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March 20 2018, 3AM

March 19, 3PM

Here are the details. The Museum was dicey before but now it’s jumped the shark and revealed that its real purpose is to drive a political agenda, not educate the public about the Bible. [Modern Culture]

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Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#104632)
Put yourselves to the test to make sure you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Do you not recognise yourselves as people in whom Jesus Christ is present? – unless, that is, you fail the test. (2 Cor. 13:5 ) [Bible]

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Is when people who aren’t Christians hijack Paul’s notice to the Corinthians that they, the Christian community, are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. If you aren’t a Christian your body isn’t a temple, it’s a cesspool of deprav... [Modern Culture]

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In a tightly contested bid for a fourth presidential term, Russian president Vladimir Putin narrowly beat opposing candidate Vladimir Putin, reports coming from Moscow indicated early Monday morning. Triumphant candidate Vladimir Putin humbly accepted the... [mockery]

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They aren’t really acting like Christians- “Other men live that they may eat, just like unreasoning beasts; for them life is only their belly—we eat only to live. Eating is not our main occupation, nor is pleasure our chief ambition. Food is... [Modern Culture]

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Tragic things happen, and you get to live with the knowledge that it’s your fault. A 13-year-old girl has died after authorities say she was shot Saturday by her 9-year-old brother, local media reported. Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said ... [Modern Culture]

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And none of the people around him will tell him.  Because they are worse than he is. [Modern Culture]
Worst idea ever, or worst idea of all time? A Michigan candidate for US Senate has proposed arming homeless people with pump-action shotguns in an effort to reduce crime. Brian Ellison, who is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, says h... [Modern Culture]
You are invited to this conference in Zurich on that topic: [Conferences]

March 18, 5PM

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Your Christianity should be so visible that no one needs to be told about it. It should be as apparent as your skin color. If it isn’t, you are doing your faith wrong. [Modern Culture]

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Jailhouse video reveals California sheriff’s deputies watching and sometimes laughing as a schizophrenic man who had been strapped naked to a chair for 46 hours writhes on the floor of his cell, loses consciousness and eventually dies. The Tribune of Sa... [Total Depravity]

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Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive. (Prov. 17:28) [Bible]
Sam Gyimah is very taken by Moneysupermarket.com. Seven years ago, the newly elected Tory MP for East Surrey wrote an article for Conservative Home, bemoaning the fact that there existed no “Moneysupermarket.com for universities … to allow students ... [Modern Culture]
Clear and sure knowledge of the truth is not a thing to let itself be deceived by the artifice of words. –  Huldrych Zwingli [Zwingli]

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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 on... [theology]

March 17, 4PM

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He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly. (Prov. 14:29) [Modern Culture]

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For this conference. [Modern Culture]

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The house of the wicked will be destroyed, the tent of the honest will prosper. (Prov. 14:11) [Bible]

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To the rest of you, you cultural appropriators just for the chance to get drunk- shame on you! [Modern Culture]
Isn’t just a jerk move, it is a demonic move.  It isn’t just petty, it is inspired by Hell itself. [Total Depravity]

March 16, 2PM

My child, if you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for an ordeal. Be sincere of heart, be steadfast, and do not be alarmed when disaster comes. Cling to him and do not leave him, so that you may be honoured at the end of your days. Whatever ha... [theology]

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How does one read the Old Testament as Christian Scripture?  This question, voiced in both academic and ecclesial settings, invites a reflection on how to take these texts with both hermeneutical alertness and sustained imaginative seriousness. While sch... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

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If therefore in the magistrate evil be found, and not the good for which he was ordained, that cometh of other causes, and the fault thereof is in the men and persons, which neglect God and corrupt the ordinance of God, and not in God, nor in his ordinanc... [Bullinger]

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#MAGA you voted for a traitor who has allowed by his indifference great harm to this country. [Modern Culture]

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Stop it BAR.  Just stop it. Do you know why the Ain Dara temple doesn’t shed any light on ‘Solomon’s Temple’?  Because there’s not an archaeological shred of Solomon’s Temple to be found.  Comparing something you ha... [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship]

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‘Everyone’s is…’  Dude… NOT. NB- Don’t project.    [Modern Culture]

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This post is part of a series [2018] on some of the textual variants found in the Passion narratives. We will discuss the rationale behind the text adopted in the Greek New Testament as Produced at Tyndale House in (1) Mt 27:16,17, (2) Mt 27:49, (3)... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Refuge by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#104483)
You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the shelter of Shaddai,  saying to Yahweh, ‘My refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust!’  He rescues you from the snare of the fowler set on destruction;  he covers you ... [Bible]

March 15, 4PM

When it comes to understanding the Bible you need only turn to one place- My Commentary.  Amen and Amen. [Modern Culture]
Sad. A vast exhibition of ancient artifacts from Israel, featuring two Dead Sea Scrolls never displayed in public before, is opening Friday at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature. The newly unveiled scrolls lay down the rules for ritual purificati... [Dead Sea Scrolls]

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Fight to the death for truth, and the Lord God will war on your side. (Sir. 4:28) All of the greatest theologians in the Church’s history could throw a punch when they needed to- if not literally like St. Nicolaus (who punched Arius in the face) the... [theology]

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This makes sense, actually- In what was rumored to be a multi-million-dollar deal, popular clickbait website BuzzFeed has purchased The Gospel Coalition, journalists learned Wednesday. TGC had reportedly been restructuring and refocusing its content for t... [mockery]

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From ‘Reformation on the Record’- Also, very excited about this upcoming event – a unique opportunity to hear the fantastic Jonathan Willis, Diarmaid MacCulloch and Alex Walsham reflecting on the records of the Reformation, their releva... [Church History]

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Not surprising, though, given that racists are always raised by racists. The younger sister of convicted mass murderer Dylann Roof — who gunned down nine parishioners at a Charleston, S.C., church in 2015 — was arrested Wednesday on drug and weapons c... [Modern Culture]

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God is the sum total of all reality and perfection, the totality of being, from which all other being owes its existence. — Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics [Modern Culture]
Sign up now for the @DavenantTrust Advanced Residential Course (May 21-29) offered at our Davenant House property in upstate SC, a full-immersion Latin experience ow.ly/DcHZ30iGvnC [Modern Culture]

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I told you this kid was a genius. Now we can call him an award winning genius. Congrats, Christoph. Paul the uncritical apostle? The Mercator Award in the field of arts and social sciences goes to Christoph Heilig. The doctoral candidate of theology inves... [Modern Culture]

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“He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does n... [Modern Culture]
Georg Strecker, New Testament scholar supreme, was born on the 15th of March, 1929- making today the anniversary of his birth (and he died on the 11th of June, 1994).  He was a student of Rudolf Bultmann’s and he took up a teaching post at Bonn aft... [Modern Culture]
In a letter to Farel, Calvin remarks “The King is only half wise. He prohibits, under severe penalties, besides depriving them of the ministry, the priests and bishops who enter upon matrimony; he retains the daily masses; he wishes the seven sacraments... [Calvin]

March 14, 6PM

I concur with Christian.  Congress is beyond indecent. [Modern Culture]

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Hey, why aren’t feminists outraged that Katy Perry used her power on American Idol to coerce a kiss from an unwilling male contestant? Is #MeToo only interested in victimized women and not victimized men? When your outrage is selective, it’s evil ... [Modern Culture]

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Tippers don’t fund church programs and ministries, tithers do.  A Church of tippers will always be on the verge of a crisis whilst a Church of tithers will always be able to meet the ministry and mission needs of the hour. Preachers don’t lik... [theology]

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Stop dropping the first ‘r’, people.  It’s annoying beyond words. [Modern Culture]

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Police say a teacher in California accidentally fired his gun in a classroom, injuring three students.  It happened Tuesday at Seaside High School as Dennis Alexander was teaching a gun safety lesson for his administration of justice class.  Police say ... [Modern Culture]

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My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically – Stephen Hawking ... [Modern Culture]

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On March 14, 1539, Luther reported to Philip Melanchthon that he had finished the treatise, but was not quite happy with the way it had turned out. Three German editions appeared during the same year; the first two were printed by Hans Lufft in Wittenberg... [Luther]

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Calvin perhaps the longest (though Bullinger wrote the most). Here’s a sample from the 14th of March, 1542. In it, Calvin updates Myconius on the latest doings in Geneva. Enjoy! (Especially the fourth paragraph…) GENEVA, 14th March 1542. On my... [Modern Culture]

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And the dim nuggets can’t even spell ‘Christ’…. Come on, journalists, get stuff right.  You aren’t even trying, as Taylor doesn’t say what you claim.  Read the book! [Modern Culture]

March 13, 4PM

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God’s slowness springs from our coldness and dullness, while our iniquities interpose an obstacle between ourselves and his ear. — John Calvin Or, in more modern terms- God doesn’t answer your prayers right off because your spiritual life is... [Calvin]

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Others helped, but it’s pretty clear that the document is largely hers much the same way that the Barmen Declaration is Barth’s even though many others ‘contributed’ to it… A new catechism released by a coalition of several p... [mockery] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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Right on the heels of Donald Trump’s Twitter-firing of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state Tuesday, the National Weather Service announced the rapid formation of a devastating category 5 hurricane originating from the furiously spinning revolving door l... [mockery]
More guns = more problems not solutions. A school resource officer accidentally fired his gun inside a middle school in Alexandria, Virginia, Tuesday morning, police say. No one was hurt.  The officer was inside his office at George Washington Middle Sc... [Total Depravity]

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” I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place. Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in tr... [Bible]
The Fort Wayne woman who police said plotted to kill her brother’s baby with breast milk tainted with a lethal amount of an over-the-counter pain medicine has turned in a guilty plea. Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda, 19, pleaded guilty Monday morning in Allen S... [Total Depravity]

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Call for Applications: Summer Workshop. “Hebrew Manuscript Studies: Codicology, Palaeography, Art History”. Oxford. 29 June – 12 July 2018. Visit the post for more details. [Modern Culture]

March 12, 3PM

Augustine nearing the end of what was probably an hour+ sermon: “If I have burdened and wearied you, put up with it, for this sermon has been hard work for me too.” – Via the twiiter [Modern Culture]

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In a recent trip to the White House to brief President Trump on his consistency in defending him against any and all naysayers, First Baptist Dallas pastor and evangelical leader Robert Jeffress assured Trump that he would never leave or betray him, no ma... [Modern Culture]
The more I learn about some of these generic evangelical cool-pastor instachurches the more disturbed I am. Many of these things are not just benign, less-than-ideal churches. Many are cynical schemes for enriching and aggrandizing shysters. – A Cal... [Modern Culture]

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From the blatantly self serving archaeological claims made in support of political goals as evidenced by Mazar and the City of David excavations to the ‘discoveries’ of Mellaart who faked his own finds…. archaeology is becoming less and ... [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship]

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The web may have its problems but the fact that people in the States can video conference with folk in China or Germany sure isn’t one of them.  Indeed, it’s a blessing. There’s a lot of work to do for the Edition, but the discussion to... [Conferences]

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But circumstances intervened.  Still, I want to mention once again this project, of which I am a part (and very happily so). Even though I can’t be in Bretten, thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I’ll be able to sit in on sessions via... [Melanchthon]

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And the aim is entertainment, not edification- [Modern Culture]
‘Ways in Which Deacons Torture Pastors in their Closed Secret Meetings’ [humor]

March 11, 5PM

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This looks to be a book presentation– perhaps a Festschrift, for one of the most capable of New Testament scholars- Mogens Muller. Boglancering “Rewriting and Reception in and of the Bible” Bogen udkommer i anledning af professor emeritus, dr.... [Books]

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A woman who abandoned children at her Oregon daycare to go tanning has been sentenced to 21 years, four months in prison. The Bulletin reports 32-year-old January Neatherlin was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in February to 11 counts of first-deg... [Total Depravity]
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.  They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”  &#... [Bible]

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“This I know for sure: if I fight with dirt I shall always get dirty, whether I win or lose.” — Martin Luther [Luther]

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March 10, 12 PM

A new Weizmann Institute study has discovered radiocarbon-dating evidence of the First Temple period under a tower in Jerusalem’s City of David that was previously dated to the Canaanite period. The findings, based on soil samples taken from under a sev... [Archaeology]
“All that I have done is to further, preach and teach God’s Word; otherwise I have done nothing. So it happened that while I slept or while I drank a glass of Wittenberg beer with my friend Philip [Melanchthon] and with Amsdorf, the papacy was weakene... [Luther]

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The Biblical Studies Carnival goes live on 1 April so please send along your nominations for biblical studies posts posted in March.  Old Testament, New Testament, Archaeology, Dead Sea Scrolls, Book Reviews, and related postings are welcome. [Biblical Studies Carnival]
A pastor closely linked to Donald Trump said he’s against sex with adult film stars but isn’t holding the alleged affair with Stormy Daniels against the president.  “Evangelicals still believe in the commandment: Thou shalt not have sex with a... [theology]
The smirk wiped from his face, a crying Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud Friday in a hard fall for the pharmaceutical-industry bad boy vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug. Shkreli, the boyish-lo... [theology]

March 9, 9AM

I shall strike such fear into the hearts of those of you who survive in the countries of their enemies that the sound of a falling leaf will set them fleeing; they will flee as though fleeing from the sword, and fall when no one is pursuing. (Lev. 26:36) [Bible]

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Two weeks ago, Tavis Bohlinger wrote a blogpost in which he encouraged students and scholars of the New Testament to focus on the “common dialect,” ἡ κοινὴ διάλεκτος of the Greek language—that is, the Greek spoken roughly between ... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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“Accursed be anyone who violates the rights of the foreigner, the orphan and the widow.” And the people must all say, Amen”. (Deut. 27:19) [Bible]

March 8, 6PM

Alright people, if you send money to the heretic, stop. Far-right pastor Franklin Graham claims that Trump has yet ‘to sin’ once since becoming President. According to the Washington Post, Trump lied a reported 2,140 time during his first year in offi... [Total Depravity]

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This is a good one.  Don’t skip it. The Tabernacle in the camp. Collectie Nederland [Bible]
Women are to remain quiet in the assemblies, since they have no permission to speak: theirs is a subordinate part, as the Law itself says. If there is anything they want to know, they should ask their husbands at home: it is shameful for a woman to speak ... [Bible]

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Melanchthon rejects the idea that “the bread is substantially the body of Christ,” as well as that “the bread is the true body of Christ.” Instead, he claims that the bread is “united with” (consociatio cum) the body of Christ, and only “in ... [Melanchthon]
You are a hypocrite, and worse, you are a servant of a political party and not the Lord. [Modern Culture]

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Sin is the oracle of the wicked in the depths of his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.  He sees himself with too flattering an eye to detect and detest his guilt; all he says is malicious and deceitful, he has turned his back on wisdom. T... [Bible]

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In 1561, a Eucharistic controversy erupted in Danzig of the sixteenth century, sparked by disagreements on the real presence and the practical treatment of the Eucharistic elements. It was one of many inner-Lutheran struggles over the Lord’s Supper in t... [book review] [Books] [Church History]

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Speaking of Anna Zwingli- Schaff writes of her reaction to Huldrych’s death: Der armen Frow Zwinglin Klag, published in the “Alpenrosen,” Bern, 1820, p. 273; in Zwingli’s Werke, II. B. 281; also in Christoffel, I. 413, and Moerikofer, II. 517.... [Zwingli]

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Jael– The Kenite woman who killed the Canaanite army commander Sisera after his defeat by the Israelites under Barak and Deborah. The name is also found as an Amorite village in the Mari period. Jael’s actions are recorded both in a prose account ... [Bible]

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Give it a read here.  And yes, of course Kathleen Kenyon is mentioned.  It wouldn’t be a responsible essay if she weren’t. [Archaeology]

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The Preview 1/2018 The Preview 1/2018 is in stock It can be ordered free of charge from marketing@mohr.de or be downloaded here as a PDF (4 MB) Neef, Heinz-Dieter Arbeitsbuch Biblisch-AramäischMaterialien, Beispiele und Übungen zum Biblisch-A... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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On 8 March, 1525, in the midst of the controversy with the Re-Baptizing radicals Zwingli wrote a letter to a fellow named Jodocus Hesch.  In it, he confirms his brotherly affection for Hesch and insists that that affection won’t be affected by anyt... [Church History] [Zwingli]

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From twitter- @jerrymireland — If I walk away from this academic conference thinking, “well, I’m not *THE* dumbest person here,”I’ll consider it to have been a roaring success. #phdlife #phdforum #AcademicTwitter [Modern Culture]

March 7, 2PM

I. Cannot.  Wait.  For.  This. To. Come. Out. [Zwingli]

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Say it with us: MAKE! AMERICA! GREAT! AGAIN! While many people talk a good MAGA talk, Fox News is walking the MAGA walk! The network just announced that from now on it will display stirring footage of a screeching bald eagle wearing a “Make America Grea... [mockery]

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Yahweh says this, ‘Accursed be anyone who trusts in human beings, who relies on human strength and whose heart turns from Yahweh. Such a person is like scrub in the wastelands: when good comes, it does not affect him since he lives in the parched pl... [Bible]

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There’s a large church down the road in Knoxville which has gotten itself a bit of publicity lately because a lesbian couple attending were denied membership although, and here’s the ignorant part, the church had baptized them. Here’s th... [theology]

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“When we pray we have the advantage [of the promise] that what we ask will be granted, although not according to our wish. If it weren’t for the promise I wouldn’t pray. God does well, moreover, that he doesn’t give us everything as we wish, for o... [Luther] [theology] [Prayer] [Table Talk]

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Der Schweizer Jurist Bernhard Christ wird mit dem evangelischen Karl-Barth-Preis 2018 ausgezeichnet. Damit werde Christs beispielhaftes Wirken in Politik und Gesellschaft sowie in Kirche und Theologie gewürdigt, teilte die Union Evangelischer Kirchen (UE... [Modern Culture]

March 6, 5PM

Innumerable are the ills which beset human life, and present death in as many different forms. Not to go beyond ourselves, since the body is a receptacle, nay the nurse, of a thousand diseases, a man cannot move without carrying along with him many forms ... [Calvin]
And you should go.  Seriously.  She’s excellent.  All the details are here. [Conferences]

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An 8-year-old boy loaded a rifle, repeatedly shot his 4-year-old sister at home and then informed their mother, who left work to check the girl’s injuries, cleaned up a bloody bed cover and returned to work, leaving the children alone again, a prose... [Total Depravity]

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Good thing he told us or we would never know it….  Next up, Leithart discovers that water is wet! [Modern Culture]

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‘Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, “The Lord Yahweh says this: Because your heart has grown proud, you thought: I am a god; I am divinely enthroned far out to sea. Though you are human, not divine, you have allowed yourself to imagine you ... [Bible]

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Though he didn’t mind others who did… via [Calvin] [humor] [Luther] [Zwingli]

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A reforming theologian, Ursinus was born Breslau in 1534 and studied at Wittenberg from 1550 to 1557. He then moved to Geneva for further study and from there took a teaching post in his native city of Breslau. His doctrine of the Lord’s Supper led ... [Heidelberg Catechism] [Ursinus]

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Luther left the Wartburg on March 1, 1522, arriving at Wittenberg on March 6. One of the first things he did was to preach a series of eight sermons, during the week beginning March 9, in an effort to counteract the extreme reforms which had been forced t... [Church History] [Luther] [theology] [Wartburg]

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Evidently there are really people this utterly insane, writing books, for Oxford University Press…. “We think that there is good reason to believe that all animals shall be ushered into heaven and remain there for eternity. We therefore defend... [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

March 5, 12 PM

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A recent volume, sent for review by the good folk at V&R, offers readers a glimpse into the afterlife of Calvin’s ecclesial reforms. The chapters in this volume contribute to recent scholarship exploring the reform of worship as a central featur... [book review] [Books] [Church History]

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Good news for all those needing their terrible children freed of their demons: If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Certainly not the Vatican—the Holy See’s switchboard is jammed with people wanting exorcisms. ... [bizarre news]

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Via the undersigned- Dear All, Please join us this Thursday, 8 March, from 16.15-18.00 (CET), at the University of Groningen Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (Oude Boteringestraat 38), room 253, for the Dirk Smilde Research Seminar. Professor Geo... [Dead Sea Scrolls]

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From the Secretary-  The Society is pleased to announce that Sage Publications are now providing free online access for members of SOTS to the Book List each year. The links are now available in the password-protected Members’ Area of the SOTS webs... [Modern Culture]

March 4, 7PM

It must be impossible for you to live even the briefest of moments without being filled with dread and terror such that you must always be armed and poised for imminent attack.   If only you knew God- then you would know the peace that comes from bei... [Modern Culture]

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Bruce Gordon’s «Welcher nit gloubt der ist schon verdampt »: Heinrich Bullinger and the Spirituality of the Last Judgement was first published in Zwingliana in 2004. It’s another one of the many, many essays in Zwingliana that inform and edu... [Bullinger] [Church History] [From the Archives of Zwingliana]
With that which we call the love of God, we love God entirely well; we cleave to God as the only, chief, and eternal goodness; in him we do delight ourselves and are well pleased; and frame ourselves to his will and pleasure, having evermore a regard and ... [Bullinger] [Christianity]

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In other words, if you fluff me, I’ll retweet your fluffing!  It’s a win – win for narcissists like Metaxas who care more about retweets than they do scholarship, facts, or the quest for truth.  Metaxas wants to recruit you to serve hi... [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship]

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The Law of Yahweh is perfect, refreshment to the soul; the decree of Yahweh is trustworthy, wisdom for the simple. The precepts of Yahweh are honest, joy for the heart; the commandment of Yahweh is pure, light for the eyes. The fear of Yahweh is pure, l... [Modern Culture]
Finis by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#103931)
It was a good conference.  The joint session Saturday afternoon with ASOR and the Hebrew Bible was the best of the lot.  Now that we’re done I’ll head off to the house. Next week I have a couple of essays to write.  So no rest for the weary... [Modern Culture]
From Luther’s table talk- When news of the bigamy of Hesse spread abroad, the doctor [Martin Luther] said with a serene countenance, “He’s a remarkable man. He has his [propitious] star. I think he wishes to obtain it [consent for his bigamy] th... [Church History] [Luther]

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Eric Metaxas… ignoramus. In his Foreword to The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography (2018), Eric Metaxas claims that anyone who denies Trump’s faith is just like “the elder brother in the Parable of the Good Samaritan”... [Modern Culture]

March 3, 3PM

This one had some really interesting papers which highlighted the misuse of archaeology by ideologists and fundamentalists.  The highlight of the meeting. [SBL]

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Jacob did a great job with his paper and having lunch with Brandon and Wendy and the kids was a delight.  Now it’s afternoon session time. [SBL]

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God has brought Moore to the financial gallows and hanged him thereupon. Because Moore is a morally reprehensible reprobate. That, at any rate, is what the fundamentalist supporters of Moore would say if Obama were to be financially ruined and forced to ... [Modern Culture]

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In all some good papers although it has to be said that in some respects biblical scholarship doesn’t seem to have moved forward from the 20’s. Were still talking about things that occupied scholars generations ago. We need to move on or we wi... [SBL]

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This looks quite interesting– or at least potentially so. [Modern Culture]

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March 2, 7PM

Eric keeps photobombing all my excellent shots. Anyway, tomorrow I’m going to the Hebrew Bible section at 9 and Jacob Wright’s paper at 11. So, more anon. [SBL]

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I enjoyed the papers I heard well enough.  Some thoughtful reflections and useful suggestions were made.  Looking forward to Jacob Wright’s paper tomorrow very much.  The rest will be good, but I’m pretty sure that will be the highlight. [SBL]

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Really nice mushroom and onion burger…  The first session is in an hour, so more from there. [SBL]

1PM

NT Wright is giving the Gifford lectures and citing wikipedia whilst doing it…. according to sources positioned to know… Via someone who probably doesn’t want to be named…. [Modern Culture]

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I’ve since tracked down the meeting rooms- the SBL sessions are on level T (in the basement) and the AAR sessions are on the 4th floor… I wonder what SBL is trying to tell us… [SBL]

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It’s a nice space and the rooms are all pretty close together, so that’s a plus.  So far, though, just three booksellers have set up tables.  I hope there are more and I hope there’s more than just display items. [SBL]
I’ve checked in and will begin wandering the hotel in a few.  The room is nice, and Atlanta traffic is horrendous and brain killing.  More anon. [SBL]

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Infant baptism is a consequence of Augustine’s idiotic understanding of original sin. It is the foolish belief that water removes sin and spares the wet one the misery of purgatory. None of which is true. [Modern Culture]

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Remember Jesus’s word- καὶ μὴ φοβεῖσθε ἀπὸ τῶν ἀποκτεννόντων τὸ σῶμα, τὴν δὲ ψυχὴν μὴ δυναμένων ἀποκτεῖναι· φοβεῖσθε δὲ μᾶλλον τὸν δυν... [Bible]

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Because, evidently, gun violence is perpetrated by members of the NRA and they’re busy at their convention. Gunshot-related deaths and injuries temporarily show a dramatic decline when the National Rifle Association is holding its annual convention,... [Modern Culture]

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This billboard is set up in Las Vegas and it advertises a gun range for the deranged gun nuts of that disgusting sinkhole.  So evidently this is who some Americans are now. Are you sickened yet? [Modern Culture]

March 1, 3PM

Lady people- I’d be grateful if you would let me know if you see a biblical studies related post or news report or essay by a lady person.  I’m running the carnival for the month and since March is the month of women, I’d really like to... [Biblical Studies Carnival]

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This month’s carnival. Good job, kiddo. Pursuing Veritas Welcome to the February 2018 Biblical Studies Carnival! This 144th Biblical Studies Carnival marks the twelve year anniversary of these events. I’m honored to be facilitating today’s ove... [Modern Culture]

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So his ‘church’ needs a new ‘pastor’, in case you want to send along your resume to them. Here he is with his ‘congregation’ before he threw himself off the bridge. The taller guy in the middle that the camera keeps c... [Heresy and Heretics] [Total Depravity]

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It seems live science read my review of taylor’s jesus book- Read @LiveScience’s article – http://bit.ly/2CQ93La . With thanks to Graham Ware for telling me about it. [Modern Culture]

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My favorite library- the library at Einsiedeln, Switzerland- A few pictures from my personal library – [Books]
The Davenant Latin Institute is gearing up for this year’s Residential Summer Courses. These are designed with the needs of seminarians, graduate students, and teachers in mind, offering a chance to rapidly build your language skills during the summer b... [Modern Culture]

February 28, 8PM

In the 16th century a distinction was made between the ‘poor’ and the ‘deserving poor’.  In general terms, the ‘deserving poor’ were members of one’s own Church community who lived properly and dressed properly a... [Church History] ['deserving poor']

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We call this brown-nosing. Or perhaps just gross.  ‘Temple coin’… with Trump on it…  Ιησους… [Total Depravity]
This is the sort of insanity that comes out when belief is untethered to a proper reading of Scripture and doctrine is abandoned for ‘feelings’.  Bloody heretics. Moonies aren’t Christians.  Their assemblies aren’t Churches.  An... [Modern Culture]

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No one at Herrnhut is afraid of burglars in the night. This is partly because there’s always someone up praying, partly that the angels protect us and partly that we own nothing worth stealing. – Count von Zinzendorf [Modern Culture] [theology]

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To those who think arming teachers is sensible… if you do, expect a LOT more of this. A teacher at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia is in custody after police say shots were fired on Wednesday morning. No students were hurt.  Police say the te... [Modern Culture]

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Zwingli’s Statue at the Wasserkirche Even if you hear the gospel of Jesus Christ from an apostle you will not follow it unless the heavenly Father teaches and draws you by his Spirit. The words are clear: God’s teaching clearly enlightens, teaches... [theology] [Zwingli]
If you oppose abortion, how dare you support free and easy access to guns, failure to provide basic health care, rejection of immigrants, and the war-complex?   Do you not see the irrationality of your position?  Do you not sense the hypocrisy of sayin... [Modern Culture]

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Larry’s take on the aforementioned tome. Larry Hurtado's Blog There is a recently-published valuable resource for study of the formation of the Christian biblical canons:  Edmon L. Gallagher and John D. Meade, The Biblical Canon Lists from Ea... [Modern Culture]

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It’s a great book. I’ve read it and the review should be posted next week after SECSOR (SBL Southeast). LXX Studies Over on the ETC Blog, Peter Gurry has set up a raffle for a chance to win a free copy of my and Ed Gallagher’s The Biblical... [Modern Culture]

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Here’s his rendition of Genesis 3:1ff And Joshua 2- And Job 1- Each book has an introduction as does the volume as a whole.  With many thanks to Prof. Goldingay for sharing.  Reading the bits I have has been thoroughly enjoyable and I’m l... [Bible]

February 27, 5PM

Michael Langlois is in this- watch it! [Bible] [Church History]
According to Karin Maag- Schoolboys were to practice the fundamentals of Reformed worship by reciting in turn Calvin’s prayer to be said before starting lessons, by engaging in an hour of psalm singing a day, and by taking turns saying the Lord’s Pray... [Calvin] [Church History]

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Via Jeff Nichols on the twitter- Karl T. Frederick, NRA president from 1934-1936, told Congress he opposed the “general promiscuous toting of guns,” which he felt “should be sharply restricted.” Frederick never argued that gun owners “prevent ty... [Modern Culture]

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There is something seriously wrong with people today.  Something. Seriously. Wrong. [Total Depravity]

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A group of Catholic theologians and religious educators met in Luton on Saturday 24th February 2018 to reflect on the current position of Catholic theology in the UK and Ireland and to discuss its future. The meeting was an initiative of the Catholic The... [Modern Culture]

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I’m very keen to read this.  Unlike a couple of people (Wright and Hart, for example) who have tried to translate the New Testament, Goldingay actually knows Hebrew quite well and I have no doubt that his rendition will be immensely useful. Very e... [Bible]

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You may quibble with Calvin’s conclusions but you can’t accuse him of inconsistency or lack of logic when he writes, in connection with the damnation of the reprobate: Foolish men raise many grounds of quarrel with God, as if they held him sub... [Calvin]

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Out on an ATV he stole…. nekkid….  Oh Chris, you really need to stop… It was sunny with a high around 54 in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday. Not warm enough to open the sunroof, let alone take an open-air spin in the nude. Yet this is what one... [Modern Culture]
With even more suspicion cast on Mazar’s clearly ideologically driven ‘reading’.  Enjoy. [Modern Culture]

February 26, 5PM

A recent LifeWay Research Center study found an “undeniable” connection between the strength of a church’s foyer coffee and the soundness of its theology, a report by the organization revealed Monday. “Those churches that had coffee rated as ‘we... [mockery]

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Read the interview with Mazar in the Jerusalem Post.  It’s an astonishing piece– chiefly because it shows so clearly that Mazar already knows what she’s going to find before she even finds it.  And that, kids, is not scholarship, it is... [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship]

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As a follow-up to his hit 2010 book Radical, missionary, pastor, and author David Platt announced Monday a new book targeting modern suburban American Christians, entitled Kinda Radical. The book will focus on being sort-of radical for Jesus, on lukewar... [mockery]
Biblical and archaeological scholarship isn’t aided, furthered, or legitimized by exaggerated speculative claims without actual, real, substantive evidence.   Can we all just stop doing hyperbole in our academic work, please.  Speculation may sel... [Modern Culture]

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Dear colleagues, The Call for Papers for this year’s British New Testament Conference is now open. The conference will be taking place at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London), Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 September 2018. The Call for Papers f... [BNTS] [British New Testament Society] [Conferences]
Ulrich Zwingli war ein epochaler Denker. Zwingli lesen bedeutet, an diesem Denken und Argumentieren teilzuhaben. Dieses Lesebuch enthält deshalb die zentralen Texte von Zwingli selbst – und zwar in verständlichem heutigem Deutsch. Darüber hinaus wird... [Zwingli]

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Except the police will shoot that guy because all they see is a gun… Police in Amarillo shot an innocent man who helped foil a possible church shooting. The shooting happened shortly after 9 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Faith City Mission, a faith-based outr... [Modern Culture]

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The deadline for submitting short paper proposals for the Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference, May 24-26, 2018 at the University of Warsaw has been extended to March 14, 2018. Read more here. [Conferences] [Refo500]

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Calvin wanted a wife. He asked several of his friends to help him find one- but he especially depended on Farel to do it. So he wrote him “Would that it were permitted me to pour out my feelings on your friendly bosom, and again to hear your advice, tha... [Calvin] [Church History]

February 25, 8PM

‪Smorgasbord Christians- they flit from church to church for this activity or that speaker or this singer: always seeking a new experience but never being anything more than consumers of Christianity and certainly never becoming disciples of the crucif... [Modern Culture]

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With thanks to Sheila McGinn for the visual- [mockery]

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I’ve been a conservative my entire life. I fell hard for William F. Buckley as a teenager and my first job was as editorial assistant at Buckley’s National Review, followed by stints writing speeches for first lady Nancy Reagan and then working for th... [Modern Culture]
“War is sweet to those who don’t know it by experience. God keep us from it! Today soldiers are devils incarnate, and not only the Spaniards but also the Germans. No faith and loyalty are to be found in those who bear arms. The very ones who should be... [Modern Culture]

February 24, 5PM

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” ~ Harlan Ellison [Modern Culture]

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The world’s most notorious heretic is headed your way.  Prepare for more blarney than your islands can hold. [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-theology]

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On April 14, 1525, Zwingli was chosen rector of the Carolinum, the Great Minster school; consequently he moved into the official residence of the rector, and lived there until death.4 He used his new position to improve the schools and took part himself i... [Zwingli]
When the doctor had gone to bed a man came who had been sent by the widow of the pastor in Belgern to ask for a husband. He [Martin Luther] said, “Give [her a husband]? She’s over seven years of age! Let her find her own husband! I can’t provide one... [Luther]

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The fear of man lays a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD is safe. (Prov. 29:25) [Modern Culture]
So why are you a member of that organization after many, many more?  Read Bush’s letter.  Maybe it will speak to you. [Modern Culture]

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Sorry for the catchy post title.  Anyway, in case you haven’t been following along- BAR published a bit of nonsense about a seal, claiming it proved Isaiah the Prophet was a real guy, etc. Many raised questions about the claim, including Rollston,... [Modern Culture]

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They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more;  but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall ... [Modern Culture]

February 23, 5PM

Genius. Remnant of Giants In an article published this month in Biblical Archaeology Review, Eilat Mazar claims that she may have discovered “a seal impression of Isaiah the prophet, adviser to King Hezekiah”. The discovery was made from wet-sifted ma... [Modern Culture]

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Is this twitter remark- Chris Kyle the greatest american sniper in military history was shot and killed when confronted by a “crazy guy” with a gun. So we just have to train the teachers a lil bit better than Chris Kyle. [Modern Culture]

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And record it. And send a zipped file of it to me so I can watch it…. Because my buddy Michael Langlois is in it. And he’s super smart. [Archaeology] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Share the Gospel with your kids and their friends so that God can change their lives and replace their hate with his love. [Modern Culture]

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Indeed by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#103507)
“For me, Yahweh’s word has been the cause of insult and derision all day long. I would say to myself, ‘I will not think about him, I will not speak in his name any more,’ but then there seemed to be a fire burning in my heart, impr... [Modern Culture]

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On 22 February 1943, Sophie Scholl was beheaded for conspiring against the Nazis in Munich’s Stadelheim Prison.  “I’m still so remote from God that I don’t even sense his presence when I pray. Sometimes when I utter God’s na... [Modern Culture]

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Refrain from anger, leave rage aside, do not get heated — it can do no good; for evil-doers will be annihilated… (Ps. 37:8-9) Easier said than done, I’m afraid, dear Psalmist.  I’m ready for the evildoers to go ahead and be annih... [Bible]
This lovely little handbook edition of the 2017 translation of the Bible in German and published by the German Bible Society arrived from the nice folk at Hendrickson.  They’d like my take on it, which I will gladly offer in due course (and it sho... [Bible] [book review] [Books]
A 6-year-old girl is in the hospital in critical condition after she was accidentally shot in the head by her brother. Kentucky State Police responded to a home in the Blackmont community of Bell County and found that an 11-year-old boy had shot his siste... [Modern Culture]

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Woe to those who call what is bad, good, and what is good, bad, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Isa. 5:20) [Bible]

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“As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.’ – Jer 7:16 “Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not li... [Bible]
Doomed by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#103448)
When a nation reaches the point where the ability of politicians to receive money from special interest groups is more important than children, that nation is doomed and richly deserves the harshest judgement heaven can devise. [Modern Culture]

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Poor Wayne…. bless his heart. At least he has Marco. [Modern Culture]

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A clay seal from the eighth century B.C. that was discovered in a Jerusalem excavation may bear the name of the biblical prophet Isaiah, according to a new article in Biblical Archaeology Review. In the article, titled “Is This the Prophet Isaia... [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship]

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A popular Florida pastor is behind bars after being accused of molesting two Tennessee sisters. Police said he was supposed to be the teenage girls’ spiritual advisor, but instead took advantage of their trust. The case was referred to Murfreesboro Sex ... [Total Depravity]

February 21, 3PM

Upon the news of Billy Graham’s passing at age 99 Wednesday morning, local man John Everly took the opportunity to criticize the man’s preaching, theology, and methodology. Everly has not shared the good news of Jesus Christ with a single person in hi... [Modern Culture]

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Celebration of assault rifles? Yes that’s a cult. A multi-day festival to celebrate assault rifles begins in Pike County just one week after one was used to gun down more than 30 people, 17 fatally, in a Parkland, Fla., school. Cult. [Modern Culture]

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This is a pretty good essay.  A bit anachronistic at places, and a bit prone to overstatement.  As in this bit- By the time of his death, in 1546, Luther had become an isolated reactionary, his work eclipsed by a younger and more dynamic reformer, John ... [Church History]
Just as I have the right to block your vile self.  And so I have. [Modern Culture]

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This video from the Landesmuseum tells the story. And don’t worry, you don’t need to know German to enjoy it, or get the message. [zurich] [Zwingli]

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He was a genuine and authentic Christian. May he rest in peace. [Modern Culture]

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Then there was talk about the noblemen who were prisoners of the Turks. “Good God!” said Luther. “What a disgrace it is for our nation to advance in such a disorderly and womanish fashion against the army of the enemy where there wasn’t a single T... [Luther]

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I seek Yahweh and he answers me, frees me from all my fears. Fix your gaze on Yahweh and your face will grow bright, you will never hang your head in shame.  (Ps. 34:4-5) [Modern Culture]

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So I just simply tweeted that I was going to write tomorrow and lo and behold some bot jumps in and offers to write for me… good grief. [Modern Culture]

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Via twitter- @LarrySabato — NEW Q POLL: Support for GUN CONTROL at all-time high, 66-31%. Support for UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: 97-2% (as unanimous as you ever see in a poll). BAN ON SALE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS: 67-29%. The public wants it. It’... [Modern Culture]
»The Controversy over the Lord’s Supper in Danzig 1561-1567«: The variety in the controversies of the Lord’s Supper is being shown under a new single spotlight. Bjørn Ole Hovda analyzes the inner-Lutheran controversy on the Eucharist during the la... [Books] [Church History] [Refo500]
As we learn in the Heidelberg Catechism- Q. What does God’s law require of us? A. Christ teaches us this in summary in Matthew 22:37-40: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’... [theology]

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The present volume contains the proceedings of an international colloquium that dealt with heavily fragmented texts and hypothetical sources, and the “shadowy” characters and movements they feature. These two aspects are combined and studied to ascert... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

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Sorry Raphael, the US Supreme Court isn’t interested in your case. Supreme Court won’t take up the case of a blogger convicted of criminally impersonating his father’s academic rivals on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Read the rest... [Dead Sea Scrolls]

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This new volume looks incredibly interesting: Demands for forgiveness, even in the face of horrific crimes, were common to the late twentieth century and remain critical aspirations for persons and communities in the early twenty-first century. Research o... [Books] [theology]
Dear every elected official, Nowhere in my contract does it state that if the need arises, I have to shield students from gunfire with my own body. If it did, I wouldn’t have signed it. I love my job. I love my students. I am also a mother with 2 amazin... [Modern Culture]

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February 20, 1546: Elector John Frederick wrote to Katie Luther to send his condolences for the death of Martin: “Dear Special One, “We have learned with deep sorrow that our dear devout Doctor Martin Luther has departed this life last Thursday. We ... [Church History] [Katie Luther]
Because though the people who watch Fox News might put up with this, the rest of us won’t.  And to show you how much we won’t, prepare to lose more money than you can imagine. In response to a Fox News tweet about students in Parkland, Florid... [Modern Culture]

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Is posted here. Those currently enrolled in a doctoral program or with completed doctorates are invited to submit paper proposals for the parallel sessions of the conference. We invite papers which set Karl Barth’s life, theology, and politics into cons... [Karl Barth]

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And here are some photos. [Zwingli]

February 19, 3PM

Like this guy– Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andrew Bauer (R) on Sunday suggested that more students are committing mass shootings because they no longer receive paddlings from teachers or watch The Andy Griffith Show. Not. The. Onion.  Are these... [Modern Culture]

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Larry Cotton has resigned.  Finally. Larry Cotton, director of an internship program at The Austin Stone Community Church, an influential megachurch in Austin, Texas, has resigned for failing to report sexual abuse at a church he served in the past. Wh... [Modern Culture]

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Despite offering thousands of thoughts and prayers to the victims of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s latest flurry of moronic tweets, the nation’s religious people admitted at long last that their petitions were totally ineffective at preventing the pop astroph... [mockery]

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Church of England vicar is caught on video ‘inhaling from a crack pipe and discussing prostitutes as he says ‘I’m a very happy man” He misspelled depraved. A Church of England vicar has apparently been caught on video inhaling from... [Total Depravity]

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When on February 19, 1533, he [Martin Luther] was suffering exceedingly from pains in the head, he said, “I believe firmly that I don’t have these headaches and stomach pains because I work too hard, although this contributes somewhat, but rather beca... [Luther]
What if… What if everyone attended the way you attend?  Would Sunday School exist?  Would Sunday morning worship take place more than a couple of weeks a year or a couple of times a month?  Would Sunday evening worship take place at all?  Would ... [theology]
There are two types of people who commit sin after sin and a third who attracts retribution- desire, blazing like a furnace, will not die down until it has been sated- the man who lusts after members of his own family is not going to stop until he is qui... [Modern Culture]

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February 19, 1546: Katie Luther’s world is turned upside down. Shortly after 6 am, the news of her husband Martin’s death is brought to her by close family friends Philipp Melanchthon, Johannes Bugenhagen, and Caspar Cruciger. They had all received th... [Luther]

February 18, 4PM

Stoneman Douglas High School 5901 Pine Island Road Parkland, Florida 33076 [Modern Culture]

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We have a tendency to think that America has always been relatively Christian since its very founding and that only in recent decades has the church been troubled by widespread unfaithfulness and lessened participation, but that simply isn’t true. ... [Church History]

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And it’s not in some backward third world country, it’s here. A North Carolina mother is behind bars after she baptized her daughter without the permission of the girl’s father. Kendra Stocks has been ordered to spend seven days in jail afte... [Modern Culture]

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Evidently she said some very racist things about Haiti yesterday and it has created a good deal of backlash.  Most notably, here. I’m afraid that your good intentions notwithstanding, it is precisely this genteel patrician racist manner and this contex... [Modern Culture]

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I cannot imagine how there can be peace between us and the Papists, for neither part will yield to the other, and there is an everlasting war between the woman’s seed and the old serpent; they never are weary of wars. Temporal Kings and Potentates (when... [Luther]

February 17, 3PM

For no one has ever said so little and used so many words to do it. [Modern Culture]

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False: children are the future of the church. True: Jesus is the Lord of the church, and its future is in his hands. [theology]

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From the twitter- @mike_devries – In celebration of the 25th volume of DSD, @Brill_Religious is making 25 articles available for free. The following are available until 4/15. goo.gl/7u6MWE, goo.gl/f1cJhV, goo.gl/RfPfzL, goo.gl/wsGnKC, goo.gl/nu... [Dead Sea Scrolls]

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The action was superb, the acting was superior, the storyline was fantastic and the filming/ locations/ special effects were top notch. It is VERY easy to see why it has been so widely praised.  If you see it, you’ll enjoy it too.  You’ll la... [Modern Culture]
Christ did not wish to make us idle by His holy offering, but, as St. John the Baptist preached, he wishes us to “bring forth fruits worthy of repentance.” [theology] [Zwingli]

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Via Phil Snider on Facebook- [Modern Culture]

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Everyone knows his name- his scholarship- and his significance.  He was born on the 12th of July in 1906.  He died 20 years ago, on 17 February 1998.  And he is still worth reading and knowing. A book recently published of his writings is discussed her... [Books] [Ernst Käsemann]

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Why did the Russians want Trump to win and Clinton to lose?  That’s the question that really needs to be answered. [Modern Culture]

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And a portrait of him I had never seen before: Heute vor 520 Jahren, am 16. Februar 1497, wurde Philipp Melanchthon geboren.  Humanist, Reformator, Praeceptor Germaniae („Lehrer Deutschlands“), Außenminister der Reformation, Vater der Ökumene – m... [Melanchthon]

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Yahweh says this against the prophets who lead my people astray: So long as they have something to eat they cry ‘Peace’. But on anyone who puts nothing into their mouths they declare war.  And so, for you, night will be without vision and fo... [Bible]

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Hats off to you, Fern.  Every American should do this and send it to their own useless elected officials. [Modern Culture]

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The Tyndale-ers have an interesting text critical post over at their place you’ll want to read. This is the first of a series of blog post on some of the textual variants found in the Passion narratives. We will discuss the rationale behind the text... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Teens have been eating tide pods for like a month and legislators in multiple states have already introduced bills designed to make it harder for teens to get tide pods. – Ashley Nicolle Black [Modern Culture]

February 15, 6PM

If you don’t oppose evil, it’s because you are evil.    “The wicked shall be silent in darkness” (1 Sam. 2:9). [Modern Culture]
The Second Amendment technically gives you the right to a musket.  So, yeah, go get a musket.   See how many mass shootings take place when muskets are the only weapons allowed in society. But then again you don’t want a musket because it wonR... [Modern Culture]
Read about each of them here.  I hope this is the last group of people killed by a savage animal.  It’s too much to think it will be.  But I hope it is….  But it won’t be, because our ‘leaders’ are actually cowards. [Modern Culture]

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I’m going to stop coming to church if you don’t start agreeing with my political views. Good riddance.  You don’t come 9 times out of 10 now, so your absence won’t even be noticed. I’m going to have you fired. You promise? Y... [theology]

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And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. (Lev. 18:21) And “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the ... [Bible]

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I’ve an additional (!) extra copy of this new volume sent along by the publisher and I’m giving it to the person who 1- Tells me in comments why they deserve it. 2- Lives in the continental US. 3- And is randomly selected from all those who de... [Books]

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Bill Bratton, the former New York police chief, has called it the “new normal”.   The deadly gun rampage at a Florida high school on Wednesday took to 18 the number of school shootings across the United States so far this year – an a... [Modern Culture]
Good stuff.  No wonder they won’t do anything about guns, they’re getting too much money to care. “In the 2015-2016 election cycle alone, GOP candidates took $17,385,437 from the NRA,” Kalb noted, quoting a tweet from Republican National ... [Modern Culture]

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And advises folk to keep on praying… I see his point but think time is up. [Modern Culture]

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Did you know that Reginald Pole, erstwhile friend of Peter Martyr Vermigli, actually had Vermigli’s wife exhumed so her body could be tossed on a pile of dung (as a show of contempt) for the good woman’s Reformation views?  Well it was on thi... [Church History] [Vermigli]
Politicians and lobbyists don’t pull the trigger in mass shootings; but their policies give shooters their guns.  And for that they are accountable. [Modern Culture]

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From the undersigned- Dear all, We are happy to invite you all to virtually join us at the University of Groningen’s Qumran Institute this afternoon for the Dirk Smilde Research Seminar, “Comparative Studies with Special Reference to the Dead Sea Scro... [Dead Sea Scrolls]
Sad news.  Really very sad. Hans Markus Wildi ist am 22. Januar 2018 in Ste. Croix in Frankreich gestorben. «Wildi hat zur internationalen Barthforschung mit der Erarbeitung einer detailreichen Bibliographie zu Karl Barth viel beigetragen», schreibt da... [Karl Barth]
7 “Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. 8 O you hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a tra... [theology]

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«Gott und die Bilder» heisst die neue Reformationsschau im Landesmuseum. Ein verblüffender Titel, der bereits verrät: Neben Worten brauchten die Reformierten auch Bilder. Grenadiere schiessen in die Luft. Das Volk jubelt. Der Bürgermeister setzt eine... [Church History] [Zwingli]
February 15, 1546: Martin Luther preaches what will be his last sermon. The text was Matthew 11: 25-30: “At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent ... [Luther]

February 14, 4PM

Free remission of sins is preached to all countries and kingdoms. All the faithful in every nation under heaven are through Christ received into the grace and favour of God the Father. All have received in great abundance the gift of the Holy Ghost. All h... [Bullinger]

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After a recent serious injury caused by a lawn dart, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reissued its warning that lawn darts are banned and should be destroyed. Effective on December 19, 1988, CPSC banned the sale of all lawn darts in th... [Modern Culture]

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Prayers aimed at people are pointless because people can’t answer them.  Prayers are only properly directed TO GOD.  Learn a bit of theology. [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

12 PM

Amateurs give up things for Lent that are near and dear to their hearts. Professionals give up meaningless things in order to look holy with the smallest possible effort. See the difference? Pick something off this list that you either hate or don... [Modern Culture]

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Which he isn’t giving to you, he’s giving it to God.  Because you’re scum. I stole this from Balserak and I don’t care. [Calvin]

9AM

In 1543 the Zurich reformers produced Latin translations of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha together with a revised edition of Erasmus’ New Testament. The Biblia sacrosancta was a beautiful volume, Froschauer’s finest work. The work on the Old... [Bible]

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It is not good to honour one who is a sinner. (Sir. 10:23) [Bible]
On the 14th of February, in the year 1568, Heinrich Bullinger stood before the assembled legislators and denounced the extreme poverty resulting in Zurich and the surrounding villages in the Canton because of excessive interest rates being charged the poo... [Bullinger] [Church History] [theology]

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Nations that put themselves first above all else must sooner or later collide with Christ & His people.  – Karl Barth, reflecting on Nazism Via Mike Skinner [Modern Culture]
So, while he lectured on Deuteronomy, he said The papists have represented God as a very swift Avenger if anyone, at the impulse of the devil, had harmed a cleric. Thus they also made out of St. Anthony, Sebastian, Valentine, and Roch a sort of Baal Peor ... [Luther]

February 13, 5PM

Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.  – Screwtape [Modern Culture] [theology]
A woman who led police on a chase told arresting officers that she was Mother Mary en route to pick up Baby Jesus and had permission from God to speed. WDRB-TV cites an arrest report saying a Kentucky trooper attempted to pull over 52-year-old Connie Alle... [Modern Culture]

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Most immigrants come from Catholic countries.   If most were Baptist instead of Catholic the SBC would be more outspoken in their defense. [Modern Culture]

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With the vernacular Bible we teach the people.  With the Latin we defend the Church. – Konrad Pellikan  [Cited by Bruce Gordon]. [Pellikan]
It was a series of Catholic ‘Indulgences’.* ________________ *According to Read Mercer Schuchardt in ‘The Reformation as Media Event‘ in The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible, p. 95. [Church History]

February 12, 4PM

So, remember the words of Jesus- “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. “But y... [Modern Culture]

3PM

The Bee is at it again with its mockery…. aimed this time at the exclusionists. Jesus was all about love in a lot of ways. He told us to love our neighbor, he told us to love our God. He even told us to love our enemies! Now that’s a lot of love g... [mockery]

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Peace by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#102965)
We must seek peace if we are to avoid war. And it is not enough merely to seek it; when we have found it and when it flees before us we must pursue it with all our energies. — St Jerome [jerome]
“I awaited tranquilly what my enemies might do; they tried every means to overthrow me; but, on the one side, I would take no notice of their insults; and, on the other, I let them understand that I regarded all their machinations with contempt. Had the... [Calvin]

February 11, 1PM

11AM

Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#102948)
Ignorance of providence is the ultimate of all miseries; the highest blessedness lies in the knowledge of it.  — John Calvin [Calvin]

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If your pastor buys his sermons, either from audio sales points or sermon books, fire him today.  Any pastor who doesn’t work out their own sermons from their own encounter at first hand with the biblical text isn’t a pastor, he’s a par... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
“Intertextuality and the Formation of the Psalter” at the University of Munich, Germany, 13-14 April 2018. The conference will bring together current research in biblical studies on Psalms and the Psalter. It will engage with questions of meth... [Conferences]

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I am not dull-witted nor coarsely ignorant – qualities which my enemies take for holiness, calling themselves the disciples of fishermen as if men were made holy by knowing nothing.  – St. Jerome [jerome]

February 10, 3PM

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isa. 5:20) And woe to those who call evil politicians good and who pander to them simply for the sake of p... [Modern Culture]

2PM

Those ignorant of the Bible, and thus theology, have no ethical foundation that can be called Christian. Hence, your advice is both ignorant and malignant. Demonic. [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology] [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

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Envy by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#102913)
This is Umberto Eco’s personal library… [Books]

February 9, 2PM

Kevin Swanson Blames Larry Nassar Sexual Assault Scandal On The Fact That Gymnastics ‘Involves A Fair Amount Of Immodesty’. You read that right. But Christians don’t blame the victims and Pastors don’t lie. So Swanson isn’t a Christi... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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It’s a bit different than the rest- it’s a link to Rachel’s knitted goods shop.  Take a look.  She does great work.  Just scroll down the sidebar to ‘Knitted Goods’. Or go there directly.  If you don’t see what you ... [Knitted goods]

9AM

Here.  Frankly since there’s no such thing as a perfect book, it’s to be expected that tiny errors creep in, in spite of best efforts.  That there are so few is really quite remarkable. If you spot more, let them know. [Bible]

February 8, 5PM

We’re talking these days about those hurt BY the church and those most affected by abuse and other terrible things have adopted the #ChurchToo as the rallying cry of their movement. And in fairness they shoukd be heard. Along those same lines it... [Modern Culture]

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With historic events seeming to burgeon with signs of the last days, the study of apocalyptic literature–that which is concerned with the end of history as we know it and the coming kingdom of God–has become increasingly relevant. C. Marvin Pa... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

2PM

Only the immoral can work for the immoral. At some point, the moral will draw a line which they cannot and will not cross, be encouraged to cross it by their immoral boss, and leave. [Modern Culture]

12 PM

It’s on LXX stuff, so you have to read it today or you’ll be punished. [LXX] [Modern Culture]

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It’s a good interview.  Read it here. [Modern Culture]

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Ran across this book a little earlier today and thought I’d share news of it in case you haven’t seen it. Among the many religious acts condemned in the Hebrew Bible, child sacrifice stands out as particularly horrifying. The idea that any gro... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
ἀναστήσαι τὸ δέρμα μου τὸ ἀναντλοῦν ταῦτα· παρὰ γὰρ κυρίου ταῦτά μοι συνετελέσθη, ἃ ἐγὼ ἐμαυτῷ συνεπίσταμαι, ἃ ὁ ὀφθαλμός μου ἑόρα... [LXX]

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From the people of ETC.  They also mention the 50th anniversary of the IOSCS.  Give it a look.  It isn’t festooned with graphics. [LXX]

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Another LXX Day interview. And this one is festooned with images of a quite random nature. Septuaginta &c. Let the festal gongs ring loudly in the streets! The wait is over: Today is International Septuagint Day. That’s right, it comes only once a... [Modern Culture]

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A great interview with the best LXX guy on the planet (and a super nice dude). Interaction of Traditions To mark the International Septuagint Day (8 February) we have an interview with Dr James Aitken, an expert in the field. We ask him questions about la... [Modern Culture]

February 7, 3PM

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The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”  He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises th... [Bible]

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He can never be at a loss for words who has believed on the Word. –  St. Jerome [jerome]

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2019 feiert Zürich das Reformationsjubiläum, die Feierlichkeiten beginnen bereits 2018. Das ganze Programm ist online zu finden. 1519 kam Huldrych Zwingli nach Zürich und begann, eine neue Auslegung der Bibel zu verkünden. Er teilte die Ansicht Martin... [Church History] [zurich] [Zwingli]

February 6, 2PM

The aim of preaching is speaking God’s word, not pleasing the crowd. Two passages of Scripture make this crystal clear: In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the LORD, saying, “Thus sa... [Bible]

1PM

Then Elisha went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!”  So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a ... [Bible]

12 PM

So, remember the words of Jesus- “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. “But y... [theology]

11AM

Be killed be the godless than be applauded by them. [Modern Culture]

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This is the Pastor’s only authority- And that isn’t you.  And you aren’t that. [Bible]
Any pastor that makes theological decisions based on whether or not people will like or dislike those decisions is not fit to be a pastor. Pastors must keep their eyes on Scripture and their hearts in God, or get out of ministry immediately.   They care... [theology]

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That’s why ‘Religion reporters’ are, by and large, really quite useless.  If they don’t know the subject, they really shouldn’t talk about it. [Modern Culture]

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You can always spot the churches that aspire to be corporations and not congregations.  They use terms like ‘lead pastor’ and ‘pastor of children’s ministries’ and the like- because in corporations it’s titles that mat... [theology]

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I’ve an extra copy of this new volume sent along by the publisher and I’m giving it to the person who 1- Tells me in comments why they deserve it. 2- Lives in the continental US. 3- And is randomly selected from all those who describe their wo... [Books]

4AM

“So the Pharisees questioned him, “Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?” He responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites: This people honors me with their ... [Bible] [theology]
My boast is that I have injured no one’s life or reputation, but only sharply reproached, as godless and sacrilegious, those assertions, inventions, and doctrines which are against the Word of God. I do not apologize for this, for I have good precedents... [Church History] [Luther] [Pharisees]

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6 Feb 1557: Remains of the #Protestant theologians Martin Bucer & Paul Phagius are exhumed & burnt at Market Hill #Cambridge #otd after a ‘trial’. – John McCafferty That’s downright rude.  As Trueman writes Bucer died on ... [Church History]
The Museum in Zurich has turned it’s attention away from Luther (he’s so 2017) to Zwingli (he’s so 2018-19).  And this news report talks about why. Luther geht, Zwingli kommt – das Landesmuseum Zürich macht die Streitfragen der Refor... [Church History] [Zwingli]

February 5, 3PM

Do it…. The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog Just a reminder to you all that the online registration for joining the team for the 2018 season at Tell es-Safi/Gath is up and running! The 2018 season will be t... [Modern Culture]

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The Talmud says (somewhere) “Spare the rod and spoil the child, but the rod should be no stronger than a shoelace.” Via Liz Fried. [Modern Culture]

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Duggar daughter’s in-laws are hosting a couple at their church who urge parents to physically discipline babies and children with plastic tubes and other items. Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries are the authors of several parenting boo... [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity]
The last surviving members of the Episcopalian religion voted last week to stop using male pronouns for God, sources at a meeting of the Diocese of Washington, D.C. confirmed. The 37 remaining Episcopalians on Planet Earth conducted the vote in an effort ... [humor]
Bavinck is pretty insightful. Hendrickson Publishers Blog Want a sneak peek at James Eglinton’s Herman Bavinck on Preaching & Preachers? At this link is a lecture Eglinton gave in 2016 at a Presbytery meeting in York, UK. In it he introduces the li... [Modern Culture]

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If you try to win people into attendance of your church by impressive ministry, events, music, or anything but Jesus, you don’t have a methodology problem to change. You have an idol that needs to be destroyed. – Philip Nation [theology]

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For me personally, a good biblical scholar is someone who enriches the discipline not only, and not even primarily, through his or her publications, but also through the way he or she interacts with colleagues, especially those who do not yet hold powerfu... [Modern Culture]

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If you’re still confused about what ‘white privilege’ is, Tom Brady’s wife enfleshes it- NB- The Patriots didn’t let anyone win….  This is white privilege at its best… [Modern Culture]
Prayer is demeaned when it is posted on an internet social media site because 1) it is aimed not at God, but at people; and 2), because God doesn’t use twitter or facebook or even have or need a computer. Prayer is also demeaned when it is incoheren... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

February 4, 7PM

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The duty of a Theologian is not to tickle the ear, but confirm the conscience, by teaching what is true, certain, and useful.  — John Calvin. As the kids would say- ‘word’. [Calvin] [theology]

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Towards the end of his life, on the 29th of October, 1556 Philip wrote to John Gigas Truly I can affirm in my conscience that, since God has called me to this labor of teaching, I have taken great care to search for simple explanations and to avoid those ... [Melanchthon] [Christianity] [Religion and Spirituality]

February 3, 4PM

Is the antithesis of ‘deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me’ and consequently is antithetical to Christian faith and Christianity itself. Those advising you to do you are not Christians. [Modern Culture]

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According to results from a Monmouth University poll released Friday, Americans have finally put their differences aside and united around a common cause: their utter hatred of the New England Patriots NFL football team. Pollsters asked over 30,000 random... [mockery]

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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) Nothing shows an enemy love like settin... [Bible]

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As the sparrow escapes, and the swallow flies away, so the undeserved curse will never hit its mark. (Prov. 26:2) [Bible]

February 2, 5PM

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CNN reporter, Randi Kaye, chats with a sextet of female Trump supporters from Dallas, TX who are holding strong in their support of the current administration. The women start the interview with a prayer for the president, in the corner of the room sits w... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

It is not good to show partiality for the wicked and so to deprive the upright when giving judgement. The lips of a fool go to the law-courts with a mouth that pleads for a beating. The mouth of the fool works its owner’s ruin, the lips of a fool ar... [Bible]

11AM

Give this fine lecture a listen. Reformation on the Record was a two-day conference which brought together research using original records of Church and State from our collection to explore this period of religious, social and economic turmoil. In this ta... [Church History]
A former Dallas accountant condemned for fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened helplessly on the phone was put to death Thursday night in Texas. John David Battaglia received lethal injection for the May 2001 killings of h... [Modern Culture]
Oxford U press have sent a review copy of Gallagher and Meade’s new book and I’m looking forward to seeing if it’s as good that I have heard it is. The Bible took shape over the course of centuries, and today Christian groups continue to... [book review] [Books] [Church History]

10AM

It’s despicable pseudo-Christianity and nothing but a farcical act and if you attend a ‘church’ where something like this goes on, get out. You’re a member of a cult. [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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Just in case you needed another reason to disdain the man… Tom Brady has a plan for your life. Good health. Joy. Peak performance. And plenty of avocado ice cream. It’s all part of “The TB12 Method,” Brady’s best-selling “athlete’s bible... [Modern Culture]

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From the time of his prolonged illness in the autumn and winter of 1558–59, Calvin’s health, never vigorous at best, and long undermined by overwork, anxiety and want of exercise, was evidently gravely impaired. That illness left its mark in a lamenes... [Calvin] [Church History]

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This from an email from Gresham College- The lecture will be recorded to be made available on our website https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/if-humans-are-so-great-why-is-the-world-such-a-mess  as well as on our YouTube channel.   It will a... [Modern Culture]

February 1, 11PM

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Good stuff- Septuaginta &c. There is more great news for those interested in learning about the Septuagint. Among the various opportunities coming in the next six months that I’ve posted about recently, yet another is now available in the classro... [Modern Culture]

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Human beings often have generous views of themselves – not always easy to defend. Massive scientific advances are sometimes used for destructive purposes. This lecture looks at our changing understanding of ourselves, focussing on Charles Darwin’s the... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Since October 2017, over 2300 Texans have died due to the flu. In the face of that fact, Gloria Copeland, wife of word of faith preacher Kenneth Copeland, took to Facebook yesterday to declare that there is no flu season. Although she doesn’t explici... [Heresy and Heretics] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
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]

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Love by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#102493)
Where love is absent, Christian faith is absent. That rather simple assertion is based on numerous texts of Scripture. For instance, Jesus declares “”By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn... [theology]

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Dr. Carl Trueman lectures in his church history course on the Medieval Church at Westminster Theological Seminary. You can listen here.  Via. [Church History]

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If you’re in Europe, go to this in April. Vortrag von Urs Leu über die Zürcher Druckerei Froschauer Buchdruck und Reformation werden gerne in einem Atemzug genannt, weil die Druckerpresse zur Verbreitung des Evangeliums äusserst nützlich war. We... [Conferences]
Is Stott’s little volume on the Sermon on the Mount. [Books]

January 31, 6PM

Rachel has opened an Etsy shop. She also takes special orders and makes really beautiful things. [Modern Culture]

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The Federalist is just Breitbart but home for winter break during freshman year. — Jon Lovett [Modern Culture]

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“An End to Antisemitism!” – University of Vienna in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, New York University and Tel Aviv University Sunday, 18 February until Thursday, 22 February 2018 Campus of the University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Spit... [Conferences]

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“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to ... [Bible]
Sometimes concessions just aren’t possible, as this snippet from Luther makes pretty clear- especially the last sentence: On the last day of January Luther discussed many things with the licentiate of Magdeburg about the casual haughtiness of the It... [Luther] [theology]

January 30, 4PM

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For the French readers- UNE THÉOLOGIE AU QUOTIDIEN Les peintres d’abord, les réalisateurs ensuite ont toujours représenté Jésus maigre, les joues creuses, le visage émacié. À voir leurs œuvres, qui se douterait que Jésus ait pu être un bon vi... [Modern Culture]

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He’s already won the most important secular position in the land, but President Donald Trump has now been nominated for a higher calling: his name was anonymously submitted as a candidate for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention. Going up a... [mockery]

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Police say a teen is in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a YouTube challenge.  The shooting occurred when three individuals in a Memphis cafe performed the “No Lackin Challenge,” where two individuals pull guns on each other wi... [Total Depravity]

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Luther, taking up a caterpillar, said: ’Tis an emblem of the devil in its crawling walk, and bears his colours in its changing hue. — Martin Luther [Luther]

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And to make sure that it doesn’t, Luther advises us to “…see to it that you hold reason in check and do not follow her beautiful cogitations. Throw dirt in her face and make her ugly.” Reason, as good, beautiful, and useful as she ... [Luther] [Modern Culture] [theology] [folly] [idolatry] [reason]

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Let’s hope so anyway… [Modern Culture]

January 29, 2PM

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Is anonymity.  The cure?  No one should be allowed anonymity online.  No one should be allowed a twitter or facebook account or a blog or instagram or any other social media platform without verification of identity. [Modern Culture]

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Jesus Christ is arguably the most famous man who ever lived. His image adorns countless churches, icons, and paintings. He is the subject of millions of statues, sculptures, devotional objects and works of art. Everyone can conjure an image of Jesus: usua... [book review] [Books]

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Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;  bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you als... [Bible]
The opening statement by the representative of the government of Zurich reads “Very learned, venerable, noble, steadfast, honourable, wise, ecclesiastical lords and friends: In my lords’ city of Zurich and in its territories there has risen for some t... [Church History] [Zwingli] [Switzerland]
In an essay in Zwingliana Rudolf Pfister discusses the situation in the Church in the wake of the debate. Pfister’s assertion that the core argument Zwingli offered, that Scripture is the final court of appeal for Church and faith, is doubtless corr... [Church History] [Zwingli]

January 28, 2PM

The world would be a far better place- ‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.  If he does not listen, take one or two others along w... [Bible]

11AM

State police say three men and two women have been found dead in a shooting at a Pennsylvania car wash. The shooting occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday in the Melcroft community of Saltlick Township, about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Police said ... [Total Depravity]

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You can buy twitter followers from a company happy to help you be a fraud.  And some of this company’s customers are ‘pastors’… The Times reviewed business and court records showing that Devumi has more than 200,000 customers, inc... [Modern Culture]
Deputies arriving at a solo crash Saturday morning in Tennessee encountered a bizarre scene. Driver Chad O. England, 33, had climbed out of the cab of his wrecked pickup truck, then dashed away carrying a jar and “speaking gibberish,” reported WVLT. ... [Modern Culture]
So this is what it’s come to. [Modern Culture]

January 27, 10AM

If you wish it, my child, you can be taught; apply yourself, and you will become intelligent.  If you love listening, you will learn, if you pay attention, you will become wise.  Attend the gathering of elders; if there is a wise man there, attach you... [Modern Culture]
And yet “Republicans say 72 – 22 percent that Trump is a good role model for children.” Such persons are completely lacking in any moral center or ethical sense.  Unless your goal is total depravity, in which case you’ve chosen th... [Total Depravity]

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Gerechtigkeit ist konkret. Sie steht für die Gestaltung von Lebensvollzugen und Beziehungsverhältnissen. Darum bedarf das Gespräch über das Thema »Gerechtigkeit« der immer neuen Anregungen aus den vielfältigsten Lebensperspektiven und Denktradition... [book review] [Books]
How do we harmonize the findings of science with the revelation of Scripture? Were there errors in the original manuscripts of the Bible? What of those who willfully bend a verse to say whatever they want? Blocher, who is former president of the European ... [book review] [Books]

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January 26, 5PM

Home by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#102279)
Exhausted… [Modern Culture]

12 PM

DO NOT go into ministry unless YOU MUST. [Modern Culture]

January 25, 7PM

Will it be called the NNRSV or the NRRSV? [Modern Culture]

5PM

Is the studiousness and seriousness of the students. In contrast to so many in the West, who simply want to ‘finish’ their studies, students in the East want to learn. In that respect they have a thing or two to teach us. [Modern Culture]

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ANNUAL SEMINAR ON OT IN NT HAWARDEN 2018 Draft Programme Thursday 22nd March 6.45 Dinner Session 1 Chair: Susan Docherty 8.00 – 8.15 Welcome and Introductions 8.15 – 9.15 Rikk Watts The Stronger One and the Dove: Revisiting Two Discarded Images in... [Conferences]

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And the journey home begins. It was a wonderful two weeks but I’m very keen to get back home. I’m on the way to the airport, so more from there. [Modern Culture]

2AM

This clown calls himself ‘Bishop Brian’- ‘Bishop’ Brian is an uneducated self appointed buffoon who has figured out that pentebabbleists will follow anyone who claims to speak for God as long as that someone has fleeced the foolis... [pseudo-christianity]

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Where love is absent, fellowship is impossible. [theology]

January 24, 11PM

Keep well clear of your enemies, and be wary of your friends.  A loyal friend is a powerful defence: whoever finds one has indeed found a treasure. A loyal friend is something beyond price, there is no measuring his worth.  A loyal friend is the elix... [Modern Culture]
The morning session on Paul was very fun and lunch with the gang was also a blast.  Tonight we finish up with Job. [Ming Hua Theological College]

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Church leaders who do their work well while they are in charge earn double reward, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. As scripture says: You must not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn; and again: The worker deserves his ... [Bible]

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One kind of friend is so only when it suits him but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.   Another kind of friend will fall out with you and to your dismay make your quarrel public, and a third kind of friend will share your table, but not st... [Modern Culture]

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It is not that you ought to relieve other people’s needs and leave yourselves in hardship; but there should be a fair balance- your surplus at present may fill their deficit, and another time their surplus may fill your deficit. So there may be a f... [Bible]
How about this one: An ambulance service has shared audio of an inappropriate 999 call it received about cracked eggs in a bid to stop people from calling the emergency services if there is not an emergency. The unnamed caller contacted the East Midlands... [Modern Culture]

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This is a right sharp little essay.  Enjoy. [Church History]

3AM

Isn’t it truly amazing that we are often more distressed over the 2 or 3 who thoroughly despise us than we are joyful over the dozens who genuinely admire us…. What wonders Satan works in his efforts to tear us down and what tools he finds to ... [theology]
Is that Confucianism, with its rather appalling disinterest in the well-being of ‘the other’ and its near total focus on the individual and his nuclear family concerns is more faithfully followed (even if unknowingly) by many Americans than Ch... [theology]
And ended on a high note- with many questions and much appreciation for the Greek New Testament by all who participated.  Which means it went exactly as planned. Tomorrow we finish up Paul and Job.  And then I pack up to head home Friday.  It’s b... [Ming Hua Theological College]

January 23, 9PM

If you don’t love your brother, nothing else you do or say matters. 1 Cor 13 in a nutshell. [Modern Culture]

7PM

Do not harness yourselves in an uneven team with unbelievers; how can uprightness and law-breaking be partners, or what can light and darkness have in common?  How can Christ come to an agreement with Beliar and what sharing can there be between a belie... [Bible]

6PM

Proclaim this among the nations. Prepare for war! Rouse the champions! All you troops, advance, march!  Hammer your ploughshares into swords, your bill-hooks into spears; let the weakling say, ‘I am tough!’  Hurry and come, all the nations... [Bible]

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Upon receiving the necessary forms from his employer and beginning to file to pay his federal taxes, local man Kyle Jacobs scrawled an imprecatory psalm across the Internal Revenue Service’s form 1040, sources close to the man confirmed Tuesday. As he s... [mockery]

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Sheol opens wide its throat and gapes with measureless jaw (Isa. 5:14) [Bible]

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“You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. “You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. “If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear the... [Bible]
Woe to those who devise iniquity,  And work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, Because it is in the power of their hand.  They covet fields and take them by violence, Also houses, and seize them. So they oppress a man and his ho... [Bible]
But hey, guns, right. Another high school has turned into a scene of carnage, this time in western Kentucky. Fourteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, after a shooter opened fire Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School, Gov. Matt Bevin sai... [Modern Culture]

6AM

We are delighted to welcome the german Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen at Beit Ben-Yehuda. Together with him – a protestant theologian and professor for church history – we will travel in time and talk ab... [Conferences]
The session on Job was brilliant.  And by brilliant I mean very interactive.  Before it happened I had dinner with Gareth and his wonderful family and on the way up to their place I snapped some photos: [Ming Hua Theological College]

12 AM

I went up the escalator, walked down again, bought a couple of little gifts for a couple of little people, and got a very nice cup of coffee at a very nice little coffee shop.  I’m having dinner at 5 with the Dean and then off to the session on Job... [Ming Hua Theological College]

January 22, 11PM

Luther comments on John 6:54 thusly- For instance, if I were to say: “Wittenberg beer quenches the thirst, but Annaberg beer does so too,” I would not be excluding any other beer from doing the same thing. But matters change if I say: “If you do not... [humor] [Luther]

10PM

We avoid putting obstacles in anyone’s way, so that no blame may attach to our work of service; but in everything we prove ourselves authentic servants of God; by resolute perseverance in times of hardships, difficulties and distress; when we are ... [Bible]
The Paul session went well and afterwards one of the students and I wandered to a very good sandwich shop.  Super great food and along the way learned interesting facts about Hong Kong.  For instance, the present waterfront is fairly far from the origin... [Modern Culture]

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5PM

This morning’s photo collection: [Ming Hua Theological College]

4PM

How about instead of spreading your disease, stay home till you’re better!  And forego the notions and ideas that provoke the insertion of an optic nerve snapping blindness inducing eye roll like this induces… [Modern Culture]
Zurich Bible 1525 The only way you can be sure that God is speaking to you is if you’re reading scripture aided by the Holy Spirit. Otherwise that voice you hear?   Yeah, it’s all you. [Bible]
Local Trump supporter Trevor Jacobs absolutely brutalized President Obama for the full length of both the former president’s terms in office, but is now calling for all Americans to unite and show respect for their current president, sources close to th... [mockery]

2PM

Let your acquaintances be many, but for advisers choose one out of a thousand. (Sir. 6:6) [Bible]
Here’s some good ‘news’ for the 2 fans of Kirk Cameron in the world- The Jason Bourne films based on Robert Ludlum’s hit spy thrillers have delighted moviegoers for the past sixteen years, and now Universal Pictures is injecting the se... [mockery]

2AM

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you, in God, whose word I praise, in God I put my trust and have no fear, what power has human strength over me?  All day long they carp at my words, their only thought is to harm me, they gather together, lie in wa... [Bible]
Went well.  We took a look at 1 John 2.  We have one more Greek session on Wednesday.  Tomorrow and Thursday we finish up the sessions on Paul and Job.  Fun times indeed. After Greek I wandered around a bit more, picked up some dinner at a nice little... [Ming Hua Theological College]

January 21, 10PM

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. (Jn. 10:27)   Consequently, there is only one way they can live- Jesus’s way.  Period. [Modern Culture]
Forsake not the public worship of God, lest God forsake thee, not only in public, but in private. — John Bunyan [theology]

6PM

In quest of some token for the Church kids.  I think I found something that they’ll not find elsewhere. [Ming Hua Theological College]

5PM

The only tenable response when Christians are attacked.  The only Christian response.  The only Christ-like response. [theology]
“Israeli Researchers Decipher One of Last Two Undecoded Dead Sea Scrolls“… ‘Undecoded’… why do they do that? Anyway… Scientists at Haifa University have reconstructed the contents of one of the last two undecipher... [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Modern Culture]

4PM

You must realise that writing books involves endless hard work, and that much study wearies the body. (Eccl. 12:12) [Bible]
Evidently Barth has to be dumbed down in order for today’s Barthians to understand him… Bless their hearts… #sad. (Photo from the moltmannian on the twitter). [Modern Culture]

3PM

Not according to John 3:16. For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. [theology]
Do not be envious of the wicked or wish for their company, for their hearts are scheming violence, their lips talking mischief. — (Prov. 24:1-2) [Bible]

6AM

With wonderful people at an amazing restaurant.  Thanks Denny, Caroline and Ambrose! [Modern Culture]

2AM

Er war ein Wissenschaftler von weltweitem Ansehen und mit hohen kirchlichen Ehren ausgestattet: Bibelwissenschaftler Joachim #Gnilka ist tot. Der Experte für das Neue Testament starb im Alter von 89 Jahren. This is sad news indeed.  His books are really... [obituary]
Because what’s the point of having an ignoramus or a dilettante teach a course? A bill introduced at the Iowa Statehouse this week would establish a public school course centered on the Bible — sparking outcry from opponents who call it an &... [Dilettante] [Pseudo-scholarship]

1AM

‘You have heard how it was said, You will love your neighbour and hate your enemy.  But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you;  so that you may be children of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to ri... [Bible]
Seid barmherzig, wie euer Vater im Himmel barmherzig ist!« —  Lukas 6:36 [Bible]

12 AM

Probably not much as this lad, Lancelot, from a Medieval illustrated manuscript…  If only Christians were this determined to be Christ-like…. [Modern Culture]
You, the voter.  You keep returning the same failed and failing politicians to Washington to do the same failed things that they’ve always done: enriching themselves and serving at the behest of the highest bidder. Who is to blame for the shutdown?... [Modern Culture]

January 20, 11PM

Just a couple of notes- there are as many high end luxury cars here as anywhere.  Probably more.  And all the scaffolding?  It’s all bamboo.  There isn’t a metal scaffold in the city that I’ve seen.  And they’re all lashed tog... [Ming Hua Theological College]

8PM

I thought I’d see the new Liam Neeson film today so I wandered over to the mall and enjoyed both the walk and the film.  It was especially nice to get out in the fresh air.  Here are some photos.  And I’ll wander around some unexplored neig... [Ming Hua Theological College]

5PM

3PM

It started Thursday and now, Sunday morning, even the lingering after-effects seems to have disappeared.  So, insofar as this can be said, I’m back to normal. I’ll get some breakfast in a bit (my first actual meal since Thursday’s debac... [Modern Culture]
‘Son of man, turn towards Jerusalem, utter your word towards the sanctuary and prophesy against the land of Israel.  Say to the land of Israel, “Yahweh says this: Now I am against you; I am about to unsheathe my sword and rid you of the uprig... [Bible]
On this day in 1907 Walther Zimmerli was born.  He was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and one of the most important biblical scholars of the twentieth century. Among his many publications in English are Ezekiel, ... [theology] [University of Göttingen] [Walther Zimmerli]

January 19, 1PM

It started when I dropped in on Thursday eve to a falafel restaurant down the road.  By classtime that eve I wasn’t feeling super and with half an hour of the 2 hour session to go I had to excuse myself. Thursday night was spent, to put it delicate... [Modern Culture]

January 18, 3AM

It’s called the Bible.  But to be theologically precise, it’s better to say that the making of disciples is the work of the Spirit.  And Doug’s book isn’t that.  Or the Bible. [Modern Culture]

2AM

Whoever claims to be in light but hates his brother is still in darkness. (1 Jn. 2:9) [Bible]

1AM

January 17, 4PM

A rich, young ruler looking for salvation was proud to announce Wednesday 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 Ch... [mockery]
Via the twitter- Good news for all #openaccess fans: We reached the milestone of 1000 OA volumes, freely available on our website. Beside our own publications, you will find also OA books of our publishing partners. Visit https://t.co/MEUVQXw9vC to di... [Books]
I recommend you take advantage of the opportunity.  While you can.  The volumes are half off. I reviewed them here. [Biblical Studies Resources]

3PM

Via James Aitken- A large gathering for the first of the Oxford seminars in the series: “Greek Expanded, Greek Transformed. The Vocabulary of the Septuagint and the Cultural World of the Translators”. Jan Joosten spoke on how the Septuagint ca... [Conferences]

3AM

APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 GRANTS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED – DOWNLOAD THE POSTER HERE: PEF Grants 2018.pdf Application Form and Procedure — The following forms and notes are available to download here:  PEF grant form (PDF | DOC)  PEF referenc... [Archaeology]
The Greek session went very, very well, I think.  Such perceptive and quick students.  In two class sessions they have nearly mastered the Greek alphabet and are already easily reading the list of names in Matthew 1.  Plus, we had a great time discussi... [Ming Hua Theological College]

January 16, 9PM

8PM

Honestly, friends, spare yourselves the misery of all this rubbish and get a Revised English Bible. [Modern Culture]

3PM

The ESSENTIAL question is- who are you ‘Coram Deo‘.  Every other question is absurdity in comparison. [theology]
An Irish woman fed up with searching for the perfect man has married the ghost of a 300-year-old pirate instead – and says he’s her “soulmate”. Amanda Teague, from Drogheda in Co Louth, has married a Haitian pirate named Jack who d... [Total Depravity]

1PM

Via Richard Steiner- Here is a preliminary attempt to read two lines of the papyrus as Aramaic with Hebrew admixture: [kz]hr h$[m]$ ywm ‘l ywm pqy hzhry — like the shining/brilliance of the sun every day come out (fem.) and shine (fem.) The ol... [Biblical Studies Resources]

7AM

Don’t try to get revenge for yourselves, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. It is written, Revenge belongs to me; I will pay it back, says the Lord.  Instead, If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drin... [Bible]

January 15, 11PM

10PM

The Paul lecture went very well I thought and the group asked very perceptive questions.  Afterwards I had lunch at a burger place.  And then wandered a bit. We’re discussing Job tonight.  That should be very fun.  More anon. [Ming Hua Theological College]

6PM

Because some people really deserve it. Two Southern California parents are being held on $9 million bail each after a horrific discovery over the weekend at a residence in Perris, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday. An investiga... [Total Depravity]

2PM

President Trump informed his advisers that he will refuse to allow Jesus Christ into his heart, after learning that Jesus hailed from the city of Nazareth in the Middle East, sources confirmed Monday. “Can anything good come from there?” Trump reporte... [mockery]

5AM

Isaiah 6-12– in the long esteemed ICC series. This eagerly anticipated volume is the second installment in H.G.M. Williamson’s International Critical Commentary on first Isaiah.  For over one hundred years International Critical Commentaries ... [book review] [Books]

2AM

The Greek session went quite well I think.  The students were super and very, very quick learners.  They already know more Greek than most Seminary graduates in the States. Beforehand I visited the library and afterwards I went for a walk, and naturally... [Ming Hua Theological College]

January 14, 9PM

For you are an excellent person, as skilful, clever, and versed in Holy Scripture as a cow in a walnut tree or a sow on a harp. — Martin Luther It’s like he knows our Emergents. [Luther]
People in his ‘Church’ need to get out– or they remain simply because they are of like mind with him.  I.e., racists. A few members of President Trump’s evangelical advisory council — including its spokesman — on Friday defended t... [theology]
One note about food in Hong Kong- you can find anything.  I had lunch at the best little crepe shop on the planet.  The crepe was the equivalent of $7.  You just can’t beat it. It was great to see folk here again, and some for the first time (tho... [Ming Hua Theological College]

6PM

If Adam and Eve were teens today… Thanks to Evan Man Den Erkel for the image. [mockery]
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets. “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, “bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. ... [Bible]

4PM

I went to my favorite breakfast spot- again.  And then stopped by Starbucks (which was empty!!!) for a black tea with red grapefruit and honey.  It’s fantastic.  Oh Starbucks, get that drink in the States, I implore you. Hong Kong has – it ... [Ming Hua Theological College]
“The fact that the Bible itself does not use the word ‘theology’ is obviously not in itself a reason for not applying it to the Bible. But it is also a doubtful proceeding to use the concept ‘theology’ in such a wide sense th... [Modern Culture]

2PM

I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! (Gal. 5:12) [Bible]

4AM

12 AM

Hong Kong really is a colorful place.  And the food is great.  I had lunch at a little shop no bigger than half a Starbucks.  Rice and tomato with Chicken.  And it was more than I could eat.  With a drink.  For $5 US. [Ming Hua Theological College]

January 13, 8PM

“[My prophets] said,`Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers forever and ever. `Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me ... [Bible]

7PM

In a move to modify and improve the message of the gospels to conform to a modern conservative agenda, the Republican Party published a revised version of the Beatitudes on its website Friday morning. While the Sermon on the Mount has continually challeng... [pseudo-christianity]

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4PM

What? by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#101658)
A new social media challenge is concerning health experts. The challenge is encouraging teens to put laundry pods into their mouths. Some teens have bit the pods in videos shared online. Consuming laundry pods can burn your mouth, lips, breathing tube and... [Total Depravity]

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6AM

It seems, honestly, like we flew from Chicago to Sweden and back over Canada to Alaska to Northern China to Hong Kong.  I don’t remember the flight being that long last time.  I must have watched 7 movies….  So naturally I’m totally w... [Ming Hua Theological College]

January 12, 11AM

But I’m ready to leave Chicago… Next stop, DV, the beautiful city of Hong Kong where throngs of adoring appreciators will joyfully embrace me and cling to my every utterance. Or something like that. I sure hope I can connect to the wifi on the... [Modern Culture]

8AM

Has @hpmemphis removed Andy Savage yet or are they continuing to be a cause of God being blasphemed among the gentiles? [Modern Culture]

7AM

6AM

Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#101600)
Die Seele des Frevlers gelüstet nach Bösem und erbarmt sich nicht seines Nächsten. – Proverbs [Modern Culture]
Liebe den Schlaf nicht, dass du nicht arm wirst; lass deine Augen offen sein, so wirst du Brot genug haben. – Pro 20:13 [Modern Culture]

4AM

Recent archaeological excavations at #Huqoq, in Lower Galilee, have unearthed a late Roman/Byzantine synagogue with stunning mosaics depicting biblical scenes. Public Lecture @UoChester Jan 24th Dr Dennis Mizzi will show not-previously seen pictures. Con... [Modern Culture]

3AM

I’m headed to Hong Kong for J-Term at Ming Hua.  I’ll be holding lectures on Paul, on the Book of Job, and on biblical Greek.  How’s that for variety?   Naturally there will pictures aplenty, so stay tuned.  And don&#... [Modern Culture]

January 11, 5PM

Dr Michael J. Svigel – We don’t discover God; He discloses Himself. We don’t uncover data; He unveils truth. We don’t climb to Him; He comes to us.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

Bottomlessly despicable.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Many Christians struggle with what it means to forgive a pastor who has committed a grievous act. Recently, a Memphis megachurch pastor admitted to a “sexual incident” with a high school student 20 years ago in Texas. I’m not in a place to render ... [Modern Culture]
‘My voice’ may be the most overused phrase in modern English.  It’s as though people have gone mad and have a pathological insistence that everyone hear them. Even Christians have fallen victim to ‘voice-ology’ or ‘voi... [theology]

11AM

I’ve gotten a good bit of email from Sunday School teachers, Pastors, and interested lay folk who have expressed an interest in obtaining the Commentary on the Bible which I’ve written in PDF format but who have been unable to afford the $199 ... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [commentary]

10AM

If it can be said that the beginnings of the Reformation were a series of footnotes to the Pauline corpus, its continuation through the following century was a series of footnotes to Augustine.- Ralph KeenFiled under: Church History [Church History]

8AM

This one looks interesting, doesn’t it- The present volume contains the proceedings of an international colloquium that dealt with heavily fragmented texts and hypothetical sources, and the “shadowy” characters and movements they feature. These ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

7AM

When Abraham said to his son, “God will provide,” he meant not only to assert God’s foreknowledge of a future event, but to cast the care of a matter upon the will of Him who is wont to give a way out of things perplexed and confused. ~ CalvinFiled ... [Calvin]

6AM

It was 11 January, 1546, that Calvin’s Order for the Visitation of the Ministers and Parishes dependent on Geneva appeared. It … shows that at this time the reformer realized the need for drawing up a new draft for organizing a regular inspect... [Calvin] [Church History] [theology]
Via the twitter- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

They have set up kings, but without my consent, and appointed princes, but without my knowledge. With their silver and gold, they have made themselves idols, but only to be destroyed. (Hos. 8:4)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

January 10, 3PM

It’s quite interesting.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

“The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Rom 2:24)Filed under: Bible, Modern Culture [Bible] [Modern Culture]

11AM

Along with most people. Baby Jesus was a Dreamer in Egypt Jesus wasn’t a dreamer in Egypt.  He wasn’t a refugee. He wasn’t even in Egypt.  Matthew’s account has him ‘go down to Egypt’ for one reason only- so that he c... [Modern Culture]
Go if you can go. Septuaginta &c. This summer there is a great opportunity to learn more about the Septuagint with a leading scholar in the discipline at the University of Salzburg. Now for the second year in a row, Dr. Kristin De Troyer is offerin... [Modern Culture]

5AM

Sarah Bond writes Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, has been flying off shelves since its publication. In addition to bookstore purchases and Kindle downloads, the book is now also the most pirated in rece... [Bible] [Modern Culture]
I call it the ‘Hezekiah Syndrome’. It’s when people get sick, make all kinds of promises to God, get well, and completely forget everything they promised, thus returning to live lives which only beg for an answer to the question- why did... [theology]

4AM

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling. (Prov. 20:3)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

3AM

The wrongdoing at Highpoint ‘Church’ in Memphis should remind every Church, and every Christian, that Scripture declares … the presiding elder must have an impeccable character. (1 Tim. 3:2) If that isn’t the standard for your Chur... [theology]
Tagung an der Bischöflichen Akademie Aachen, 17. / 18. Februar 2018. “Protestant seit 1517” konnte man auf einem Werbeprodukt in Wittenberg jüngst lesen. Aber gab es vor 500 Jahren schon “Protestanten”? War gar Martin Luther der ersten Protest... [Conferences]
According to James Barr, R.H. Lightfoot once claimed that the origin of the New Testament should be sought in the moment the early Chris­tians, under the impression of the first Roman persecutions, lost faith in the survival of their religion. As a resu... [Bible] [Church History] [James Barr] [New Testament]
Melchior Hoffmann, a furrier from Swabia … believed he had a call to preach the gospel. He had been deeply influenced by the writings of Luther, but like so many others he also toyed with chiliastic-mystical phantasmagorias. Expelled from Wolmar, he... [Church History] [Luther]

January 9, 4PM

A Memphis megachurch gave a standing ovation to a pastor after he admitted to sexually assaulting a teenage girl just days before he conducted a workshop promoting abstinence. Andy Savage apologized Sunday to his congregation Highpoint Church, after news... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

12 PM

Any Pastor fit for office is a biblical scholar and theologian, not a businessman and entrepreneur.  The Body of Christ isn’t a business opportunity and if you believe, even momentarily, that it is, you are unfit to serve it.  If you lack biblical... [Bible]

11AM

After receiving a new leather NIV Study Bible for Christmas, local man Christopher Neil was excited to crack it open Tuesday morning and check out all the helpful resources included to assist him in his Bible study. But Neil was perplexed to discover the ... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. “But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that`by the mouth of two or three witnesse... [Bible] [Modern Culture]

10AM

Ce cours-séminaire intensif, qui s’étale sur cinq jours entiers, s’adresse en priorité aux doctorant-e-s, de Suisse comme de l’étranger, mais il est également ouvert aux post-doctorant-e-s ainsi qu’aux étudiant-e-s de master dès la 2e... [Church History] [Conferences]

9AM

Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser has suggested that people send her money in order to transform their lives, or face divine consequences. Paula White, who heads up the president’s evangelical advisory committee, suggested making a donation to her min... [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
If you’re a ‘public theologian’ and yet somehow you never seem to mention Scripture, you’re terrible at theology.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

And apparently I don’t want to…  Via the twitter- Bethany House and Baker Publishing Group have cancelled publication of the Andy Savage book The Ridiculously Good Marriage. It may remain on various retail web sites for a short time until tho... [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

Hierumb, gnädige wyse herren, wellend mich umb gotzwillen vor gantzer gemeind verantwurt haben und, hatt es fuog, ouch disen brief vor gantzer gemeind vorlesen lassen; dann ich by gott, der üns alle erlöst hatt, sag, das ir mir uss miner sorg und angst... [Zwingli]

January 8, 4PM

3PM

Politicians love sending ‘thoughts and prayers’ to people who are suffering.  But does it make any sense?  Frankly, no. First, if thoughts don’t lead to acts, then they are not only pointless they are worthless.  Thoughts which are fo... [theology]
Well, it looks like putting Trump in the White House has opened the floodgates. With celebrities from Oprah to The Rock hinting at a presidential run, the 2020 race is shaping up to be a real hoot and a half. We sent our reporters out to do reportery, inv... [mockery]

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7AM

Die sechs Thesen der Barmer Theologischen Erklärung von 1934 gehören zum protestantischen Traditionsgut. Aber wie vital sind sie eigentlich? Die Autorinnen und Autoren dieses Bandes konzentrieren sich auf das reformierte Profil der Barmer Thesen. Was he... [book review] [Books] [Church History] [TVZ]

6AM

In theology and ministry with young people, disability is often treated as a problem to be solved. Christian leaders approach people with disabilities as a target audience in need of integration into traditional church programming, rather than as full-fl... [Modern Culture]

5AM

“Boasting is an evidence that we are pleased with self; belittling, that we are disappointed in it. Either way, we reveal that we have a high opinion of ourselves.” — A. W. TozerFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Take note – #YourTruth may very well not be #TheTruth.  After all, you are not the measure of all things.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to words of knowledge. (Prov. 23:12)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

4AM

At a general diet which met at Baden, January 8, 1531, the Five [Catholic] Cantons declared that unless justice was done them with respect to the Abbey of St. Gall [which had been seized by the Reformed and sold, the proceeds going to help the poor], they... [Church History]
I think this is absolutely on target- It was as a Commentator that Calvin reigned supreme in his day, and, for that matter survives to-day. Beginning with his work on Romans while in Strassburg, in 1540, he continued until the year of his death in Geneva,... [Modern Culture]

3AM

This nifty piece ran a few years back and since it has been a slow news day I thought I would do what others have done and post a ‘classic’. And this one is.  That’s for sure. BAR Most Loved and Most Reviled Perhaps I should not be surp... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Helmut Koester]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

January 7, 3PM

The wife of [Calvin’s] beloved brother, Antoine, long suspected of unworthy conduct, was charged with adultery committed with Calvin’s hunchbacked secretary-servant, Pierre Dagnet, while all were inhabiting Calvin’s house. On January 7, 1557, Ca... [Calvin]

10AM

A Quaker organization honored with the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize for assisting and rescuing victims of the Nazis, is among the list of groups whose activists Israel has announced it will bar from entering the Jewish State. Contemptible.Filed under: Modern Cu... [Modern Culture]

6AM

Your friends don’t need it Your enemies won’t believe it – A Friend, Bill ChristopherFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#101377)
“The Sabbath is the best of days; no other day is like it. And the church is the meeting of God with His people; no other gathering can take its place or compensate for its loss.” Herman BavinckFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
From SOTS- I am pleased to announce that the University of Sheffield will be hosting two lectures by Prof. Thomas Römer, the chair in the Hebrew Bible and Its Contexts at the Collège de France, in January 2018. These lectures abroad—part of the missio... [SOTS]

January 6, 2PM

Because you don’t study it, and it’s not the Bible.  It’s a promotional gimmick. Prosperity gospel preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes just announced at long last the release of his first official Bible, a study edition whose cover and pages are... [mockery]

6AM

Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all.  Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.  (Prov. 28:5-6)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

5AM

January 6, 1542-  And it begins I, Martin Luther, doctor, etc., acknowledge with this my own handwriting that I have given to my beloved and faithful housewife Katherine as an endowment (or whatever one can call it) for her lifetime, which she will be a... [Luther]

January 5, 5PM

Corrected, this reads ‘The Book of Revelation is a reminder to a persecuted community that no power on earth or in heaven is greater than the power of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus.  It levels a warning against the world’s opposi... [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology] [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

2PM

People who don’t buy The Commentary just hate truth. Don’t be a truth hater… buy the Commentary.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

‘Do this in remembrance of me’ he said. Not ‘do this in cannibalism of me.’ That settles it once and for all.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

This is the best idea ever.  Except it should be the case with anyone in the wedding party.  If anyone is late, you forfeit the on time charge.  So have your people there on time (because wedding time wasters are really the worst people on the planet).... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Tomorrow from 10-12 the family will receive friends at the church, followed by the funeral at 1. The graveside service will follow at Robbins Cemetery.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

The forthcoming Nordic New Testament Conference will take place on 8 – 12 June 2018 at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. The conference supports Nordic scholarship on Early Christianity by facilitating continual Nordic interaction within the ... [Conferences]

8AM

Via Jack Sasson- Gene M. Tucker Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University January 08, 1935 – January 04, 2018 Denver, Colorado. Gene M. Tucker died on January 4, 2018 at the age of 82. He was born on January ... [obituary]

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Here’s a great essay for your weekend reading pleasure: Women in Zwingli’s World. Traditional Zwingli scholarship has been fairly unanimous in the assumption that women did not play a significant role in Zwingli’s life. The records are ... [Zwingli]
Zwingli’s family tree Did you know… William, Zwingli’s eldest son, born in 1526, after studying in Zurich went to Strassburg to complete his education, but there died of the plague in 1541. Ulrich, born January 6, 1528, who is said to have b... [Church History] [Zwingli]

January 4, 5PM

Or more accurately, when you find something you want to doubt because it isn’t convenient for your attitudes or world view- doubt… After being convicted by the clear teaching of Scripture with regards to certain aspects of his deeply ingrained... [mockery]

12 PM

Cool stuff- History at Newman University To celebrate the start of a year of celebrations to mark the University’s fiftieth birthday, we’ve manage to enlist the help of Professor Scott Davidson, Vice Chancellor of the University, to give us an insigh... [Modern Culture]

11AM

The great Swiss scholar Eduard Schweizer told us in a Seminar once ‘The problem with Americans is that they are afraid to say anything without adding a footnote.  They are afraid to think for themselves’. He was pretty much right on target.Fi... [Modern Culture]
I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enli... [Bible]

10AM

According to reports coming out of Hope Community Church, first-time visitor Brittany Wilson remains unsure about why she needed “this Jesus guy” in her life after the pastor spent the entire Sunday sermon reiterating how awesome, amazing, unique, and... [mockery]

January 3, 11PM

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. (Prov. 25:19)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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But that doesn’t stop people, even famous ones, from saying that he did… Please stop it. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
μή μου ἅπτου  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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In an altruistic act meant to help Americans currently being bombarded with extremely cold weather, Joel Osteen personally offered to warm up the entire country with his lungs’ nearly inexhaustible supply of hot air. Osteen stated he would plant himself... [sarcasm]

12 PM

Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#101227)
“We must remember that the terms of our calling are that we should be faithful, not that we should be successful.”- J.I. PackerFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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When you gain a friend, gain him through testing, and do not trust him hastily. For there is a friend who is such at his own convenience, but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.  And there is a friend who changes into an enemy, and will disclo... [Bible]

8AM

“If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be esta... [theology]

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If you, like me, and Jonathan, and James, and others, weren’t able to make it to Nottingham for SOTS 2018 Winter Meeting, you can keep up with what’s going on via twitter by following #SOTS2018, or by watching the SOTS facebook page- https:/... [Conferences] [SOTS]

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J-Term by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#101202)
Come to Hong Kong.Filed under: Ming Hua Theological College [Ming Hua Theological College]

January 2, 5PM

A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. (Prov. 18:19)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

4PM

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made (Gen. 3:1)Filed under: Bible [Bible]
In a powerful show of devotion to the president of the United States, members of First Baptist Dallas passed their golden jewelry, watches, and personal trinkets down to the front of the sanctuary Sunday morning, where Pastor Robert Jeffress melted the la... [mockery]

12 PM

Here.Filed under: Archaeology [Archaeology]
A Christian without prayer is just as impossible as a living person without a pulse. The pulse is never motionless; it moves and beats constantly, whether one is asleep or something else keeps one from being aware of it. — Martin LutherFiled under: ... [Luther]

11AM

This is perfect– After a particularly heated membership meeting this past week, the South Lancaster Mennonite Church has decided to split the entire congregation into more manageable units of one. “At first we decided to just split into two groups... [humor] [sarcasm]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Your justification isn’t dependent on your obedience- but your sanctification is.Filed under: Theology [theology]

6AM

Brrr by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#101166)
It’s 7 here… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Read it here.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]
‘For twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah, until today, the word of Yahweh has been addressed to me and I have never tired of speaking to you (but you have not listened. Furthermore, Yahweh has untiringl... [Bible]

3AM

And it still saddens me.  So here’s a bit of remembrance- Here’s his last book-  Here are some photos from the Festschrift presentation. Here’s a brief description of the Festschrift. And here’s the best ‘Historical Jesus&#... [Friends] [Garbini]

January 1, 2PM

Nr. 722 Paulus Fagius an Zwingli – Isny, 7 V 1528 Nr. 723 Marcus Peregrinus an Zwingli – Gsteig, 13 V 1528 Nr. 724 Rudolf Ammann an Zwingli – Knonau, 14 V 1528 Nr. 725 Berchtold Haller an Zwingli – (Bern), 17 V 1528 Nr. 726 (Johann... [Zwingli]

1PM

Via Charlotte Hempel- Call for Papers EABS is excited to announce its tenth Graduate Symposium, which will take place at the Finnish Institute in Rome, from 23rd- 25th March 2018. The symposium, which seeks to engender a supportive atmosphere for dialogue... [Conferences]

11AM

Via Joseph Lauer This morning, Monday, January 1, 2018, the IAA circulated English and Hebrew press releases titled “”[Belonging] To the Governor of the City”: A Unique Stamped piece of clay from the First Temple Period, Inscribed in Ancient... [Archaeology]

6AM

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride dressed for her husband. ... [Bible]

December 31 2017, 10PM

For your viewing pleasure- Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5PM

May his memory be for a blessing.Filed under: obituary [obituary]

1PM

All of which sound totally legit to me. The use of these book curses seemingly sits at odds with the monastic lifestyle. Medieval monks dedicated their lives to imitating Christ, including his virtues of patience, forgiveness and love for mankind. The fac... [Books]
Nr. 1 Das Fabelgedicht vom Ochsen (lat.), (Herbst 1510) Nr. 2 Das Fabelgedicht vom Ochsen (dt.), (Herbst 1510) Nr. 3 De gestis inter Gallos et Helvetios relatio, (Herbst 1512) Nr. 4 Der Labyrinth, (Frühjahr 1516) Nr. 5 Gebetslied in der Pest, (En... [Zwingli]
There’s a very practical reason that novices should not assume leadership responsibility in the Church: pride will destroy them- A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to... [Bible]

10AM

A million people will be in times square to watch a ball drop. In subfreezing weather. A million ‘christians’ stayed home this morning because it was too cold to get out…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Keep in mind Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law by observing them.’ And all the people shall say,`Amen!’  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefu... [Bible]

7AM

The wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (Jas. 1:20)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

Listen here.Filed under: Dead Sea Scrolls [Dead Sea Scrolls]

December 30, 7PM

Piper goes super creepy and off the rails.Don’t ‘marry’ the Bible. Read it. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

Via Peter Machinist <machinis@fas.harvard.edu> as well as other colleagues came the saddest news about Lawrence (Larry) Stager, who died at home yesterday (Friday), apparently after a fall. He would have been 75 this coming Tuesday. Funeral arrangem... [Modern Culture]
REVELL, Ernest John — Born April 15th, 1934, died Dec. 15, 2017 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ann Margaret, (née Morgan). Loving father of John and Bridget, fond father-in-law of Stephen Marmura, prou... [Modern Culture]
If you get your information about Zwingli from wikipedia, you’re building your house on the swamp.  Do better.  Try harder.  Use real sources.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Please follow me on twitter.  @drjewest.  I am so close to 10,000 followers. I just need around 8000. Tell your friends. I’m soooooooooooooo close….Filed under: twitter [Twitter]
All. Of. Them.  You’re welcome.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

Otherwise they wouldn’t offer editions so festooned with idiocy.  To flatten the Bible out- to make it a single voiced narrow focus is blasphemous. It’s not one story.  It’s not all about one name.  And it isn’t the ‘Jesu... [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
The following hard-to-find monograph is now available for free download in PDF: T.H.L. Parker, Supplementa Calviniana. An Account of the Manuscripts of Calvin’s Sermons Now in Course of Preparation. London: The Tyndale Press, 1962. Pbk. pp.23.Filed und... [Calvin]

December 29, 5PM

The demand for “relevance” and *immediate* applicability impoverishes theology. Humanity’s highest end is God himself. We need a recalibration of what counts as relevant. — Luke Stamps Verily verily.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

Fight to the death for the truth, and the Lord God will do battle for you. (Sir. 4:28)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

3PM

“I hate, I despise your feast days, And I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of yo... [Bible]

2PM

This book contributes to the discussion on the development of the biblical canon by presenting clearly the early Christian lists of canonical books. Scholarly and popular literature frequently mentions the views of early Christians on the biblical canon, ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

1PM

The LORD God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it. (Gen. 2:15)Filed under: Bible [Bible]
Kirchenhistoriker Emidio Campi hat sich mit der AZ zum Gespräch getroffen. Er spricht über das ausklingende Reformationsjahr – und wie er per Zufall nach Baden kam. Das Reformationsjahr ist bald vorbei. Emidio Campi hätte sich manchmal ein etwas tief... [Books] [Church History]

9AM

Wyttenbach was born at Biel, or Bienne, sixty miles west by south of Zurich, in 1472, and died there in 1526. In 1496 he was matriculated at Tuebingen, made M.A. there in 1500. In Basel he lectured from 1505 to 1507, when he became people’s priest in Bi... [Church History]

6AM

Irena Backus’ scholarship has been characterised by profound historical learning and philological acumen, extraordinary mastery of a wide range of languages, and broad-ranging interests. From the history of historiography to the story of Biblical ex... [book review] [Books] [Church History]

5AM

In his portrait of Duke George of Saxony (1471–1539) Christoph Volkmar offers a fresh perspective on the early Reformation in Germany. Long before the Council of Trent, this book traces the origins of Catholic Reform to the very neighborhood of Wittenbe... [book review] [Books] [Church History]

December 28, 4PM

And that location happens to be here.  Whichever plan you choose, do yourself a favor and choose one and use it in 2018.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

You’re downright depraved.  And he’s not wrong. @JohnWDean – The GOP’s idea of a war on poverty is putting poor people in prison. Too many Republicans are way beyond vicious they are evil. Most annoying are those who call themselv... [Modern Culture]

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10AM

New mother Tatiana Olson is being called rude and obnoxious for failing to put her baby on silent mode before entering the church service at Generations Church during Sunday’s service. The woman’s infant cried several times during the service, interru... [mockery]
Filed under: Ming Hua Theological College [Ming Hua Theological College]

9AM

And that’s why they market the Bible so trashily and ignorantly (and take note especially of the bullet points at the bottom right)… NB- the NIV is a substandard translation.  If you’re looking for a good translation for your children, ... [Bible]

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As translated by Lester Grabbe, for SOTS- Otto Kaiser 30 November 1924 to 14 December 2017 Professor Dr Dr (h.c. mult.), in memoriam Otto Kaiser died on 14 December 2017 in Marburg, in the city in which he had lived since 1960, first as associate profes... [obituary]
It’s 18 degrees here… so I presume it’s colder up north.  Anyway, here’s a quote provided by my Chicago friend Ralph Keen- Then woe unto you who have been the teachers of this people, who for filthy lucre have deceived their souls... [theology]

7AM

Wyclif by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#100950)
28 Dec 1384: John Wyclif #theologian struck by paralysis during the elevation of the host at Mass in Lutterworth church. d. on 31 Dec 1384. Anathemised, exhumed & burnt in 1427. (BM) Becomes a hero of 16th C #English reformers.- John MccafertyFiled u... [Modern Culture]

6AM

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.  Happy is the man who is always reverent, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. (Prov. 28:13-14)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

December 27, 4PM

Set a wicked man over him, And let an accuser stand at his right hand.  When he is judged, let him be found guilty, And let his prayer become sin.  Let his days be few, And let another take his office.  Let his children be fatherless, And his wife a... [Bible]
For SOTS.  It looks like a fantastic program.  Alas.  At any rate, DV, I will return to the Winter Meeting next year.Filed under: Conferences, SOTS [Conferences] [SOTS]

3PM

Local Christian blogger Jonathan Pennington is being called a hero by progressive theologians after he courageously abandoned an extremely unpopular Christian teaching in order to instead affirm a very popular belief held in wider secular culture, sources... [Modern Culture]
That depth of ignorance is the sort we only see when asking a 2 month old about quantum physics.Filed under: disdain, mockery, Modern Culture, pseudo-scholarship, stupidity [disdain] [mockery] [Modern Culture] [Pseudo-scholarship] [stupidity]

12 PM

This is why we cannot be silent, when God commands us to speak, to whom to speak, and what to speak- I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent (Isa.... [Bible]

11AM

καὶ ὁ τρίτος ἐξέχεεν τὴν φιάλην αὐτοῦ εἰς τοὺς ποταμοὺς καὶ τὰς πηγὰς τῶν ὑδάτων· καὶ ἐγένετο αἷμα. καὶ ἤκουσα τοῦ ἀγγέλου τ... [Bible]
Oh, to be able to go to this! Im Januar 1523 drängten 600 Menschen in den Ratssaal am Limmatquai und hielten die erste Zürcher Disputation als hitzigen Diskussions-Marathon. Sie wurde zum Wendepunkt der Zürcher Reformation. Knapp 500 Jahre später drä... [Church History] [Zwingli]

10AM

7AM

“O woe and misery is coming upon you! how do you spend your time? and how have you lost your time? hell gapes and opens her mouth to receive you, where all the wicked are turned into. Stand still a while and see whither all ye must go.” (Georg... [Church History] [Modern Culture]

6AM

Read this post by Bill Ross.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

Family and friends of 22-year-old Logan Trammell gathered to remember the young musician after an accidental shooting took his life on Christmas Eve. Trammell’s family says he was driving away from his parents home around 11:30 p.m. on December 24 in ... [Total Depravity]
I think of this passage of Scripture, which they obviously haven’t: “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. “Therefore, when you do a c... [Bible]
Holiness is a requirement for the people of God.  Unholiness is disobedience.  Disobedience renders one unfit for service to the Divine.  Accordingly, unholy people are not of use to the Kingdom of God.  Not even Paul was fit for service until he was ... [theology]

December 26, 5PM

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

People like to talk about being on the ‘right side of history’ these days.  Here’s the real right side, and wrong side, of history: First, the right side- ‘When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then h... [Bible]
A national task force of Bible scholars has voted to raise the biblical age of accountability to 30 for late-blooming millennials. According to this decision, millennials who die before age 30 will receive automatic entry into the kingdom of heaven along ... [humor]
Then he will say to those on his left hand, “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink&... [Modern Culture]
Via Classical Art Memes- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Today the Church remembers St. Stephen, the first Christian put to death for his faith- ‘You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears. You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. Can you name a single pro... [Bible]
Certain people have infiltrated among you, who were long ago marked down for condemnation on this account; without any reverence they pervert the grace of our God to debauchery and deny all religion, rejecting our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jud... [Bible]

5AM

‪’Not everyone who says to me, ‘Merry Christmas’, will enter the kingdom of heaven – but rather the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’ – Jesus in 2017.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 25, 6PM

This tale makes the timeless point that if you don’t use it, you lose it.  Literally. A Chinese murder suspect has been apprehended after evading police for 12 years partly by pretending to be mute – leading to the genuine loss of his ability... [theology]

4PM

We invent more crises in our minds than we ever experience in our lives.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The natural person has no room for the gifts of God’s Spirit; to him they are folly; he cannot recognise them, because their value can be assessed only in the Spirit. The spiritual person, on the other hand, can assess the value of everything, and ... [Bible]

1PM

The resounding question of the last century was: can a scholar [Forschender] believe? Today we must ask: can scholarship survive without faith? The catastrophe of western culture and humanity, of which we are witnesses today, compels us to ask questions a... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

I usually read Barth’s Dogmatics every few years and since it’s been since 2013 that I’ve done it I decided that 2018 is the ideal time.  I’ve generally just read a volume each month, and the shorter few (!) in less time.  But th... [Karl Barth]
Joseph minds the baby while Mary reads in bed. 15th century, in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – Filed under: Church History [Church History]

11AM

Πολυμερῶς καὶ πολυτρόπως πάλαι ὁ θεὸς λαλήσας τοῖς πατράσιν ἐν τοῖς προφήταις.  ἐπ᾽ ἐσχάτου τῶν ἡμερῶν τούτων ἐλάλησεν ἡμῖν ... [Bible]
When you regularly skip church (as many do), you forfeit any right to complain about anything about church or about what the church does or about anyone in the church concerning what they do or do not do.   It’s the same as not voting, but complai... [Modern Culture]

4AM

If you’ve never read Barth’s discussion of ‘killing in self defense’, you ought to.  Especially now, when killing seems to be something of a sport for some and self defense is urged to such an extent that Christian people are told... [Bible] [theology] [Church Dogmatics]

December 24, 8PM

As the Second Helvetic Confession remarks- Moreover, if in Christian liberty the churches religiously celebrate the memory of the Lord’s nativity, circumcision, passion, resurrection, and of his ascension into heaven, and the sending of the Holy Spi... [theology]

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The questions that worry the layman are both more interesting and more difficult than those which are the favored subjects of discussion by theologians.  — Emil BrunnerFiled under: Brunner, Emil Brunner [Brunner] [Emil Brunner]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

The eternal Son of God, who is & remains true & eternal God, took to himself, through the working of the Holy Spirit, from the flesh & blood of the virgin Mary, a truly human nature so that he might become David’s true descendant, like his b... [Modern Culture]
And it isn’t being waged today, by anyone.  Maybe read a bit of history.  With thanks to a Canadian Baptist (who knew there was such a thing) for the photo.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

6AM

A photo of a North Texas boy and Santa, each with their heads bowed in prayer, went viral after another mom overheard the boy ask Santa to help his sick dad. The woman was in line with her own son to see Santa at the Bass Pro Shops in Garland on Tuesday e... [Modern Culture]

December 23, 4PM

Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him. (Prov. 27:22)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

1PM

For this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess. 2:11-12)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

12 PM

It’s this one- The faithful man has perished from the earth, And there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net.  That they may successfully do evil with both hands– The prince asks ... [Bible]
A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well. (Prov. 25:26)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

December 22, 6PM

Good will come to the one who lends generously and conducts his business fairly.  He will never be shaken. The righteous one will be remembered forever.  He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is assured; ... [Bible]

1PM

Everyone is on the naughty list! After a transformative moment reading R.C. Sproul’s What Is Reformed Theology? for the first time earlier this week, legendary Christmas icon Santa Claus reportedly converted to a full-on, five-point Calvinist, and alm... [Modern Culture]
ὁ ἀγαπῶν χρυσίον οὐ δικαιωθήσεται καὶ ὁ διώκων διάφορα ἐν αὐτοῖς πλανηθήσεται (Sir. 31:5)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

12 PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The reason that scholars keep debating the same old things is because no one reads anything over 10 years old anymore.   If they did, they would know that their argument has already been made earlier, better.  Scholarship, when it’s meaningful an... [Modern Culture]

11AM

There are two ways a Pastor has to know that it’s time to leave a church. 1- if the Holy Spirit opens a door to service elsewhere, and 2- if they kill you.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the LORD been revealed?  For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should des... [Modern Culture]

8AM

Such evil. An Oklahoma man is facing charges after police say he beat his girlfriend’s five-year-old son because the child opened a Christmas present early. KJRH reports the mother’s boyfriend was watching her children while she went Christmas shoppin... [Total Depravity]

7AM

Paul as Pastor demonstrates the critical nature of Paul’s pastoral care to his identity and activities. Despite the fact that Paul never identifies himself as a pastor, there is much within the Pauline letters that alludes to this as a possible asp... [book review] [Books]

December 21, 6PM

Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#100693)
This is absolutely true. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels!  For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drin... [Modern Culture]

2PM

So it makes sense that they would want to purchase another entertainment venue. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson shocked the sports world last weekend when he announced that he will be selling the franchise after this season in the wake of alleged... [mockery]

1PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Salty language aside, Bee correctly grasps the cult-like nature of Christian Zionism and she rightly grasps their intentions to be deadly. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Around this time of year the careless and unobservant (and those incapable of reading simple Greek) like to ‘point out’ the ‘contradictions’ between Matthew and Luke in their telling the story of the birth of Jesus.  So let me set... [Bible]
CALL FOR PAPERS for a topical issue of Open Theology Rethinking Reformation “Open Theology” (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue “Rethinking Reformation”, prepared in collaboration with t... [Church History]
The Zurichers have the details.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

7AM

But to the wicked God says: “Why do you recite my statutes, and take my covenant upon your lips; since you refuse discipline, and toss my words behind your back? When you see a thief, you make him your friend, and you cast in your lot with adulterer... [Bible]

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Ich habe die die traurige Pflicht, Ihnen mitzuteilen, dass unser Kollege Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Otto Kaiser am 14. Dezember im Alter von 92 Jahren verstorben ist. Die Trauerfeier findet statt am 28. Dezember 2017  um 11:00 Uhr auf dem Friedhof Marburg-... [obituary]

December 20, 6PM

Doctors speaking on behalf of the nation’s medical community Wednesday recommended that Americans not stare directly into the black, empty void encompassing the nation’s comment sections. While doctors have long known of the harmful effects of dwellin... [Modern Culture]

11AM

They said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons don’t follow your ways. So now appoint over us a king to lead us, just like all the other nations have.”  But this request displeased Samuel, for they said, “Give us a king to l... [Bible]
2018 Annual Meeting Call for Papers Open Co-hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion, the 2018 Annual Meetings will be held November 17-20 in Denver, Colorado. The call for papers for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now... [SBL]

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Die Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft hat den Bibelgesellschaften in Litauen, Polen, Russland, der Slowakei und Tschechien kostenfrei wissenschaftliche Ausgaben klassischer Bibelübersetzungen in den Volkssprachen zur Verfügung gestellt. Bei den Bänden aus der... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

9AM

Preaching the full counsel of scripture is our calling; infuriating the godless is a natural consequence of the faithful fulfillment of that calling.   The more furious the godless become, the purer the truth being preached.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
It’s time for every theologian, biblical scholar, and pastor to be a prophet.  And to speak like one.  And to address the community of faith like one.  It’s time for a generation of Jeremiah’s and Amos’s and Isaiah’s and M... [Modern Culture]

6AM

The LORD will also subject you to madness, blindness, and confusion of mind. You will feel your way along at noon like the blind person does in darkness and you will not succeed in anything you do; you will be constantly oppressed and continually robbed,... [Bible]

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“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” – JesusFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
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Highlights des Reformationsjubiläums 2017 / Les temps forts de 2017 from SEK-FEPS on Vimeo.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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From our friends in Birmingham- How can you tell a forged manuscript from a real one? Find out in the 8th Annual Rabbi Tann Memorial Lecture, ‘Beautiful Bookhands & Careless Characters: An Alternative Approach to the #DeadSeaScrolls’ by Pr... [Modern Culture]

December 19, 4PM

Too many theologians are cowards.   And too many cowards are theologians.  Our world needs more of the sort like St. Jerome.  Martin Luther.  John Calvin. Huldrych Zwingli.  William Tyndale.  John Foxe.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep (Lk. 6:24-25).Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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This is worth reading.  Even if it is on a somewhat questionable blog…  bless their hearts….  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A US Senator tweeted out this passage from the Bible this morning- Better to be poor and walk in integrity than rich and crooked in one’s ways. Proverbs 19:1 Ironically, that same Senator supports a bill which gives massive tax breaks to the wealthy and... [Bible]
New Gospel Fragment Reveals Part Where Jesus Affirmed Everybody’s Sins A newly unearthed portion of the gospel of Mark, discovered in an ancient pottery piece dating from the first century, reveals at long last the part of the gospel narrative in which ... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

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When Martin Luther entered the monastery- Nicht christliche Liebe herrschte, sondern das altvertraute Leistungsprinzip. Jeder Mönch bewegte sich wie der Hamster im Rad. Martin wollte der schnellste Hamster sein. – Joachim KöhlerFiled under: Luther... [Luther]

December 18, 4PM

Man Complains About Plot Holes In Movie About Space Wizards Fighting With Colored Laser Sticks… In a 4,000 word blog post published in the early morning hours after his first viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, local grown man Kyle Marion reportedl... [mockery]

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Only the completely uninformed will be persuaded to buy that book. No academic will. They’ll know better. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“He [the elector] is the right man for the job. He himself works from early morning until noon, for he has a calloused finger from writing. He is no drunkard, fornicator, gamester, or avaricious man, but is diligent, godly, and generous. May our dear Lo... [Luther]

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What’s the question?  This.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Read this by my buddy Christian Brady.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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A bit outside my usual stomping grounds– but it looks really interesting: Recent years have seen a paradigm shift in Christian self-understanding. In place of the eurocentric model of ‘Christendom’, a new understanding is emerging of Christianit... [Books] [theology] [Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht]

December 17, 4PM

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Yup by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#100460)
This.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 16, 3PM

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!” — Benjamin FranklinFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“He who takes a wife is not idle, for marriage keeps him busy. To remain continent in celibacy confronts one with temptations that are not trivial, as the experienced know. On the other hand, the annoyances of married life are [almost] unbearable to men... [Luther]

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Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel g... [Modern Culture]

December 15, 5PM

‘Internet Service Providers Should Not Be Able To Decide What People Can See Online,’ Says Man Who Decides What People Can See Online. Tech titan Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, came out strongly against the repeal of net neutrality Friday, calling ... [hypocrisy]
A righteous person giving in to the wicked is like a contaminated spring or a polluted fountain. (Prov. 25:26)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

3PM

Save your money. It’s plodding, predictable, and doze inducing.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Yes- it has come to this… How would you like to write like Martin Luther?  That is, how would you like to write with his handwriting?  How would you like to type in his handwriting?  A typographer is developing a computer font based on Luther... [Luther]
‘Alas for you when everyone speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets. (Lk. 6:26)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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Speaking on his Pass the Salt webcast this Tuesday morning, evangelist and “Christian activist” Dave Daubenmire gave an eye-opening defense of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, essentially saying that Moore isn’t obligated to tell the truth b... [pseudo-christianity]

December 14, 2PM

And it’s a doozy… But unsurprising in these here troubled times…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Edited by Maria-Cristina Pitassi and Daniela Solfaroli Camillocci (University of Geneva).  Irena Backus’ scholarship has been characterised by profound historical learning and philological acumen, extraordinary mastery of a wide range of languages,... [Books] [Church History]

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Ulrich K. writes “Diese Sichtweise passt zu einem modernen Mainstream-Christentum, das den biblischen Gott von allen verstörenden, widersprüchlichen und abgründigen Zügen reinigen will”, schreibt Körtner in seinem Kommentar. “Das Go... [Bible] [theology]

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A pastor from back in the late 70s of the church a friend is at told him that one year he received a Christmas card from a member.  It said, “Pastor, the best Christmas present you could give our church is your resignation!” It seems that mem... [Modern Culture]

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It took ten years constant and vigilant police oversight with combined moral and spiritual education to secure to Calvin his triumph over the intrigues of parties and the hatred of base born men. From 1545 to 1555 he felt the utmost venom of their opposit... [Calvin] [Church History] [William Farel]

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Well…. Remnant of Giants Theologian Michael Bird (Ridley College) appeared on Australian national television last night, talking about Jesus’ erections. Here’s the rush transcript of Michael Bird discussing the rigidity of Our Lord’s penis wi... [Modern Culture]
Lest we forget… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 13, 7PM

This time it’s Dan Wallace.  Here-  https://danielbwallace.com/2017/12/12/pope-francis-the-lords-prayer-and-bible-translation/Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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On LXX stuff things.  It’s aight….Filed under: LXX [LXX]
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” – Rev 21:... [Modern Culture]

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We need to remind ourselves of this, constantly- Filed under: Modern Culture, Theology [Modern Culture] [theology]
For rejecting evil.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 12, 4PM

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It’s by Russell Moore and it’s about that moronic bumper sticker which claimed that if Jesus had a gun he’d still be alive.  He’s 1000% right, writing in part American evangelicalism is old and sick and weak, and doesn’t even kn... [Modern Culture]

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Are in the Grossmünster Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Yay! What Does the Text Say? Too much “worship” in churches today is nothing more than the product of people’s imaginations designed to make them feel good. It should be the product of the study Scripture and designed to glorify God. Having observe... [Modern Culture]

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The Pope’s efforts to distort the Lord’s Prayer isn’t flying with Bart.  Bart is correct.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Theology [Biblical Studies Resources] [theology]

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Dear colleagues, Just a reminder that I am accepting abstracts and offers of papers for our 2018 Hawarden Seminar until the end of this week (Friday 15th Dec), so please do get in touch if you would like to present. I hope to confirm acceptance and circu... [Conferences]

3AM

Good grief. A Wisconsin couple intends to put the “fun” in “funeral” by legally serving alcohol inside a new Milwaukee area funeral home and event complex currently expected to open early next year. The owners of Integrity Funeral Services in Roch... [Total Depravity]
Yup, you read that right.  Here’s the story.  Par for the Moore course.  He and Trump are the face of the modern @GOP.Filed under: Total Depravity [Total Depravity]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Volume II/2 of this critical edition of all the documents of the Synod of Dordt (1618–1619) contains documents relating to the early sessions of the Synod of Dordt, until the expulsion of the Remonstrants. Many are published for the first time. Included... [Books]

December 11, 2PM

From ‘do not lead us’ to ‘do not let us fall’ understand neither the Old Testament nor how to translate Greek. They are theological and exegetical buffoons.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“They are oppressed by blindness, satanic error, ignorance and hatred of God, and eternal death, and no punishment in hell can be more horrible than theirs.” (Melanchthon 1549 on those who dispute theology without knowing Greek, CR 11, 862). Via ... [Modern Culture]
William Wileman [1849-1941], John Calvin: His Life, His Teaching and His Influence. London: Robert Banks & Son, c. 1900. Facing p.65. Filed under: Calvin [Calvin]

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So, in 1677 a penguin was drawn by a man who had never seen one. The result looks nothing like a penguin. And that’s exactly why Hollywood and the other assorted dilettantes who blather on about it never get the Bible right. They’ve never stud... [Modern Culture]
Meanwhile, 19 children EACH DAY die from gunshot wounds in this country.  10 kids die a YEAR because of becoming entangled in window blinds…  19 A DAY by gun… but let’s ban window cords and not guns… I guess the window blind cord... [Modern Culture]

December 10, 1PM

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

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Americans don’t really care about bullying any more than they really care about gun violence. If decent people were in the majority, the laws would reflect that decency. America has indecent laws because it has indecent law makers because it has ind... [Modern Culture]

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ON December 10, 1522, Oecolampadius of Basel wrote to Zwingli a very friendly letter in which he expressed an even extravagant admiration of Zwingli, based entirely upon report, as he had never met him. This was the beginning of a frequent and intimate co... [Oecolampadius] [Zwingli] [Basel]

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A silly sad ridiculous absurdity.   And the entire ‘mythicist’ enterprise is populated by equally absurd absurdities.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 9, 7PM

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

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The ETCBC would like to welcome all who are interested to our upcoming colloquiums throughout the Spring semester. We will have a variety of speakers, touching on topics such as Hebrew vocabulary training and statistical approaches to diachronic Hebrew la... [Bible] [Conferences]

10AM

This essay addresses the recent ‘transgender service’ at a Lutheran ‘Church’ in Minnesota: There is Christianity.  There is liberal Christianity, which stretches the term considerably.  There is heretical Christianity, which is o... [Heresy and Heretics] [Luther] [pseudo-christianity]

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The notion that there will be some sort of ‘rapture’ followed by some sort of ‘reign of Antichrist’ followed by some earthly kingdom that lasts 1000 years followed by some terrible battle followed by the destruction of all unbeliev... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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via twitter One would imagine that they didn’t make it past high school.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 8, 5PM

Filed under: Modern Culture, pseudo-theology, Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Modern Culture] [pseudo-theology] [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

2PM

So I am not at all surprised that Paul Pressler was doing vile things all those years.  He gave off a super creepy vibe every time he was around SEBTS in the late 80’s. Former Texas state judge and lawmaker Paul Pressler has been hit with a lawsuit... [Total Depravity]
The founder of Creation Festival — the nation’s largest Christian music festival — has been “indefinitely suspended” from the ministry and his position as pastor of his New Jersey church after he was arrested on charges of child molestation. Ha... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

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Incontro pubblico con il grande biblista Thomas Römer. Venerdì 15 dicembre 2017 ore 18:00. More here.  That’s Italian.  Except for the people who think X-mas = Christmas because X = χ for them.  For that sort, it’s Japanese.Filed under: ... [Conferences]
This story will make you sick. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Mick Mulvaney repeatedly pressed the agency to back off lending regulations as financial industry donors were bankrolling his congressional bids, according to government documents o... [Modern Culture]

9AM

@seyyedreza — How many Israeli soldiers does it take to arrest a Palestinian kid? This is what US support for Israel is accomplishing. Photo taken today. #Jerusalem Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Unser Vater im Himmel. Dein Name werde geheiligt. Dein Reich komme. Dein Wille geschehe, wie im Himmel, so auf Erden. Das Brot, das wir nötig haben, gib uns heute! Und vergib uns unsere Schuld, wie auch wir vergeben haben jenen, die an uns schuldig gewor... [Bible]

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Of this ridiculous doctrine, Adolf von Harnack writes Perhaps the plainest evidence of the decline of an inwardly grounded doctrine of salvation and of the growing attachment of value to creaturely goodness in the last centuries of the Middle Ages, is the... [Church History] [Mythbusting] [theology]

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Carrier and the mythicists are unhinged nutbags and Maurice Casey proved it years ago in his last book. Larry Hurtado's Blog If you want to read a blogger going ape-shit, troll through Richard Carrier’s recent belligerent, intemperate response (her... [Modern Culture]
And he was the ideal replacement. After the disaster at Cappel, [Bullinger left Bremgarten and] removed to Zuerich, and was unanimously elected by the Council and the citizens preacher of the Great Minster, Dec. 9, 1531. It was rumored that Zwingli himsel... [Bullinger] [Church History]

December 7, 5PM

And it identifies residents of the deep South who are white, racist, insulated, theologically ignorant, and despisers of anyone they consider outsiders to their whiteness.  In short, they are Trump voters and Moore supporters. For decades, the belief th... [Modern Culture]
So. Much. Wrong.  First, God doesn’t ‘start out’ where we do.  God is the Uncreated Creator of all things and Jesus’ preexistence is a matter of orthodox Christian faith.  And no, second, we can not become what he is, because we... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

4PM

Three words: Read Maurice Casey. Remnant of Giants There is a curious exchange going on at the moment between New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado and Jesus mythicist and historian Richard Carrier. “Jesus Mythicism”, for those of you who are unfamilia... [Modern Culture]
Set aside all the things we’ve learned about his immoral 30’s.  Set aside his creepy adultery.  Set aside his clear misogyny.  And just listen to his answer to a question posed to him by a Black man- via the twitter- @ShaunKing – RED... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Come join us as we explore the many faces of the faith of St Paul during the daytime sessions and then come back in the evening for our ‘Prime Time’ lectures on the topic of suffering as we examine that subject in the Book of Job. Both lecture... [Ming Hua Theological College]

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Via the Dutch Calvinist.Filed under: Theology [theology]
I wonder why Newt didn’t say anything about the importance of the popular vote when Hillary Clinton destroyed Donald Trump in the popular vote and should have, therefore, been the President. GOP hypocrisy since the election of Trump has reached an ... [Modern Culture]
Don’t miss this grand rejoinder by an actual biblical scholar to Pope Francis’s attempt to distort the Lord’s Prayer: Diskussion um das Gebet der Gebete: Papst Franziskus bemängelt, »und führe uns nicht in Versuchung« sei eine schle... [theology]

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Luther- “I don’t share the opinion that suicides are certainly to be damned. My reason is that they do not wish to kill themselves but are overcome by the power of the devil. They are like a man who is murdered in the woods by a robber.” Luther&... [Luther] [Suicide]

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We must carefully notice these two things—that a knowledge of all the sciences is mere smoke, where the heavenly science of Christ is wanting; and man, with all his acuteness, is as stupid for obtaining of himself a knowledge of the mysteries of God, as... [Calvin] [theology]

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H. Wayne Pipkin’s fine essay titled  «They went out from us, for they were not of US»  Zwingli’s Judgment of the Early Anabaptists is as interesting now as it was in 1992, two decades ago.  He begins We will never know what the Reformatio... [Church History] [From the Archives of Zwingliana] [Zwingli] [Zwingliana]

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BTh Poster MTh Poster Click for the PDF’s.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

December 6, 7PM

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

6PM

You can read it here.  I for one am honored and humbled.  And I’m fairly sure my friend Jon B. is as well along with our super contributors.Filed under: Books, Church History [Books] [Church History]

4PM

And you probably should.  Because, honestly, you’re not really ‘Church’ in any Christian sense.  So go ahead, because any day now you’ll drop the word ‘church’ from your group meeting places. They’ll be called ... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Because it captures his rage (against heretics) so nicely- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The good news is, they’re all published by Tyndale House (the one in the States, not the actual one in Cambridge)- It’s that time of the year already! We’ve combed through thousands of works that have been published this season and now it’s ti... [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book] [mockery]
Here’s the evidence. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, told a former business partner that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as soon as Donald Trump took office, according to an ano... [Modern Culture]

2PM

Or, to be fair, even exist at all. @BettyBowers  – Anti-gay senator caught with underage boy was wearing t-shirt with “Ephesians 5:22: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord” on it. This is why you should NEVER ... [pseudo-christianity]

1PM

And now they’re beginning to see just how much Trump is to be trusted.   I.e., none.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Eyewitnesses to Zwingli’s sermons were always incredibly impressed.  For instance- Caspar Hedio, subsequently the Reformer of Strassburg, who wrote from Basel to Zwingli on November 6, 1519 (vii., 89), in the following very complimentary terms resp... [Church History] [Zwingli]
There are a lot of ‘scholars’ who put their names on their grad students work. Köstenberger is just one of many. What Does the Text Say? This is one of the possible problems that arise when a prof has research assistant writing for them. I h... [Modern Culture]

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By favoring the modern State of Israel and falsely equating that State to Ancient Israel they deny God and his love for the entire world. They are heretics and damned.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Oh this is a real gem… with thanks to Roberta Mazza for pointing out the link- A fragment of bone claimed to be from St Nicholas – the 4th-Century saintly inspiration for Father Christmas – has been radio carbon tested by the University ... [Pseudo-scholarship]

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You need to read this.  He’s not completely correct, but he’s correct enough to deserve a hearing.  And Evangelicals need to repent.  That is obvious to all of us. He says, among other things, Evangelicalism forsakes holding a sexual preda... [Modern Culture]

3AM

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s account of when he began dating his wife Kayla would place the start of their courtship before her divorce from her first husband, according to court documents. This comes as the Moore campaign’s... [Total Depravity]

December 5, 4PM

You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil, no sinner can be your guest. Boasters cannot stand their ground under your gaze. You hate evil-doers, liars you destroy; the violent and deceitful Yahweh detests.  (Ps. 5:4-6)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

3PM

In a sudden exodus that is sure to have a significant impact on the 2020 election, American evangelicals have begun abandoning their support of President Donald Trump in droves Tuesday, after he suggested in an interview that McDonald’s food is better t... [mockery]

2PM

You lot may find this book to be of interest.  It certainly looks interesting. This work seeks to delineate a theological framework into which biblically informed imagery and language of children in relation to God can be placed. McNeill’s aim is to of... [Books]

12 PM

Forget all that tiresome and outdated biblical stuff like ‘go into all the world and make disciples’.  That’s too hard and people just aren’t interested in that.  Instead of going deep, go as shallow as you can and get those butt... [hypocrisy] [loathing] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

11AM

Bless his heart… Here’s a helpful reminder from Vocabulary.com- A capitol (with an o) is a building that houses a government’s legislative branch. When capitol is capitalized (ahem), it refers to the Capitol Building in Washington,... [Modern Culture]

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By Martin Ehrensvärd. Give it a read in Bible and Interpretation. Great stuff.Filed under: Bible and Interpretation, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible and Interpretation] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Even though I would like to.  So this will have to do.  Merry Christmas! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
500 Jahre Reformation sind ein Grund zu feiern. Die Volkshochschule Zürich nutzt die Gelegenheit, um über die Grundlagen und vor allem die Wirkung der Schweizer Reformation zu diskutieren – von Zwingli bis zum Ende des Kulturkampfes. Welche Errungensc... [Modern Culture]

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‘The Love of money is the root of all evil’ – PaulFiled under: Bible [Bible]
There are more than just shoppers prowling for deals at local malls this holiday season. Predators may also be targeting teens for human trafficking. Epic Girl works to empower at-risk teen girls through education, mentorship and counseling. Epic Girl fo... [Modern Culture]

December 4, 4PM

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A Broken Arrow man used the phone number associated with a ministry he leads in advertisements for a house of prostitution, according to police.  Tulsa County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Walter Eugene Brazington Jr. — identified as a minister for ... [Total Depravity]

12 PM

At his trial in 1649, Charles I defended himself: “”No learned lawyer will affirm that an impeachment can lie against the King… one of their maxims is, that the King can do no wrong.” The great-grandfathers of the authors of the Co... [Modern Culture]
You should not write a book before you have heard an old sow fart; and then you should open your jaws with awe, saying, “Thank you, lovely nightingale, that is just the text for me!” – Martin Luther Well said, Martin. Well said.Filed und... [Luther] [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book]

11AM

A special ABC News report Friday stated that a deranged President Donald Trump nuked the entire world, flattening the entirety of civilization into a gooey nothingness, before later issuing a minor correction stating that he actually just microwaved a bur... [mockery]

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Execution is the best way forward in cases such as these, because this molester will never stop molesting. It was 3 in the morning, and a California woman was attempting to flag down a police officer; she wanted to report that her son just told her he h... [Total Depravity]

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Good thoughts from a good guy that I didn’t know had a blog. What Does the Text Say? Therefore, although philosophy, and all the various sects, enquire after and promise such a good as that which affords solid comfort to man, both in life and death,... [Modern Culture]
This is a very helpful chart.  Personally, I get my news from NPR, ABC, The Hill, BBC, and the AP.  What about you? Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Just to show I can have some interest in the terrible wretches so valued by Rome (even though for no good reason)- Remembering John of Damascus – 4 December JOHN OF DAMASCUS, surnamed Mansur (d. in extreme old age about 780). He is the greatest syst... [Church History]

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So says the State of Germany. Uwe Becker, the deputy mayor of Frankfurt, expressed outrage on Thursday over the German government’s decision not to recognize the Dead Sea Scrolls as Israeli property, prompting the cancellation of a slated 2019 exhib... [Dead Sea Scrolls]

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In his portrait of Duke George of Saxony (1471–1539) Christoph Volkmar offers a fresh perspective on the early Reformation in Germany. Long before the Council of Trent, this book traces the origins of Catholic Reform to the very neighborhood of Wittenbe... [Books] [Church History]

December 3, 6PM

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Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence– As fire burns brushwood, As fire causes water to boil– To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at... [Bible]

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At being the worst- Trump hits 62% disapproval. Carter, Reagan, HW Bush, Clinton, Obama never hit that number. Ever. WBush hit it after more than 1900 days. Trump is the best at a historical worst.- Matthew DowdFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The kind described here: You may be quite sure that in the last days there will be some difficult times. People will be self-centred and avaricious, boastful, arrogant and rude; disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious; heartless and intrac... [Bible]

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Via Marieke Dhont on FB- The monograph series Orbis biblicus et orientalis is now available online! Of particular interest to us Septuagint folks can be the 1975 volume “Hexaplarische Psalmenbruchstücke: Die hexaplarischen Psalmenfragmente der Hand... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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The Pastor with the MBA or worse, a mere degree in business from a College or University.  If your Pastor doesn’t hold theological degrees, find a Church where the Pastor does. If your Pastor isn’t a Scripture scholar, you’re in the wro... [Modern Culture]
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Those of you familiar with Church history and its early debates on the nature of Christ will know what this is about.  Those of you unfamiliar with Church history, go search ‘Arius’, ‘Arians’, and ‘Nicholas’ (or ‘... [Church History] [theology]

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I hope your day is a happy one.  Advent is my second favorite season of the year (Easter being my favorite). Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
.@SenOrrinHatch on CHIP: “I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves – won’t lift a finger – and expect the federal government to do everything.”  Unbelieva... [Modern Culture]

December 2, 4PM

I wonder who would buy such a thing?  Bathrobes are cool but with THAT name on it?  You can’t be serious. Filed under: mockery [mockery]

3PM

If this doesn’t sound like contemporary life, nothing does- Now they are steeped in all sorts of injustice, rottenness, greed and malice; full of envy, murder, wrangling, treachery and spite, libellers, slanderers, enemies of God, rude, arrogant an... [Bible]

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Some spell it Duke but I think in this instance it should be Dook… With thanks to Mike Bird for posting that photo on the twitter (without, I confess, the snarky respelling of Dook.)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

Group E is the group to watch. Filed under: soccer [soccer]

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And what does Scripture say of people aligning with evil? Woe to the rebellious children — declares Yahweh — who make plans which do not come from me and make alliances not inspired by me, and so add sin to sin! (Isa. 30:1) You’re sinnin... [Bible] [theology]

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Not until he hears their prayer of repentance- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

In his letter of November 30, 1524, Martin Luther made reference to a noblewoman named Argula von Grumbach. Today let’s take a closer look at this very interesting woman. Argula von Grumbach was born into the Bavarian noble family known as von Stauff in... [Church History]
The news in photos, from The Onion- Washington, DC, The White HouseFiled under: mockery, Modern Culture [mockery] [Modern Culture]

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December 1, 8PM

‪If you are a ministerial student and you aren’t outraged and annoyed when the poor are abused and the rich take advantage of them, get out of the ministry altogether. Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the Temple, he didn’t politely ask ... [Modern Culture]

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The utter ineptitude and bloated idiotic exaggerated claims… are infuriating. First, the moronic misleading headline- Ancient copy of Jesus’s secret papyrus teachings to his brother discovered ‘Jesus secret papyrus teachings’ ̵... [Modern Culture] [Mythbusting] [Pseudo-scholarship]

4PM

This is Rob Bell at his very best.  This is, literally, the best he can do. Op-Ed: When We Learn To Zim To God’s Zum, Red Potato Pepper Cascading At The Burning Of Dawn. Zim. It’s not just a nonsensical word I made up: it’s the key. The experience.... [mockery]

1PM

Hopefully though he will be too busy in prison for conspiring against America.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

When someone upright renounces uprightness to do evil and I set a trap for him, it is he who will die; since you failed to warn him, he will die for his guilt, and the uprightness he practised will no longer be remembered. (Ezek. 3:20)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

10AM

Here’s the story. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is expected to testify that President Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, according to a report by ABC News.  Flynn is saying that Trump ̶... [Modern Culture]

9AM

Researchers at a top Christian university Friday revealed a stunning find, as linguistic scholars have at long last pinpointed the ambiguous phrase “thorn in my flesh” used by Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians to be a reference to the seaso... [mockery]

8AM

Because only someone mentally ill or on some kind of drugs could say what he just said.  And it’s a shame too because his charity used to do really fine work. We do need to pray for Trump- that he repent and come to Christ. And we need to pray fo... [Modern Culture]

6AM

Dear Members, The deadline for the Emerging Scholars Program is January 15th. This is a great opportunity to help younger scholars to experience CBA and to help them build their CV. All necessary information is found on our website at https://catholicbibl... [Catholic Biblical Association]
The hypocrisy… unbelievable. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

And that’s how the Independent totally roasts the ridiculous ‘President’ of the United States.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

Here. Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

2AM

A C of E ‘minister’ says Christians should pray that Prince George be gay. And all this time we’ve been told being gay isn’t a choice- you’re born that way…. Y’all are going to have to make up your minds. Not to m... [Modern Culture]

November 30, 10PM

This month, besides blogposts and the like, I’m going for a true ‘Biblical Studies’ Carnival, which means that news stories, blog posts, and other sources of biblical joy are included in what follows, in a true Carnival of Things.  In other words, ... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Conferences] [SBL]

6PM

Trump evidently knows nothing of the theology of the incarnation.  Joseph isn’t Jesus’s dad.  Please don’t talk about the Bible ever again. Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

5PM

He said nothing about either Trump’s depraved behavior or Roy Moore’s.  His hypocrisy is simply stunning.  And the more-so because he doesn’t even know how hypocritical he is. Filed under: hypocrisy [hypocrisy]
The 1 Dec, 2017 cover of the Daily Mirror- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

1- Jesus and Roy Moore don’t belong in the same category.  Not even remotely. 2- A Church urging people to vote for a particular person?  Nope.  That’s not a Church.  That’s a cult.  A political cult.  The ‘Pastor’ of t... [Total Depravity]
And then there are the bugs… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Check it out here.  And remember, you can always download the STEP Bible program, free, for you personal, offline, use.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

10AM

A question was proposed by Master Ignatius, a student of sacred literature, on the day before the Kalentis of December, 1532 [i.e., 30 November]: Why do we more readily believe Satan when he terrifies than Christ when he consoles? The question was answere... [Luther]

9AM

And it’s not even surprising, is it… Rev. Bill Atkinson, a pastor who sang for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore at a recent campaign event, was convicted of obstructing an investigation into whether his son molested children at an... [Modern Culture]
That’s Trump voter thinking right there….Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Please do the right thing in a few weeks and vote for someone, anyone, besides the child molester Roy Moore. I don’t say that as a Northern elitist liberal Washington establishment left winger. I say that as a Christian theologian who lives just to ... [Modern Culture]

6AM

‘Nice’ job Joel… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“Or in other words, I’d be mad at him but I’d vote for him anyway.” I don’t know who this Tully Borland creature is, but I think her or his children should be removed from the home and allowed to live with someone who actuall... [Total Depravity]

5AM

If the church is run like a business, it will become a business dependent on the consumer. That’s not the purpose of the church. So tired of all the talk of “leading an organization”, “business principles”, “we do this ... [Modern Culture]

4AM

With thanks to Ralph Keen for showing it to me- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

Get those Biblical Studies Carnival submissions in.  If you’ve seen a blog post or interesting story related to New Testament, Old Testament, Archaeology, Books, or related things, in the month of November, send them along.Filed under: Biblical Stu... [Biblical Studies Carnival]
Men- keep your hands and face and parts to yourself.  Real men don’t molest.  Real men receive invitations.  Vow to yourself to not be a jerk, pervert, molester, reprobate today.  Make the world just a little bit better by exercising self contro... [Modern Culture]

November 29, 7PM

I’m grateful every day my daughter hasn’t been subjected to this kind of sick depravity. Because I would be in prison. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

Dear GOP Senators and Congressmen, I was afraid the 1% and Congress would be hurt by the bill you’re putting together. It’s such a relief to know that only the middle and lower classes will be.   Thanks so much Senator Lamar Alexander and... [disdain] [misery] [mockery] [Modern Culture] [obituary] [politics]

1PM

The Babylon Bee has the news that profusely sweating celebrities worried about being outed as perverts are responsible for rising sea levels. Read the news.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

@Reuters – BREAKING: American radio show host Garrison Keillor fired over allegations of inappropriate behavior – Minnesota Public Radio statement. Good grief.  Come on, dudes, keep your nasty hands and tongues and faces and private bits TO Y... [Total Depravity]
Back in 2015 Rome decided to honor Luther with a square.  It looks like they’ve finally dedicated it- Well that seems about right, given Rome’s 500 year long attitude to Martin…Filed under: Humor, Luther, mockery, Modern Culture [humor] [Luther] [mockery] [Modern Culture]
Given the conclusions of recent research, that predestination was no central dogma to, and did not affect the method of reformed theology, this study investigates the question of if and how the doctrne of predestination affected the ideas and practice of ... [Books] [Calvin] [Church History]

8AM

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke praised President Trump on Wednesday for sharing videos from a far-right British politician purporting to show violence committed by Muslims. “Trump retweets video of crippled white kid in Europe being beaten by ... [Modern Culture]
By the tag team of Moss and Baden.  Give it a read.Filed under: Archaeology [Archaeology]
Through Old Testament Eyes is a new kind of commentary series that opens the New Testament writings in greater depth to anyone committed to understanding or teaching Scripture. In this inaugural volume, the richness of Old Testament allusions and backgrou... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

6AM

Evidently the perviness is everywhere.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

Is it not a disgraceful thing to sleep with a woman and next morning hold mass? Answer: Can one not also do that if he has stayed with a harlot? If we had not conscience otherwise than that we so far forgetting God and ourselves should be inclined to such... [Bullinger] [Calvin] [Luther] [Zwingli]

November 28, 12 PM

Liberty University has announced its next set of Convocation speakers for the coming semester, and among several prominent athletes and political figures is the ancient, brooding cosmic entity known as Cthulhu, sources confirmed Tuesday. The horror from ... [mockery]
Politico writes … when we look not at states but at counties in the United States, we see that counties that lean Republican across the country as a whole have more marriage, less nonmarital childbearing, and more family stability than counties th... [Modern Culture]
On November 28, 1554 Calvin published a tract against one Hesshuss of Westphalia who had involved himself in dispute with the Reformer on the subject of the sacraments. That was a pretty bad idea on the part of Mr Hesshuss- for Calvin noted in the Preface... [Calvin] [Church History] [Reformation] [Satan]

10AM

In her study Chaoluan Kao offers a comprehensive investigation of popular piety at the time of the European Reformations through the study of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Protestant prayerbooks. It pursues a historical-contextual approach to spiritu... [book review] [Books] [Church History] [Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht]

9AM

What is that guy doing with his hand… on that other guy’s backside…???  And why does Peter (the guy with the key to the kingdom) have such a creepy expression on his face?  And why is the angel red?  And why can’t people wear cl... [Modern Culture]
We live in a world where football coaches get $10 million as a failure bonus and fifth-grade teachers are buying their own staplers. – Tim ReynoldsFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Back in 1998 the SBC passed a resolution in its Annual Meeting which concluded thusly: Be it finally RESOLVED, That we urge all Americans to embrace and act on the conviction that character does count in public office, and to elect those officials and can... [Modern Culture]

8AM

Has he ever read it?  Ever studied the Prophets of the Hebrew Bible?  Ever familiarized himself with the meaning of the Hebrew word underlying the English ‘prophet’?  Or does he just prefer to mash Buddhism into his ‘Christianity̵... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

3AM

The hamsters are on their wheels in their cages, spinning and spinning and spinning and not ever getting anywhere. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 27, 4PM

If … in the magistrate evil be found, and not the good for which he was ordained, that comes of other causes, and the fault thereof is in the men and persons, which neglect God and corrupt the ordinance of God, and not in God, nor in his ordinance: ... [Bullinger]

3PM

12 PM

Evidently Liberty U can’t locate any Christians to speak at its convocations. Filed under: pseudo-christianity [pseudo-christianity]
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]
And yet the Trumpians are claiming there wasn’t- so here it is. Now stop believing Fox News and Trump. They both lie. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

Something seriously mentally wrong… @kylegriffin1 — Breitbart senior editor defends Roy Moore by citing Ringo Starr’s hit cover of the song “You’re Sixteen You’re Beautiful (And You’re Mine).” (via CNN) snpy... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Because no one really believes they’re literally eating the body and blood of Christ.  Oh sure, they say they are- but they don’t truly really think they’re chewing flesh and drinking blood.  Because that’s cannibalism.  And no ... [theology]

6AM

Donate here.  And watch this super video on the project- Filed under: media, Zwingli [media] [Zwingli]

2AM

And here’s all the proof in one place.  So, ‘Christians’, you can stop pretending you aren’t supporting a child molester.  Because that’s exactly what you’re doing.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 26, 2PM

Nobody extends a helping hand to another, nobody seriously considers the other person, but everyone looks out for himself and his own gain, insists on his own way, and lets everything else go hang. If anyone is helped, well and good; but nobody looks afte... [Modern Culture]

11AM

The Girl Guides will allow boys who identify as female to shower with girls, it has emerged.  For the first time, Girlguiding’s official guidance instructs guide leaders to allow members who were born male but now identify as female to share changi... [Modern Culture]

6AM

There’s a movement afoot among academics to persuade colleagues to leave Academia.edu for more open and less commercial scholarship sharing sites.  The main point of the protest is ‘academia.edu will use your work for its own profit’. ... [Modern Culture]

5AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 25, 1PM

12 PM

Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#99420)
Via Helen *My best non family female friend* Ingram Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

In a letter to Bullinger, dated November 25, 1544, he adjured him to treat the great man, meaning Luther, with respect:— “I hear that Luther assails not only you, but all of us, with horrible abuse. Now I can scarcely ask you to be silent, since it is... [Bullinger] [Calvin] [Luther]
And to some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; to knit God’s holy people together for the work of service to build up the Body of Christ, until we all reach unity in f... [theology]

9AM

I’ve decided to stop voting for any man for any public office. It’s time to give women a chance to fix the mess we’ve made of this country with its absurd politics and depraved politicians. #GiveWomenYourVotesFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
So please do.Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival [Biblical Studies Carnival]
Filed under: Church History, Refo500, Reformation [Church History] [Refo500] [Reformation]

5AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Via Trumpton on FB- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 24, 5PM

“You are under the guilt of all the sins that ever you committed, and under the wrath of God, and the curse of his Law, you are Bond-slaves to the Devil, and daily imployed in his work against the Lord, your selves and others. You are Spiritually d... [Modern Culture]
Since it’s been a while- the week from Nov 19- today. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Here are the facts: The Swedish Church has hit out at ‘fake news’ after reports it had decided to stop calling God ‘he’ or ‘Lord’. ‘It is not true,’ a spokesperson told The Local. The Church of Sweden will o... [Modern Culture]

1PM

Unable to fake contentment and thankfulness for one more second, citizens across the nation awoke Friday and immediately set out on a frenzied mission to violently pillage and strip bare all nearby retail locations, determined to acquire any discounted go... [Modern Culture]

11AM

10AM

I’m sure this kind of thing has always been going on and probably still is- Joan Howard, the wife of a UN diplomat, used her travel to the region to join archaeology digs in the 60s and 70s. But a recent profile in The West Australian newspaper, sho... [Archaeology]

7AM

Available free from DeGruyter, with thanks to Roberta Mazza for mentioning it.Filed under: Books [Books]

4AM

Here. Au fil de ses écrits, Martin Luther a profondément renouvelé la compréhension théologique de l’être humain comme créature devant Dieu et comme être situé et impliqué dans le monde et la société. À l’occasion du 500e anniversaire de ... [Modern Culture]

November 23, 5PM

Like anxious mobs storm stores on Black Friday, because people care less about theirs souls than they do about sales. And money is their true god. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

Here. – “Cultures of Lutheranism: Reformation Repertoires in Early Modern Germany”. Filed under: Luther [Luther]
And it shows, doesn’t it.  – Map of first higher education degrees of European country leaders: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

Were I Jesus there would be a lot of people leaving this world for the next to explain why they do these kinds of things- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Via– Filed under: Bullinger, Church History, Conferences [Bullinger] [Church History] [Conferences]

12 PM

I’m not exactly sure how an unnamed 300+ are having a ‘big impact’ in Alabama.   Knowing Alabama and a number of folk there I seriously doubt it. It might just be a bit of wishful thinking, or worse, self aggrandizement. And whatever h... [Modern Culture]

10AM

A lot of “radical theology” is just really boring liberalism packaged in French philosophy. – Dean DetleffFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

When churches fail to invest in theological education you get comments like this: “Black people aren’t welcome to worship with us because the Bible says not to be unequally yoked.” – Joey DodsonFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

The essence of the Christian religion consists in the reality that the creation of the Father, ruined by sin, is restored in the death of the Son of God, and re-created by the grace of the Holy Spirit into a kingdom of God. – Herman BavinckFiled und... [Modern Culture]

6AM

Here’s an essay worth reading in this crazy Luther year.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Handbuch und Melanchthons Rhetorik Buchvorstellungen mit Prof. Günter Frank am Donnerstag, 7. Dezember, 19:30 Uhr im Melanchthonhaus Bretten Gleich zwei herausragende Neuerscheinungen zu Philipp Melanchthon werden am Donnerstag, 7. Dezember, um 19.30 Uhr... [Melanchthon]

4AM

With this Facebook group.  It should be a lot of fun, you’ll have lots of encouragement, and it’s better to do things in a group than by yourself.Filed under: Bible [Bible]
And you can read it all for free here.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

November 22, 1PM

Most of those who call themselves Christians probably shouldn’t.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Texas Congressman Joe Barton released a statement Wednesday apologizing for a graphic nude photo of him that circulated on social media earlier this week. He announced his re-election bid earlier this month. “While separated from my second wife,... [Total Depravity]

11AM

But if you don’t want to be branded a ‘pedophile congregation’ call as Pastor someone with an education who knows enough about Scripture and Theology not to support a pedophile.  Problem solved. The Highland Gardens Baptist Church in Mo... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Basel will win this game today! Filed under: soccer [soccer]

9AM

Truth, my friends.  Truth- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

Here’s an essay worth reading in this crazy Luther year.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

Let them thank Yahweh for his faithful love, for his wonders for the children of Adam! Let them extol him in the assembly of the people, and praise him in the council of elders.  He has turned rivers into desert, bubbling springs into arid ground, fertil... [Bible]
I love this.   And I agree with all of them.Filed under: Humor [humor]

4AM

‘The timeless principles of …’  [expurgated]. Get out of the ministry right now.Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-scholarship, pseudo-theology [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

1AM

That’s how many kids die of gunshot wounds in America… “91 percent of the children killed by guns around the world were American, where, according to the data, 19 children die from or are treated for gunshot wounds each day.” And yet we do... [Modern Culture]

November 21, 4PM

Let the reader understand- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The Faculty of Theology of the University of Geneva (cf. http://www.unige.ch/theologie/) invites applications for a position as Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Early Christianity. The application (exclusively online) is open till December 10, 2017. ... [Modern Culture]
The true God bestows His blessings alike on wicked men and on His own elect; upon which account He has appointed an eternal judgment, when both thankful and unthankful will have to stand before His bar. — TertullianFiled under: Tertullian [tertullian]
It is a fundamental human right, a privilege of nature, that every man should worship according to his own convictions: one man’s religion neither harms nor helps another man. It is assuredly no part of religion to compel religion—to which free-will a... [tertullian]
You people are more stupid than a block of wood. – Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]

2PM

But if you would rather vote for a child molester than a Democrat, or a Republican, or an Independent… I feel so sorry for you.  Hell is going to be super unpleasant for you.  From now on before I vote for anyone i’m going to ask them if the... [Modern Culture]
The first volume of the new free online journal “Bible in Arts” (BiA) has just been published on the scientific online portal of the German Bible Society:  http://www.bibelwissenschaft.de/die-bibel-in-der-kunst/.  From now on, a new volume is to ap... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

12 PM

We know what you’re thinking: why does the Bible have to be so, you know, violent? Any honest look at human history shows we’ve progressed beyond all that barbaric, blood-soaked, pillage-the-Canaanites Old Testament stuff. It’s the 21st century, af... [mockery]

11AM

If you said ‘Jim West’, then if you’re really thankful for me, you’ll buy the commentary.   But if you lied,  you love Satan, and you won’t. #trueFact. https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/get-the-commentar... [Modern Culture]

8AM

A remarkable instance of the readiness of at least one Roman Catholic prelate to protect Zwingli against printed attacks is given in a letter from Basel, dated November 21, 1519, from which it appears that a certain monk had preached against Zwingli, as h... [Church History] [Zwingli]

1AM

The SOTS Secretary writes I have learned today (via Paul Joyce) of the death on Saturday 18th November of the Revd Richard Coggins, who was President of our Society in 1993.  His daughter, Sarah Fielding, indicates that it was a peaceful passing.  If I ... [Modern Culture]

November 20, 5PM

With thanks to Jon on FB for this- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Disgruntled Parishioner of St. Agatha Catholic Church James Fitzgerald reported yesterday that he would hence for no longer financial assist the church with his customary weekly one dollar contribution until the Church begins to allow women to become prie... [mockery]

4PM

3PM

I don’t know what ‘atop Babel’ is supposed to mean but I do know two things and they are historically irrefutable: The Bible was written by elites.  It wasn’t written for people who couldn’t read and in the ancient world th... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

1PM

Every time I hear college professors complain about teaching back to back classes I think of all the K-12 teachers who hold it down for 7-8 hours straight every day. Y’all are the real MVPs. – Clint SmithFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

11AM

Oh great- more garbage from the self appointed uninformed biblical and theological dilettantes who have already rotted the airways with more than their fair share of nonsense. DON’T do it @netflix. Netflix Has Ordered a Show About a Modern-Day Jesus... [loathing] [misery] [mockery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

10AM

2018 marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the convening of the Synod of Dordt, one of the most important gatherings of Protestant divines before modern times, with representatives drawn from Reformed churches across Europe, including Britain. The anniv... [Conferences] [Reformation]

9AM

Friends, I write as a Christian theologian to warn you that the path you’re walking is hazardous both to your spiritual health and to the reputation of your church and your faith. Many years ago the Apostle Paul encountered a group of people such as... [theology]

5AM

Here.  All four volumes.Filed under: Books, Church History, Luther [Books] [Church History] [Luther]
On the twitter – @JYSexton – This is a pastor in Alabama. Evangelicals are jettisoning their professed principles to support disgusting candidates simply because it gives them a cultural win. ‘Pastor’ Wise isn’t.  He’... [pseudo-christianity]

4AM

From TVZ- ZU GEWINNEN: «Der Adventsbesen und andere Weihnachtsgeschichten» und andere Weihnachtsgeschichten . WAS: 3x unser diesjähriges Buch mit Weihnachtsgeschichten und eines aus früheren Jahren. . WIE: Mail bis 14.00Uhr an tvz@ref.ch mit eigener A... [TVZ]

3AM

This is appalling. Surgeons are performing hip replacements on children as young as ten because of the damage caused by obesity, new figures show. In the past three years, the total number of obese people needing joint replacements has risen by almost 60 ... [Modern Culture]

November 19, 2PM

#EpicNameFail Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A decade ago I bought my first smartphone, a clunky little BlackBerry 8830 that came in a sleek black leather sheath. I loved that phone. I loved the way it effortlessly slid in and out of its case, loved the soft purr it emitted when an email came in, lo... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Whenever, therefore, those things present themselves to us which would lead us away from resting in God alone, let us make use of this sentiment as an antidote against them, that we have sufficient cause for being contented, since he who has in himself an... [Calvin]

10AM

Of the six great Continental Reformers,—Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, Bullinger, Calvin, and Beza,—Beza was the most finished gentleman, according to the highest standard of his time. He was not lacking in energy, nor was he always mild. But he was ab... [Church History]

6AM

A former Oklahoma state senator has pleaded guilty to a child sex trafficking charge, The Oklahoman reported Saturday. Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey, a Republican, had been accused of offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for “‘sexual’ ... [Total Depravity]
Who are they? Paul knows- These people are counterfeit apostles, dishonest workers disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. There is nothing astonishing in this; even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. It is nothing extraordinary, then, wh... [Modern Culture]

November 18, 4PM

Real Christians (i.e., authentic disciples of Christ) have let fake Christians (i.e., people who are nothing more than Christians in name only) off the hook for far too long and remained silent in the face of their reprehensible behavior instead of taking... [Bible]

3PM

That’s how daft these fake Christians are. Despite allegations of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore, many pastors in Alabama and other states in the Southeast are sticking by the twice-removed Chief Justice. “This attack on... [pseudo-christianity]

2PM

In 2017 people who knew nothing about the #Reformation except the broadest mythic generalities became ‘experts’ and published studies and news articles. Most of which are travesties. #StayInYourLane #bandwagoning #CashingInOnLutherFiled under:... [Modern Culture]
Hidden camera tells true story of how veteran died after calling for help, gasping for air The video shows the decorated World War II veteran calling for help six times before he goes unconscious while gasping for air. An 11Alive investigation uncovered h... [Total Depravity]

1PM

About times and dates, brothers, there is no need to write to you for you are well aware in any case that the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night.  It is when people are saying, ‘How quiet and peaceful it is’ that sudd... [Bible]
A disturbing pattern has emerged since the Washington Post first reported that four women accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of offenses ranging from the creepy to the criminal. People in Gadsden, Alabama, where Moore worked in the District A... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Police say a three-month-old baby whose mother dangled him over a balcony at apartment complex in Knoxville died from his injuries. His mother, 19-year-old Tierra Patrice Williamson now faces first degree murder charges in his death. The call came in arou... [Total Depravity]
Well, since A and B aren’t even options for most Christians these days… I’m gonna go with C too. With thanks to Adam North for sharing it.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

This is an eye opening essay about a man who can best be described as a lifelong liar.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“Sin wouldn’t be so attractive if the wages were paid immediately.”  – AnonymousFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
And sometimes you can’t tell who they are…  But Jesus knew they were there and warned us about them-  Mt  13:24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his fiel... [Modern Culture]

November 17, 4PM

As evangelicals, we ridiculed ‘cultural Christianity’ privately (conferences, seminary) while accepting it publicly (church membership). It grew our churches, our buildings, our influence…and we are paying the price.  We let ‘cul... [theology]
And it’s a good time to remember that if God matters to you, worship matters to you.  On the other hand, if worship doesn’t matter to you, it’s fairly safe to say that God doesn’t matter that much to you either.  ‘Do not fa... [theology]

3PM

An Ohio lawmaker who routinely touted his Christian faith and anti-LGBT views has resigned after being caught having sex with a man in his office.  Wes Goodman, who is the Republican state legislator for Ohio, is married to a woman who is assistant direc... [Total Depravity]

12 PM

Disloyal man with his girlfriend looking at another girlFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Lest we forget (or simply close our eyes and cover our ears and screech la la la la la in order to avoid the truth)  Ninni Laaksonen, former Miss Finland, says “Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt” in July 2006. Jessica Dra... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Is the Biblical Heritage Exhibit.  It’s definitely worth a look.  And the happy news- they’re producing a bust of Zwingli that I understand should be available in early 2018.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

I would say that in theology, as well as anywhere else, one cannot think enough, think intensively enough, courageously enough, and precisely enough. – Karl RahnerFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

Once again, friends, if you are calling for Al Franken to resign, if you have not already called for Trump to resign, for Moore to get out of the race, and for Bill O’Reilly and all the rest of the GOP people who have been in the news to suffer the ... [Modern Culture]
Buchvernissage «Die schweizerische Reformation. Ein Handbuch», Montag, 20. November 2017, 18 Uhr, Polit-Forum, Bern. Programm Begrüssung: Dr. h.c. Peter Schmid, Vizepräsident des Rates des Schweizerischen Evangelischen Kirchenbunds Vorstellung des Bu... [Books]
Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance. It looks fantastic and he is my favorite artist (so take pictures and send them!) Commemorating five hundred years since Martin Luther issued his 95 theses to a Wittenberg church, the art museum is ... [Church History]

7AM

“God, in his providence, foreordains and provides not only the things for the soul but also those needed for the body; hence, also, we see how He feeds the ravens and how beautifully He clothes and adorns the lilies of the field. Where the human min... [Modern Culture] [Zwingli]

6AM

Please do send along, for inclusion in the next Carnival, any blogposts or facebook entries which have to do with the conference, with thanks in advance.Filed under: AAR, Conferences, SBL [AAR] [Conferences] [SBL]

5AM

With thanks to Joey Dodson for pointing out this neat review of a recent book of the above title on the twitter (bold print mine): [The author] argues that, ultimately, the neoliberalisation of the university has resulted in changes whereby in place of t... [Books] [Conferences]
The British Library has launched its first ever fully bilingual web resource, providing free access to its spectacular collection of Hebrew manuscripts to researchers worldwide. The Polonsky Foundation Catalogue of Digitised Hebrew Manuscripts presents... [Biblical Studies Resources]

November 16, 8PM

But doesn’t it seem like a women’s organization focused on scholarship and a diversity organization would have a woman or two at a conference on … Women…… Isn’t this like having all White men on a panel discussing Hisp... [Modern Culture]

5PM

Good grief. Police say two people were accidentally shot at a church in Tellico Plains Thursday afternoon during a discussion about the recent church shooting in Texas. The Tellico Plains Police Department says elder members of First United Methodist Chur... [Modern Culture]

2PM

Good heavens where do people come up with their theology these days?  I mean besides their corrupt imaginations… Filed under: Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

11AM

New evidence uncovered Wednesday has confirmed that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ to the Sanhedrin for 30 pieces of silver immediately after finishing Joel Osteen’s famous book Your Best Life Now. Written accounts from eyewitnesses has been unea... [mockery]
It’s bad for Democrats.  If you denounce Republicans because of their immoral behavior, you had better denounce Democrats for the same.  Otherwise your real concern isn’t morality, it’s politics.  And shame on you.  You are why this ... [Modern Culture]

9AM

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

5AM

In 1522, on May 16th to be precise, Zwingli published his ‘anti-war’ book Ein göttlich vermanung an die ersamen, wysen, eerenvesten, eltisten Eydgnossen zü Schwytz, das sy sich vor frömden herren hütind und entladind, Huldrichi Zwinglii, ... [Modern Culture] [theology] [Zwingli] [Anti-war movement]

3AM

Let the reader understand- You aren’t that scary, threatening, or significant.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 15, 6PM

Read this really intelligent and forceful explanation.  You will not regret it.  With thanks to James McGrath for pointing it out.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

A new LifeWay Research poll confirmed Wednesday that a majority of conservative evangelicals would vote for Satan, the Prince of Darkness, should he run for public office as a Republican candidate. The poll found that 72% of self-identified evangelicals w... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

2PM

This is a delight. Filed under: mockery [mockery]
Here are the details: 30 Days Free Access to our SAGE Religion Journal Collection! Sign up before 30th November to gain access As part of our attendance to AAR/SBL Conference we are offering you free access to our entire SAGE Religion journals portfolio.... [Biblical Studies Resources]

1PM

We are delighted to celebrate the launch today of The Greek New Testament Produced at Tyndale House Cambridge. This volume represents a 10-year journey to present the New Testament in a way that reflects as clearly as possible its earliest recoverable wo... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

12 PM

You get this- Kevin Neal’s deadly shooting rampage in Northern California may have been prompted by the fatal shooting of his wife, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said Wednesday. Neal, identified as the gunman who killed four people i... [Total Depravity]

11AM

Moving beyond the all-too-common shallow recognition of differences, Sacred Dissonance: The Blessing of Difference in Jewish- Christian Dialogue explores the essential distinctions between religious identities and the cultural boundaries between Jews an... [book review] [Books]
Thanks guys!  Very thoughtful.  I’ll put it to good use, I promise. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This work challenges the common consensus that Luther, with his commitment to St. Paul’s articulation of justification by faith, leaves no room for the Letter of St. James. Against this one-sided reading of Luther, focused only his criticism of the ... [Books] [Church History] [Luther]
Real piety, by which is meant true worship and prayer to God, has disappeared among us, as St. Paul writes to the Romans [Rom. 1:28–31]: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do tho... [Zwingli]
Of Luther’s little work- WHOEVER HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR A REALLY FAT, GROSS, CORPULENT—A THOROUGHLY PAPIST—LIE, FOR THUS IT SAYS IN THE CANON LAW: DIST. 96, C. CONSTANTINUS:  Martin Luther, “Preface, Marginal Glosses, and Afterword to... [Luther]

6AM

Christians in the 1st century had a difficult time fitting in their culture. As American Christians, we have a difficult time standing apart from ours.-  Jarvis WilliamsFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

“Preachers are the greatest murderers because they admonish the ruler to do his duty and punish the guilty. I, Martin Luther, slew all the peasants in the uprising, for I ordered that they be put to death; all their blood is on my neck. But I refer it a... [Luther]

3AM

I hope ‘SBL’ means something besides what I think it means, because Rob Bell is a lunatic and the Society of Biblical Literature has no business inviting him to speak to anyone about anything. Whoever this SBL is, is nuts.Filed under: Modern C... [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity]

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November 14, 5PM

Refreshing to know… given the dark days in which we live. It means there’s hope for Alabama. A Peculiar Prophet I want to give public testimony to counter all of you who believe that all Republican politicians in Alabama are sexual predators.... [Modern Culture]

4PM

From Monday, March 5th to Thursday, March 8th, 2018, Bologna will host the first annual meeting of the European Academy of Religion. The European Academy of Religion (EuARe) is a new constellation in European scholarship which was established in 2016 with... [Conferences]

3PM

2PM

@jules_su – Roy Moore & his wife literally took an old letter of support by 53 pastors, and forged it to make it seem like he was still supported AFTER the allegations of sexual assault on minors came out. So far, multiple people named in the l... [Modern Culture]
Brr….  I hope those of you who go take a coat. Filed under: Conferences, SBL [Conferences] [SBL]

12 PM

A coalition of conservative evangelicals announced Tuesday they would withdraw support for AL Senate candidate Roy Moore, should at least three or four dozen more women come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. The evangelical leaders confirmed the... [Modern Culture]
Those of you who have the audacity to demand I defend Roy Moore for the sake of his Senate seat – your soul may be for sale, but mine is not. – Meghan McCainFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
 @SkyNewsBreak  — Authorities in the U.S. say at least five people including the gunman have been killed and at least seven people have been admitted to hospital after a shooting at a school in northern California Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Dr Michael Banner, Dean of Trinity College Chapel at the University of Cambridge, said the inclusive approach adopted by the CofE had a biblical approach. Maybe they mean ‘basis’, because ‘approach’ makes no sense.  Anyway- Delive... [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]
#Bam (as the Millennials say) The Patrologist In 2016 the sad news emerged that three commentaries written by Peter O’Brien, a respected New Testament scholar, had been pulled following an investigation finding them guilty of plagiarism. See Eerdmans’... [Modern Culture]

9AM

There’s a new facebook group for nearly everything even remotely related to biblical studies and all adjacent disciplines and sub-disciplines: Academic Biblical, Archaeological, Jewish, Christian, and Related Studies.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

CNN reports Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices — they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice bef... [Total Depravity]
Here’s the ongoing saga. Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, shared a letter on Facebook over the weekend indicating support from more than 50 Alabama pastors. Not all the pastors said they gave permission for their name to be b... [Total Depravity]
What he said nearly 500 years ago is just as true today: When we were children, nothing disturbed us; we ourselves did indeed lead a more peaceful life, but the world has always been the same. To be sure, it is true that in one era wickedness erupts more ... [Luther] [Evil in the world]

6AM

In my letter, I wrote to you that you should have nothing to do with people living immoral lives.  I was not including everybody in this present world who is sexually immoral, or everybody who is greedy, or dishonest or worships false gods — that ... [Bible] [theology]

November 13, 6PM

Roy Moore had been banned from a mall in Gadsden, Alabama, because he badgered teen girls, residents of the town, including lawyers and cops, say: nyer.cm/H7BvOQN  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A church that worships Jesus stands up for vulnerable women and girls. A church that worships power sees them as expendable. – Russell MooreFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5PM

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... [book review] [Books] [Church History] [Reformation] [TVZ]

3PM

Read the account in the Atlantic.  The Trumps are beholden to the Russians.  The Trumps are traitors.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

12 PM

@AP — BREAKING: Second woman accuses Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a minor. The dam is bursting and Roy Moore and all those who stand beside him will be drowned in the deluge.  Child molesters never just m... [Modern Culture]
And make no mistake, publicly supporting a pedophile is also the public denial of Christ.  Why?  Because the public endorsement of sin is the public repudiation of God.  I wouldn’t want to be any of these heretics on judgment day, because here... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology] [theology]

10AM

Very much worth your time. Septuaginta &c. Today I have another opportunity to feature an interview with a well-established Septuagint scholar. If you don’t already know, this is part of a larger running series of interviews that can be found here. ... [Modern Culture]
As you have done, so will it be done to you: your deeds will recoil on your own head. (Obad. 1:15)Filed under: Bible, Theology [Bible] [theology]

5AM

The Synod was opened and closed with great solemnity, and held one hundred and fifty-four formal sessions, besides a larger number of conferences.  The expenses were borne by the States-General on a very liberal scale, and exceeded 100, 000 guilders.  T... [Church History]

3AM

John Eck, more correctly Johann Maier, was born at Eck (now Egg, near Memmingen, south of Augsburg) in Swabia, November 13, 1486. When twelve years of age he began his studies at Heidelberg and continued them at Tuebingen, Cologne and Freiburg. When fourt... [Church History] [Johannes Eck]
If you’re interested in the happenings at Dort- this series of  volumes will be important to you: Acta et Documenta Synodi Nationalis Dordrechtanae (1618–1619) The Synod of Dordrecht 1618/1619 was one of the most important church councils in the ... [Church History]

2AM

Zwingliana vol. 44 has appeared. 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 41 (2014) went online in full text and can be accessed at ht... [Zwingliana]

November 12, 7PM

‪No one is harming the cause of the Gospel more than so called Christians who support Roy Moore. These people are, make no mistake, Satan’s greatest allies. And they will answer for it.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

Sadly there are none among the politicians- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

Take it off, Alabama. Take it aaaaall off. You’re naked as the day you were born, naked as porn, clothed in the manner of the emperor. In nothing but audacity and deceit. And hypocrisy. Buck naked. Or as they say down in Sipsey, butt nekkid. You&#... [Modern Culture]

1PM

“The Triumph of Death” is by Pieter Bruegel the Elder- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

This is unspeakably evil- this priest needs to be defrocked. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

Nothing could check the zeal of Calvin. On October 30 he presented himself to the council, and set forth various grievances. ‘The hospital,’ he said, ‘is very poorly furnished, and the sick are suffering in consequence. Geneva has a Christian school... [Calvin] [Church History]
From now till midnight on Sunday the 12th of November you can purchase the entire Commentary for $99.  Yup.  You read that right.  For the next 3 days you can acquire the entire Commentary in PDF format for less than half price.  How?  Just by click... [Bible]
They’ve got loads of videos on the subject here.Filed under: Theology [theology]

5AM

There’s a new novel out and the subject is Zwingli as a young man. Wildhaus im Jahre 1484, ein lebhaftes Dörfchen am Passübergang zum Rheintal. Reisende aller Art kommen hier vorbei: Pilger, Händler, Reisläufer. Für den zehnjährigen Ueli gib... [Books] [Zwingli]

November 11, 5PM

In those days there was no king in Israel, and everyone did as he saw fit. (Jdg. 21:25)Filed under: Bible [Bible]
Everyone needs to read this excruciating essay in the LA Times, which contains, among other bits, this grotesquery- Prominent conservative Reformed theologian Doug Wilson has a documented history of mishandling sexual abuse cases within his congregat... [Modern Culture]

4PM

And I want this shirt (the guy version, of course, not the lady version) Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

Patriotism is good. Nationalism is bad. It is the notion that we are better than anyone else and more deserving of everything. It is inherently anti-Christian and John 3:16 is the proof.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
@MarquardtA – Fmr Dep. DA Theresa Jones, who worked alongside Roy Moore, tells CNN: “It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird…We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high sch... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

A Eunuch Regrets His Castration (Between December 11, 1532, and January 2, 1533) Master Forstemius said that a certain brother named Lawrence, a Waldensian minister, had had himself castrated in his youth and confessed that in his old age he regretted it,... [Church History] [Luther]

10AM

From now till midnight on Sunday the 12th of November you can purchase the entire Commentary for $99.  Yup.  You read that right.  For the next 3 days you can acquire the entire Commentary in PDF format for less than half price.  How?  Just by click... [Bible]

8AM

Disputation zwischen christlichen und jüdischen Gelehrten. Holzschnitt von Johann von Armssheim (1483). Die vorliegende Untersuchung über das Verhältnis der beiden Reformatoren Bucer und Melanchthon zum Judentum impliziert die Frage, ob ”aus dem ... [Melanchthon]
The church has always had more than its fair share of fake disciples. Those many ‘Evangelicals’ demonstrating blind adherence to the GOP are just exposing who they are quite plainly. They are not Christians. They are political opportunists.... [Modern Culture]
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6AM

Once when he was a young man he [Martin Luther] happened upon a Bible. In it he read by chance the story about Samuel’s mother in the Books of the Kings. The book pleased him immensely, and he thought that he would be happy if he could ever possess such... [Bible] [Bullinger] [Calvin] [Church History] [Luther] [Zwingli] [Huldrych Zwingli] [Johannes Oecolampadius] [Martin Bucer] [Martin Luther]

5AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 10, 4PM

Sin is the oracle of the wicked in the depths of his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes. He sees himself with too flattering an eye to detect and detest his guilt; all he says is malicious and deceitful, he has turned his back on wisdom. To g... [Modern Culture]

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11AM

Let’s be honest- if you’re an American biblical scholar/ theologian and you only read English, you are terribly hobbled by that. The greatest hindrance to learning is monolinguism.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

From now till midnight on Sunday the 12th of November you can purchase the entire Commentary for $99.  Yup.  You read that right.  For the next 3 days you can acquire the entire Commentary in PDF format for less than half price.  How?  Just by click... [Bible]

November 9, 10PM

If you’re looking for really very good very recent bios of Luther- you won’t do better than Volker Leppin’s or Herman Selderhuis’s.Filed under: Books, Church History [Books] [Church History]

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3PM

Well here’s one- Filed under: Total Depravity [Total Depravity]

2PM

The blind, uncaring, perverse, evil acceptance of any behavior from Republican candidates simply so that they can retain power.  They are godless pagans and they know nothing of values, ethics, morals, or faith in God.  They are Satan’s Own Party.... [Modern Culture]

1PM

Das Novemberpogrom in der Nacht vom 9. auf den 10. November 1938 – auch „Reichskristallnacht“ oder „Reichspogromnacht“ genannt – war eine vom nationalsozialistischen Regime aus organisierte und gelenkte Aktion gegen Juden und jüdische Einrich... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Read it here. Roy Moore, the Republican Party’s senate candidate in Alabama, went to Steve Bannon’s Breitbart in an attempt to head off accusations of child molestation that are now surfacing. Moore has been an icon of the conservative movement for ye... [Total Depravity]

11AM

Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore. It was early 1979 and Mo... [Total Depravity]

3AM

On this anniversary of Kristallnacht, a story of resistance to Hitler you may not know- It was [79] years on November 9 since [Maurice] Bavaud, born in Neuchâtel, failed in his attempt to shoot Hitler at a rally in Munich because spectators in front of h... [Church History]

November 8, 3PM

‘Guns don’t kill people, people kill people’.  Ok, let’s pretend that’s true.  Now we have to ask, why are there so many murderous people in this country?  Why do more killers live in the United States than anywhere else i... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Liberty University announced its plans to offer an online course for Donald Trump supporters who will need some help defending him at family get-togethers. According to the University’s online catalog, the c... [mockery]
New in Bible and Interpretation.Filed under: Bible, Bible and Interpretation, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Bible and Interpretation] [Biblical Studies Resources]
Read the Forbes essay. For millions of young people, the American dream is to study the thing you’re most passionate about at the highest levels possible, and then use those skills and that knowledge to build a life you’ll be fulfilled with. F... [Modern Culture]
The hippy love fest Jesus so beloved of some never existed. Jesus called his enemies hypocrites, condemned sin, talked about hell and the folk well deserving of going there, got angry, and drove the money changers from the temple, among other things. #Sto... [Modern Culture]

9AM

We’ve all wondered.  And now we know. Rest in peace, kitty meow meow.Filed under: Humor [humor]

8AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

This looks like a great play to attend (if you’re fortunate enough to be in Zurich). Zwingli, Luther und Calvin sitzen im Himmel zusammen beim Jass. Mit Hilfe von Jesus und einem Engel lernen sie, was die Botschaft der Reformation für die heutige Z... [Modern Culture]

2AM

In Virginia and New Jersey and Connecticut and across the Country.  Wait till 2018 to see the real rage against the GOP unleashed.  And Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell had the biggest hand in it by supporting the Trumpian disaster.Filed under: Mod... [Modern Culture]

November 7, 4PM

This is a useful taxonomy of pastoral fidelity to orthodox Christian faith- Show us a pulpit, and you’ve shown us everything we need to know about its pastor. In fact, our panel of theology experts on staff at The Babylon Bee have the God-given ability ... [Modern Culture]

3PM

The pro gun folk saying the chap in Texas ‘ended’ the killing are delusional. Ended?  Kelley had already murdered 26 and shot 20 more. He was on his way out of the church.  He was stopped in the lot AFTER it was over. That’s not called... [Modern Culture]
Authorities who charged an Illinois couple with murder say their 6-year-old son died last week of malnutrition because they allegedly withheld food to punish him, PEOPLE confirms. The boy weighed just 17 lbs. at the time of his death, according to docume... [Total Depravity]

2PM

From Monday, March 5th to Thursday, March 8th, 2018, Bologna will host the first annual meeting of the European Academy of Religion. The European Academy of Religion (EuARe) is a new constellation in European scholarship which was established in 2016 with... [Conferences]

12 PM

Explain this without taking into account the very real presence of very real evil.  This is more than mere mental illness- it is demonic. Gunman checked each aisle, shot babies at point-blank range.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

Larry on the Tyndale Greek Text- nicely, and accurately said. Larry Hurtado's Blog There is a newly-published edition of The Greek New Testament prepared by scholars associated with Tyndale House (Cambridge, UK).   For more information, and for co... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Vol 1- Greek Vol 2- Hebrew Vol 3- Aramaic We all know a lot of people who, if they took the biblical languages at all, soon let them go through indifference and failure to keep up by reading.  This looks like a great tool to correct that failure.Filed un... [Biblical Studies Resources]

8AM

There couldn’t have been ‘hundreds more killed’ in Sutherland Springs because there weren’t hundreds of people in the Church.  You completely daft insane wreck of depraved wretch.  Would you kindly use your brain for something be... [Modern Culture]

7AM

The gospel is a good and a sweet word, and an assured testimony of God’s grace to us-ward, exhibited in Christ unto all believers. Or else: The gospel is the most evident sentence of the eternal God, brought down from heaven, absolving all believers fro... [Bible] [Bullinger] [Christianity]
Just published, “The Old Testament in Archaeology and History” is a volume with which I am intimately familiar, having read through most of it in early editorial stages.  I can recommend it to you for courses in Old Testament and for courses ... [Archaeology] [Bible]

4AM

If you’re a big fat idiot that is.  Because only an idiot would. You know what they say: One man’s plastic dry-cleaner bag is another man’s “cape sheer overlay dress.” This “slip-on, sleeveless design,” per the luxury retailer Browns’... [Total Depravity]

3AM

“We ourselves were all too familiar with war, murder, & every other kind of evil, but all of us the whole world over have traded in our weapons of war for instruments of peace — swords into plowshares, spears into farm implements — &... [theology]

November 6, 4PM

Here.Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]
Anyone who will not give a guilder for peace must eventually give ten or twenty guilders for war.  — Martin LutherFiled under: Luther, Theology [Luther] [theology]

3PM

Robert Jeffress is, it has to be said, one of the most evil pseudo-Christians presently wearing sheep’s clothing.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

He evidently, according to reports, was at odds with his mother in law and went to the church, shooting everyone inside and killing more than half, just to kill her.  And she wasn’t even there… This country is sick.  It’s sickness is u... [Modern Culture]

11AM

On 6 November, 1524 Zwingli published Antwort an den Rat in Zürich über Johannes Ecks Schrift und betreffend den Anschlag der neun Orte in Frauenfeld. Its thesis is simple- Johannes Eck is a deceiver and what he says in his silly book about Reform is fo... [Zwingli] [Frauenfeld]
Das Neue Testament enthält die einzigen zuverlässigen Überlieferungen über das Auftreten Jesu wie über das grundlegende Werden der Kirche und ihrer Verkündigung. — Leonhard GoppeltFiled under: Bible, Theology Tagged: Leonhard Goppelt [Bible] [theology] [Leonhard Goppelt]
God was ‘answering prayers’ of Texas victims by letting them get shot. So Hans Fiene, Lutheran pastor and probably best known for his Lutheran Satire videos and essays on ‘The Federalist’. No greater ignorance has ever been expressed by an... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
According to sources close to local 32-year-old John Rettner, the man recently stated that “praying doesn’t help anything,” while his own idea of helping is just trolling under activist hashtags on Facebook and Twitter. After every nation tragedy an... [Modern Culture]

10AM

All guns must be licensed just like cars. All gun owners must be insured, just like drivers.  If you own a gun, you carry insurance to protect anyone injured by it. Guns may not be sold to anyone with a record. Guns may not be sold to persons under psych... [Modern Culture]
Enjoy this little video.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

8AM

Overwhelmingly, Martin Luther has been treated as the generator of ideas concerning the relationship between God and humankind. The Personal Luther deliberately departs from that church-historiographic tradition. Luther was a voluble and irrepressible d... [book review] [Books] [Church History]

5AM

People, even well meaning preachers and theologians, will sometimes repeat phrases that sound good but when thought over aren’t all that good, or true, after all. For example, people say, quite regularly- ‘prayer changes everything’, or ... [theology] [Prayer]
So, Don, if it’s a mental health issue DEMAND THAT CONGRESS ENACT LAWS TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL for the mentally ill to buy guns!!!!!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

Can we get some editors, there, publishers… Via the twitter.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

Here.  Although I don’t know how long it will be available, so get essays while you can.Filed under: Theology [theology]

November 5, 6PM

I’ll remind you that as craven and contemptible as the GOP is, the Dems did NOTHING about guns when they controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House. This isn’t a GOP problem, it’s a CONGRESS problem. ALL of them, every last on... [Modern Culture]

4PM

In anticipation of your arrival- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
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1PM

At least 20 dead, 30 injured in Texas church shooting. A sheriff says that a man walked into the church and started firing. Authorities say the attacker is dead. The number of fatalities or injuries hasn’t been confirmed by authorities, but a Wilson Cou... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Disaster for those who plot evil, who lie in bed planning mischief! No sooner is it dawn than they do it, since they have the power to do so.  Seizing the fields that they covet, they take over houses as well, owner and house they seize alike, the man h... [Bible]

10AM

“This German Bible (this is not praise for myself but the work praises itself) is so good and precious that it’s better than all other versions, Greek and Latin, and one can find more in it than in all commentaries, for we are removing impediments and... [Luther]

November 4, 12 PM

In Deutschland geht das Reformationsjubiläum zu Ende, in der Schweiz fängt es erst richtig an: 2019 ist Zwingli-Jahr. Eine Pfarrerin fordert mehr Fortschritt in der Ökumene: «Wir sollten den Katholiken das Fraumünster schenken.» Etc.Filed under: Mod... [Modern Culture]

8AM

Every single academic (especially O’Brien and Koestenberger) need to read this piece in the Guardian.  It begins When a professor ripped off my work in a journal, they escaped unpunished. How can we expect academic originality from students if we d... [Modern Culture]

7AM

The publisher, Crossway, has sent a copy of this very new edition.  For which I heartily thank them.  The volume arrived in a quite sturdy slip cover and is itself the black hardback version. In 11 days it will be publicly available and so will an onlin... [Bible]
It was just one year ago that Peter Flint died.  There’s to be a memorial volume presentation up at Trinity Western in Canada and if you’re in the territory you should attend: Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books, Conferences, Dead ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [Conferences] [Dead Sea Scrolls]

November 3, 3PM

Stuhlmacher’s theology of the New Testament has been out in German for a long time but it has never appeared in English.  Until now.  And Eerdmans will have it in about 10 months, so pre-order it and save up.  It is one of the most BRILLIANT theo... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Remember back in the day when it was enough for a scholar to be a scholar and make her or his mark on the world through their scholarship?  Those days have been replaced by our own wherein many scholars care more about popularity and publicity than they ... [Modern Culture]

2PM

PAPUA NEW GUINEA—After months of slow, arduous language work and the full translation of The God Delusion into their native tongue, an atheist missionary enjoyed the fruits of his labor as the entire tribe he was working with erupted in ritualistic re... [mockery]

1PM

The official swear jar sitting on the podium at Liberty University was overflowing shortly after former White House official Anthony Scaramucci began his convocation address, sources at the event confirmed Wednesday. “Faith is a real big [expletive] dea... [mockery]
This is very much worth reading.  Especially since the interviewee is a Jew who is, in essence, defending Luther against the charge of creating Antisemitic ideology.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

12 PM

Fairly said.  I would add that the only assessment of actual ability to translate that works as true assessment is a ‘blind’ translation of a non-biblical text that the student has never seen before. Then you know if they’re actually tr... [Modern Culture]
Anyone who uses the word ‘evangelical’ and ‘drug trafficker’ in combination doesn’t know what ‘Evangelical’ means and because the word can be used with such ease in such a ridiculously inappropriate way (Evangelic... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

11AM

According to a news source more reliable than Fox News- The Babylon Bee– When you were nine years old, you might have been catching Pokemon or collecting POGs. That’s not the case for Robby Jennings. Jennings, a third-grader at Hamilton Elementa... [mockery]

8AM

This volume… which seems so promising… is an absolute disappointment.  And that’s before even opening it and merely reading the table of contents. How on earth can you have a volume on the Reformation which includes primary sources and ... [loathing] [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book] [Pseudo-scholarship] [scorn] [Something Else I Won't be Reading] [Total Depravity]
Via V&R Martin Luther und die Reformation – Thomas Kaufmann im Gespräch im StadtRadio Göttingen! Anlässlich des Reformationsjubiläums stellte sich der Göttinger Kirchenhistoriker und Vorsitzende des Vereins für Reformationsgeschichte Prof.... [Luther]
Via the book of face- Die Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung präsentiert vor dem Volkshaus nackte Fakten. Auch im Volkshaus werden im Rahmen des Denkfestes Luthers dunkle Seiten ans Licht geholt: Im Vortrag von Reinhold Schlotz, dem Mitherausgeber von Luthers juden... [Luther]

5AM

Professor Grace Davie has published an essay based on her 2016 Cadbury Lectures, ‘Religion in Public Life: Levelling the Ground’. In the report Professor Grace Davie, a sociologist of religion at the University of Exeter, explores the ‘retur... [Modern Culture]
We are representatives of Christ, first, last, and only.  Our ministry isn’t a ministry of endorsing politicians, but representing Christ.  And the simple fact is, we cannot be representatives of Christ and politicians simultaneously.  One must g... [Bible]

4AM

You’ll want to go to this: Bullingerwurst «Unservater – ein jüdisches Gebet»Filed under: Church History [Church History]
When Nicholas Hausmann preached for the first time [in Freiburg after having just arrived there to assume the pastorate of that Church] he was so confused and exhausted that he died the same day of apoplexy. Bummer…Filed under: Church History [Church History]

2AM

The laws of Cæsar are different, it is true, from the laws of Christ: Papinianus commands one thing; our own Paul another. Earthly laws give a free rein to the unchastity of men, merely condemning seduction and adultery; lust is allowed to range unrestra... [jerome]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 2, 7PM

It’s time Christians face the fact that the GOP is the Greedy Opportunistic Philanderers now with no resemblance to the party of Lincoln.  It’s time they realize that Paul Ryan, a member of the cult of Ayn Rand, Mitch McConnell, a member ... [Modern Culture]

4PM

This damned ass-pope and his accursed school of scoundrels in Rome take such great, immeasurable pleasure in making a monkey, fool, and laughingstock of the poor Christian man, indeed, in blaspheming against God in heaven and causing such idolatry in his ... [Luther]
In the year of our Lord 1510 (if I remember correctly) I was in Rome and heard tell this story: about seven German miles this side of Rome there is a spot called Ronciglione, where lived, at the time of Paul II (who reigned seventy years ago), a papal off... [Luther]

3PM

This is must reading for the Catholics among you. It’s glorious. A former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops’ committee on doctrine has written to Pope Francis saying his pontificate is marked by “chronic confusion” and warning that teach... [Modern Culture]

1PM

Here’s why- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Here. She concludes- The distinction between Law and Gospel, for Luther, is about how the human person is justified by faith alone apart from works in the event of Christ and the encounter with God in Christ. The offense in this is that works, according t... [Luther]

11AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Not the Onion… Pope Francis has requested a debate over allowing married men in the Amazon region of Brazil to become priests, in a controversial move that is likely to outrage conservatives in the Church, Vatican sources say. The pontiff took the d... [Modern Culture]

10AM

The Babylon Bee has the story…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

The Genevan Reformer Marie Dentiere speaks again after almost 500 years of being silenced…  And Catherine McMillan tells her story.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

8AM

Terrible.  The Eerdmans bookstore is closing. From its humble beginnings as a shelf of used books in a back room to its current location on Oak Industrial Drive, the Eerdmans Bookstore has been a fixture in the theological book world for the better part ... [Modern Culture]
It’s the natural progression really. In 2014, HGTV crews followed Jen and Brandon Hatmaker’s quest to overhaul an old farmhouse for their growing family in hit show “My Big Family Renovation.” Now the home improvement cable channel has confir... [mockery]

4AM

And it’s a good one. Thirteen months ago, we kicked off our series of Refo Thursday posts with my initial reflections on Luther’s deathbed remark.  In between, we’ve heard from everyone from seminary professors to songwriters to bloggers to pa... [Church History]
In a letter to Nicolas von Amsdorf Luther writes … I shall translate the Bible, although I have here shouldered a burden beyond my power. Now I realize what it means to translate, and why no one has previously undertaken it who would disclose his na... [Luther] [mockery] [old testament] [translation]
If you want to know what’s wrong with America, look in the mirror and blame yourself for sending the same criminals to Congress that you always vote for. Because you like your guy and blame everything on everyone else’s guy.  Never realizing ... [Modern Culture]

2AM

If you missed it yesterday, here it is- Filed under: Luther [Luther]

November 1, 7PM