rares sont les catalo... [Biblical Studies Resources]

March 17, 4PM

Filed under: Dilettante, Dilly the Dilettante Award [Dilettante] [Dilly the Dilettante Award]

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I hope you’re familiar with his work.  He’s contributed substantially to the disciplines of Church history and Historical theology. Professor Emeritus of Church History and Historical Theology Manfred Hoffmann passed away on March 15, 2017.... [obituary]

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Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#88081)
“It is therefore essentially ungodly to be hostile toward learning and knowledge.” –Abraham KuyperFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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I love this more than words can say.  Indeed, I am of the view that many dads out there would act just as this mom has. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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See the ‘page’ list above and click on ‘Hebrew and Greek Tutoring’ for something new.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Reports from around the country Friday indicated that celebrations in honor of Christian missionary Saint Patrick consisted primarily of consuming large amounts of alcohol in order to get “totally plastered.” Partygoers around the nation and world dec... [Modern Culture]

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Whats the difference between an irish wedding and an irish wake? One less drunk at the wake. (Told from as an Irishman from family of 13)- Matthew DowdFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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For 8 years, when we’d be at a bad point, President Obama would remind us “We’re better than this.” Last November our fellow citizens responded with “No we’re not”. – Ralph Keen #TruthFiled under: Modern Cul... [Modern Culture]

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View this document on ScribdFiled under: Bible, Conferences [Bible] [Conferences]
I don’t think he has ever read a book.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
ἐν ἀρχῇ ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὴν γῆν. And this ‎ בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ׃ And if they can&#... [Modern Culture]

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17 March is St Patrick’s Day, when the people of Ireland and those of Irish descent around the world celebrate the feast day of this famous saint. Patrick is one of the patron saints of Ireland and certainly the most celebrated! As a young man in the 5... [Church History]
If you’re in Hong Kong- Filed under: Ming Hua Theological College [Ming Hua Theological College]

March 16, 4PM

‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day.  And at his gate there used to lie a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with what fell from the rich man’... [Bible]
Just ask these hapless souls attacked by demons as Satan looks on… BnF, Français 2810, fol. 215rFiled under: Church History [Church History]

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The Babylon Bee is here to help you whittle down the search with this checklist of essentials to look for in a potential church match, and hopefully get you plugged into a congregation sometime in the next decade or two. 1.) Anything less than hand-craf... [Modern Culture]
Details, and three free entries, available here.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception [Biblical Studies Resources] [Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception]

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Man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he have previously contemplated the face of God, and come down after such contemplation to look into himself. For (such is our innate pride) we always seem to ourselves just, and upright, and wise, and holy... [Calvin]

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Annette Theis tweeted- “Ohne Sprachverständnis kein Verständnis von Texten, Bibel, Glaubensaussagen”.  She’s 100% correct.  And it has to be said, additionally, that Pastors who don’t know the biblical languages are robbing the... [Modern Culture]

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This is worth checking out.  Especially this video. Video from the Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project Conference held at the British Library on 21 November 2016. Miriam Lewis, HMDP Project Manager, British Library, delivers a presentation on ‘... [Biblical Studies Resources]

March 15, 7PM

“It is not kindness to tell patients that need strong medicine that nothing serious is wrong with them.” —Cornelius Van TilFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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And it turned out to be critically important.  Because it is.  So there, haters. A Maine court ruling in a case about overtime pay and dairy delivery didn’t come down to trucks, milk, or money. Instead, it hinged on one missing comma. Delivery drivers... [Modern Culture]
I don’t know what any of this means or who these people are, but I feel like I have to share it because Crossley is blackmailing me… Harnessing Chaos The forthcoming Bible and Politics conference at St Mary’s University (2-3 June, 2017) is... [Modern Culture]

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From a twitter friend- this genius bit- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“The punishments of hell differ in degree, according to the quality and measure of sins.” — HollaziusFiled under: Theology [theology]
Hendrickson have published the brilliant Biblia Germanica, Luther’s 1545 edition of the German Bible. No other German book has exercised for centuries such a profound effect on the German language as the German Bible of Martin Luther. Over time othe... [Bible] [book review] [Books] [Luther]

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Is this one- Here’s the full quote from which that excellent snippet is extracted: He has accomplished what he was called to do. He has introduced among us [the knowledge of] languages, and has called us away from the sacrilegious studies. Perhaps ... [Church History] [Luther]

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Here-  https://www.facebook.com/WestminsterTSFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Would be for Christianity to be outlawed.  Then the Church would be de-wormed and only actual Christians would participate in the life of the Church.  Cultural Christians would fade out of the picture and the Church could return to its calling freed fro... [Modern Culture]

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Auf vielfachen Wunsch und auf rege Nachfrage hin sind die Vorträge über Judentum und Antisemitismus in Europa der Ringvorlesung des letzten Sommersemesters am Campus Landau publiziert worden. Begleitend zur Ausstellung „Ertragen können wir sie nicht... [Modern Culture]

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Der Herausgeber hat bei der Katalogisierung der Eisenacher Ministerialbibliothek einen in der bisherigen Amsdorff-Forschung unbekannten Manuskriptband wiedergefunden. Er enthält insgesamt 23 Schriften und Fragmente Nicolaus von Amsdorffs.  Mehr zu den B... [Church History]

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His 2005 returns, reported by MSNBC, showed a loss of over 100 million dollars.  What kind of good business person loses so much money that his tax returns reflect 100 million in write offs? It’s easy to understand why he wants these things kept se... [Modern Culture]

March 14, 12 PM

In the Journal of Church and State. It’s an interesting read.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Paul Middleton notes that BNTS plans to open booking for the 2017 conference in Maynooth (31st Aug-2nd Sept) next week. Stay tuned.Filed under: BNTS [BNTS]

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Sixteenth Century Society and Conference – 14 March 2017 SUBMISSION DEADLINE REMINDER The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation submissions and complete panels for its 2017 annual conf... [Modern Culture]

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By a facebook friend- Filed under: Luther [Luther]

March 13, 3PM

Well said, Bee, well said. Leadership at the Southern Baptist Convention proudly announced Monday a newly approved congregational prayer: the “Hail Reagan,” an intercessory prayer to be utilized when church members wish to petition the “blessed Sain... [mockery]

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From Jesus to His First Followers examines to what extent early Christian groups were in continuity or discontinuity with respect to Jesus. Adriana Destro and Mauro Pesce concentrate on the transformation of religious practices. Their anthropological-hist... [Books]

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Rampant even. Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-scholarship, pseudo-theology, Something Else I Won't be Reading [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology] [Something Else I Won't be Reading]

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I really wish they’d get an email subscription widget or something so that we can get alerts for new articles.  It would be a boon.Filed under: Bible and Interpretation [Bible and Interpretation]
In Bible and Interpretation.  Enjoy.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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It’s just a shame that the SBC leadership didn’t have this attitude when the fundamentalists were dismantling theological education at SEBTS in the 80’s as they had earlier done to SBTS and NOBTS. Funny, isn’t it, how when you̵... [Modern Culture]
Assistant Professorship in New Testament Studies Job content The position will be located in the Biblical Studies Section. The Biblical Studies Section focuses on the interpretation of the Biblical scriptures in the original languages, including their his... [Modern Culture]

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‪How many Christians who skipped worship yesterday skipped work today? probably none. #TheLoveOf Money‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
‘Are anti-abortionists willing to feed and house and raise all the children whose abortion they oppose?’ but are never asked ‘are opponents of the death penalty willing to house, feed, and clothe the violent criminals sentenced to death ... [Modern Culture]

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AMMAN — The Department of Antiquities (DoA) on Thursday announced that the lead codices it seized with the help of security authorities around seven years ago have not been proven to be authentic so far, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. DoA Dire... [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship]
About time. Septuaginta &c. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I occasionally lament the fact that there are very few options for studying the Septuagint at the graduate or postgraduate level. This is particularly true ... [Modern Culture]

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Some of the ladies (and odd men) like ‘Romance novels’ but in Calvin’s Geneva such books were unwelcome. As P. Henry remarks We learn from the state-register of March 13, 1559, that romance-reading was altogether prohibited in Geneva. It... [Books] [Calvin] [Church History] [Geneva]
Here.  And here’s the core bit: Luther ist kein Oratorium und auch kein Musical, es ist eine theologische Nummernrevue. Es ist der große populäre Aufschlag zur Wissensvermittlung im Jubiläumsjahr. Schirmherren des Ganzen gibt es deshalb viele. U... [Modern Culture]
RRR by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#87798)
Routledge, Taylor & Francis is pleased to announce the publication of the first 2017 issue of Reformation & Renaissance Review, which will also be available to view online. This issue contains the following articles: Foreword, by Maria-Cristina ... [Church History] [Reformation]

March 12, 3PM

It daily happens that those who seemed to belong to Christ revolt from him and fall away: Nay, in the very passage where he declares that none of those whom the Father has given to him have perished, he excepts the son of perdition. This, indeed, is true;... [Calvin]

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No one cares about your self involved reasons when we all know the real reason you left the Church:  it didn’t do things they way you wanted it to, so like a toddler you picked up your junk and went crying home to mommy that your friends wouldnR... [Modern Culture]
It’s amazing when Christians complain about their tax dollars being used to help provide health care for the poor, but these same Christians never utter a word of complaint when their tax dollars are used for warfare. For them, welfare is bad but wa... [theology]

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‘Write to the angel of the church in Laodicea and say, “Here is the message of the Amen, the trustworthy, the true witness, the Principle of God’s creation:  I know about your activities: how you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you wer... [Bible]

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Mennonite churches across North America were half full this morning as thousands of church-goers slept in due to the time change. “My first thought, as it always is whenever attendance is low was, ‘oh, crap, it’s the rapture and here I am still on ... [Modern Culture]

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A Canadian woman has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of her nine-year-old daughter. Laura Coward was arrested in Alberta, Canada, in August 2014, two days after her daughter Amber Lucius was reported missing. At th... [Total Depravity]
Zwingli was unwilling to see Swiss boys and young men killed in the service of foreign overlords and he despised the mercenary services.  So on 12 March, 1525 he published his Predigt wider die Pensionen. To make it comprehensible to moderns, it could be... [Zwingli]

March 11, 6PM

It works for lobbyists.  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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On March 11th, Zwingli issued his translation of Jeremiah with annotations, and dedicated it to the city of Strassburg, in further recognition of its entering into the Christian Burgher Rights. – S. Jackson The full title is Complanationis Ieremiae ... [Bible] [Zwingli]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Police in New Hampshire say a woman in labor demanded to be injected with heroin and methamphetamine before 911 could be called. Police in Concord arrested 29-year-old Felicia Farruggia this week, about six months after her son was born. The state has cus... [Total Depravity]

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With thanks to Julia for mentioning it on FB- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 10, 9AM

The promiscuous pairing of animals, even in our judgment, is not base, though such pairing of human beings is most base. But what is it that absolves them but condemns us? The Law. For by the divine law we are confined within the barriers of matrimony.... [theology] [Zwingli]

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:( by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#87687)
Regrettably I had to leave the Ref500 conference at Union early due to exigent circumstances.  What I did have the good fortune to experience was really excellent and I plan to return to Union for their next conference (on biblical studies).Filed under: ... [Modern Culture]

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Exudes condescension and reminds one of the attitude of someone visiting a carnival sideshow.  Azlan’s unfounded sense of superiority undermines what could have been a meaningful special.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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In fact, it is below: Bonhoeffer stinks, his theology is lame, and you would do better to read Servetus than him. This book may be freely distributed.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 9, 7PM

Were fantastic! Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

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It must be regarded as a fixed principle that all modes of worship devised by man are detestable. The infatuation is placed in a still stronger light by the Psalmist (Psalm 115:8), when he shows how aid is implored from dead and senseless objects, by bein... [Calvin]

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Filed under: Conferences, Reformation [Conferences] [Reformation]
On the Reformation.  At the quite lovely Union University.  With its lovely new library.  And its collection of works related to Zwingli. Yes.  That’s the extent. ☹️Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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»Willst du gerne fasten, dann tue es! Willst du dabei auf Fleisch verzichten, dann iss auch kein Fleisch! Lass mir aber dabei dem Christen die freie Wahl!« –  Huldrych ZwingliFiled under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

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The Faculty of Theology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, invites applications for a doctoral position in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (Prof. Dr. Sonja Ammann) to commence August 1, 2017. The position is initially limited to one year but will be exte... [Modern Culture]
In honor of the outbreak of the Reformation in Zurich, The Commentary is on sale for the very low price of $75 (the regular price is $199).  Yes, you read that correctly, you can obtain a commentary on the entire Bible and several of the Deuterocanonical... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [commentary]
Reform began slowly but surely, first with worship. Lent was abandoned as a man made tradition in 1522 and by 1523 the Mass itself was replaced with ‘The Lord’s Supper’. Silver ‘Mass utensils’, cups, and bowls were replaced with common wood. Tab... [Church History] [Zwingli]
When Zwingli permitted the consumption of sausages by Froschauer and his co-workers it was a revolutionary and shocking act akin to someone today burning a flag.  It was a watershed moment in the history of Christianity, overturning centuries of practice... [Church History]

March 8, 2PM

I hope the ‘Christians’ supporting Trump realize what kind of person they’ve cast their lot in with.  Although, given their track record, I doubt they care. Chinese authorities have granted preliminary approval for dozens of Trump-brand... [Total Depravity]

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There’s only one King of the Universe.  Just one.  That’s it.  Is theology not offered in Seminary anymore?  Has Seminary become a Marketing program?  Anyway, apparently, the Gospel Coalition guys don’t own Bibles.  Or read them. F... [theology]

11AM

Let your Representatives and Senators pay for insurance like you do.  Sign here.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
But go ahead and try… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

ISD is now distributing the series “Evangelisch-Katholischer Kommentar zum Neuen Testament” (“Protestant-Catholic Commentary on the New Testament,” EKK) from Verlagsgruppe Patmos. We are happy to offer a standing order discount o... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

9AM

7AM

Love, apart from God, is never love  in real form but rather self love and hence an idol.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

From March 9-31, 2017 a special poster exhibition entitled Here I Stand will be on display at the the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College, Grand Rapids. Graphic-novel-style scenes and engaging maps highlight important aspects of t... [Modern Culture]

4AM

This book offers a concise and highly-readable explanation of the dramatic changes that took place during the Reformation and helps readers understand the deeper impact of the Reformation beyond its own time period. Changes in theology and in worship, in ... [Books] [Church History] [Reformation]

March 7, 3PM

Theses: The Church doesn’t need you, you need it. God doesn’t need you, you need God. Christ doesn’t need you, you need Christ. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

It. Gives. Us. Hope. The Christian, then, being most fully persuaded, that all things come to pass by the dispensation of God, and that nothing happens fortuitously, will always direct his eye to him as the principal cause of events.  –  John Calv... [Calvin]

11AM

Earlier today someone called @crazypastor tweeted- “The Bible calls us to stand in solidarity with the poor, not demonize and blame them for their reality.” So I responded Can anyone help me locate this verse? Of course no one can, because no ... [Modern Culture]

10AM

There are six things that Yahweh hates, seven that he abhors: a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that weaves wicked plots, feet that hurry to do evil, a false witness who lies with every breath, and one who sows disse... [Bible]

9AM

Nothing has bound Africa and Europe more together than the history of Christianity. From Paradise onwards, the Church has been the communion of believers. As the Body of Jesus Christ she started in Jerusalem. Through the proclamation of the Gospel the Chu... [book review] [Books] [Church History]
If greedy gaping after gain To get another groat Makes usury dispatch apace To cut the poor man’s throat – AusoniusFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

Are the generic equivalent of the theological world.   Like generic generic cereal, they might feed you but there’s little quality and lots of bug droppings used as filler.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

This is pretty cool- Dear Religious Studies Authors and Editors Exciting news! Ebooks are now available to order from the Equinox website (www.equinoxpub.com) and this week we have just launched our new Equinox app which you can download from your app sto... [Books] [media]

4AM

It’s not going to be a good evening for them, because the buzzsaw is coming for them… Filed under: soccer [soccer]

3AM

Via Twitter- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 6, 4PM

The children of God have all the afflictions. The ungodly children of Satan enjoy the highest state of well-being. Everything seems the opposite of what it should be. The godly are maltreated, the ungodly receive gifts. In this vein the flesh blasphemes t... [Luther]

1PM

Local pastor Fr. Ron Porter was forced to stop midway through his homily Sunday morning to passive-aggressively attempt to quiet an unruly toddler. Porter reportedly stopped several times during the course of his homily before finally telling his parishio... [humor]

12 PM

Does ANYONE have a searchable edition of the WA? Pdf doesn’t work for searches and I need to track down a couple of references.  Thanks.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The fourth in the McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures series celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a two-day international conference on April 3 and 4 at Cannon Chapel.  The conference is convened by the Center for the S... [Church History] [Conferences] [Reformation]

10AM

Seasoned mountain climber Randall Jespers tumbled hundreds of feet down the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park Sunday after reportedly deciding to “let go and let God.” “I don’t know,” said Jespers, of Sacramento. “I was a... [Modern Culture]

4AM

Here.  The author of the review makes the points which need to be made.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Nope by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#87445)
Got this email and my response is- nope.  No nutbaggery allowed: Dear Jim, I’d read the miracle in Cana, when H20 becomes Merlot, countless times. (Hope you appreciate the funny rhyme if you read it aloud :).  But I’d never read it like this.  The ... [Modern Culture]

3AM

Dear people who constantly refer to Jesus as a ‘refugee’.  Stop it.  The sojourn in Egypt as ‘proof’ that Jesus was a refugee is absurd.  Learn a bit of form criticism before you make use of stories from the Gospels for your own... [Modern Culture]

March 5, 3PM

Atheists can make great historians but not great theologians for the same reason that mutes can make great listeners but not great speakers.  Again, atheists can make great historians but not great biblical scholars for the same reason that mutes can ma... [Modern Culture]

2PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
In 1532 Luther lectured on Psalm two on the following dates: March 5, April 9, April 16, May 27, May 28, June 8, July 5. He took his time with the text (obviously) and in the course of those lectures snidely remarked That the kings and rulers rage against... [Church History] [Luther] [Zwingli]

1PM

People who leave the church or academia because of something are the same as people who leave their boy/girlfriend: their comments about their ‘ex’ are completely untrustworthy.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

Truth- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 4, 3PM

2PM

7AM

Dear media, (and everyone) – a ‘religion scholar’ is not the same thing as a theologian, or a biblical scholar.  Stop asking ‘religion scholars’ stuff about the bible and theology. They don’t know what they’re ta... [Modern Culture]

6AM

It’s time to Article 25 him. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 3, 5PM

It ought to be observed, however, that every one who hears the voice of the Gospel, if he do not embrace the forgiveness of sins which is there promised to him, is liable to eternal damnation.  — John Calvin You’re welcome.  Happy weekend.Fi... [Calvin]

4PM

Dr Jim West has undertaken the phenomenal task of writing a commentary on every book of the Bible! And what strikes this reader most forcefully is its faithfulness to what it says on the tin: West’s efforts have been expended “for the person in the pe... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

3PM

OUTSIDE THE CHURCH OF GOD THERE IS NO SALVATION.    We esteem fellowship with the true Church of Christ so highly that we deny that those can live before God who do not stand in fellowship with the true Church of God, but separate themselves from it. Fo... [Bullinger] [Church History] [theology]

11AM

A group of friends walking out of a matinee showing of the new movie adaptation of William P. Young’s bestselling novel The Shack Friday afternoon excitedly discussed their newfound misconceptions about the nature of God and the Trinity, sources confir... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

9AM

Today a spokesman for Logos Bible Software, Marty McSchoen, announced the release of a Klingon Interlinear Study Bible Package. “Truth be told,” McSchoen told reporters, “this whole story is kind of bizarre. It was not an intentional move on our par... [mockery]

6AM

Published posthumously.  I miss my friend. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Unterwegs mit Luther – Ein Comic für den RU in Klasse 7–10 Martin Luther war die schillernde Persönlichkeit der Reformation. In diesem Comic wird sein Leben in einem einzigartigen Stil nachgezeichnet und didaktisch aufbereitet.Martin Luther hatt... [Books] [Luther]

5AM

They’ve done the Carnival. It’s a good collection of collectibles. Pursuing Veritas Welcome to the February 2017 Biblical Studies Carnival! Assembled below are the very best articles written this past month from around the Biblioblogging wor... [Modern Culture]

3AM

Just in cast the recent election didn’t plunge you into deep despair about America, maybe this will… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The Young Zwingli It only took a couple of months after the First Zurich Disputation concluded (in January, 1523) for the proceedings to be printed and published by Froschauer at the direction of the Council (on 3 March). The First Zurich Disputation was ... [Church History] [Zwingli]

March 2, 5PM

Not the Onion. Auch Obdachlosen, die jeden Cent in Alkohol investieren, sollte man nach Aussage von Papst Franziskus Almosen nicht verweigern. Wenn ein Schluck Wein das einzige Glück sei, das sie im Leben hätten, “dann ist auch das gut”, sag... [Total Depravity]

12 PM

This declaration and judgment must be firmly grasped, for it is powerful and overthrows with forcefulness all teaching, custom, and mode of life that distinguishes between foods. It liberates all consciences from all laws concerning food and drink. So it ... [Luther]

10AM

Wright’s view of God aligns perfectly with Marcion and completely opposite of the Prophets and the Gospels themselves.Filed under: Heresy and Heretics, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

8AM

Frau Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel, Kirchenhistorikerin und Direktorin des Leibniz-Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte, Mainz, spricht am Dienstag, 14. März 2017, 19 Uhr, Roßmarktstraße 4, Speyer, über d... [Church History] [Conferences]
When making the case that the God of the Bible is a bloodthirsty, vengeful deity, prolific internet atheist Ryan Devi is reportedly still citing “The Book of Revelations” on his website, podcast, and YouTube channel. “I’ve studied the Bible deeply... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [War On Atheism]
The reception and interpretation of the writings of St Paul in the early modern period forms the subject of this volume, from late medieval Paulinism and the beginnings of humanist biblical scholarship and interpretation, through the ways that theologians... [Church History]

6AM

The latest Issue of Unio cum Christo (Vol. 3:1) on LUTHER AND THE REFORMATION includes articles by Carl Trueman, Robert Kolb, Peter Lillback, Michael Haykin, Frances Luttikhuizen, Hans Schwarz, Yanick Imbert, Greg Beale, and an Interview with William Edga... [Journals]

5AM

Worth reading this Lent– By the end of the fifteenth century, the Eucharist had come to encompass theology, liturgy, art, architecture, and music. In the sixteenth century, each of these dimensions was questioned, challenged, rethought, as western E... [Church History]
You may not know this, but Erasmus’ edition of the GNT appeared on the 2nd of March, 1516.  Zwingli made a copy, by hand of course, of the Letters of Paul that same year.  Interestingly, and significantly, those marginal notes demonstrate that Zwi... [Bible] [Books] [Zwingli] [Erasmus] [GNT]

March 1, 3PM

On the IOSCS facebook page this happy news: We now have our very own anthem! On the occasion of the 2017 International Septuagint Day, Brent Niedergall composed the Septuagint Song. For those interested, I have attached the sheet music. — Marieke Dh... [LXX]
Internet users looking at Jacob Livingstone’s Twitter profile—which features a professional photo of him laid over a background gradient, along with a cover photo depicting a large city at night—might be led to believe the man is an important figur... [mockery]

12 PM

For March.  Enjoy.Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]
A recent study performed by LifeWay Research confirmed Wednesday that one’s level of closeness to the almighty God was directly proportional to how often they loudly proclaim what they gave up for Lent this year. The study surveyed thousands of Christ... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Sources from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church confirmed Wednesday that progressive Reverend Laura Frier rubbed ashes in the form of a question mark on every parishioner’s forehead, in lieu of the traditional sign of the cross. “We just really don’t kn... [mockery] [pseudo-christianity]

9AM

People of your sort are hirelings, dumb dogs unable to bark, who see the wolf coming and flee or, rather, join up with the wolf.  — Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]
A Conference at the John a Lasco library.  All the details are here.Filed under: Church History, Refo500, Reformation [Church History] [Refo500] [Reformation]

8AM

Read this.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

5AM

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” — Thomas a KempisFiled under: Theology [theology]
1525 Zurich Bible On 1 March 1529 Zwingli’s edition of the Prophets was published; the Vorrede zur Prophetenbibel. Dann obglych vormaals ein vertolmetschung der propheten ußgangen, ward doch dieselbe vonn vilen einvaltigen unnd guothertzigen(als vo... [Zwingli]
The Lord’s Supper occupied Zwingli from 1522 onwards with things coming to a head at Marburg in 1529.  Between these two critical dates amidst disputing with the Papists and the Anabaptists, Zwingli had to explain to friends and foes his view. On ... [Zwingli]

February 28, 12 PM

Not long. An LGBT organization in Ohio has announced plans to target churches if they refuse to offer their property to be used in a homosexual wedding. In opposing the Ohio Pastor Protection Act (HB-36), the group Equality Ohio announced that they would... [Modern Culture]

11AM

From Rome to Zurich, between Ignatius and Vermigli brings notable scholars from the fields of Reformation and Early Modern studies [together] …. Touching Protestant scholasticism, Reformation era life writing, Reformation polemics – both Protesta... [Books] [Church History]

10AM

Stating he was shocked at the Lord’s “ignorant” approach to attractional church growth, self-described church growth expert Mark A. Sloniker was reportedly cringing the entire time he read through several of Christ’s popular sermons in the gospels... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
“Big news! St Paul Lutheran Church in Wartburg, TN will host a movie PREMIERE on March 4. Join us at 6:15pm for reception and open house and the screening to follow at 7pm. This much anticipated film has not yet been released so come here to get the... [Luther] [media]

6AM

Born in Florence, Italy, in 1499, Peter Martyr Vermigli decided that he wanted to teach God’s Word when he grew up. After many years of study, he became a well-respected leader in the Roman Catholic Church, yet he questioned the church’s teach... [Books]

2AM

Filed under: Theology [theology]

1AM

The deadline for submitting short paper proposals for the Seventh Annual RefoRC Conference, May 10-12 2017 at the LEUCOREA has been extended to March 15, 2017. You will find the current list of short papers on our website. More information on the conferen... [Church History] [Refo500]

February 27, 5PM

Simple- immoral politicians are elected by immoral voters.  The former cannot succeed without the latter.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

The Texas state wrestling championships aren’t usually national news. But they made headlines this weekend when a 17-year-old transgender boy — barred by state rules from competing in the boys’ league — won his weight class, against girls.... [Modern Culture]
At Southeastern Seminary: This year is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses. Dr. Bruce Gordon from Yale divinity school will be talking with our own Dr. Stephen Eccher about how we can read theologians so far removed from our time. It will b... [Church History] [Conferences]

2PM

February 27, 2017 From the undersigned members of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion: As scholars who are committed to studying and understanding texts, religious groups and faith commitments, which take... [Modern Culture]
„Visibilis Ecclesia Christi, est congregatio eorum omnium, tam vere fidelium, quam hypocritarum qui profitentur purum Euangelium, fugientum impuram doctrinam, agnoscentum Christum unicum Summum caput Servatorum, Pontificem & Mediatorem, rite utentiu... [Church History]

1PM

12 PM

One question- why did he have to be a Baptist?Filed under: Total Depravity [Total Depravity]

10AM

Here. Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

9AM

No one shall reject you or consider you good on account of any food, or holyday, whether you rest or not (always excepting Sundays, after God’s Word has been heard and communion administered). Let the new moon fast and the Sabbath go; for these things h... [Zwingli]
Filed under: Books [Books]

6AM

The core problem of modern American Christianity is that too many of its members are satisfied with utter mediocrity and have no intention of excelling at faith.  Aspiration to authentic discipleship is as rare as real commitment.Filed under: Theology [theology]
Der Heidelberger Katechismus zählt zu den zentralen Lehr- und Bekenntnisschriften des reformierten Protestantismus. Bei seiner Abfassung wurde in nicht unerheblichem Maße auf Stoff aus älteren Katechismen reformierter Prägung zurückgegriffen. Neben d... [book review] [Books]

5AM

From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord. Congregants of the Word of... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

4AM

‪Dear America, you have never been a democracy. You have always been an oligarchy. Trump, Ryan, and McConnell are just peeling the mask off‬.  I wish you were a democracy because then the people would be represented and not merely the monied in... [Modern Culture]

February 26, 6PM

An early Reformation document has been discovered in the Staatsarchiv Gotha. Die Forschungsbibliothek Gotha der Uni Erfurt hat bei Erschließungsarbeiten zum Nachlass des lutherischen Theologen, Kirchenhistorikers und ehemaligen Bibliotheksdirektors auf S... [Church History]

2PM

This looks fun! The mythical story of fallen angels preserved in 1 Enoch and related literature was profoundly influential during the Second Temple period. In this volume renowned scholar Loren Stuckenbruck explores aspects of that influence and demonstra... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Ralph Keen remarked I’ve been recalling a conversation about Bonhoeffer I had a year ago with my graduate assistant. As a German, she made the useful point that he and his associates were educated bourgeois committed to preserving the order of which the... [I really dislike Dietrich Bonhoeffer]
Because none would win. At the upcoming 89th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night, the Oscar award for “Most Tolerable Christian Movie” will be handed out for the first time, sources confirmed. Academy members reportedly sat through hours of grueling ... [mockery]

11AM

6AM

When it rains in Indonesia and there’s flooding… When it’s sunny in America. What’s the weather like where you are, spiritually?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

Calvin wrote to Farel (on Feb 26, 1540), “Would that it were permitted me to pour out my feelings on your friendly bosom, and again to hear your advice, that we might be better prepared! You have the best opportunity for coming hither, if our hopes resp... [Calvin] [Church History] [William Farel]

February 25, 4PM

Thanks to Joan Taylor for sharing this on Facebook. The Leverhulme International Network Project for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Cave Artefacts and Archival Sources Judy Brown, daughter of John Allegro, has generously supplied the Network with many mate... [Modern Culture]

1PM

For displaying the sort of ignorance about the Bible and theology that befuddles anyone with a brain and yet nevertheless pretending to interpret it for the present day.  Who is more deserving of a Dilly?  That’s right- no one at all. Ignorance a... [Dilettante] [Dilly the Dilettante Award]
Well the times, my friends, they are a-changin’.  So the Babylon Bee has some helpful points concerning the latest toilet discussions.  Nine points in fact. 1.) President Trump on Wednesday rescinded an Obama administration order to all public sch... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Enjoy: Local man Henry Harder has guaranteed himself a spot in Heaven after successfully attending those really boring Sunday evening church services for twenty years straight. “I’ve made it! I’ve finally made it!” shouted Harder as he galloped th... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

11AM

Mary Beard is right, people are proud of being ignorant theses days.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

Read this one, which was mentioned several days ago in its German incarnation but now has been published in English (so the Barthians can read it now!). It was a big risk. Nevertheless, 500 years ago it was not just men who advocated the reformation of th... [Church History]

6AM

Keep your eyes open for this: This large-scale collective and interdisciplinary project will aim to produce a new research tool: a multi-volume dictionary giving an article of between 2 and 10 pages (around 500 articles in all) for each important word or ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [LXX]
Grinfield Lectures on the Septuagint Monday 27th February: 5pm Exam Schools – Is the Septuagint the Old Testament of the New Testament? Tuesday 28th February: 2.30pm Hebrew Centre (Walton Street) – Seminar in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman Period:... [Biblical Studies Resources] [LXX]

February 24, 9AM

Is glorious! Filed under: Church History [Church History]

8AM

Because it’s a bad day to be Thomas Cranmer! Filed under: Church History [Church History]

7AM

On December 5, 2016 the Foundation for religious sciences (FSCIRE) launched a “network of networks” among the European institutions that work in the field of religious sciences: the European Academy of Religion. The launching event was held u... [Conferences]
Via. Which makes one wonder- given Barth’s very odd behavior- ‘what are you smoking, Karl?’ Still, I have to admit, Karl had great penmanship. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

I’ll happily stand with Calvin on the issue of Lent and leave those who wish to lie in the filth of the pigsty of ‘tradition’ simply for the sake of ‘tradition’ to do so. Institutes 4.12.20 reads thusly (with particularly use... [Church History] [theology]

3AM

Via Twitter- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Here’s a neat little post by Simone Venturini. Between 1946 and 1947, a pastor of the Bedouin tribe Ta’amireh was herding his flock in the area called Khirbet Qumran (i.e. the Qumran ruins). At some point, perhaps to drive out some animal, he thr... [DSS]

2AM

“The entire Christian life, root and stem and branch and blossom, is one continuous fellowship with Christ.” – Geerhardus VosFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 AM

Read it here.  Or enjoy the English version below: The humanities are, essentially, a pedagogical program. The study of history and foreign cultures serves to help us understand our own civilization and age a bit better, helps us recognize our own prejud... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

February 23, 4PM

CNN emails The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials b... [Total Depravity]

11AM

Calvin- of his colleagues in Geneva- “Our other colleagues are rather a hindrance than a help to us: they are rude and self conceited, have no zeal, and less learning.” Next faculty meeting use that line.  Go ahead.Filed under: Calvin [Calvin]
Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception Online Thursday, February 23, 12pm CST De Gruyter and SCELC have partnered to offer a shared purchase model for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception Online and SCELC will be hosting a webinar for in... [Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception]
Here’s what he said about him (Opera Omnia X,176)- Hoc sane video, nihil hoc asino posse fingi superbius, nihil petulantius hoc cane  (with thanks to Lloyd Petersen for the heads up). Now that’s how you insult someone.  Take note, Luther.Fil... [Calvin]

9AM

White House sources reported that President Trump carved out a half hour Thursday morning to browse his most-trusted news source, Infowars.com, in order to get a bead on domestic and international affairs before a full day of activity. “Look at this—j... [mockery]
Four people have been arrested in the death of 9-year-old Indiana boy with cerebral palsy who authorities say was malnourished and neglected. The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office says officers responded Tuesday to a 911 call about a child in cardiac arr... [Total Depravity]

8AM

You remind me that the Apostle Paul told women to be silent in the church. I would remind you of the word of this same apostle that in Christ there is no longer male nor female and of the prophecy of Joel: “I will pour my spirit upon all flesh and y... [Church History] [Reformation]

6AM

It’s a shame the accommodation-istic pastors and ‘Evangelicals’ don’t possess the spirit of Polycarp.  Jerry Falwell Jr and Eric Metaxas and Franklin Graham and their pandering-to-politicians-ilk are of a different spirit altogeth... [Modern Culture]
Over in Zurich…  give it a look.  (I can’t enthusiastically endorse or recommend it for quite capricious reasons.  I.e., in a fixed contest for a book, I lost.  So clearly it was fixed.  So, anyway, I’m not embittered against the Zu... [Modern Culture]

5AM

Filed under: Church History [Church History]

3AM

So it’s going to be one of those days, is it… There was an unusual candlelight memorial Wednesday night in front of a slaughterhouse in Queens. They’re remembering the bull who escaped certain death Tuesday and took over the streets. Cop... [bizarre news] [mockery] [Modern Culture]

February 22, 6PM

Maybe of the decade. Anyway, ‘Phil’, here’s your well deserved award.  Wear it proudly. Filed under: Dilettante, Dilly the Dilettante Award, Pentebabbleism, Pentebabbleists, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-scholarship, pseudo-theology [Dilettante] [Dilly the Dilettante Award] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

4PM

Grant, Almighty God, that as nothing is omitted by thee to help us onward in the course of our faith, and as our sloth is such that we hardly advance one step though stimulated by thee,—O grant, that we may strive to profit more by the various helps whi... [Calvin]

12 PM

10AM

THE fellowship which we experience with Christ through faith is not an objective permanent fact, but the gift of God which becomes a reality for us solely through the power of the Holy Spirit operative in response to our faith. We are always in danger of ... [Calvin] [theology]

9AM

Menschliches Leben kann sich nur dort zum Guten entfalten, wo auch Gerechtigkeit herrscht. Was aber ist Gerechtigkeit? Ganz selbstverständlich fordern wir Gerechtigkeit in allen Bereichen unseres Lebens. Um Gerechtigkeit aber auch zur Geltung zu bringen,... [Book of the Week] [Books] [Bultmann]

6AM

Brill have sent a review copy of this new volume: From Jesus to His First Followers examines to what extent early Christian groups were in continuity or discontinuity with respect to Jesus. Adriana Destro and Mauro Pesce concentrate on the transformation ... [book review] [Books]
February 22, 1546: Martin Luther is buried in the Castle Church in Wittenberg. It took three days for the funeral procession to reach Wittenberg. Crowds lined the streets of the towns along the route singing hymns in tribute to the great reformer. Stops w... [Luther]

5AM

University students could be fined or handed criminal records for plagiarised essays, new proposals suggest. Good. University students who buy essays online face fines and a criminal record under plans to punish plagiarism being considered by the governme... [Modern Culture]

4AM

Well to be accurate, actually he was part of a plot to murder Hitler.  A bit different than the quite benign ‘resisting Hitler’ bit above.   I.e., he wasn’t an innocent martyr but a man taking part in a plan to commit murder. That goa... [Modern Culture]
Sausages are getting a bit of press this Reformation year… Fleischliche Gelüste in die Nähe von religiösen Gepflogenheiten zu bringen, ist ein heikles Unterfangen. Geht es aber um die Wurst, dann machen Christen eine Ausnahme. Die Katholiken grei... [Church History] [Zwingli]

February 21, 5PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

Anyone with a brain knows that ‘god’ doesn’t exist. Science proves it. Pure reason and logic prove it. Neil Degrasse Tyson even said so on the Cosmos reboot. And that’s why I have devoted my life to one purpose and one purpose only: absolutely des... [mockery]

3PM

This essay is SPOT ON. Milo’s ascent over the last year was, to a tragic extent, enabled by the willingness of some evangelical leaders to offer their endorsement for the very behavior on display today. In 2016, there was a lot of discussion about evang... [Modern Culture]

2PM

I disputed with complete sincerity until I realized that our [Papist] professors are idiots and swine. Since then, as Latomus himself admits, I have not claimed that I was engaging in scholarly discussion, but rather was ready to expose myself to the fir... [Luther]

10AM

According to sources close to author and speaker Rob Bell, the ex-pastor has finally denied the last remaining doctrine of the Christian faith he had not already mounted an all-out assault against. Bell had been scraping the bottom of the barrel of doctri... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity]

9AM

This book provides a new reading of the biblical book of Numbers in a commentary form. Mainstream readings have tended to see the book as a haphazard junkyard of material that connects Genesis-Leviticus with Deuteronomy (and Joshua) and that has been comp... [Bible] [Books]

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So, for starters, read this: Wer die Diskussion und Beiträge zum Reformationsjubiläum 2017 verfolgt, könnte bei flüchtiger Betrachtung den Eindruck haben, die Reformation hätten allein Männer vor 500 Jahren geprägt. Allenfalls Katharina von Bora, d... [Church History] [Reformation]

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While tens of millions of Americans attend church each weekend, the practice has declined in recent years. According to Barna Group’s 2014 tracking data, overall church attendance has dipped from 43% in 2004 to 36% today. But beyond a dip in attendance ... [Modern Culture]
In 1538 Calvin was beset all around by difficulties.  Indeed… Calvin was fettered not only in his preaching but still more in the discharge of his pastoral duties. ‘In general,’ he wrote to Bullinger, February 21, ‘we are looked on here as pr... [Calvin] [Church History]

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Our friends at Ref.ch have directed us to a really fantastic essay today about church conduct.  You must read it.  It begins- Der Theologe Karl Barth soll sich einst in der Kirche eine Zigarre angesteckt haben, um zu zeigen, dass es für Reformierte kei... [Modern Culture] [Christianity]

February 20, 3PM

Elite universities don’t offer poor and working-class students class mobility — they maintain a rigid class hierarchy. That’s the thesis of this well written and well argued essay. In light of a recent report examining the concentration of wea... [Modern Culture]

2PM

Dale Martin rejects the idea that there is a “correct” way to interpret Biblical passages. That might make some Christians uncomfortable, but Martin says the idea of unequivocal Biblical interpretation is a relatively new concept and not refle... [Pseudo-scholarship]

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There can be no greater mistake than to suppose that Jesus ever separated theology from ethics. – Machen And he’s absolutely right. There is no Christian ethic apart from theology. No authentic or meaningful ethic that is.Filed under: Theology... [theology]

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La Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF) a mis en ligne la Bible de Gutenberg. Disponibles sur son site Gallica depuis fin janvier 2017, deux exemplaires imprimés sur vélin et sur papier sont entièrement numérisés en haute définition, rapporte le ... [Bible]

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Tragen Sie mit Hinweisen zu diesem Artikel bei oder melden Sie uns Fehler. Sie haben sich intensiv mit der Reformationszeit beschäftigt. Würden Sie gerne eine Zeitreise ins Zürich vor 500 Jahren machen? Ich würde mich sehr gerne in die Zeit von Zwingl... [Zwingli]
Is this one: Can Tom Wright save Christianity? No. And Christianity doesn’t need saving and if it did it already has a Lord and his name isn’t Tom Wright its Jesus. You would think a Baptist, of all people, would know that. Evidently not. The ... [Modern Culture]

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Best wishes to all our Ming Hua students for a great semester filled with learning and personal growth. Filed under: Ming Hua Theological College [Ming Hua Theological College]

February 11, 11AM

Filed under: Luther [Luther]

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Melanchthon held lectures on the Gospel of John at the University of Wittenberg from February 11, 1522, until around March 11, 1523.* So Luther took the notes and had them published, writing a witty and brilliant preface which begins I have already purloi... [Luther] [Melanchthon]
Sébastien Castellio (1515–63), who was six years younger than Calvin, was a Savoyard by birth, had risen from very humble origins to distinction in humanistic learning at Lyons, had fled to Strassburg by reason of his Protestant sympathies, and, while ... [Calvin] [Church History]

February 10, 8PM

Ignorance and the denigration of expertise birthed Wikipedia. Wikipedia birthed the legitimization of falsehood. Falsehood birthed Donald Trump. Donald Trump birthed the exaltation of ignorance. Absent the denigration of expertise and falsehood Donald Tr... [Modern Culture]

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The number of books in the library of the Augustine friars’ monastery in Möðruvellir dropped from 127 in 1461 to 76 in 1525. – From Gutenberg to Luther: Transnational Print Cultures in Scandinavia 1450–1525. Interesting snippet (from a footno... [Books]

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Do not make friends with one who gives way to anger, make no one quick-tempered a companion of yours, for fear you learn such behaviour and in it find a snare for yourself. –  (Prov. 22:24-25)Filed under: Bible [Bible]
Why?  This: The Charlotte Observer reported in 2015 that between his two jobs Graham received compensation totaling more than $880,000 in 2013. That made him the highest-paid CEO of any international relief agency based in the United States, but it was l... [Modern Culture]

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On Tuesday, February 21st, the Baptist Studies Program will sponsor Alliance of Baptists Day, an opportunity for the Candler community to become familiar with this denominational organization, its values, vision, and mission. Please register to attend by ... [Church History]

1PM

Feel free to use this with any degree of regularity you like about anyone you deem appropriate.  Except me or Zwingli.  That would just be wrong. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Sigh….Filed under: Bultmann [Bultmann]

12 PM

John Calvin once wrote “When the world appears to be aimlessly tumbled about, the Lord is everywhere at work.” And that is certainly true. God is Lord and he is in control. But the fact remains, when we’re in the tumble it’s somet... [Calvin]

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Luther- It is presumptuous for people who are as ignorant as you are not to take up the work of a herdsman. You are the ultimate scourges of the world, the Antichrist together with your sophists and bishops. Here now, you ass, with your long donkey ears ... [Luther]

9AM

This may be the best Bee mockery yet! The Duggar family’s hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting may have been canceled amid controversy last year, but the famously large family is set to make a big comeback with a new TLC program on which one kid each w... [mockery]

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I didn’t know about this bit of fun till I read it on the Center for Renaissance Studies facebook page: This Day in History: St. Scholastica Day Riot Fellow students, are you feeling stressed? Try to stay zen…unlike Walter Spryngeheuse and Rog... [Church History]
God first.  Period.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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CALL FOR PAPERS The British New Testament Society Annual Conference St Patrick’s College, Maynooth 31st August – 2nd September 2017 Proposals for papers are invited for the British New Testament Conference 2017 to be held in Maynooth, Ireland from Thu... [British New Testament Society] [Conferences]

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“Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” Luk 24:27.  Jesus interpreted the Old Testament to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Shouldn’t we study the Old Testamen... [Ming Hua Theological College]
The Central Michigan University president says he is “deeply disappointed” about an anti-Semitic Valentine’s Day card that was produced during a campus Republican group meeting, then apparently given to a pair of students by a member of that group... [Total Depravity]

February 9, 5PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
@MichaelRWear – It’s telling that there are some more concerned with protesting the mosque down the street than the strip club next door. For. The. Win.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

C. L. Crouch provides a clear and concise introduction to the complex text of Jeremiah. Readers are introduced to the diverse approaches to the book, with attention paid to the way that these approaches differ from but also relate to one another. After a ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Eric Metaxas lives in a curious space among those who admire and study German pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In one universe dominated by evangelicals outside of academia, Metaxas is viewed as a Bonhoeffer scholar. In another dominated by academic... [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

11AM

By Finkelstein and Römer no less! The Shmunis Family Excavations at Kiriath Jearim‘s first season kicks off in August under the aegis of Tel Aviv University’s Israel Finkelstein and Christophe Nicolle and Thomas Römer of College de France. “The pl... [Archaeology]
Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]
Via Aren Maeir- The planned schedule for the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB), which will be held on March 1-3, 2017, at Bar-Ilan University and the Hebrew University. The meeting ... [Archaeology]

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Unterstützen Sie die Produktion des Zwingli-Filmes 2018 soll ein Film über Ulrich Zwingli und die Reformation in die Schweizer Kinos kommen. Das Drehen historischer Filme ist aufwendig und die Finanzierung ein schwieriges Unterfangen. Aus diesem Grund w... [Zwingli]
Frieden und Reformation Dürfen Christen zur Waffe greifen, wenn Frieden und Sicherheit bedroht sind? Schon zur Zeit der Reformation stritt man sich über diese Frage. Heute stellt sie sich sowohl im Hinblick auf globale Konflikte als auch bezüglich der ... [Church History]
The catalog is here. Filed under: TVZ [TVZ]
Im Jahre 2017 wird europaweit der Anfänge der Reformation vor 500 Jahren gedacht. Luthers Thesen gegen den Ablass, im Herbst 1517 publiziert, gaben den Anstoss zu einer Bewegung von schwer zu überschätzender Wirkung. Im Kern christlich-«religiös» mo... [Church History]

6AM

Good God … what a lot of trouble there is in marriage! Adam has made a mess of our nature. Think of all the squabbles Adam and Eve must have had in the course of their nine hundred years. Eve would say, “You ate the apple,” and Adam would retort, ... [Church History] [Luther]

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Go if you can. Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception It is a real joy to have Lloyd Pietersen with us once again. This time he will be speaking at the Humanities Research Group Seminar Series for theNewman Humanities Research Centre. Th... [Modern Culture]
The Heart of the Matter: Luther’s Concept of Reformation will be the theme of the lecture by Herman J. Selderhuis, March 15 in Philadelphia.The Gaffin Lecture on Theology, Culture, and Missions is a lecture in biblical or systematic theology to hono... [Conferences]
Attend if you can. If you dare. Harnessing Chaos The next conference to be hosted by the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible, St Mary’s University is… The topics will be broad ranging and will involve critical analyses of uses of t... [Modern Culture]

4AM

Bell and Evans…. and Wright…. and the rest.  What a farcical assemblage of exegetical dilettantism.  And all for just $699 early registration.  HarperCollins is clearly willing to sell any rubbish. Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-s... [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]
Da sprach er zu allen: Wer mir folgen will, der verleugne sich selbst und nehme sein Kreuz auf sich täglich und folge mir nach. Denn wer sein Leben erhalten will, der wird es verlieren; wer aber sein Leben verliert um meinetwillen, der wird’s erhal... [Bible]

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From the Table Talk, recorded on 9 February, 1533- The issue in the controversy over the papacy is that the pope boasts that he’s the head of the church and condemns all who don’t live under his power, for he says that although Christ is the [spiritua... [Luther] [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book]
On February 9, 1539, the general assembly of the people having to elect the syndics of the year, not one of the citizens who had played a part in the expulsion of Calvin and his friends was chosen.* Payback by the electors. _______________ *J. H. Merle D... [Calvin] [Church History]

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‪The horrifying truth- Trump is President because a lot of Americans think and act like him. Christian nation? Ha. There’s nothing Christian about him or many citizens of the Country.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

February 8, 6PM

If not (and what sensible person does?) then order the entire series for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.    Or, be like Donald Trump.  Your choice.  It’s good.  In all seriousness. *** I am a Christian and a Bible Study Teacher at my... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

4PM

Eric Cline’s new book is out. In 1922, Howard Carter peered into Tutankhamun’s tomb for the first time, the only light coming from the candle in his outstretched hand. Urged to tell what he was seeing through the small opening he had cut in th... [Archaeology]

3PM

His comments concerning Trump’s denigration of the judiciary are very, very encouraging. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a US senator Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s tweets about the judiciary are “demoralizing” and... [Modern Culture]

2PM

God allows all of us that special ‘thorn in the flesh’ so we learn to trust him more, and even love the thorn more.Filed under: Theology [theology]
The notion that the disciples were ignorant dolts is false.  They studied, intensively, with a Rabbi.  That’s nothing less than higher ed in the ancient world.  Denigrating learning within Christianity is a denial of the historical reality of Chr... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Okay, internet, check this out: a mathematician in Germany calculated something that will literally blow your mind.  He figured out that if you lay all twenty million sold copies of William Young’s book The Shack end-to-end around the equator—assumin... [Modern Culture]
If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink. By this, you will be heaping red-hot coals on his head.  Do not be mastered by evil, but master evil with good.  (Rom. 12:20-21)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

Chris Le Keith posted this and it’s worth repeating: “I have admitted earlier that from 1930 to 1933 I too voted for Hitler.  My work in the congregation and for my dissertation left me little time for involvement in politics.  Every night, ... [Käsemann]

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No Stone Unturned: Greek Inscriptions and Septuagint Vocabulary by James K. Aitken Critical Studies in the Hebrew Bible – CrStHB 5 Eisenbrauns, 2014 List Price: $28.95 Your Price: $17.37 40% off! http://www.eisenbrauns.com/item/AITNOSTONFiled under:... [Books] [LXX]
The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research Third Edition, Completely Revised and Expanded EIS – Eisenbrauns by Emanuel Tov Eisenbrauns, 2015 Pp. xxx + 248, English Paper ISBN: 9781575063287 List Price: $47.50 Your Price: $33.25 www... [Books] [LXX]

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On the Senate floor Wednesday night, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) used parliamentary procedure to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) after she quoted from a letter by Coretta Scott King, preventing her from reading it. Later in the night, how... [Total Depravity]

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4 1 Καὶ ἐλυπήθη Ιωνας λύπην μεγάλην καὶ συνεχύθη. 2 καὶ προσηύξατο πρὸς κύριον καὶ εἶπεν Ὦ κύριε, οὐχ οὗτοι οἱ λόγοι μου ἔτι ὄντος μου ... [LXX]
3 1 Καὶ ἐγένετο λόγος κυρίου πρὸς Ιωναν ἐκ δευτέρου λέγων 2 Ἀνάστηθι πορεύθητι εἰς Νινευη τὴν πόλιν τὴν μεγάλην καὶ κήρυξον ἐν αὐτῇ κα... [LXX]
2 1 Καὶ προσέταξε κύριος κήτει μεγάλῳ καταπιεῖν τὸν Ιωναν· καὶ ἦν Ιωνας ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ τοῦ κήτους τρεῖς ἡμέρας καὶ τρεῖς νύκτας. 2 καὶ ... [LXX]

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There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. – KierkegaardFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Here’s what you need in terms of the basics: Filed under: LXX [LXX]

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Here’s the Hebrew University Press release: Hebrew University Archaeologists Find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Oren Gutfeld: “This is one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries, and the most important... [Archaeology] [DSS]
ΙΩΝΑΣ 1 1 Καὶ ἐγένετο λόγος κυρίου πρὸς Ιωναν τὸν τοῦ Αμαθι λέγων 2 Ἀνάστηθι καὶ πορεύθητι εἰς Νινευη τὴν πόλιν τὴν μεγάλην καὶ κήρυξο... [LXX]
Here. The International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) is a nonprofit, learned society created to promote international research in and study of the Septuagint and related texts. Meetings are held annually in conjunction with the ... [LXX]

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William Ross has an interview.  And Tavis has a post about the Vatican and its celebration of the LXX.  Look for more posts about the LXX throughout the day.  And get your Septuagint out and give it a read. Filed under: LXX [LXX]

February 7, 3PM

Steven Bancarz used to be enamored with the occult. He actively participated in astral projection, Christ-consciousness and more.   But now he’s out to expose the New Age and the presence of the occult in seemingly mundane events, like the Super Bo... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

12 PM

After living in the United States for over a hundred years, the French-born Statue of Liberty was detained and deported Tuesday by direct order of President Donald Trump, sources confirmed. The deportation of the iconic statue is just the latest developme... [mockery]

11AM

Gareth Jones, our Principal at Ming Hua, is visiting here in the States for a bit and he stopped by Knoxville where we met for lunch at one of his favorite spots- Cracker Barrel and we discussed plans for J-Term for 2018 at Ming Hua.  It was great to see... [Ming Hua Theological College]

7AM

Sex by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#86085)
If you treat sex like it’s the moral equivalent of kissing or going to McDonald’s, you lack ethics and morality. Evidently that truth is completely unknown to young people (and some old people) today.  Someone has failed you or you have faile... [Modern Culture]

6AM

Emidio Campi, “Die Schweiz – ein Nebenkrater der Reformation?” in Günter Frank, Volker Leppin, Herman J. Selderhuis (eds.), Wem gehört die Reformation? Nationale und konfessionelle Dispositionen der Reformationsdeutung, Freiburg-Basel-Wien: Her... [Church History]
Filed under: Humor [humor]
Here’s an interesting essay: The period following the Maccabean Revolt ushered in tremendous expansion in the city of Jerusalem and even on the Har Habayit (Temple Mount). Jerusalem expanded westward to include the area known as the Upper City and a... [Archaeology]
For those of you unfamiliar with the Examiner… think National Enquirer without the actual journalists.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

via twitterFiled under: mockery [mockery]

4AM

On January 21st, 1525 the Council forbade the private meetings of the Baptists and banished the foreigners among their members. Up to this time the Baptists merely protested against infant baptism, but had not ventured upon baptising adults who had alread... [Church History]
Bishop Patrick Yu will have public lectures at Ming Hua on Mondays between 27 Feb and 29 May.  The lectures will be in Cantonese.  The fee for all 13 lectures is HK$650 (excluding the fee of Saturday retreat).  If you register on or before 17 Feb, the ... [Ming Hua Theological College]

February 6, 3PM

via ‘Angry White House Staffer’ on twitterFiled under: mockery [mockery]
Under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, the vice president, together with a “majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide” can remove the president for being “unabl... [Modern Culture]

2PM

While the first three films in the family-friendly Night at the Museum franchise have starred Ben Stiller and struck a more secular tone, the series will be pushing to win over evangelical audiences in late 2017 with Night at the Creation Museum, this ti... [mockery]

1PM

It must be Luther year or something.  I’ve not seen this number of Luther books since 1917. In diesem Buch werden die Hauptthemen reformatorischer Theologie beleuchtet, die für die evangelische Kirche grundlegend sind, eine starke Wirkungsgesc... [Books] [Luther]

11AM

Take a look here. Ancient Jew Review is partnering with Trinity Western University Dead Sea Scrolls Institute to host a series of reviews and forums commemorating the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Qumran scrolls. Filed under: dss [DSS]

10AM

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, ISD will be highlighting titles on Reformation history and theology throughout the year. Here we present special offers on the series “Refo500 Academic Studies (R5AS)” from V&R ... [Books] [Church History]

6AM

The Germans have issued a stamp commemorating Luther’s translation of the Bible and James Aitken has acquired a sheet while visiting the Deutschlandern and is putting it in the mail.  So, thanks James. I do love me some Reformation memorabilia.  ... [Luther]

5AM

Luther’s description of the Papacy fits Donald Trump to a t, doesn’t it. Amazing how little tyrants change over the centuries. “These arrogant and unlearned papists can’t govern the church because they write nothing, they read nothing, but... [Luther]

4AM

There’s only one Christian response to refugees and migrants. Just one. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I’m pretty sure Luther could take Calvin.  The former was a pudgy monk and the latter was a skinny and frail sickly lad. What are the differences between Lutherans and Calvinists, and do they really matter? In Wittenberg vs. Geneva, Brian Thomas pr... [Books]

February 5, 2PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

By the abuse of his office, the King becomes an Apollyon, an ally of Satan. He destroys his people’s peace, destroys their fortunes, destroys their lives. His misrule encourages violence on the highways, private murder, civil war, foreign invasion. An e... [Modern Culture]

10AM

First, Trump tweeted And this brilliant French citizen wrote Egie Wild, February 3 at 4:24pm ·   Dear Mr Trump, thank you for your concern. A man has indeed attacked a soldier with two machetes this morning in Paris. It wasn’t in the Louvre M... [Modern Culture]

7AM

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5AM

Filed under: mockery [mockery]

February 4, 2PM

Trendy Vicars and knowing suburbanites discuss the question- ‘is the Devil all bad’? Filed under: mockery [mockery]

1PM

Just published posthumously. Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books, Garbini [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [Garbini]

11AM

Police: Florida pastor caught with man’s wife, flees naked TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A police report says a prominent Florida pastor was forced to run out of a house naked after a woman’s husband came home to find him having sex with his wife... [Total Depravity]

10AM

ANNUAL SEMINAR ON OT IN NT HAWARDEN 2017 Draft Programme Wednesday 5th April 6.45 Dinner Session 1 Chair: Susan Docherty 8.00 – 8.15 Welcome and Introductions 8.15 – 9.15 David Lees – Textual Ripples: A Different Methodological Approach Thu... [Conferences]
All the details are available here.Filed under: Church History [Church History]
Thinking of Bonhoeffer, one can easily conclude that Bonhoeffer was to theology what Trump is to American Presidents.  If not worse.Filed under: I really dislike Dietrich Bonhoeffer [I really dislike Dietrich Bonhoeffer]

9AM

The Department of Homeland Security said it has suspended all actions to implement President Donald Trump’s immigration order. The department will resume inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the executive order, DHS acting pre... [Modern Culture]
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6AM

Der Heidelberger Katechismus zählt zu den zentralen Lehr- und Bekenntnisschriften des reformierten Protestantismus. Bei seiner Abfassung wurde in nicht unerheblichem Maße auf Stoff aus älteren Katechismen reformierter Prägung zurückgegriffen. Neben d... [Books] [Church History]

5AM

And you can’t find a bookmark… this is the preferred method (with thanks to Colin for the photo)- Filed under: mockery [mockery]

February 3, 5PM

Via the twitter- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

What fools, what savage beasts and worse does anger make men! – Matthew HenryFiled under: Theology [theology]

12 PM

A leading theological college that trains priests for the Church of England has apologised after it hosted a service to mark LGBT history month that referred to God as “the Duchess”. Student priests at Westcott House in Cambridge organised the evenson... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Researchers at MIT revealed Friday they were still unable to locate mankind’s innate moral goodness, despite a $20 million federal government grant to scour every cell of the human body to locate the rumored decency with which every human is born. Duri... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [Total Depravity]
In a bid to better understand the community surrounding the popular megachurch, Lifevision Church leaders reportedly conducted a survey among neighborhood residents over the past week, asking which historic Christian doctrines the church could jettison in... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

9AM

Donald Trump today has sanctioned Iran for a missile test but not Russia for an actual military invasion.  That’s hypocrisy and the toadying act of a person who is simply nothing more than Putin’s lapdog.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The good old days for sure! Ordinances for the Supervision of Churches in the Country February 3, 1547 Ordinances for the Supervision of the Churches dependent on the Seigneury of Geneva, which it is advised be put in force, subject to the complete discre... [Calvin] [Church History]

8AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

You may want to attend this:  ‘Christian Soldiers? Biblical Scholarship and Pacifism in the First World War.’ by Hugh Pyper. The details are here.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
14.4.2009: Reformation altarpiece by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) in the Stadtkirche St Marien, Wittenberg. Kennen Sie das Altarbild der Schlosskirche in Wittenberg? Luther sitzt im Kreis der Jünger mit Jesus am Tisch beim letzten Abendmahl, neben... [Church History]

5AM

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February 2, 5PM

A couple at Riverview Church North has complained about the unresponsiveness of their multi-site church’s video screen for their need for pastoral counseling, according to sources. Derrick and Judy Markham had been having some communication issues at ho... [mockery]

2PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

Because if you are, and if you think this is ok, then I have news for you- you aren’t a Christian.  And you aren’t even a good or decent person. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

Truth he [Satan] assails with lies, light he obscures with darkness. The minds of men he involves in error; he stirs up hatred, inflames strife and war, and all in order that he may overthrow the kingdom of God, and drown men in eternal perdition with him... [Calvin]
I know there’s something wrong with Trump.  He is immoral, amoral, perverse, hateful, xenophobic, misogynistic, and not a Christian.  But what’s wrong with you that you actually support such a person and continue to defend him? Today- At the... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology] [Total Depravity]

7AM

Die Reformation ist eines der grossen Ereignisse der Schweizer Geschichte. Die neuen religiösen Auffassungen lösen heftige soziale Konflikte aus, die die Vertrauensbasis zwischen den katholischen und protestantischen Orten erschüttern und den Zusammenh... [Books] [Church History] [TVZ]

6AM

STORM – LETTER OF FIRE is one of several projects to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The family film is a production of the Dutch producer Phanta Basta! Incredible Film represents the historical family film STORM – LETTER OF FIRE on... [Church History]
Wicked scheming is abhorrent to Yahweh, but words that are kind are pure.  Craving for dishonest gain brings trouble on a house, hatred of bribery earns life. The heart of the upright reflects before answering, the mouth of the wicked spews out wickednes... [Bible]

5AM

Printed book cultures in Scandinavia before 1525 were formed by their vicinity to expanding European book markets. Collections of prints were founded, decisions on printing books in Scandinavia were based upon thorough knowledge of what printers on the co... [Books]
Over in Zurich– In this post I would like to highlight some specific aspects of my book where I hope that I have made helpful contributions. In other words, instead of offering a summary of my argument, I would like to point out some areas (some obv... [Biblical Studies Resources]
I guess they think he’s a fascist too. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

February 1, 6PM

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12 PM

There may be the remains of external devotion where there is nothing but the ruins of real virtue. –  Matthew HenryFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

From the Holocaust Museum- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“How great is the presumption and security of the world! Whoever thinks he’s something dares to scoff at Christ and lift his foot against him. It’ll get even worse; epicureanism will make great headway. For contempt of the Word, which is characteris... [Luther]

10AM

Angela Merkel is.  Here’s why. The US President isn’t motivated by protecting liberal democracy or freedom, his sole ideology is Trumpism: corporate autocracy with a populist facade. And he surrounds himself with white nationalists even more host... [Modern Culture]

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Hendrickson has sent a review copy of this new volume of collected essays: What caused Luther, Calvin, and others to set in motion the Reformation—and what are the consequences, both then and now? Is the 500-year-old breach between Rome and the Protesta... [book review] [Books]

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A CALL TO PRAYER AND ACTION FOR REFUGEES Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring t... [Modern Culture]

January 31, 2PM

If this isn’t your America, you aren’t really an American. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Once upon a time, if you had a problem with something the President was doing, you could call up the White House’s public comments line and complain to a staffer about it. Whether or not that grievance got heard is up for debate, but at least you co... [Modern Culture]

11AM

If your theology doesn’t drive you to oppose evil, your theology is useless and you’re a useless theologian.  #GoSellInsuranceOrUsedCarsFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Explaining that he wanted to be prepared for any unforeseen outcome, local Donald Trump supporter Fred McGuire, 52, said Tuesday that he has a few backup scapegoats ready to go in case the president’s planned aggressive policing and monitoring policies ... [mockery]

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Sirs, Put simply, your vote for DeVos is a vote for ignorance, incompetence, and unintelligence.  You pandered to a wealthy contributor and in essence you did nothing but sell your votes, and the American educational system. I have had ample opportunitie... [Modern Culture]

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Photos of the Synod that met at Barmen follow.  See this page for the photos and for a lot of information on the Conference where Christians stood against tyranny.  Let those with ears, hear. Filed under: Church History [Church History]
Find out here all there is to find out about this brilliant theologian and, because brilliant, foe of Nazism. Dibelius schließt sich der bekennenden Kirche an, die sich 1934 in der Barmer Theologischen Erklärung unmissverständlich von der falschen Lehr... [Church History]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

January 30, 4PM

If Trump wants to ban those who can be radicalised by extremists, then he should start with anyone who voted for him. #muslimban – HRH Prince CharlesFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
To all civil servants and military personnel: you have the right, as a government employee, to refuse to obey unlawful orders. Donald J. Trump has issued an unlawful order. Ignore it. Ignore all of them whenever they come and no matter how insistent the T... [Modern Culture]

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Read it. Roberta Mazza Perpetuating stereotypes. Jan Syka Nero at Baiae, c. 1900 (photo by M0tty, Wikimediacommons) I have enough. I am an immigrant. I have already to endure Brexit, so I am sorry but I cannot possibly endure the rhetoric on Trump a... [Modern Culture]

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I think people need to understand the Bible.  The Commentary I’ve written helps lay-folk do just that.  And in times like these, it becomes even more critical that people know what the Bible actually says. So we’re having a sale.  For the n... [Biblical Studies Resources] [commentary]

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Melanchthon’s library: via our Saxon friends on FBFiled under: Melanchthon [Melanchthon]
Simply replace Germany with America and make the other necessary changes mutatis mutandis and this is the Confession our time desperately needs. The Barmen Declaration Theological Declaration of Barmen May 1934 An appeal to the Evangelical congregations a... [Church History]

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New in Bible and Interpretation from Thomas Thompson. This essay is written in direct response to Jeffrey Morrow’s article and should be read with Morrow’s paper in hand. The first section of my response, in its attempt to deal with such ringing echoe... [Bible and Interpretation]

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Last November I ordered a second copy of the Lutherbibel 2017.  The German Bible Society received the order, and the payment, and shipped the Bible on 23 December. Unfortunately they sent it by DHL, which says it has been handed over to the USPS whilst t... [Modern Culture]
But if you really amend your behaviour and your actions, if you really treat one another fairly, if you do not exploit the stranger, the orphan and the widow, if you do not shed innocent blood in this place and if you do not follow other gods, to your ow... [Modern Culture]

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Dozeman is excellent.  And this looks tremendous. The Pentateuch is the heart of the Hebrew Bible and the foundational document of Judaism. It is also the focus of tremendous scholarly debate regarding the complex history of its composition. This history... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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Christian Moser writes Interested readers may view the Table of Contents as well as the abstracts at http://www.zwingliana.ch/index.php/zwa/issue/current.   At the same time Zwingliana 40 (2013) went online in full text and can be accessed at http://www... [Zwingliana]

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Why? Because 2 in 5 Churches Will Adjust Activities for Super Bowl Sunday. Almost a quarter of pastors (24%) say they change things to include watching the game. Another 12 percent adjust their Sunday night plans in other ways.  Only 5 percent of church... [Modern Culture]
Der Präsident des Schweizerischen Evangelischen Kirchenbundes wurde in einem Gottesdienst in der St Paul’s Cathedral in London als ökumenischer Ehrendomherr eingesetzt. Die seltene Ernennung «Honorary Ecumenical Canon» ist Ausdruck der wachsenden Be... [Modern Culture]

January 29, 4PM

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The Society of Biblical Literature’s mission is to foster biblical scholarship in accordance with our core values, which include scholarly integrity, critical inquiry, respect for diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance. This mission of fostering biblical... [SBL]

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Indeed. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
They set forth, in their almanacs, that we shall have no snow in summer time, nor thunder in winter; and this the country clowns know as well as the astrologers. —  Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]

January 28, 6PM

To be silent is to be complicit.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Via twitter- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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And so these people have no excuse:  they knew God and yet they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but their arguments became futile and their uncomprehending minds were darkened.  While they claimed to be wise, in fact they were growing s... [Bible]

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You will treat resident aliens as though they were native-born and love them as yourself — for you yourselves were once aliens in Egypt. I am Yahweh your God. (Lev. 19:34)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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God has punished you by making you incapable of understanding truth, virtue, or honor, thus handing you over to the devil to tell nothing but lies, indeed, to do all that is evil, and to upset all that is good.  — Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]

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‘Christians’ who are anti-refugee don’t have a theological leg to stand on.  They oppose Christ himself.  As such, they are anti-Christ.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Sofagespräch zum Thema “Bildung” am Mittwoch, 1. Februar ab 19:30 auf dem Grossmünsterplatz und im Grossmünster mit Prof.Dr. Michael Hengartner, Rektor UZH, Gerold Lauber, Stadtrat, Hugo Fasel, Direktor Caritas Schweiz, und anderen. Moderat... [Church History] [Conferences]
You with your intercessions of saints…. The only dead person I want providing ‘constant care’ and ‘intercession’ for me is Jerome.  Because he’s funny….Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
De l’affichage des thèses de Martin Luther à la révocation de l’édit de Nantes, découvrez (ou redécouvrez!) le début de l’histoire de la Réforme, entre 1517-1685. Give it a listen.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

January 27, 12 PM

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Via facebook- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Was his little book on Mozart. Nothing else Barth wrote even comes close.Filed under: Mozart [Mozart]
Astonishing. Filed under: Mozart [Mozart]

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Don’t be like the sites the Bee stings… While browsing the internet from his home office Friday morning, local man Robert Miller reportedly became excited upon discovering an announcement under the “Events” section of Discovery Community C... [mockery]
Via Antonio Lombatti- this is more true now than it was in 1980. “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and c... [Modern Culture]

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Enjoy.  And learn: Luther didn’t just have issues with the Jews- his dark side was multifaceted.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

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Early on in academic careers pleasing editors is everything.  Later on, it’s nothing.  #BlessedAreThoseWhoWriteWhatTheyWantFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I’m pro life.  I disdain abortion.  But I also disdain anti-refugee sentiments because they are not pro life.  Pro life means pro every life or it doesn’t mean anything at all. Then he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me,... [Modern Culture]

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It would be stupid tameness, and unaccountable folly, for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable, ambitious and cruel man, to wanton and riot in their misery. And in such a case it would, of the two, be more rational to suppose, that they did NOT resist... [Modern Culture]

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Thanks for the music. Filed under: Mozart [Mozart]

January 26, 5PM

via twitterFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Even if we were stones and wooden blocks, we could see by your works throughout all the world that you are lost, desperate children of the devil and also mad, crude asses in Scripture. Someone probably would like to curse you so that you might be struck d... [Luther]

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While flipping through the book of Revelation Thursday morning, xenophobic believer Ben Hartford was reportedly triggered by the description of the great multitude worshiping the Lamb in Chapter 7 of the prophetic book at the end of the New Testament. ... [mockery]

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There was a lull of three years, with no fighting between Aram and Israel. Then, in the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah paid a visit to the king of Israel.  The king of Israel said to his officers, ‘You are aware that Ramoth in Gilead belong... [Bible]

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But it does, so here it is: To be clear, there are no such things as alternative facts. There are truths and lies. Alternative facts are the latter. Period.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I agree completely.  If he has changed his mind, he’s wrong to do so.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Doesn’t feature Luther, it features Zwingli and Calvin (as is just just)- Starting in Wittenberg, 500 years ago Europe was in the grip of the Reformation, which led to cultural, social and political upheaval which still has an impact today. In Switz... [Calvin] [Church History] [Zwingli]

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A king today is a corpse tomorrow. (Sir. 10:10)Filed under: Bible [Bible]
“Men cannot do without women. Even if it were possible for men to beget and bear children, they still could not do without women” – Martin Luther Enjoy this week’s entry, kicked off by that quote.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

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January 25, 6PM

And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who can overcome the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 Jn. 5:4-5) When it comes to resisting and defeating the evil influences of society, our faith is k... [Modern Culture]
An undisciplined king will be the ruin of his people, a city owes its prosperity to the intelligence of its leading men. (Sir. 10:3)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
If any of the people who like to utter patent falsehood under the guise of general and yet unsubstantiated claims learned the word ‘some’ I would fall over dead. How about ‘some white evangelicals…’?  How about some truth.F... [Modern Culture]
Did you know that light is fast? I bet you didn’t know that. Light is very fast. It is faster than your car and definitely faster than your cat or dog. Some people do not know that light is fast, but I do, because I am a scientist. There are a lot of th... [mockery]

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‘When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory.  All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goat... [Bible]

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These sort aren’t sorry, they’re sorry they got caught.  And yes, they are real.  And they are Legion. After confirming rumors of a scandalous affair, megachurch celebrity pastor Lance E. Mason of Counterpoints Church issued a sincere, heart... [Modern Culture]

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In 1925 Robertson wrote The preacher is an expert on the word of God by profession.-  A.T. Robertson If he were alive today and saw the ignorance of so many preachers in terms of the Bible he would be horrified.  And disgusted.  And he had a bit of a t... [Bible]

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The volume of essays Crossley and I edited is now available for your reading pleasure. As biblical studies becomes increasingly fragmented, this collection of essays brings together a number of leading scholars in order to show how historical reconstructi... [Books]

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Those are considered the best commanders who accomplish more by art and counsel than by mere violence. — John CalvinFiled under: Calvin [Calvin]
Honestly, we have nothing in common if this kind of behavior is something you are ok with. A Pennsylvania restaurant owner allegedly suggested Donald Trump’s election had given him the right to kick out black customers — and he reportedly used a racia... [Modern Culture]

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With thanks to Jim Aitken for pointing it out.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

January 24, 5PM

Via Christoph Markschies Filed under: Humor [humor]

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Woe to faint hearts and listless hands, and to the sinner who treads two paths. (Sirach 2:12)Filed under: Bible, Theology [Bible] [theology]
This is the reaction of a woman put down so many times that she’s responding like a beaten animal. And, no, the video isn’t being played backwards. You people who think so need to get a clue. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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In its latest push to capitalize on popular Christian book trends, religious publisher Thomas Nelson hurriedly announced upcoming book The Purpose Driven Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book Featuring Tim Tebow Tuesday to much fanfare. The book will reporte... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

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Commentary, if we understand the word correctly, is what one writes to another seriously, urgently and rashly; but what he would otherwise discuss orally with him, if in the other’s presence. — Huldrych ZwingliFiled under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

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Right here.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Popular worship singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin announced Tuesday he was forced to replace the laptop on which he writes most of his worship songs, as the ‘Ctrl,’ ‘C,’ and ‘V’ keys had finally worn out due to overuse of the helpful copy and pas... [mockery]

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I don’t understand the double standard in evidence in terms of the treatment of JSTOR by academics.  That is, academics are being urged to abandon their academia.edu pages in favor of platforms that are more ‘open access’.  Fair enough... [Modern Culture]

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Motiv aus dem Kartenset Kartenset «Luther und Zwingli im Religionsgespräch» – zhref.ch Muss ich Luther mögen – im Lutherjahr? Sein theologischer Lehrer und Seelsorger Johannes von Staupitz sagt zu ihm: „Du schreist die ganze Welt an.“ Ist ... [Luther] [Zwingli]
From the Melanchthon Academy: Veranstaltungen zum Melanchthon-Geburtstag Melanchthon und die Reformation Konzert, Gedenkgottesdienst und Vortrag am 18. und 19. Februar Philipp Melanchthon hat einen runden Geburtstag, er jährt sich 2017 zum 520. Mal. Mi... [Conferences] [Melanchthon]

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Equinox has published a new textbook that will interest, I think, many students of the Hebrew Bible: The theme of leadership played an important role in ancient Israel and its discourse. It was explored time and again through memories of proper, improper ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

January 23, 7PM

No comment needed.  Via the twitter. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6PM

Chinese President Calls for East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestinian State. Xi Jinping addresses Arab League in Cairo before planned visit to Iran, announces millions in aid to Palestinians. Make no mistake- the expansion of China is a direct result of th... [Modern Culture]

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This is fantastic.  Thanks to Hywell Clifford for the heads up. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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It’s Academic Book Week! As a gift to all interested in Academic Publishing, Brill has opened up some of its related content for free. For a list of all the eBooks that are freely available, go to www.brill.com/AcBookWeek2017 Only during Academic Book W... [Books]
Thanks all who prayed while I was in the hospital.  January has been a pretty difficult and challenging month and I’m rather glad to see it coming to an end. I’m home and resting up a couple of days per the doctor’s instructions but I&#... [Modern Culture]

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For example, he is perfectly wrong in every way when he writes The Jews are our open enemies; they do not cease to blaspheme our Lord Christ; they call the Virgin Mary a whore and Christ, the child of a whore. Us they call changelings and abortions, and i... [Luther]

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Zum 500. Reformationsjubiläum zeigt die Berliner Staatsbibliothek selten zu sehende Dokumente aus der Zeit Martin Luthers. Unter dem Motto “Bibel-Thesen-Propaganda” werde ab 3. Februar die Reformation in 95 Objekten erzählt, darunter einmali... [Luther]
Stating they were “actually kinda disappointed” that Barack Obama’s second term as President of the United States is coming to an end, Americans nationwide reported Friday morning that they are planning on blaming Obama for absolutely everything the... [Modern Culture]
Someone utterly bereft of theological sense. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Here’s how to respond in prayer: I. At the Beginning of the Illness Help, Lord God, help In this trouble! I think, Death is at the door. Stand before? me, Christ; For Thou hast overcome him! To Thee I cry: If it is Thy will, Take out the dart, Which... [Zwingli]

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Peter Opitz uploaded his outstanding essay on the topic of the Lord’s Supper to Academia.edu a couple of years ago. His conclusion needs to be memorized by the anti-Zwinglians amongst us (i.e., Watts)- A real living experience of God’s salvation ... [Zwingli]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Take a look-  Snapshots of Evolving Traditions: Jewish and Christian Manuscript Culture, Textual Fluidity, and New Philology, Ed. by Lied, Liv Ingeborg / Lundhaug, HugoFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Whatever your feelings about Trump, you may never, ever, ever talk about his young son in a disparaging way.  The children of political adversaries are never fair game.  And, to be honest, when you attack kids, I find you beneath contempt.Filed ... [Modern Culture]

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Via Matthew Coomber- the best protest sign, ever. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

January 22, 6PM

Those that design ill against others are commonly willing to have it thought that others design ill against them.  –  Matthew HenryFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5PM

Here’s why. While President Donald Trump was being sworn in as leader of the free world on Friday morning, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was gazing at artwork at the opening of the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, Germany. Merkel, it seems, opted for ... [Modern Culture]
Although these days it’s more honest than the White House.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Via Joel Watts Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

January 20, 11AM

The Bee does her in. It’s only day one of Donald Trump’s presidential term, and barriers are already being broken down. Prosperity gospel preacher and televangelist Paula White became the first female false teacher to pray at a presidential inaugurati... [Modern Culture]

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Anyone who reads the Gospels carefully will notice that there are differences in the manner in which they report the same events. These differences have led many conservative Christians to resort to harmonization efforts that are often quite strained, som... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

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Enjoy this little essay. Ulrich Zwingli überlebte die Pest und wurde am Ende für seinen Glauben buchstäblich in Stücke gerissen. Der Zeitgenosse Luthers führte mit Hilfe der Bürger die Reformation in Zürich ein und legte die Grundlage für die Refo... [Zwingli]
No by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#85180)
King Nebuchadnezzar had a golden statue made, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, which he set up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 King Nebuchadnezzar then summoned the satraps, magistrates, governors, counsellors, treasurers, judges... [Modern Culture]

January 19, 4PM

On the twitter Jeremy Wilcox  – @jwilcox79 The Donald Trump that conservatives voted for is an entirely fictitious person they invented in their minds. Here’s a bit of proof. See for yourself- the Trump they imagine simply does not exist, a... [Modern Culture]

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Is that it is utterly irrelevant and ignored because it’s just blatant speculation built on speculation and circularity. #ScholarsHaveOnlyThemselvesToBlameFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

Fly to Salzburg! Septuaginta &c. This summer from 3 – 7 July a summer school will be held at the Faculty of Theology at the Universität Salzburg in Austria. The course will be a fantastic opportunity if you are interested in Septuagint studies, ... [Modern Culture]
They have no respect for marriage, and they place no limit on their unchastity, taking and leaving women as they will, and so their huts stand open front and back and on all sides, so that they pursue their unchastity as if they were cattle.  –  M... [Luther]

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A great piece on the English Reformation. the many-headed monster Laura Sangha On Tuesday 16 January, in the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Archbishops and Canterbury and York issued a joint statement on ‘the damage done five cen... [Modern Culture]

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“What lies there are about relics! One claims to have a feather from the wing of the angel Gabriel, and the Bishop of Mainz has a flame from Moses’ burning bush. And how does it happen that eighteen apostles are buried in Germany when Christ had o... [Luther]
Via the face book-  Reformation kitsch gone crazy. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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#TBT by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#85123)
Last January at Ming Hua Theological College with these great students: Filed under: Ming Hua Theological College [Ming Hua Theological College]

January 18, 8PM

Along with women who complain about ‘mansplaining’ and other ‘splainers’ I want to go on record decrying ‘scripsplainers’ – those wretched and annoying people with the temerity to tell me what Scripture ‘mea... [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This is a lot of fun. Heiliger, Ketzer, Prophet, Antichrist, Kirchenvater, Kirchenspalter, Aufklärer, Antisemit, Genie, Scharlatan, Nationalheld, Fürstenknecht – jede Zeit hat ihre Vorstellungen von Luther. Die virtuelle Ausstellung Luthermania – An... [Luther]
Elections and inaugurations are always a time of simultaneous rejoicing and lamentation.  Those whose candidate won rejoice and those whose candidate lost lament.  The recent Presidential election is certainly no different in that respect than any other... [Modern Culture]
Back in November I ordered a copy of the 2017 LutherBibel from the DBG.  They sent it, via DHL, on 23 December.  It hasn’t arrived yet so I made a request for location with DHL.  Here’s their response: Dear Customer, Below is the current st... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Students might find this suite of bible study tools very helpful.  It’s from Tyndale house in Cambridge and is called ‘STEP’ – scripture tools for every person.  You can download the contents from http://dev.stepbible.org/…/STEP_installers+450... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Paul’s metaphorical language in Second Corinthians 2:14 has troubled exegetes for a long time. Does the verb ‘thriambeuein’ indicate that Paul imagines himself as being led to execution in the Roman triumphal procession? Or is, by contrast, ... [Books]
It’s a terrible thought isn’t it – to think the unthinkable and wonder just what sort of buttons Donald J. Trump has pushed that may well have driven some unhinged soul over the edge from anger to actual violence. It isn’t hard to ... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Nobody likes rushing into church service at the last moment and hoping to find a good spot, and no one is more aware of this than the leadership team at Grace First Church. In order to combat the problem, church leaders today released an update to the ch... [Modern Culture]

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The preacher ought to be the greatest man in the world for he has to deal with the greatest problems of life and death. – A.T. RobertsonFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The issues are far more complex than simply sacraments, polity and authority.  This is the most misinformed tweet I’ve yet seen on the Reformation.  Only someone who has never studied the Reformation for more than a minute could suggest such.Filed... [Pseudo-scholarship]

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Ein deutsch-nationaler Lutherfilm mit propagandistischen Zügen sorgte 1927 für Zoff zwischen den Konfessionen. Ergebnis: Der Stummfilm durfte bald nur noch bis zur Unkenntlichkeit zensiert und beschnitten gezeigt werden. Jetzt hat das Berliner Bundesarc... [Luther]

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Ab 24. Januar 2017 in Zürich: Crash-Kurs Reformation – Eine Entdeckungsreise durch Geschichte und Gegenwart der Reformation. Der Kurs vermittelt grundlegende geschichtliche und theologische Eckdaten mit einem Schwerpunkt zur Schweizer Reformation. Dan... [Church History] [Conferences]
Why hasn’t the fire department spent any money on exorcists in the last 12 months???? Request How much money has been paid to exorcists over the past 12 months for properties owned or operated by your organisation. Reply West Midlands Fire Service h... [bizarre news]

January 17, 4PM

In related news, the Lincoln Bible is begging to be shredded so that a profanation the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Abomination of Desolation cannot take place on it. President-elect Donald Trump takes his oath of office on Inaugurati... [pseudo-christianity]
Let the reader understand…. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

But it makes no sense.  It is irrational, and, frankly, absurd.  But anything for a buck I suppose, for those Murdochian companies that care more for profit than theological sense. Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-scholarship, pseudo-theology [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]
The Lucian Blaga Central University Library, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) announces a two-day conference entitled Reading Protestant Authors in Transylvania and Neighbouring Territories (16th-18th century) on 30-31 March 2017. Paper proposals are welcome. The c... [Conferences]
There are monsters in the world.  Monsters who think books are coasters.  Wicked monsters.  #PrayForChristophsBook.  Pray it be delivered from the monster who thinks it’s a coaster. Filed under: Friends, Heresy and Heretics, I really dislike Die... [Friends] [Heresy and Heretics] [I really dislike Dietrich Bonhoeffer] [Intrepretive Dance] [media] [misery] [Modern Culture] [Prayer] [satan goes to supper]
Come on, Europe, keep working till 3 in the morning! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Welche Rolle spielten Frauen während der Reformation? Was bedeutete es für Katharina Schütz Zell oder Idelette de Bure, «Gefährten im Dienst» zu sein? Und inwiefern war Margarete Blarer aus Konstanz eine Ausnahmeerscheinung? Zum 500-Jahr-Jubiläum d... [book review] [Books] [Church History] [TVZ]

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These people should just stop.  But they seem incapable of it, driven by some sort of demonically induced madness. An Israeli Rabbi has claimed that the biblical prophecy of Balaam, which says that the appearance of a new star will precede the coming of ... [Dilettante] [Heresy and Heretics] [misery] [Mythbusting] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

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That the last time Luther preached in Wittenberg was 17 January, 1546?  It was on Romans 12:3. The title of the printed version of this sermon reads: “The Last Sermon of Doctor Martin Luther of Hallowed Memory which He Preached on the Second Sunday aft... [Luther]

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Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president. Think about that.Filed under: Modern... [Modern Culture]

January 16, 5PM

Studying beyond the classroom Another new subject that the College is offering under the B.Th programme is International Study Experience. It will typically consist of a 3 or 4 week cultural and educational program in an international setting involving st... [Ming Hua Theological College]
Why study Biblical Languages? This semester, the College is offering a new subject, Introduction to Biblical Languages. Students will spend 6 weeks looking at Hebrew and 6 weeks studying ancient Greek to gain an understanding of rudimentary features of Bi... [Ming Hua Theological College]

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BATEY LECTURE SERIES: THE ORIGINS OF GOD Event Date: Thu, 01/26/2017 – 7:00pm Venue: Bryan Campus Life Center Room Number: McCallum Ballroom Contact: Stephanie Cage Email: cages@rhodes.edu Phone: 901-843-3664 Department: Religious S... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Citing a desire to preach the Word faithfully, local pastor Willy Caldwell spent most of last week in his home office and local library, engaging in intensive word studies of a passage from the Gospel of John in its original English. According to sources... [mockery]
The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam rele... [Modern Culture]
In the midst of a scathing essay we read Early on Saturday morning, Trump shot back at Lewis in possibly one of the most ill-advised political social media moments I can recall, publishing two tweets that together read: “Congressman John Lewis should sp... [Modern Culture]

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This is the truth: the most pious monk is the worst scoundrel. — Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]

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On this day in 1537 Calvin published his Articles concerning the Organization of the Church and of Worship at Geneva proposed by the Ministers at the Council January 16, 1537 Which begins Right Honourable Gentlemen: it is certain that a Church cannot be s... [Calvin]
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulf... [Modern Culture]

January 15, 6PM

Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) tweeted Friday that he was excited to return home to Colorado this weekend, but things didn’t go very well when he got there. On Saturday, his open meeting to chat with constituents at the Aurora Central Library was overw... [Modern Culture]

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If you really want to know how a Prof is doing have the Dean sit in on a random class.  Don’t ask students to evaluate Profs.  They don’t know enough about the subject to do it correctly and they tend to either offer negative evals b... [Modern Culture]

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Read this.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A well-known Greenwich Republican called a town worker “nothing but a bloodsucking lazy union employee” and later reached in from behind to place his hand between her legs and pinch her in the groin area, according to the police arrest warrant... [Total Depravity]

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Via Helen Ingram Filed under: misery, mockery, Modern Culture [misery] [mockery] [Modern Culture]
This is absurd and Maryland is absurd. A school system employee in Maryland who had a lighthearted quarrel with a student on Twitter over the student’s spelling has been fired. Katie Nash tells The Frederick News-Post that she was fired on Friday aftern... [Modern Culture]
Archbishop Erio Castellucci has a response to those who think the devil is not real: “they’re mistaken.”  “All you have to do is witness an exorcism to understand that evil is a specific entity, as well as a reality,” he told the Italian daily ... [Modern Culture]

January 14, 4PM

A virtual reality company has produced a visual app that is touted to present an archaeologically accurate 3D reconstruction of ancient Jerusalem as it appeared during the time of King Herod, around the time of Jesus of the Christian New Testament account... [Archaeology]
And if every American doesn’t, neither should anyone in Congress.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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It’s time to assign something else. via twitterFiled under: misery [misery]

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It makes me tingle with pleasure from head to toe when I see that through me, poor wretched man that I am, God the Lord maddens and exasperates you hellish and worldly people, so that in your spite you will burst and tear yourselves to pieces – whil... [Luther]

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Take a look at the interactive site here. The physical exhibition curated by Dr Stefan Bauer and Bethany Hume, from the University of York, will be on display at the Old Palace, York Minster from the 15th November – 15th December 2016. The exhibitio... [Church History]
The Zurichers propose an answer. In this blog post I would like to provide a short summary of my PhD dissertation ‘Von den Wächtern zu Adam. Frühjüdische Mythen über die Ursprünge des Bösen und ihre frühchristliche Rezeption’, (From the Watcher... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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When tyranny rises it is the duty of Christians to rise in opposition in direct proportion to the evil at hand.  Christian silence is not an option.  Christian resistance is the only proper path.  Even if it means death for the cause of Chr... [Modern Culture]

January 13, 3PM

Is the brilliant truth- Jesus is Lord.  As the Heidelberg Catechism has it Q & A 30 Q. Do those who look for their salvation in saints, in themselves, or elsewhere really believe in the only savior Jesus? A. No. Although they boast of being his, by ... [theology]

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“A sick country is governed by the scum of its inhabitants.” –Gustave ThibonFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Describing the vision as “utterly terrifying,” churchgoers at First Southern Baptist Church reported an apparent physical manifestation of a demonic presence having materialized onstage just after debuting the church’s new custom drum kit Sunday mo... [Modern Culture]
The man tapped to be national security adviser to President-elect Trump, Gen. Michael Flynn, exchanged text messages and spoke with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in December around the time of the Obama administration’s respon... [Modern Culture]
HT Shawn Wilhite on the twitter- The Eusebius Essay Prize, of £500, is offered annually for the best essay submitted on a subject connected with any aspect of early Christian history, broadly understood as including the first seven centuries AD/CE. Schol... [Church History]

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Zwingli testified at Balthasar Hubmaier’s trial as follows: Doctor Balthasar hatt grett, man moge der oberkeit nienderth mit bas abkommenn, dann mit dem widertouff.  — Zwingli. And the council passed sentence of exile.  Because the Anabaptis... [Zwingli]
Let the reader understand… “Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.” (Ezek. 22:27)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.  Therefore the Lord says, The LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of ... [Modern Culture]
Let the reader understand- You are to be pitied, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes begin feasting in the morning! (Eccl. 10:16)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“Islam esteems Jesus more highly than do many modern Christians.” –Abraham KuyperFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Ohio… being super weird…. In a bizarre story that has people doing a double take, police say they are taking it very seriously.  It was a teenager who was targeted while working in a west Toledo mall, and the man in question ended up getting ... [bizarre news]

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For those in the UK. Larry Hurtado's Blog The programme for the 2017 Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge is now available here.  The programme is operated by the Vacation Term for Biblical Study (VTBS), offering lectures on biblical studies topics by... [Modern Culture]
Via Paul Middleton- Prof. John Barclay (Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham University) is giving the 2017 Bruce Lectures at the University of Glasgow. The lectures will be held at Wellington Church, 2-4 February. Beyond Charity: Gift and Mutual Benef... [Conferences]
A 12-year-old New York City boy is accused of pulling a gun on a classmate and demanding that she give him her chicken nugget.  NYPD say the boy first approached the girl inside a McDonald’s in Harlem on Tuesday and asked her for one of her Chicken... [Total Depravity]

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Calvin writes Free will [is a] term fabricated out of nothing. Scripture everywhere declares that man is captive, servant and slave of the devil, is carried away by all his inclinations into vice, and is unable to understand what the things of God are, l... [Calvin] [theology] [Total Depravity]

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The six faith leaders President-elect Donald Trump has invited to pray at his inauguration come from diverse backgrounds, but they have something in common: All have personal ties to Trump or his family or have in some way signaled their approval of him, ... [Modern Culture]

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Billionaire president-elect Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any recent president in the days awaiting his inauguration. Recent Gallup polling shows that just 48 per cent of Americans approve of the way Trump is handling his transition ̵... [Modern Culture]

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Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses, a series of statements and proposals about the power of indulgences and the nature of repentance, forgiveness and salvation. Originally intended for academic deba... [Church History] [Luther]

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Among students of the Swiss Reformation the name of Gottfried Locher towers above the rest. Locher’s brilliant contributions to that fecund period of theological development are without peer. He died on the 11th of January, 1996. His most influentia... [obituary]

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, the law firm advising President-elect Donald Trump on handling his business conflicts, won the Russia Law Firm of the Year award in 2016. The law firm announced the award in a press release last May, noting it was recognized i... [Modern Culture]
Donald Trump is not what he seems. The supposed master of media manipulation stumbled so often at his first press conference, it is hard to recall why anyone thought the TV star was good at this stuff in the first place. If the potentially explosive story... [Modern Culture]
A Lawmaker in Tennessee wants to put ‘in God we trust’ on the state license plate.  But it’s sadly clear to anyone with two eyes that we don’t trust God. Most people in this state, and this country can never be bothered to attend ... [Total Depravity]

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Luther’s sidekick Philipp Melanchthon, known—in an age of vitriol comparable to our own—for his cool-headedness, was right: “The truth,” he said at the Leipzig Disputation of 1519, “might fare better at a lower temperature.” Etc.  Enjoy.Fil... [Church History] [Melanchthon]

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500 years after the Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch describes its journey from Europe to America and explores its continuing influence on life and politics in the United States. Listen to this episode here.Filed under: Church History [Church History]
Listen here. 500 years after the Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch investigates the effect of the Reformation on the Catholic church. He explores the Vatican’s response to Protestant ideas, and explains how it continues to shape religious thinking to... [Church History]
The English Reformation: A Language for the World 500 years after the Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals the importance of the Book of Common Prayer and shows how its words have changed the way we speak and worship today. Today at 09.45am http://www... [Church History]

January 11, 6PM

Gearing Up: In preparation to step up to the international academic arena, this year the College is offering a new degree programme, Bachelor of Theology, in place of the traditional Bachelor of Divinity. There will be some exciting changes in the curricu... [Ming Hua Theological College]
Jesus wouldn’t recognize the question- as it would make no sense to him, or any other first century Jew, if they heard the word ‘Bible’ in the first place. Stop trying to enlist Jesus into your modern theological apologetic agenda.  Jus... [Modern Culture]

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“The narcissist has no interest in the future because, in part, he has so little interest in the past.”–C. LaschFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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via facebookFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Why? In late October, just weeks ahead of the election, President-elect Donald Trump made a quick detour to Washington for the official opening of his new five-star hotel, just a few blocks from the White House. During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Trump tol... [Modern Culture]

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500 years after the Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch investigates the effect of the Reformation on the Catholic church. He explores the Vatican’s response to Protestant ideas, and explains how it continues to shape religious thinking today.  Today ... [Church History]

January 10, 3PM

#BREAKING: Dylann Roof sentenced to death for Charleston church massacre. Via WATE newsFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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HarperCollins said that it will stop selling a book by Monica Crowley that an investigation by CNN’s KFile found to have more than 50 instances of plagiarism. The conservative author and television personality was picked by President-elect Donald Trum... [Modern Culture]

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500 years after the Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch examines how the announcement of a university seminar in Germany led to the division of Europe. He examines the ideas of Martin Luther, where they came from and why they proved so revolutionary, tracing... [Church History] [Luther]
On BBC 4.   You should give it a listen.  It’s a fantastic program.Filed under: Theology [theology]
This course looks like something worth taking, and I appreciate Hywell Clifford telling me about it. About this course: In this course we will discuss the history of some ideas that have been hugely influential in the modern west and that were taken out t... [Luther]
Storing, Archiving, Organizing: The Changing Dynamics of Scholarly Information Management in Post-Reformation Zurich is a study of the Lectorium at the Zurich Grossmünster, the earliest of post-Reformation Swiss academies, initiated by the church reforme... [book review] [Books] [Church History]
via facebookFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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In an essay (which also mentions Calvin and Zwingli in passing) worth a few minutes of your time. SET foot in Germany this year and you are likely to encounter the jowly, dour portrait of Martin Luther. With more than 1,000 events in 100 locations, the wh... [Luther]

January 9, 5PM

That religious people start wars.  The fact, however, is that religious people don’t start wars, atheists pretending to be religious people do. Why?  Because authentically religious people trust God.  Atheists pretending to be religio... [Modern Culture]
1/7/17The federal week in review: 1. Trump fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day. 2. House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service, SES positions, or political appointeeR... [Modern Culture]

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From her local Starbucks Monday morning, progressive Christian blogger Rachel Brooks reportedly refreshed her Bible app a number of times, hoping to find that God had updated his “antiquated” stance on homosexuality, according to several eye-witness... [mockery]

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We all knew he was lying.  Well, almost all of us.  The gullible and easily duped believed. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall through the ... [Total Depravity]

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I’ve been commissioned to write the invocation at the inauguration: “O holy Mammon, we dedicate ourselves to Thee. Thou hast made rich the few and inspired the many with desire for Thee. Our rulers have sacrificed their true worth for Thee; re... [Modern Culture]

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A video showing an employee at the Israeli Embassy in London saying he wishes to “take down” various British parliamentarians considered to be against Israel caused outrage in the United Kingdom over the weekend, The Guardian reported.  The I... [Modern Culture]
Ralph was declared the President-Elect of the American Society of Church History yesterday.  Congrats, Ralph!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

January 7, 11AM

Here’s an excellent post (thanks to Jona Lendering for pointing it out) on the way the Jesus mythicists misrepresent Schweitzer to further their unhinged, maniacal, idiotic goals.  Give it a read.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
De Gruyter have sent along this for review.  It looks fun doesn’t it?  More anon.Filed under: Book Review, Books [book review] [Books]

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CNN reports Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley, whom Donald Trump has tapped for a top national security communications role, plagiarized large sections of her 2012 book, a CNN KFile review has found. The review of Crowley’s J... [Modern Culture]
The popular line of cutesy Precious Moments figurines is getting a long-awaited addition with an upcoming “Conquest of Canaan” series of collectibles, sources confirmed Friday. The figures will include iconic events from the momentous time in Israel... [Modern Culture]
Warren K. Zola @WarrenKZola –  College athletics: 1. Nick Saban is highest paid state employee in the COUNTRY; 2. The highest paid state employee in 39 states is a coach Al Qaeda doesn’t need to destroy us.  We’ve already rotted fro... [Modern Culture]

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Faith-filled man Darrell Meads has a powerful anointing. On Friday, he decided to showcase that anointing in an INCREDIBLE way. Meads made up his mind to stand in the middle of some train tracks as an unstoppable freight train came barreling toward him, ... [Modern Culture]
via the twitterFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Americans love their guns.  Americans hate gun violence.  But Americans love their guns more than they hate gun violence.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Like this one.  Off you go.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
This immediately raises the question- what is Japan doing that America isn’t? Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. What is the secret? If you want to buy ... [Modern Culture]
Let us, therefore, fight vigorously and prudently on a fair field, for we are defending a most righteous cause, in which we feel sure there is no hidden wrong. Let them hurl upon us from the hostile camp those soldiers’ insults—“traitors,” “robb... [Zwingli]
Because this is something that someone would say if they were stoned.  Otherwise, I defy you to explain its meaning. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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So, I get home, sick, and what do I wake up to? Snowpocalypse 2017… If this is how 2017 is going to go, count me out. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
On this day in 1527 the notorious Felix Manz was taken to the lake, in Zurich, and dropped to the bottom.  It was the government’s way of saying ‘alright, if you want water, we’ll give you water Felix’.  The deed was recorded in ... [Church History]
Like it or not the fact is, Donald Trump was elected by Americans.  Americans, it so happens, that were duped by Russia.  Consequently, it’s not Trump we have to wonder about, but his voters.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

January 6, 5PM

I’m exhausted.  My luggage is in Philadelphia. I’m going to bed…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The flight from Manchester to Philadelphia is delayed 2 hours.  Hence, my flight from Philadelphia to Knoxville won’t be made.   Hence I’ve been rebooked on a different flight that will depart not at 4 but at 9 pm tonight meaning I m... [Modern Culture]

January 5, 6AM

I’ve left SOTS a bit early so I can get to the airport hotel and rest before the flight home. I can’t shake this cold and I feel miserable.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Need proof?  Here it is-  In 1961 the best selling book was 691 page novel, in 2016 it was coloring books for adults. – sethgodin.typepad.comFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The Bee nails it. Sources from within the United States confirmed Tuesday that American society, while typically rejecting concepts like absolute truth and objective moral standards, is suddenly showing grave concern for the rise of fabricated news storie... [Modern Culture]

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The first paper by Andrew Mayes of Dublin was super interesting- examining Joseph as an anti-hero and attempting to place the Joseph story in its historical context.  The book exhibit opened, and we had coffee and tea too.  So far, so good. ... [Conferences] [SOTS]

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And I still feel pretty wretched.  Coughing, headache, blah.  And to compound the fun, there was no hot water in the shower this morning.  Still, there are papers to hear and books to see and photos to snap. More anon.  If I make it.Filed under: Confe... [Conferences] [SOTS]

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The Getty Research Institute presents a two-day international scholarly colloquium featuring new discoveries and insights into art and the Reformation. The program is organized in cooperation with colleagues from the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staat... [Church History] [Reformation]

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I funerali di Giovanni Garbini saranno celebrati domani mattina 4 gennaio alle 9, a Roma, presso la chiesa di S. Camillo in via Sallustiana 24. Via Chiara Peri. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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I can’t help but remember all his excellent volumes.  His contributions to the history of the Ancient Near East and its languages is unsurpassed.  So sad.  And yet so glad that we managed to get his Festschrift to him in time for him to enjoy it.... [Modern Culture]
I took the bus back into Nottingham- hoping the fresh air would help me feel a little better (I have a cold).  Here are some shots from there from the bus and then back at the hall with others waiting to get rooms. Filed under: Conferences, SOTS... [Conferences] [SOTS]

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I’ve made it to Cripps Hall but can’t get the room key till 3.  So I have some time to kill.  Here are some photos to while away the moments. Filed under: Conferences, SOTS [Conferences] [SOTS]

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In an attempt to corner the market on families that choose to homeschool their children, Ford Motor Company announced Monday its new upcoming line of 40-passenger vans. Christened “The Homeschooler,” the flagship model seats 40 passengers and a driver... [Modern Culture]

January 2, 2PM

I’m gutted.  Seldom has the world produced a better scholar or more genuinely wonderful friend. R.I.P., good sir.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The leather-bound Bible owned by local man Kurt Ryder for over ten years reported Sunday that it was “super pumped” to participate in Ryder’s resolution to read his Bible every day, until he inevitably shelves it in the latter half of the first week... [Modern Culture]

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SOTS commences tomorrow and with the full schedule it offers there won’t be any time for touristy stuff.  So I went around the city Center again, had a nice dinner, picked up some Thornton’s for the kiddo, and now I’m holed up in the ro... [Modern Culture]

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They do themselves irreparable damage. When ‘evangelicals’ aligned themselves with the GOP it was a terrible mistake.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Because when you try that hard to tell people how much you like someone, or some group, it’s because you probably don’t.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Today is a day devoted to visiting various sights around Nottingham.  Photos will appear at various stages or, in all likelihood, when I return to the room for the evening.  In the meanwhile, if you want something to do, get yourself a copy of the Comme... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Zwingli]

January 1, 3PM

‪Cursed jet lag. First it won’t let you stay awake and then it won’t let you go to sleep. Bad lag, bad. Time out for you!‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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And I’m worn out.  So I’m going to hang out, do nothing, and stay up as late as I can so I can kick the jet lag. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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A full account of the event: HULDREICH ZWINGLI, the Reformer of German Switzerland, was born on Thursday, January 1, 1484, in a house which still stands in well-nigh perfect preservation. It is in the hamlet called Lysighaus, i. e., Elizabeth house, ten ... [Zwingli]

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But his name wasn’t the only one in consideration… Strong as was the sentiment in Zurich in favor of Zwingli, there were not wanting those who from the start opposed his election. A personality so aggressive could not fail to make enemies. Man... [Zwingli]
I’m here in Manchester waiting for the train that goes to Nottingham through Sheffield.  At least there’s ATT wifi in tons of places.  It looks like I should be in Nottingham around 1:30 this afternoon- 3 hours from now. Filed under:... [Modern Culture]

December 31 2016, 11PM

Having been struck in the head, Zwingli collapsed to the ground. Stunned, he began to pray and to recite Scripture—‘do not fear those who can kill the body but fear him who can kill the soul in hell …’. As the last word passed beyond his lips and ... [Zwingli]

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First, what do you need to read in order to really know Zwingli (and actually know him- not like the pretenders who only know some snippet about him because that’s what they’ve heard from some silly Lutheran partisan or Wesleyan ignoramus)- S... [Zwingli]
There are still biblioblogs, but most of the first generation of bloggers have either succumbed to irregular posting or post nothing at all anymore.  The second generation has long ago withered into dullness.  And the third generation has returned to it... [Biblical Studies Carnival]

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We depart Philadelphia headed for Manchester.  I’m sure more people will show up but man it would be nice if they didn’t… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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A load of Zwingli posts for the anniversary of his birth (1 Jan 1484) and his assumption of the office of Chief Pastor at the Great Minster in Zurich (1 Jan 1519).  Look for them at the beginning of the New Year and throughout the 1st. Filed un... [Zwingli]

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The elderly lady sitting next to me wasn’t a talker.  She was a reader.  And a monster.  Why?  Because as she read her book she tore out the chapters as she finished them and threw them in a little pile of trash the flight attend... [Modern Culture]

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So it’s time for lunch- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Emil Egli was a brilliant historian and though his name is nearly forgotten in all but the dustiest corners of academia, he was a giant in the field of Reformation studies. Born on the 9th of December, 1848, he died on the 31st of December, 1908.  Egli ... [Church History] [Emil Egli]

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SOTS is my favorite conference of all the conferences.  It’s collegial.  Participants are excellently qualified and exceptionally informed.  The meeting venue is always wonderful.  And the papers are always provocative.  Plu... [Modern Culture]

December 30, 10AM

Light by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#84275)
Those least familiar with light are always those who hurt most when they are exposed to it.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Luther writes [There is a] war against heresy, against heathenism, against human traditions.  That the [heretics] use Scripture as we do gives them a very wicked weapon. The battle, then, is over the correct use of Scripture, not over Scripture itself. ... [theology]
Or, a really poor thinker, which is what makes him a poor theologian.  Wait, he isn’t a theologian at all.  He’s the Pastor of a megachurch, where being a theologian is the last thing anyone wants. Stanely’s recent remarks about the Vi... [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

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S. Recte sentis, carissime Gregori, cum putas tibi licere a me, quęcunque usus requirat, petere; nam ego tuis respondere votis ita cupio, ut non possim magis, cum ob summam, qua praeditus es, pietatem, tum ob inveteratam longis annis amiciciam, quibus fa... [Zwingli]
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To get you to get back into Greek, I think. Enjoy.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]
This is worth your time. As the old year passes fast away and we prepare to welcome in the new, we remember and express our appreciation for the lives and literary contributions of those Eerdmans authors, editors, and contributors who died in 2016, in... [obituary]

December 29, 6PM

“What we have witnessed in our own time is the death of universities as centres of critique. Since Margaret Thatcher, the role of academia has been to service the status quo, not challenge it in the name of justice, tradition, imagination, human wel... [Modern Culture]

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A rich, young ruler looking for salvation was proud to announce Thursday that he finally found a place to call home at Lakewood Church. Calling the revelation “powerful” and “moving,” the wealthy, powerful lover of money said he knew Lakewood Chu... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
In the following- I. Finkelstein, C. Robin and T. Romer (eds.), Alphabets, Texts and Artifacts in the Ancient Near East, Studies Presented to Benjamin Sass, Paris 2016. As Prof. Finkelstein notes This is one in a series of articles; two have already been ... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Though things continue on through lunch on the 5th I’ll actually depart around 10 so that I can arrive in Birmingham in plenty of time for the Lecture at Newman University.  I’ll, of course, be posting travel photos all along the way to and f... [Conferences] [SOTS]

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From the moment he joined, 8-year-old Joe Maldonado eagerly looked forward to camping trips and science projects as a member of the Cub Scouts. But his expectations were dashed after his mother said she received a phone call from a Scouting official who t... [Modern Culture]

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Am 6. Juli 1415 wurde Johannes Hus in Konstanz auf dem Scheiterhaufen als Ketzer verbrannt. 600 Jahre nach diesem Ereignis soll an den Prager Magister mit einer Ausgabe seiner Schriften, Predigten und Briefe erinnert werden. Hussens Ideen wurden zunächst... [Church History] [Hus]

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It should most definitely cancel services on 1 Janaury- New Years Day.  Why?  So that your hungover families can gather around the porcelein and share the time expelling the evening before’s extravagencies. You don’t want to inconven... [Modern Culture]
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Martin KahlerFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Take the short quiz and find out!  I did pretty good… Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]
“By identifying the new learning with heresy, you make orthodoxy synonymous with ignorance.”—Erasmus And then she’s off.  Enjoy the latest installment in the series.Filed under: Erasmus [Erasmus]

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Christophe Chalemet tweets- To watch Metr. John (Zizioulas) talk (in english) about eschatology, follow this:mediaserver.unige.ch/play/91928 (it begins at approx. 3:40)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Gottfried Locher ist höchster Reformierter der Schweiz. Reformiert sein habe sein Denken geprägt. Auf die Kirchenaustritte angesprochen, meint er: «Die Kirche ist keine Firma, die von möglichst vielen Kunden lebt.» And he’s interviewed here. He... [theology]

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J.C. Ryle “Hate Sin! Instead of loving it, cleaving to it, excusing it, playing with it, we ought to hate it with a deadly hatred.”  ~ J.C. RyleFiled under: Theology [theology]

December 28, 7PM

Eric Geller @ericgeller tweeted @realDonaldTrump just took a few questions at Mar-a-Lago and said this about @LindseyGrahamSC et al.’s push for Russian hacking sanctions. America, your President elect…. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Those that boast most of their religion may be suspected of partiality and hypocrisy in it. – Matthew HenryFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Dear friends, A new excavation is about to commence at the site of biblical Kiriath-jearim near Jerusalem. The first season will take place in August 2017. The dig is a joint project of Tel Aviv University and the College de France. It will be led by Chri... [Archaeology]

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By fuming over a U.N. resolution against Israel’s settlements on Palestinian land, Israeli leaders reveal their final solution for the Palestinians – to deny them property rights and displace them, says moral theologian Daniel C. Maguire. Etc.  Which... [Modern Culture]

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1.) Pander, pander, pander. The first rule of church growth is to constantly compromise whatever deep convictions and sincere beliefs you might have, in order to make visitors feel special. Sometimes, you even need to just ask people point-blank what it i... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

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If you want to understand people, read Emil Brunner’s ‘Man in Revolt’, but translate the title properly- ‘Man in Contradiction’. You’ll learn more from this one book than you have from every book Barth wrote and 10 ... [Brunner]

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Children, no matter how scummy and immoral you are, you can still grow up to be President- just like @realDonaldTrump .Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Dear colleagues, I hope you have all enjoyed a very good Christmas. I am writing with some updates about the next Hawarden seminar, which is fast approaching. 1. I hope to confirm what papers have been accepted and produce a draft programme around 20th Ja... [Modern Culture]

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The one common denominator which all the celebs who died in 2016 share is an addiction to alcohol or drugs or both at some point in their lives or even at the time of their deaths. Perhaps the takeaway from this year is that drug and alcohol abuse are so ... [Modern Culture]

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Have Jesus in a manger with no one there at first but Joseph and Mary (animals are optional). Have the shepherds show up.  No angels.  The angels are never described as visiting the baby.  They show up while the shepherds are out of town.  Read Luke, ... [Bible]

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With the media only reporting celebrity deaths it’s no wonder people will do anything for fame. The message is clear- your life doesn’t matter if you aren’t on tv.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This is worth the long read it offers. Zwingli war gar kein Zwinglianer. Er war Gourmet, trank mit Genuss und war für weibliche Reize empfänglich. Zum 500-Jahr-Jubiläum der Reformation die Rehabilitierung eines vermeintlichen Lustfeindes. Enjoy!Filed ... [Modern Culture]

December 27, 2PM

Mit dem Tod von Trutz Rendtorff verliert die Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät der LMU eine prägende Gestalt. Rendtorff, 1931 in Schwerin geboren, lehrte von 1968 an bis zu seiner Emeritierung 1998 an der Universität München Nach dem Studium in Kiel, ... [obituary]

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Here.  FYI.  I don’t use accordance, but I do use this dictionary.  It’s ‘can’t do without able’.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]
Go ahead and cancel on Easter too.  Why not?  What possible reason could you have for meeting on the day on which real Christians celebrate the resurrection when you didn’t think it mattered to meet on the day on which real Christians celebrate hi... [mockery]

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‪I stiil don’t care as much as I did when Fr Fitmyer died.‬  Carrie Fisher didn’t change my life.  Joe did.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: soccer [soccer]

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Published in 1933.  And it includes a number of really brilliant photos.  Here are a few: Filed under: Church History, Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli [Church History] [Luther] [Melanchthon] [Zwingli]

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It’s fun to watch ideologues blather about Jesus the ‘refugee’ based solely on his putative migration to Egypt as a child- a construct of Matthew’s theology, whilst they ignore the Gospel’s claim that he was God and ressurrec... [Modern Culture]

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Insert your totally subjective utterly baseless opinion here because, be honest, you didn’t read every book, hear every song, eat every dish, watch every film, or experience everything of anything. And even if you did, so what.  Your view of th... [Modern Culture]
Will Ross writes As you may recall, the 2016 ETS Septuagint Studies consultation had a stellar line-up. One of our panelists was Dr. Peter J. Williams of Tyndale House, Cambridge. Pete was recently given the scholastic title “Principal” of Tyndale Hou... [Modern Culture]

December 26, 5PM

A recent survey of self-identified American evangelicals found that the vast majority possess a view of angels, demons, spiritual warfare heavily informed by the popular CW television show Supernatural, a report released by The Barna Group Wednesday co... [mockery]
From the author of this remarkable work- Nicht das Selbst des Menschen musste befreit werden, sondern der Mensch musste von seinem Selbst befreit werden. Menschsein an sich bedeutete Unfreiheit, da sein Ich sich einen Platz außerhalb Gottes zu schaffen s... [Luther]

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Der Glaube ist die Erneuerung der ganzen Natur, so dass Augen, Ohren und Herzen sehen, hören und fühlen, was alle anderen Menschen nicht spüren. –  Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]

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“We do not deny that we have fully merited your wrath; we beg and beseech you that you take it from us so that we may be stirred to the worthy praise of your name not only by words but by every instrument which is suited to lifting up our hearts to you.... [Vermigli]

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ritalin for the treatment of chronic Hyper-Calvinism in adults and teenagers, a Friday press announcement confirmed. In clinical trials, the drug was shown to have a calming effect on patients, while simu... [mockery]

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If you get your religion news from the HuffPo, you’re as bad, if not worse, than the people who get their political news exclusively from Fox News.Filed under: media [media]

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Joseph Fitzmyer dies, relative silence. George Michael dies, international lamentation. This world is a pit.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 25, 9PM

Even though that’s what it is what with its ridiculous ‘cutesy’ name, seeker sensitive preaching, store-front positioned for commercial appeal product placement location, and Christ denying Christmas closure. Truth is, these Christmas d... [Modern Culture]

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That is all.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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To most Americans- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Barth, Modern Culture [Barth] [Modern Culture]

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Let the reader understand… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A friend of mine in Britain who has a very young son who has battled brain cancer wrote this on his Facebook page and I felt like sharing it, with his permission.  It gives the day a much needed perspectival adjustment I think.  He writes Now finishing ... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος. οὗτος ἦν ἐν ἀρχῇ πρὸς τὸν θεόν. πάντα δι᾽ αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, ... [Bible]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Mit jeder Generation, die nachrückt, geht ein Stück des christlichen Erbes verloren. Wissen Kinder in fünfzig Jahren noch, wofür Weihnachten steht? Vieles spricht dagegen. Read it and weep.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Albrecht Dürer’s- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Merry Christmas, and God bless us, every one.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 24, 7PM

That criticism of Israel’s settlement policy should somehow be seen as controversial in the US only shows how ignorant and morally compromised we are as a country. I have lived in Israel, visited the occupied territories, and seen how the settlement... [Modern Culture]

6PM

A zealous Mennonite man at the local EMBBM church will be taking time out of his busy schedule of handing out tracts to strangers at the mall, to stop and tell each and every child at the Christmas Eve service tonight that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. “... [mockery]

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This is such sad news. He was a wonderful scholar and so generous with his time and learning. Many a letter (back in the day when people mailed letters) to him with this question or that was answered rapidly and thoroughly.  No one, literally no one knew... [obituary]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

One of my dear Professors in college had the habit of calling most Sunday School classes a ‘pooling of ignorance’.  He was a bit of an elitist I suppose.  But he wasn’t wrong.  When people who oftentimes don’t know anything abou... [Biblical Studies Resources]

11AM

Local believer and sales associate Michael Mayhew is known for his constant barrage of political and religious memes, links, and lengthy text posts on Facebook, which he calls “edifying to the body”—but apparently not everyone appreciates his intell... [mockery]
We’re offering The Commentary from now through Sunday Night at Midnight EST in PDF’s from yours truly for half price- $100 and you can purchase the entire set for yourself or for a friend by clicking my PayPal Link. The Commentary is comprised of... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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What?  This. What could possibly go wrong? A communion appoints an officer to represent members’ views within the corridors of the most powerful nation on God’s glowing earth. And all the members — who are Protestants, mind you and not used to ... [Modern Culture]

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Shortly after Christmas in 1526 Johannes Comander wrote Huldrych Zwingli a letter. In it, he briefly describes a sermon he heard on Christmas: Dem amman von Flymbs hab ich din empfälch geschriben; aber mir ist noch kein antwort worden. Der apt hatt uff d... [theology] [Zwingli] [Christianity]

December 23, 5PM

Martin Treu Am Anfang war das Wort Martin Luther und die Reformation in Europa 1517 veröffentlichte ein Wittenberger Professor 95 Thesen gegen den Missbrauch des Ablasses. Daraus entstand eine Bewegung, die weder Martin Luther noch irgendein anderer vora... [book review] [Books] [Luther]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Die heilige Schrift wurde für Luther zur zweiten Heimat. Er las in ihr und er lebte in ihr. – Joachim Köhler And that, simply put, is why Luther was a real theologian and why so called theologians today are by and large anything but theologians. ... [Luther]

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According to sources close to the Johnsons, the family of five was excitedly anticipating their biannual visit to Maple Hill Community Church Christmas morning, where they will get to catch up with fellow church members they have not seen since they atten... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

The Bee exposes the double standards of the pro-abortionists brilliantly. Expectant mother Erin Bruford was described as “glowing” as the five-months-pregnant woman enjoyed the company of her friends and family at her fetus shower this Thursday evenin... [Modern Culture]

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If you cancel your services on Christmas, you should go ahead and close down.  You have ceased to be a church.  Oh sure, you can hum and holler and equivocate and excuse all you want.  You can say you’re doing it for ‘the family’.  B... [theology]

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RÜCKBLICK DER TAGUNG Nach den einführenden Grussworten stellte der Brunner Biograph Frank Jehle den Gelehrten anhand von Bildern und pointierten Bemerkungen zu Wegstationen, Gefährten und Werken, dar. Emil Brunner, Sohn eines Primarlehrers und einer Pf... [Brunner]

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And couldn’t spell the word ‘Doctrine’…  (from SBL 2014). * ______________ * Sorry Wipfers, I just can’t control my impulses…Filed under: Brunner [Brunner]

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Emil Brunner, the greatest theologian since Zwingli, was born on the 23rd of December in 1889.  His breadth of knowledge was astonishing and his theological significance simply cannot be overstated or even exaggerated.  As Kelly van Andel puts it so nic... [Brunner]

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From the AAR dance and prayer to mother earth team squad group consortium! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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From the twitter- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 22, 2PM

Wer noch nicht vernichtet ist und durch Kreuz und Leiden zu einem Nichts gemacht ist, der schreibt Werke und Weisheit sich selbst zu. – Martin Luther That truth has never been needed more than it is today.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

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Nothing is more dangerous than to be blinded by prosperity. –  John CalvinFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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To each and every one of the readers here, Merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year to you and yours. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Tell me, you who wish the refugees, from wherever, to be denied safe harbor on our shores, which of the two groups below Jesus says your belong in (and to help you I’ve highlighted the important bits so you can find them): ‘When the Son of man... [theology]
When Christmas falls on a Sunday as it does this year it’s the perfect opportunity for parents to teach their children that even their favorite things are not as important as God.  It’s one of life’s most important lessons.  Indeed, if... [Modern Culture]
You Trumpettes, you enabled this.  The Vatican must excommunicate this evil man.  He is neither Catholic nor Christian.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“Oh, then rejoice that through His Son, God is with sinners now at one” – Martin Luther So begins an essay worth reading even though its author thinks Luther is the greatest Reformer (as if…).Filed under: Church History, Luther [Church History] [Luther]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World. Edited by Koert van Bekkum, Kampen Theological University, Jaap Dekker, Apeldoorn Theological University, Henk van de Kamp, minister of Apeldoorn Reformed Church (li... [Biblical Studies Resources]
This woodcut is from a 1505 commentary on the antiphon Salve Regina written by Joannes Henlin (via Brandon Wason over on the instagram).  I love the portrayal of Jesus ripping in like any tiny kid would- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
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December 21, 6PM

James Crossley and I edited this volume for our friend and colleague Keith Whitelam and tonight it was presented to Keith by James (along with my little remarks via video which were by all accounts well received). Keith has long deserved a volume recogniz... [Books]

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Filed under: Luther [Luther]
1.) The full-service cafe discontinues your favorite seasonal drink. If winter rolls around and the coffee shop in the foyer decides not to run its usual peppermint mocha promotional, it’s time to start Googling “good churches in my area.” It’s a ... [mockery]
The press had better do its job for the next four years and expose every lie this con man spews. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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I have the feeling this will appear a good bit for the next 4 years.  2 if Congress does its job… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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A List for Millennials and Gen X-ers Who Wish To Assert Their Superiority To God And Ensure that the Day Of Worship is about them and Not God Christmas Super Bowl Sunday Halloween Easter Bird Day Bean Day National Rubber Duckie Day Beer Can Appreciation ... [Total Depravity]

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52 Week Bible Reading Plan Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels. Duration: One year | Download: PDF I recommend reading the OT porti... [Bible]

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Goppelt passed away on the 21st of December in 1973 after a productive life of biblical scholarship. He left behind a legacy of learning and several generations of grateful students. Probably best known for his New Testament Theology (in two volumes) in m... [Modern Culture]
December 21, 1552: Katie Luther was buried at the City Church (St. Mary’s) in Torgau, Germany. Between the plague spreading through the area and the Emperor waging war against the German princes, it was not considered safe to return Katie’s body to Wi... [Church History] [Luther]

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Storing, Archiving, Organizing: The Changing Dynamics of Scholarly Information Management in Post-Reformation Zurich is a study of the Lectorium at the Zurich Grossmünster, the earliest of post-Reformation Swiss academies, initiated by the church reforme... [Books] [Church History]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 20, 5PM

Dunham recently remarked that she wished she’d had an abortion.  Luther responds- You act and speak as a bride of the devil, expressing what the devil inspires. All blasphemous words of this kind are nothing but childish, mad, sacrilegious ideas, a... [Total Depravity]

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Since they would not consent to acknowledge God, God abandoned them to their unacceptable thoughts and indecent behaviour.  And so now they are steeped in all sorts of injustice, rottenness, greed and malice; full of envy, murder, wrangling, treachery an... [Modern Culture]
Your self absorption is astonishing and your ability to make absolutely everything about you is demonic. At any rate, your lord, Satan, applauds you.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Citing the great reverence and honor due the Lord Jesus on the traditional day celebrating His incarnation, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church confirmed Tuesday that worship service would be cancelled on Christmas morning. “We want to show respect and adoration ... [disdain] [mockery]
Via Jona L. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This is my kind of Santa… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
But they can’t even tell what language they’re in or what they contain.  So, they’ve found bits of scrap.  Yay.  It’s only news because it’s Christmas and the ‘Bible has been proven to be right, again, by archaeology... [Archaeology] [Dead Sea Scrolls]

10AM

An ordained Pagan priest finally has gotten the OK to sport goat horns in his Maine driver’s license photo. Maine resident Phelan Moonsong said that unless he’s sleeping or bathing, he always wears his goat horns, which serve as his spiritual ... [bizarre news]

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Over at the Zurich NT Blog they’ve listed various of the projects they’ve engaged in throughout the year and the volumes those projects produced. Given that Christmas is just around the corner, I thought that for some of you it might be intere... [Biblical Studies Resources]
The reviews won’t post here because I’ve agreed to write them for Reviews in Religion and Theology (Cambridge).  So watch for them there next year.  Both books look pretty engaging.  Especially the Luther fun. Filed under: Book Review, Bo... [book review] [Books]

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Expanding Ecological Hermeneutics: The Case for Ecolonialism, Tina Dykesteen Nilsen and Anna Rebecca Solevåg, abstract A Study in Scarlet: The Physiology and Treatment of Blood, Breath, and Fish in Ancient Israel, Richard Whitekettle, abstract The Gro... [Biblical Studies Resources]

6AM

True is true…. Nicht zufällig gehörte die rechtsnationale Politikerin Marine Le Pen zu den ersten, die Donald Trump zu seinem Sieg bei der Präsidentschaftswahl in den USA gratulierten. Weltweit scheint der Populismus auf der Erfolgsspur. Lässt s... [Modern Culture]
December 20, 1552: Katie Luther dies in the city of Torgau, Germany, just one month shy of her 54th birthday. Life after the death of Martin had not been easy for Katie. Friends claiming to look out for her family tried to take her sons away from her. War... [Luther]

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This sort of mockery is especially needed at this time of year… Filed under: mockery [mockery]
The program isn’t on Discovery, it’s on PBS! In 1948, a British pilot serving in Iraq acquired a clay tablet with an intriguing, 3,700 year-old inscription. The ancient writing tells the story of how the god Enki warns a Sumerian king named At... [media]

December 17, 2PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Fun fact: Martin Luther never saw a Bible until he was 20.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

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In America today what you don’t personally like is deemed ‘fake news’ and your favorite news outlet always ‘tells the truth’.  This means that what Americans lack is the ability to reason.  They lack, in droves, the ability... [Modern Culture]
This past Sunday, an eight-month old Mennonite baby in Wichita, Kansas became the youngest child ever to be baptized upon confession of her faith. “At North Wichita MBCM church we take seriously the Anabaptist teaching that people should only be baptiz... [mockery]

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Dave Leip  — @uselectionatlas  — Final popular vote tally: Clinton: 65,844,610, Trump: 62,979,636, Johnson 4,488,912, Stein 1,457,038. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Get yours.Filed under: Books [Books]

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Since 1974, the International Calvin Congress has been meeting in forums around the globe to further the academic and theological study of John Calvin’s work. The Congress has been held at academic institutions in South Africa, Germany, Japan, Scotland,... [Calvin] [Conferences]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 16, 6PM

It is presumptuous for people who are as ignorant as you are not to take up the work of a herdsman. — Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]

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It’s already being stocked with the materials best representative of the Trump Presidency! Filed under: mockery, Modern Culture [mockery] [Modern Culture]
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Stop it.  You aren’t doing it for ‘the family’ you’re doing it because you don’t think people will attend.  But by doing so, not only are you committing idolatry (by placing ‘the family’ above God), you are also... [theology]

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With thanks to Richard Goode of Newman University, Birmingham, for bringing it to our attention.  This makes me this excited… Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

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Over on Facebook there’s a campaign to spread awareness of Childhood Cancer.  I wanted to do a bit more, though, than just change my profile photo since I have known a number of youngsters with cancer over the years.  So, that said, would you look... [Modern Culture]

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Vor 500 Jahren trat die Reformation ihren Siegeszug um die Welt an. Die meisten Leute kennen die Namen von Luther und Zwingli, dem deutschen und dem Schweizer Reformator. Aber sonst? Ein Crash-Kurs hilft weiter. Die Reformation ist derzeit in aller Munde,... [Church History]

December 15, 4PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Come to Newman University on 5 January at 1400 and find out… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

“By a carpenter mankind was made and only by a carpenter can mankind be remade” —Desiderius Erasmus Read the essay here.  You’ll enjoy it. Another reformer Martin Chemnitz writes, “For Christ, both God and man, must lay hold on us in order ... [Church History]

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All the details of this new volume are here. Spain and the Reformation seems an awkward combination. Spain retains the image to be a thoroughly Catholic country, where the Reformation never had the opportunity to set foot at. Frances Luttikhuizen points t... [Church History]
Good old Meredith.  She believes she knows theology even though she’s never studied it well enough so as to recommend a profanity laced ‘devotional’ that appeals not to devotional motivations but base instincts. Hopefully when she̵... [Modern Culture]
On the mark, Bee. After waiting for several anxious days to receive the results of his spiritual gift test, local man Trent Shepherd was reportedly relieved to find the definitive test had returned negative results for the gifts of mercy, compassion, and ... [mockery]

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Ask your evangelists, my dear sirs and brothers, to turn you away from Luther and Karlstadt and direct you always to Christ, but not, as Karlstadt does, only to the work of Christ, wherein Christ is held up as an example, which is the least important aspe... [Luther]

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Tolle Lege Institute from Andrei Asiyuk on Vimeo.Filed under: Church History [Church History]
Meaning even fewer people will be working.  Boy, you Trump supporters are looking more and more foolish every day. The Carrier company is using the $16.5 million investment in the Indiana plant to automate it, which will lead to more layoffs in the futur... [Total Depravity]

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On the twitter- Christopher Ingraham – @_cingraham – Everyone likes to make fun of @bing, but compare their results to @Google’s on this. Microsoft deserves a lot of credit for this. And then take a look at the Google search phrase and f... [media]
De Gruyter and RefoRC are proud to announce volume 3, issue 2 of the Journal of Early Modern Christianity (JEMC). The journal contributes to interdisciplinary, interconfessional, and comparative research on Early Modern Christianity. The new issue contai... [Church History] [Journals]

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Nach Gottes Wort reformiert – Was heißt das? Was gibt es 2017 zu feiern? Anstöße zum eigenen Nachdenen und für Veranstaltungen in der Gemeinde vom Gottesdienst am Reformationstag 2017 bis zu reformierten Reisezielen gibt das Magazin zum Reformat... [Church History]

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December 14, 6PM

Dem evangelischen Theologen Christoph Markschies, Professor für Ältere Kirchengeschichte an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), wird durch die päpstliche Lateran-Universität in Rom und das Forschungsinstitut Augustinianum die katholische Ehrendo... [Modern Culture]

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Well done to one and all.  But especially to plucky Nottingham. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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I care not at all for an open enemy of the church, such as the papists with their power and persecutions; I regard them not, for by them the true church cannot receive hurt, nor can they hinder God’s Word; nay, the church, through their raging and perse... [Luther] [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Contempt, disdain, Heresy and Heretics, misery, Modern Culture, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [Contempt] [disdain] [Heresy and Heretics] [misery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
The answer- Aleppo is the damning indictment of Western policy, indifference, and greed.  That’s what it is Mr Johnson.  It is a killing field whereat Putin and Assad murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrians and the West stood by and wat... [Modern Culture]

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Any preacher who attacks evil will have opposition. – A.T. Robertson [NB- I love Robertson.  He’s simply unsurpassed in the area of NT Greek exposition.]Filed under: A.T. Robertson [a.t. robertson]

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Even the Zurichers…  I can’t… even… The book is great, and you should get it… but… the… pitchman… it…. aggghhhhh……….. Of this book, it’s fair to say ‘This volume is the ... [irony]

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A very interesting essay here on the subject of Reformation Disputations. Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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Welcome to the Brill Reformation Year webpage. On 31 October 2017 it will be 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Although there is no historical proof of this happening, it was an event that... [Church History] [Luther]

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And this country has learned nothing.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Filed under: mockery, Modern Culture [mockery] [Modern Culture]
Lest we forget… Peter Kirby has made a list and checked it twice. Enjoy. Filed under: biblioblogs [Biblioblogs]

December 13, 5PM

Was rühmst du dich der Bosheit, du Tyrann, da doch Gottes Güte noch täglich währt? Deine Zunge trachtet nach Schaden wie ein scharfes Schermesser, du Betrüger! Du liebst das Böse mehr als das Gute und redest lieber Falsches als Rechtes. Sela. Du red... [Modern Culture]

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Finally, a reason to have hope for humanity.  For a few seconds. The top-selling music artists [sic!] of 2016 is [sic!] not who you’d expect. If you looked at the most popular songs today, it’s not Drake. He’s runner-up.  DRAKE: (Singi... [Modern Culture] [Mozart]

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According to sources, local family the Fullers mistakenly selected a violent imprecatory Psalm as their chosen verse for this year’s Christmas card, which was mailed to all of their friends, family and coworkers. The verse in question is Psalm 58:6, whi... [Modern Culture]

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Appalling.  Reading through the excuses offered for their church cancelling services on Christmas Sunday is like reading the dreadful excuses of some teen who didn’t do the assignment and who wants to convince the teacher that she’s sharp any... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually. Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah You love all devouring... [Modern Culture]
The U.S. is finally waking up to the fact that it has been turned into a subordinate ally to Russia, thanks to Putin and Trump. Well, some Americans are.  The Trumpettes will never get it. For the last two years we have been living through one of those l... [Modern Culture]

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Matthias Gretzschel Martin Luther His Life and Places of Work The effects of the life and work of the Wittenberg Reformer Martin Luther were universal, but he spent most of his time in the electoral principality of Saxony, which as a result of his life an... [book review] [Books] [Luther]

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The volume of essays Crossley and I edited is now available for your reading pleasure. As biblical studies becomes increasingly fragmented, this collection of essays brings together a number of leading scholars in order to show how historical reconstructi... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

3AM

Only in America….Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 12, 6PM

I saw this on facebook on some Canadian’s page I think.  Anyway, the ‘South’ section is right on the mark. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

You can’t make up this kind of heretical word vomit even if you try.  Only hell can invent such madness. Televangelist Jim Bakker hosted several fellow End Times preachers on his television program today to discuss the prophetic implications of the... [Heresy and Heretics] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

12 PM

New from the great folk at V&R– Andreas J. Beck versammelt die Beiträge der internationalen wissenschaftlichen Tagung »Melanchthon und die Reformierte Tradition«, die vom 10.-12. November 2010 in Emden stattfand. Die Tagung wurde anlässlich ... [Books] [Church History] [Melanchthon]
Please elect anyone but Donald Trump.  I don’t care if it’s Rubio or Clinton or Bob the Trained Monkey Dog.  Anyone is better than Trump and Trump is the worst of all possible choices. Plus, we would all have the best time ever watching him ... [Modern Culture]

10AM

I’ll pass.Filed under: Luther Burns Your Worthless Book, Something Else I Won't be Reading [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book] [Something Else I Won't be Reading]
We ought to be so diligent and firm in standing by the truth, that we not only weigh our own words but also the words of all other persons, in such a manner that no deception, no lie can be concealed therein. A candid mind should never be more displeased ... [Modern Culture] [Zwingli]
Tapping his years of undergraduate study, seminary experience, and hours of personal reading and reflection each week, local pastor Darrell Warren posted a meticulously researched, impeccably reasoned church blog post on God’s sovereignty as it relates ... [mockery]

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Mit entschiedener Sympathie und beeindruckendem psychologischen Gespür lässt Joachim Köhler, Autor zahlreicher biographischer und kulturgeschichtlicher Werke, den großen Glaubenskämpfer der deutschen Geschichte lebendig werden. »Christsein heißt, ... [Books] [Luther]

4AM

Many have been misled by their own notions, wicked presumption having warped their judgement. (Sir. 3:24) Let those with ears, hear (and someone tell Trump this).Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

Fun times! Septuaginta &c. It’s an exciting day here at Septuaginta &c. (notice that I have finally given this blog a name), as I continue with my ongoing series of interviews with Septuagint scholars of note. Most of those I have interviewed th... [Modern Culture]
Fascism is, according to Robert O. Paxton, “a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cultures of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of c... [Modern Culture]

December 11, 6PM

He disliked and distrusted Doctors and felt that the best cure for illnesses was a good helping of herring and peas.  He even claimed they had wide curative powers.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

3PM

What would be more awesome than that? Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

When he [Martin Luther] was arguing with his wife he said, “You convince me of whatever you please. You have complete control. I concede to you the control of the household, provided my rights are preserved. Female government has never done any good. Go... [Luther]

6AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory. Pope Francis referred to t... [Islam]

5AM

Our minds, to whatever part of creation, to whatever design, to whatever hope they turn, find nothing but trouble, disaster, and utter wretchedness: but comfort and rest are nowhere to be found save with God. – H. ZwingliFiled under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

December 10, 11AM

Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#83455)
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

“He has given no one the power to proclaim his works to the end, and who can fathom his magnificent deeds?  Who can assess his magnificent strength, and who can go further and tell all of his mercies. Nothing can be added to them, nothing subtracte... [Bible]
To celebrate her 30th birthday and she sent along a lot of pictures but these are among my favorites-  and, by the way, she’s the best daughter the world has ever seen. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

From the Zurich New Testament folk on facebook- Would you like to get a copy of Jörg Frey’s monumental 940pp collection of essays on the New Testament? You could be a proud owner soon! Here is what you have to do: 1. Be a follower of this blog. 2. Post... [Modern Culture]
You know what this means don’t you?  It means in two years his followers are going to build a statue of him and offer sacrifices and burnt offerings to their lord.  Meanwhile, the rest of us will maintain a modicum of sensibility and simply rememb... [Barth]

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In a rather brief document presented by the leading theologians of the three Great Churches in Zurich, Zwingli and his colleagues offered the Cantonal authorities their advice as how to best address the issues of the Mass and Images in the Churches. Thoug... [Zwingli]

December 9, 8PM

You love evil rather than good,  falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Ps 52:3Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A lot of Americans are very exercised over the suggestion that Russia meddled in our recent election.  The widespread handwringing would be amusing were it not so hypocritical. Mind you, I dislike the notion that anyone interefere with the due proces... [Modern Culture]

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How does [John] prove that they are liars who boast that they have faith without piety? even by the contrary effect; for he has already said, that the knowledge of God is efficacious. For God is not known by a naked imagination, since he reveals himself i... [Calvin]

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There is no greater crime than the swindle known as the ‘campus bookstore textbook buyback’. Those thieves pay students some paltry price like $5 for a $300 book. Then those same thieves sell it as a used book for $200. It’s the biggest ... [Modern Culture]

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Book Prizes: Roland H. Bainton Prizes: History/Theology: Robin Barnes, Astrology and Reformation (Oxford University Press, 2015) Literature: Christopher Warren, Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680 (Oxford University Press, 2015) Art History: Kate... [Church History]

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Simply put, because he loved God more. Zwingli’s House, Zurich The most radical change which Zwingli made in the Church service at Zurich was to do away with both instrumental and vocal music. This action was the more strange since Zwingli himself ... [Zwingli]

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Listen to this NPR story.  No. Words.  Just listen, and hear the terrifying power of guilt and its very long reach.Filed under: Theology [theology]

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It is, in all sincerity, the very best English translation of the Bible that has yet been produced.  And, yes, I’ve looked at every English translation of the Bible and it really is the best.  It is the most faithful to the underlying originals wh... [Bible]

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Here.  Read it. Calvinism is a bleak, oppressive form of Christianity.” The sentiment is a common one. Finding quotations like this one from John Calvin’s letter to the Catholic Cardinal Sadoleto may seem to confirm it. “Whenever I descended into ... [Books] [Church History]
After the productive period of the Zwinglian Reformation, which embraced fifteen years, from 1516 to 1531, followed the period of preservation and consolidation under difficult circumstances. It required a man of firm faith, courage, moderation, patience,... [Bullinger]
Thanks to Christophe Chalamet for mentioning a journal on twitter which, upon visiting, I discovered is accessible online at e-periodica.ch.  The site has a fantastic search feature and you can actually see pages of print journals that have long been una... [theology]

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Mike Bird has it.  Oden was very good in his earlier days but admittedly went a bit off the rails in his latter.  Nonetheless, he was a good scholar and we all benefit from his work.  May he rest in peace. Oden was a former liberal who turned “orthod... [obituary]

December 8, 2PM

Universalism is the heresy that God can’t be trusted to decide and that humanity needn’t be trusted to decide.Filed under: Theology [theology]
Assurance is a fruit that grows out of the root of faith; the fruits in winter do not appear upon the tree. Because I do not see a flourishing top, shall I deny the existence and sappiness of the root? Mary, when she wept at Christ’s feet, had no assura... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Instead of RKB answering each question individually, he’s put together a series of prepared responses.  Expect to see them at appropriate moments… Filed under: Bultmann [Bultmann]

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Dear people who think they know what the Bible is about, stop sharing your foundationless ‘personal opinion’. #Kthanksbye ‬ Get me that for Christmas, Santa.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Erm… “That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ ... [Twitter] [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
“The Lord has certainly inflicted a bitter wound in the death of our infant son. But He is Himself a father and knows what is good for His children.” —John Calvin Read the post.Filed under: Calvin, Modern Culture [Calvin] [Modern Culture]
Take a look. Roberta Mazza The unruly half of the panel, i.e. Nongbri and Choat, and myself before losing control over those two…. You know academics are always late, right? So I am super-late in reporting a much fun session I organised and chaired o... [Modern Culture]
I’m offering the PDFs of the intro to Zwingli AND the Devotional for $15.  Get them both and learn about Zwingli and become more spiritual at the same time!  Follow the Paypal link and the PDFs will be sent straightaway. And if you do, you’l... [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Der Versuch von „Luther 2017“, „möglichst viel von Luthers eigener Verdeutschung zu bewahren und zugleich den biblischen Texten gerecht zu werden“, sei letztlich gescheitert, so Jürgen Ebach: „Er musste scheitern wie jeder Versuch einer Quadra... [Bible]
What? smoking causes cancer? Who cares… The nice folk at the Bonhoefferarchivefurbullgeschichte have sent this newly discovered Haiku penned by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on 9 April 1945 on the wall of his cell! It’s a remarkable discovery and a rema... [I really dislike Dietrich Bonhoeffer] [mockery]

December 7, 8PM

Seminaries start #BlackLivesMatter  courses  religionnews.com/2016/12/07/sem… #BLM After all, what’s seminary for but to ignore Scripture?  [The following lines have been expunged to spare the feelings of seminary administrators who... [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Vetting for an assistant professor of English at a 3rd-tier, rural, liberal arts college is more rigorous than for the presidential cabinet. – Werner Twertzog (twitter)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

There’s no distortion like the distortion of theology by philosophy.Filed under: Theology [theology]

10AM

Jim Davila writes SAMUEL ZINNER: The Jordanian Lead Books, David Elkington’s Sensationalism and Plagiarism: A Statement (Academia.edu). This is a statement from one of the scholars on the evaluation panel of the Centre for the Study of the Jordanian... [Modern Culture]

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Here’s an intriguing article for your perusal.  Bibi boasts of breaking international law by stealing land and practicing apartheid whilst Europe grovels at Israel’s feet because it has a guilty conscience (in the comic illustration).  Give ... [Modern Culture]

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Glory! Join the Zwingliverein and subscribe to the finest journal on the topic of Church history you’re likely to encounter.  It’s presently edited by the stellar genius Christian Moser.Filed under: Zwingliana, Zwingliverein [Zwingliana] [Zwingliverein]

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She writes Sorry folks, experts do know a lot… and, at the same time, they should be vulnerable and open to challenge, unseating, overturn and maybe ridicule. But to do that means more than just sounding off! She’s responding, of course, to th... [Dilettante] [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Church History, media [Church History] [media]

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Konrad Grebel published a snippet contra Zwingli and his position on baptism on the 7th of December, 1524. On the 28th of the same month Zwingli let fly his own ‘Pearl Harbor attack’ on the ‘theology’ of Grebel in his Wer Ursache gebe zu Aufruhr ... [Zwingli]

December 6, 5PM

Take it here.  I got 8 out of 10.  Missed the one on the Quran.  And the last one… which I must not have correctly apprehended….  you’ll see what I mean.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

A conspiracy theorist has claimed that Jesus will return to Earth this month, guiding his people to heaven and leaving the planet totally sterile for 1,000 years.  Nora Roth, a Christian computer programmer, says she has performed complex calculations wh... [Heresy and Heretics] [Pentebabbleism] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Question 3. Whence knowest thou thy misery? Answer: Out of the law of God. (a) (a) Rom.3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.Filed under: Heidelberg Catechism [Heidelberg Catechism]
According to Guidestar, the folk who watch the financial doings of non profits and charities, AAR grossed over $3 million in 2013, but gave back to the profession but $23,000 to 23 people. Where did the rest go?  Perhaps the people of AAR should be askin... [AAR]

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Bravo, Bee.  Bravo. Talk about breaking the glass ceiling: leaders at Bethlehem Evangelical Free Church announced last week their new policy allowing women to give announcements in church, “so long as they don’t do so in an authoritative fashion.” ... [Modern Culture]

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The 2017 SECSOR Annual Meeting will be held March 3-5 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh, North Carolina. Click here to register. See you there! Filed under: Conferences, SECSOR [Conferences] [SECSOR]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Would punch you in the face if you were a heretic, like Arius, and Servetus, and no doubt Wesley, and TD Jakes, and Joel Osteen, and Joyce Meyer, and just about each and every Pentebabbleist that has ever lived.  Nick wasn’t fond of heretics. He... [Church History] [Heresy and Heretics]
Uuuund wir sind online: martinluther.de, komplett neu gestaltet und grundlegend überarbeitet! #Relaunch Check it out.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 5, 6PM

If you can attend any of the sessions, you SHOULD.Filed under: Ming Hua Theological College [Ming Hua Theological College]

5PM

Is waged by Christians who would rather open presents than worship their redeemer and Churches that would rather pander to ‘the family’ and close down on Christmas Sunday than glorify their Savior by standing resolute in their testimony.Filed ... [Modern Culture]

4PM

I’ve worked on a couple of reviews for Reviews in Religion and Theology (to appear in some future number).  Specifically, this book And this one I can’t repeat what the reviews include except to say, Brown’s book is very, very good a... [book review] [Books]

3PM

We have greater work here to do than mere securing our own salvation. We are members of the state and church, and we must labor to do good to many. We are trusted with our Master’s talents for his service, in our places to do our best to propagate his ... [Modern Culture]

2PM

The early Church began as a small group of Disciples and Followers who pledged loyalty to the Lordship of Christ, their Savior and Lord.  It had no public face but the face of each Disciple as he or she lived their faith out day by day.  The Church grew... [theology]

12 PM

#Bam Old Life Are U.S. Christians really comfortable with bringing prayer and Bible reading back to public schools? If so, what do they do with this passage (which was part of yesterday’s Scripture readings)? As they were making their hearts merry, be... [Modern Culture]
I wonder if this is what pops up when Tom Wright is typing or if he muted it because it appeared so frequently. Filed under: sarcasm [sarcasm]

11AM

Rabbinic Literature – A Rich Source for the Interpretation and Implementation of the Old and New Testaments, by Reinhard Neudecker These selected essays have appeared over a period of two decades and have been revised for inclusion in this volume. T... [Books]

10AM

A new Federal Communications Commission rule advocating for transparency regarding broadcast content will see popular programs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network slapped with a heresy warning, played at the beginning of each show, sources at the FCC conf... [mockery] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

6AM

An Oxford graduate is suing the university for £1m claiming the “appallingly bad” and “boring” teaching cost him a first-class degree and prevented him from having a successful career. Faiz Siddiqui, who studied modern history at Brasenose Colleg... [Total Depravity]

5AM

Two of my favorite people will be livestreaming from K-J.  Here are the details- Israel Finkelstein and Thomas Römer will be visitng Kiriath-Jearim and it will be livestreamed to the Kiriath-Jearim Expedition facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Kiria... [Archaeology]

4AM

Not that kind of starvation- the starvation that comes when worship, prayer, scripture reading, and ministry are either wholly ignored or only occasionally enjoyed. There’s a famine in the land- but one of our own making and it has resulted in the s... [Modern Culture]

3AM

This two volume edition of the letters of Oswald Myconius will be a boon to students of the Swiss Reformation.  Coming in February.Filed under: Church History [Church History]
In a new essay on Barth’s lectures on Zwingli, Jehle writes 2004 erschien als Band 40 der Karl Barth-Gesamtausgabe dessen Zwinglivorlesung in Göttingen im Wintersemester 1922/23. Von der gelehrten Welt wurde das Buch bis jetzt nur wenig beachtet. D... [Barth] [Zwingli]

December 4, 4PM

“It’s a remarkable and very offensive thing that the world is constantly degenerating more and more, though the gospel has been preached often. Everybody interprets the spiritual liberty of Christ as if it were carnal pleasure. In external matters, th... [Luther]

3PM

Take this Medieval example where Jesus one minute is in the manger and the next he’s teaching Mary the meaning of Scripture…  blerg. Blerg.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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10AM

Any ‘gospel’ that promises salvation without obedience is a false gospel; and a denial of the Gospel.  Faith, where it lacks works, is no faith at all because it is dead.  And any promise of salvation based on such a dead faith is a lie. God... [theology]

5AM

Question 2. How many things are necessary for thee to know, that thou, enjoying this comfort, mayest live and die happily? Answer: Three; (a) the first, how great my sins and miseries are; (b) the second, how I may be delivered from all my sins and miseri... [Heidelberg Catechism]
On December 3d, Myconius writes Zwingli that his friends in Zurich were many, but that he was adversely criticised because he was so fond of music, and because he was so given to worldly pleasures. Myconius had not found it difficult to silence these obje... [Zwingli]

December 3, 4PM

Die Reformation hat die Welt so tiefgreifend verwandelt wie kein anderes Ereignis seit dem Ende der Antike – auch der Katholizismus war danach nicht mehr der gleiche. Thomas Kaufmann erzählt souverän und auf dem neuesten Forschungsstand die Geschichte... [Church History]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

The tomb believed to be the place where Jesus was laid has been opened for the first time in centuries.  For decades, archaeologists and theologians have debated over whether the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is the site where Christ was su... [Archaeology]
The Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most profoundly helpful introductions to the Christian Faith that has ever been composed.  For the next 129 days I’ll be posting one of the questions and answers (along with the scriptural supports).  Enjoy. ... [Heidelberg Catechism]

8AM

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better ... [theology]

7AM

Trump may think he’s king of the world but he’s about to discover he’s no one but the court jester.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

Our daughter turns 30 today.  She’s, I have to say, one of the best people I know.  Top two, actually.  I remember everything she’s been through since the day she was born and I couldn’t, I just couldn’t be more proud of her. Ha... [Modern Culture]
This is vile. Diners aren’t just great places for an affordable bite to eat. Specifically here in Philadelphia, they’ve long been places for community members and politicians of all stripes to gather, talk and debate, with a civil tongue. But the 2016... [Total Depravity]

December 2, 4PM

via George TakeiFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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11AM

Routledge doth tweeteth The correspondence between Christian theologian #KarlBarth & Charlotte von Kirschbaum: #freeaccess article: ow.ly/pJKb306CoHi Enjoy, Barthian sycophants. In this contribution, Susanne Hennecke considers the theological meaning ... [Modern Culture]

5AM

Ah, Christian art… you have to love it… or not. That kid is going to put someone’s eye out.  Hey Philipp, we don’t shoot our crossbows in the house!Filed under: Luther, Melanchthon [Luther] [Melanchthon]
Best hashtag ever -#τυιττίζειν – to translate into tweets. – Ralph KeenFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

This Gospel is a terror to the great, learned, holy, and powerful because they all despise Christ. It is a comfort to the lowly to whom alone Christ is revealed.—Martin Luther Read this nifty essay by Jennifer about this little snippet from Luther.File... [Luther]
via Jason SilvermanFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2AM

Strong as was the sentiment in Zurich in favor of Zwingli, there were not wanting those who from the start opposed his election. A personality so aggressive could not fail to make enemies. Many hated him because of his views on the subject of foreign pens... [Zwingli]

December 1, 12 PM

The next Carnival, which will post on 1 January at midnight plus 1 minute will be exclusively devoted to posts on either the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament and the New Testament.  Book reviews of books on those particular topics, posts of exegesis, and tha... [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblical Studies Resources]

11AM

These are the kinds of people Donald Trump is surrounding himself with. Donald Trump wasn’t the only person to see opportunity in the 2008 housing collapse. As the economy recovered from the rubble of failed banks, foreclosed homes and government bailou... [Total Depravity]
James Crossley and myself have edited a volume and today it became available for ordering.  So do.  It’s a fantastic collection of essays by a gang of gifted scholars: Introduction: Keith Whitelam in Context – James Crossley, St Mary’s Un... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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Take note! Roberta Mazza Screen shot of the vintage souvenir of the Rylands fragment of John on sale through Sotheby’s New York on December 5th Christmas auction madness never ends surprising me this year. In few days, Sotheby’s New York will auct... [Modern Culture]

8AM

DeGruyter tweets –  Blogger’s Choice – free access to EBR articles recommended by biblioblogger Jim West @drjewest. degruyter.com/dg/page/765/ebrFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 30, 10PM

This month’s carnival is divided in three segments:  Before SBL, During SBL, and After SBL.  It features posts on facebook and twitter leading up to the meeting, posts written during the meeting, and posts summing things up after the meeting.  E... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblical Studies Resources]

6PM

Shelby Adamson, a sophomore in Civil Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology, confirmed today that she had reached the exact level of embarrassment over her Christian faith to meet the approval of her non-believing friends. Adamson explained t... [mockery]

3PM

Whenever a politician adopts a policy the Fundamentalists, like Jim Bakker and Pat Robertson, disagree with and some disaster befalls (or doesn’t), those Fundamentalist Pentebabblers are quick to call it the judgment of God. I wonder why the Pat Rob... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

2PM

Via Paul Middleton- Hearing the very sad news that the Rev Prof. Duncan Forrester, Emeritus Professor at New College, Edinburgh has died. He was a fine theologian, and a very gracious man. He was the founder of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues in... [obituary]

12 PM

Local junior higher Bobby Reinke reported Wednesday that he is still attending both “big church” and youth group in an attempt to begin some kind of personal relationship with “cute” fellow eighth grader Jenny Wilson.  Reinke, sitting with his pa... [mockery]

8AM

Zürich heute – hier wohnen und arbeiten Menschen aus aller Welt. Zürich, vor 500 Jahren – zwar viel kleiner, aber ebenso lebendig. Die Menschen leiden unter den Abgaben an Kirchen und Klöster, das Söldnerwesen bringt Reichtum und Dekadenz. Da wend... [Books] [Church History]

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Antonio writes Era stato in carica durante la Rivolta di bar Kokhba (132-135 d.C.). Il reperto è stato rinvenuto in mare, al largo di Tel Dor. L’iscrizione decifrata recita «… la città di Dor rende onore a Marco Paccius, figlio di Publio Silvan... [Archaeology]
Whilst at SBL in San Antonio the nice folk at Hendrickson handed off a copy of their brand new Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook for perusal and examination. Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook is a “one-stop shop” for anyone who is stu... [book review] [Books]

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Filed under: Bultmann [Bultmann]

2AM

Zwei Bücher über Huldrych Zwingli von Peter Opitz und Franz Rueb porträrieren den Zürcher Reformator mit verschiedenen Farbakzenten – und ergänzen einander. The book by Opitz is fantastic.  I can’t vouch for Rueb’s, since I’ve no... [Books] [Church History]

November 29, 1PM

As Christmas season arrives, Christians across America have begun intense preparations to withstand the vicious attacks they expect to face during the month of December as coworkers, store employees, and even random passerby ruthlessly wish them “Happy... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

12 PM

NT Wright’s books make perfect yuletide firelogs. #ProTipFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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But that’s not theology, it’s heresy.  It isn’t exposition, it’s eisegesis.  Ya gotta love the guys who think that their navel gazing expositions and ‘reframings’ have merit and the publishers who pander to them simpl... [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book] [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

7AM

The left is as little interested in true equality as the right.  What each wants is personal advantage, not actual fairness.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“Pollutions” – that’s quite a word. The Lying Pen of Scribes Some of the post-2002 DSS-like fragments have polluted the DSS and Qumran modules in Accordance both on a corpus and manuscript level. This also has major statistical imp... [Modern Culture]

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Unfortunately, neither the Left nor the Right have appropriated that standard for themselves.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 28, 4PM

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Tchividjian’s remarriage was first confirmed in a Facebook post on Saturday by his new wife, Stacie, as she highlighted a sermon he delivered at the non-denominational Spring Hills Community Church in Santa Rosa, California. “What an honor it... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology] [Total Depravity]

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Pastor John Kilpatrick used his pulpit to celebrate the election of Donald Trump and the defeat of Hillary Clinton by speaking in tongues during a recent sermon. Shortly after the Nov. 8 election, Kilpatrick reminded his congregation at the Evangel Temple... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
From William. I Wish I could have heard Peter’s paper. Septuaginta &c. If you’re involved in biblical studies then you are aware that thousands of scholars are still catching up on sleep and icing knees due to all the activity of last week’... [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Even though far more Catholics shopped online than in churches on Black Friday weekend, they are apparently not done yet. A new EOTT survey released Sunday estimates that some 67-million Roman Catholics will shop online for their remission of temporal ... [mockery]

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Take note, antiquarians… Roberta Mazza One of the bronze statuettes on sale (Resandro Collection) Are you going to join next 6th December Christie’s auction of Egyptian antiquities in London King Street? If so, be aware that Christie’s peopl... [Modern Culture]

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Interesting stuff! animalia biblica Ramla, Palestine, 1938. A recent study by a team of scientists and archaeologists from the Universities of York and Bristol, together with colleagues from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, have report... [Modern Culture]

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Pretending that the Constitution is infallible and the Founding Fathers inerrant is the most idolatrous thing Americans do.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, To the oppressing city!  She has not obeyed His voice, She has not received correction; She has not trusted in the LORD, She has not drawn near to her God.  Her princes in her midst are roaring lions; Her judge... [Modern Culture]

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Zwingli and Bullinger have a recommendation for you: We love this book. Love it. LOVE IT. Never in the history of Christianity has a book so profound been made available to the masses for a price so reasonable. Reading it is a theological education in a s... [Book of the Week] [Books]

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Krampus is coming for the bad children! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 27, 3PM

An Indiana mother faces seven felony charges after court documents say she put fecal matter multiple times into her son’s IV lines while he was undergoing cancer treatment. Marion County prosecutors have charged Tiffany Alberts, 41, from Wolcott, Indian... [Total Depravity]

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Christians today really should take note of this- We must never think well of that which God in his law frowns upon, though in his providence he may seem to smile upon it. – Matthew HenryFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
There are only a few days till the appearance of the next Biblical Studies Carnival.  Joel Watts is in it! Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival [Biblical Studies Carnival]

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Philipp Melanchthon married Katharina Krapp on November 27, 1520. Apparently, Philipp had decided that his work and studies were to be his bride. For years he resisted the urgings of his friends for him to marry for fear that his studies would suffer. His... [Church History] [Melanchthon]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Antonio has the details of the discovery of a ritual bath at Herod’s tomb.  And he has some fantastic photos too.Filed under: Archaeology [Archaeology]

November 26, 1PM

For instance, he completely missed the meaning of Melanchthon’s “hoc est Christum cognoscere beneficia eius cognoscere”. The only way Barth could assert what he asserted is if he wasn’t a clear thinker or understanding reader.  B... [Melanchthon]

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Bottom line- he was a draft dodger and the German State had no interest in his presence.  It seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the proverbial tree does it.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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From Jesus to His First Followers examines to what extent early Christian groups were in continuity or discontinuity with respect to Jesus. Adriana Destro and Mauro Pesce concentrate on the transformation of religious practices. Their anthropological-hist... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
The film. Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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“God is not at the disposal of a seeing that is outside of God, for there is no outside of God. Thus, seeing God cannot be objective. Any seeing of God that would be interested only in the seeing would not be a seeing of God; for a seeing of God tha... [Bultmann]

November 25, 4PM

Who died 24 November, 1531… just over a month after Zwingli was slaughtered by the Papist forces at Kappel-am-Albis. Oecolampadius’ statue in Basel (my photo) At the very time that these flourishing churches were falling to the ground, the Ref... [Oecolampadius]
There’s a fantastic overview of Knox here- by the Germans!  I guess the Scots can’t be bothered with Knox these days (and anyway, he’d hate the Church of Scotland with a passionate fire only Knox himself could muster). Als wuchtige Stei... [Church History] [John Knox]

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via facebookFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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So why are you complaining now that you think Russia may have done the same to us?  That’s the classic definition of hypocrisy.  So two passages from Scripture are offered to you: You reap what you sow. Do to others what you would have them do to... [Modern Culture]

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Myconio suo Zuinglius S. Incertus animi sum, an mala, quę nobis occurrunt (si tamen mala sunt), tibi significanda sint, homini supra modum clementię misericordięque dedito; vereor enim, nisi pręmuniero pectus tuum ἀλεξιφαρμάκοις, ne in... [Zwingli]

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Who most of them actually think like- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Who most of them actually write like- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
And what they actually look like- Self delusion is always the worst delusion…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Is this one. I can never listen to it without getting a tear in the eyes. And I’ve listened to it hundreds of times. Maybe thousands. Filed under: Mozart [Mozart]

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And couldn’t spell the word ‘Doctrine’…  (from SBL 2014). Filed under: Books, Brunner [Books] [Brunner]
In a just-published study about how our ancestral needs impact our modern feelings, researchers uncovered something that will surprise few among the highly intelligent. While most people are happier when they’re surrounded by friends, smart people are h... [Modern Culture]

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This guy sounds fantastic! I MUST go!!! Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception The early Church father, Tertullian, once wrote: “[w]hat indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the Church?”... [Modern Culture]

November 24, 6PM

Is as qualified for her job as 99.99999% of the people who talk about the Bible are to talk about the Bible… I.e, she’s a dilettante. Anathema sint.Filed under: Dilettante, Total Depravity Tagged: Anathema sint [Dilettante] [Total Depravity] [Anathema sint]

12 PM

Early Modern laypeople were less interested in theological doctrines and confessional distinctions than maintaining a set of beliefs, practices and values that helped them give meaning to and cope with the joys and hardships of life emotionally, intellect... [Modern Culture]

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It’s Thanksgiving themed!   Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the food, I love football, I love crisp autumn days, and it has always been the time when my whole extended family gathers even if they can’t get tog... [Modern Culture]

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God has such a disposition towards us in Christ such that even in our afflictions we have large occasion of thanksgiving. For what is fitter or more suitable for pacifying us, than when we learn that God embraces us in Christ so tenderly, that he turns to... [Calvin]
Sincere doctrine directly leads us to Christ. Prayer invokes praise and the giving of thanks in the name of Christ. The sacraments do serve to seal and represent to us the mysteries of Christ. And the works of faith are done of duty, although also of free... [theology]

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Passend zur Reformationsdekade vermittelt …in diesem Buch, in dem Frauen der Reformationszeit in ihrem Leben und Werk porträtiert werden, den weiblichen Einfluss auf die Reformation in Deutschland. Sie schreibt kenntnisreich und verständlich. Gera... [Church History] [Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht]
Make music for Yahweh, all you who are faithful to him, praise his unforgettable holiness. His anger lasts but a moment, his favour through life; In the evening come tears, but with dawn cries of joy. … Listen, Yahweh, take pity on me, Yahweh, be my... [Modern Culture]

November 23, 2PM

When someone refuses to accept or to be thankful to one who has given temporal goods and this life, and moreover gives eternal blessings as well, that cannot be anything natural or human, for it is contrary to reason and common sense; rather, it is the de... [Luther]

12 PM

This is idiocy- No, what makes you a Christian is Jesus.  If you don’t know that, you don’t know anything worth knowing.  Why are you famous?Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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via FacebookFiled under: Barth [Barth]
The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity is a unique reference work that provides background cultural and technical information on the world of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament from 2000 BC to approximately AD 600. The set ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

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This one’s on Calvin and Councils.Filed under: Calvin, Church History [Calvin] [Church History]

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I’m thinking it’s the ‘Thinking Man’… Mi riferisco alle parole di Gilad Itach, capo della missione archeologica che, a Yehud, ha rinvenuto una statuina di argilla che raffigura quello che sembra essere un pensatore. Un uomo a... [Archaeology]

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We’re offering The Commentary from now through Sunday in PDF’s from yours truly for half price- $100 and you can purchase the entire set for yourself or for a friend by clicking my PayPal Link. The Commentary is comprised of 42 individual volumes... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
For the win in today’s UEFA Champion’s League match- Filed under: soccer [soccer]
The news this morning reports that, along with his change of heart concerning the wall… @realDonaldTrump has also changed his tune, now that he’s been elected, on -waterboarding -prosecution of clinton -climate change #YouGuysBelievedHim! HAHA... [Modern Culture]

November 22, 6PM

So reports the Eye of the Tiber.  Surely the modern Church must abandon such strict ‘suggestions’…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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@SimeonTheFool –  Calling for a total and complete shutdown of Pilgrims entering the country until we can figure out what is going on! #TrumpYourThanksgiving Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The central problem of modern life is the refusal of people to call things what they actually are and not what they imagine or wish them to be.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

There’s one basic fact which eviscerates every claim to its propriety:  the New Covenant is not a covenant of the flesh (like circumcision) which can be imposed on a passive recipient without that recipient’s agreement; it is a covenant of th... [theology]

11AM

You would have thought Bakker had learned better than to presume that he spoke for God when he was convicted of fraud.  And here he is, again, committing fraud by fraudulently speaking for God things God has never said to him. Last week, televangelist Ji... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

10AM

Very much like Patheos hosted blogs- ChristianPost.com, the flagship website of The Christian Post, has finally completed its 12-year transition to a content-free, advertisement-only user experience, William C. Anderson, Publisher and CEO of the Christia... [mockery]
And, in a word, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

Trump clearly has some scam in mind to bilk taxpayers for housing Melania outside the Whitehouse. He’s a professional con artist, conning the gullible public.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 21, 7PM

I love hanging out in crowds about as much as I love crowds…..  That said, I do enjoy seeing people (individually) but group gatherings are really the most stressful awkward things I ever have to endure. So I never stay long.  I just can’t. ... [Conferences]

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I saw a selection of chapters at the ISD booth yesterday of this soon to appear volume and it’s something that looks brilliant.  Fantastic illustrations as well.  The German edition is over 500 pages and the English version even longer. The link a... [Church History]
Before it I met up with a few friends before the exodus of academics from San Antonio.  Then dinner.  Next, Bloomsbury.  And oh yes, Crossley and I reconciled after our nonexistent feud. Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

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De Gruyter has instituted a program wherein readers are invited to read various articles from the EBR for free with new articles being provided at regular intervals. Read the statement of purpose of the EBR here and scroll to the bottom for the present ar... [Biblical Studies Resources]

12 PM

Had more fun wandering around chatting with folk and then had lunch with Anne from Copenhagen. Good times. Now, off to Sessions! Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

9AM

Einigen Kirchenhistorikern gilt Calvin als “Vollender der Reformation”. Auf ihn berufen sich heute mehr als 80 Millionen reformierte Christen weltweit – neben den Lutheranern der zweite große Zweig im Protestantismus. Calvin kam am 10. ... [Calvin]

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And ran into Mark Smith who very kindly gave me a copy of his recent book. Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

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My reaction to this really vile display of godlessness?  In a word- Football is your religion.  You aren’t a Christian church, you’re a football church.  That’s your ‘god’ and that ‘god’ is your true object of ... [pseudo-christianity]

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The Carnival (both Official and Avignonian) comes soon and of course the theme is organized around the annual meeting.  Accordingly, if you see posts relevant to the gathering please pass them along so I can include them.  Comments on the meeting, sessi... [Biblical Studies Carnival]
Francis has just granted all priests the authority to pardon any person who has an abortion, essentially declaring it to be the moral equivalent of stealing a chocolate bar. Pope Franky… on abortion…  meh.  The pandering to culture p... [Modern Culture]

November 20, 2PM

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@realDonaldTrump wasn’t bothered when Obama was heckled by a member of Congress. #StopWhiningMrTrump.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Breakfast was wonderfully enjoyable.  The paper by Crossley was good.  And a few more books were added to the collection (even though the terrible David Congdon got the last copy of the Bultmann book and I had to order it). Next up, another run around t... [Conferences]

6AM

The judge has opined that people who don’t like Trump should leave the country.  Hypocrite.  These are the very sort who despised Clinton and Obama and yet never said such a thing about themselves.  The rank and rancid despisers of de... [Modern Culture]

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You can read a number of his papers and follow him here. Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

November 19, 9PM

I love receptions! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Ok so I’m getting a bit tired… and still have two receptions that I can’t miss (and don’t want to).  So, more photos later.  For now… Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

1PM

First, I had lunch with Mike and Tim.  Then I went to the Lightfoot session- so very interesting.  Then I went back to see more books.  Now I’m taking a brief break before the next session and dinner.  And then receptions. Fil... [Conferences]

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Today features sessions on Lightfoot and the Historical Jesus along with breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings and a reception or two (featuring chiefly the infamous Swiss University Reception).  Photos and more forthcoming later. Oh, and how could I for... [Conferences]

November 18, 5PM

Click to view slideshow.Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

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The Scandinavians always come through!  Thanks to Arsten and Liv! Click to view slideshow.Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

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On the way I had snacks on a plane and met up with Kara Slade in the baggage claim. Here too are the requisite room photos. Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

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Giannozzo Manetti’s New Testament Annet den Haan ISBN: 978-90-04-32374-2 Series and Volume number: Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History, Volume 257/1 List price EUR: 199 / List price US$: 239 In Giannozzo Manetti’s New Testament Annet den... [book review] [Books]
From Knoxville to Atlanta and from Atlanta to San Antonio.  I should arrive around 10:30 this morning and then off to check in to the hotel and check out the convention center.  Stay tuned for photos and other fun stuff.Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

November 17, 5PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
This week’s entry discusses a bit of Calvin.  By a person who makes a very strange confession about Calvin. I am a United Methodist pastor steeped in the tradition of John Wesley. Therefore, I am not supposed to like John Calvin. But I do. H... [Modern Culture]

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Because if it is I will spend my every free moment praying imprecatory prayers against every soul in the Trump Administration responsible for it.  And I know how to imprecate.  Test me.  Go ahead. #ImBothDisgustedAndInfuriatedFiled under: Modern Cultur... [Modern Culture]
And tell it to him directly on Twitter.  He’s at @kriskobach1787.  Here’s my message to him: @KrisKobach1787 – any registry of muslims will unleash hell on the #trump administration. this isn’t nazi germany. you will not prevail.... [Modern Culture]

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Click to view slideshow.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

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Via Antonio Lombatti Nella versione samaritana. Non dimenticate che esistono, nella Bibbia, due versioni dei Dieci Comandamenti: una in Esodo 20 e l’altra in Deuteronomio 5. Ciascuna è il frutto di un processo editoriale indipendente. I samaritani, di... [Archaeology]
Or, the full title- “A short Christian introduction which the honourable Council of the city of Zurich has sent to the pastors and preachers living in its cities, lands, and wherever its authority extends, so that they may in unison henceforth announce ... [Zwingli]

6AM

Lifeway has sent along an email with the promise of 4 FREE sermon outlines and all I need do is download them….  Yay….  This is perfect for the lazy, unmotivated plagiarizing SBC pastors who are satisfied to let others do their sermon prep f... [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

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So if you’re attending SBL a word of advice- buy wisely my friends. Buy wisely. Filed under: Book Review, Books [book review] [Books]

4AM

Last year Professor Campi delivered a series of Lectures on the Reformation at the Hapdong Theological Seminary, Korea. They have just been published in Korean. Korean visitors to the blog may well want to track down a copy from the University.Filed under... [Church History]

November 16, 6PM

Fresh off recent blockbusters such as Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, multiple Hollywood studios confirmed Thursday that they are looking forward to creating even more terrible Christian movies featuring wild inaccuracies and an offensive departure from... [mockery]

3PM

This is pretty useful.  It’s a list of establishments in the area offering a discount to conference attendees.Filed under: Conferences, SBL [Conferences] [SBL]

2PM

All the handwringing among Christians of late only means one thing: the notion of divine sovereignty is dead.Filed under: Theology [theology]
Someone on facebook, who shall remain nameless (and no, it wasn’t me, but he is named James) got an invitation from NT Wright online which opens with these sentences: Oh boy!!!!!  I want to ask him my burning question in person! Dear Dr Wright, if... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Protesters hit the streets today over the closing of the Year of Mercy, marking the second day of demonstrations in cities such as St. Louis, Denver, and San Diego. In Virginia, a group of Catholics gathered to demonstrate against Francis’ anti-traditio... [mockery]

8AM

First, a reminder.  Only God is inerrant or infallible.  That given, the devil probably loves it when Christians describe the Bible as infallible, since by doing so they make an idol.  #SatanLoveIdolatryFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

Is written by an arrogant and historically ignorant buffoon when it prognosticates the future. Pundits and pretenders who assume the mantle of the prophetic voice on their own authority are nothing less than the foolish spawn of satan.Filed under: Modern ... [Modern Culture]

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ἐδάκρυσεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
One of Martin and Katie Luther’s dearest friends, Caspar Cruciger, died November 16, 1548, at the age of 44. Cruciger’s first encounter with Luther was when he attended the debate between Luther and Johann Eck in Cruciger’s home town of Leipzig. Aft... [Church History]

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There have come forward in our day those who have said that a symbolical meaning is to be found in the word “This.” I commend their faith, if only it is not counterfeit. For God seeth the heart, we poor wretches judge from the face [1 Sam. 16:7]. I gr... [Church History] [Zwingli]

3AM

Trump cannot be believed.  His promises are empty rhetoric, aimed at conning the masses into supporting him.  And guess what, the masses did…Filed under: Total Depravity [Total Depravity]

November 15, 5PM

With thanks to Antonio Lombatti for the link.  What ISIS has done to a site of such significance is nothing less than barbarism.Filed under: Archaeology [Archaeology]

4PM

So let them go! Let them act! Let them suffer always and forever such things as their most sanctimonious sanctity deserves, such things as befit their most wise wisdom and which suit their most dignified dignity, which is greater than apostolic or angelic... [Luther]

3PM

All of us take something to read while we transit from wherever we are to SBL, don’t we?  Here’s what I’ll be enjoying whilst traversing from Knoxville to San Antonio (and back)- Oh boy!Filed under: Books, Church History [Books] [Church History]

2PM

Sharing Jesus is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. We consulted with dozens of the nation’s top evangelists and asked them for their secrets to successfully spreading the gospel to friends and acquaintances who you’re pretty sure don’t know the Lor... [mockery]

1PM

I wonder if he realizes that he’s encouraging deception and theft.  Probably he does.  But doesn’t care. The more interesting question is how many are already planning to do it and how many are happy to engage in what amounts to identity the... [AAR]

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This is an excellent resource.  Be sure to check the list before you cite the source. Below is a list of fake, false, regularly misleading, and/or otherwise questionable “news” organizations, as well as organizations that regularly use clickbait-y he... [media] [Modern Culture]

9AM

Brilliant.  Exactly what the anachronistic ego-centric readers of today need: mocked. Remorseful for using terms that fly in the face of contemporary progressive sensibilities, God Almighty issued an apology Tuesday for the gendered language found throug... [mockery]
A local West Virginia official said she has been placed on leave after she made a racist post on Facebook about first lady Michelle Obama. Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Republican Donald Trump’s ... [Total Depravity]
The best rules for #SBLaar16 you’ll find in any post. Crux Sola This is about my 10th or 11th SBL. I remember those early years of being starstruck when I saw Luke Timothy Johnson in the flesh, or when I got a few minutes in line at a cafe to talk t... [Modern Culture]

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For the vast majority of Americans, November 9 only differed from the week preceding it in the lack of political ads permeating their media. For many, it was a welcome end to months upon months of hateful rhetoric and horrible slanders. On many college ca... [loathing] [misery] [mockery] [Modern Culture]
Classy… like Pamela Taylor knows anything about being classy.  And, oh, by the way, Michelle Obama has never posed nude for a magazine like your ‘classy’ First Lady elect has…  Ms. Taylor.Filed under: Total Depravity [Total Depravity]

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 “You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”. — (Exod. 22:21) If you have anti-immigrant sentiments your problem is ultimately with God, not with immigrants.Filed under: Modern Cu... [Modern Culture]

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I saw this tweet and thought to myself- is alcoholism that big a problem in AAR?  How curious. @AARWeb is so generous to provide 12-step meetings at sblaar16! Look for us under “additional meetings.” One Panel At A Time! How curious.  I wond... [AAR]

November 14, 5PM

Leadership is not about one’s position as much as it’s based on who you are as a person and the capabilities you demonstrate. — George BarnaFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Not what it used to, that’s for sure.  Not when it’s used by persons who the Church throughout it’s history would never recognize as Christian at all. A Christian mommy blogger has announced she is dating retired soccer star Abby Wamba... [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Church History, Conferences, Refo500 [Church History] [Conferences] [Refo500]
I have 99 problems with the “Museum of the Bible,” and their spelling of Oxyrhynchus is but just one. — Sarah BondFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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During his Sunday interview with 60 Minutes, president-elect Donald Trump revealed that he has arranged to be sworn into the White House on January 20 on a copy of Playboy Magazine, rather than the traditional Bible as most past presidents have done. Sour... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

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Be sure to send along blogposts which have to do with it.  Before, during, and after, for inclusion in the Carnival (which happens to be the official one this month).Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival, Conferences [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Conferences]

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Here’s the review by the gifted Lauren Larkin. Bonhoeffer is not a weapon to be wielded in our contemporary political battles. His life and his thought affirm neither mainstream American liberal politics nor mainstream American conservative politics... [I really dislike Dietrich Bonhoeffer]

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Has arrived in the mail today- You can subscribe to the newsletter here.  It always contains a lot of interesting material.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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via Weather.comFiled under: SBL [SBL]
Zwingli’s family tree Regula, the eldest daughter [of Huldrych Zwingli], born in 1525, who is said to have been the image of her mother, married on August 3, 1541, when in her seventeenth year, Bullinger’s foster-son, Rudolf Gualther, a brilliant ... [Church History]

November 13, 6PM

A national Synod was called to meet in Dort in 1618 for the purpose of examining the views of Arminius in the light of Scripture. The Great Synod was convened by the States-General of Holland on November 13, 1618. There were 84 members and 18 secular comm... [Church History]

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So, Donald Trump won the presidential election, and colleges and universities around the country are predictably canceling classes and exams because students are predictably too devastated to be able to do their schoolwork. It’s everywhere. A professor ... [Modern Culture]

5AM

New Zealand’s civil defence has issued a Tsunami warning after the country’s South Island was struck by a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake.  The tremor hit roughly 57 miles away from Christchurch, the largest city on the country’s Sout... [Modern Culture]

November 12, 5PM

From NPR-  “Many protest leaders…. either did not vote or chose a third-party candidate in the presidential election.” It’s always the people who complain the most who do the least.  Inside the church and outside of it.Fi... [Modern Culture]

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A new volume of that title has just appeared. Richard Baxter (1615-91) was one of the leading Puritan divines and the author of devotional classics such as The Saints’ Everlasting Rest (1650). His famous ministry to the people of Kidderminster was m... [Books] [Church History]

9AM

A man has married his pet snake because he believes his dead girlfriend came back to life as the cobra. The snake was spotted by the man in South East Asia, who said it bore a ‘striking resemblance’ to his former lover. He and the 10ft serpe... [bizarre news]

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