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May 27 2017, 8AM

The fastest (and only) path to fame for a biblical scholar is atheism or agnosticism.  The same is true for theologians.  Beware the famous ones- there’s heresy under the veneer.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Why devote your time, energy, resources, and skills to the effort it actually takes to learn how to understand the Bible when you can take a shortcut and pretend to be an expertly trained scholar with just one course….  Pop your brain in DTS’... [Modern Culture]
… But no one can complain because to do so is ‘intolerance’.  Marriage means whatever you want it to mean so get over it…  At least that’s what we’re supposed to believe. Why not, eh? Why not marry a train station if ... [Total Depravity]

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Today is the anniversary of Calvin’s death.  I’ve previously posted on the event of course and you can enjoy 24 Hours of Calvin here. After Zwingli, Calvin was the greatest of the Reformers.  It’s proper to remember him on the annivers... [Calvin]

May 26, 7PM

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I’d love for some college freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or grad school kid to try this.  I’d LOVE it. Local college student Bryan Valdes, who just finished his first year in the Biblical Studies program at Pacific Grace University, r... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

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And for your weekend viewing pleasure. Biblical Studies Online On May 5, 2017, Wycliffe College (Toronto) hosted a colloquium on Hosea. Mark S. Gignilliat, With Hosea at Penuel: The Interface of Ontology and Tropology Raymond Van Leeuwen, Knowing Crea... [Modern Culture]

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Hello all- I realize this is a bit last minute (but I just found out myself) – but I’m hosting the June Bib Studs Carnival and I need a bit of aid to put together the finest entries from the month of May (the very merry month of May). If you&#... [Biblical Studies Carnival]
“Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t both... [Modern Culture]

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Says something about their view of Luther’s worth….   Anyway, get yours here.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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In the Bulletin– Comparisons between Brexit and an emboldened (far) Right in America and parts of Europe are regularly made but, inevitably, overlook the complexities. That Brexit has involved disillusionment with mainstream politics is clear but it... [Modern Culture]

May 25, 4PM

But he isn’t.  Not even close.  And it’s only the Spirit that can make grace irresistible. Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology, Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology] [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

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“Through mortal sins the elect may altogether lose and banish the Holy Ghost, faith and the grace of God, and thus for a time become subjects of condemnation, yet they cannot be wanting to the end, and perish eternally. Total loss of grace is one thing,... [theology]

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Giving his arms and legs a nice little stretch while reclining in his office chair Thursday afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, confirmed that he had successfully completed another long day of deciding what people around the world should believe.... [Facebook theology that makes me sigh] [mockery]
An America where barbarism and cruelty aren’t rejected but embraced.  An America without morality.  Trump’s morally bankrupt America led by the morally bankrupt GOP and its morally bankrupt supporters. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Dr Michael J. Svigel  –  Eschatology 101: “Nobody knows the day or the hour. Except that guy with no formal training and a lame website. Besides him, nobody knows.”Filed under: Dilettante [Dilettante]

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We get to see it, but just barely.  Just for 27 seconds.  But man am I excited about this. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The ‘From’ App– Die App ist für iOS Nutzer im Apple iTunes Shop kostenlos erhältlich – Stichwort: Reformierter Bund. Die from…- App für reformierte Frömmigkeit ist ein Projekt des Reformierten Bundes e.V. in Zusammenarbeit mi... [Modern Culture]
Now THAT’S a fantastic idea! The 65-year-old Australian [Ken Ham] and his partners, Mike Zovath and Mark Looy, have launched an ambitious 10-to-12-year plan to re-create a walled city from the time of Noah and a 1st-century village from the time of ... [bizarre news]

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In Hebrew with English subtitles. Filed under: Archaeology [Archaeology]
There are just translations that are faithful to their source and translations that are not.  So he’s right when he writes A few days ago, I came across a blog post which was making a valid point about the differences in meaning of two Greek words ... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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“War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.” ― Quoted by Erasmus in his Adages While in college in the early 2000’s I worked at a grocery store with a rather rough, calloused, and quiet individual.  He had every habit that a good Christia... [Modern Culture]
Dani Mathers earned fame posing as a nude model. She gained notoriety on the other side of the camera when she snapped a photo of an unwitting and unwilling subject — a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room. The firestorm of criticism that erupte... [Total Depravity]

May 24, 7PM

Are enfleshed in this person. A “shabby racist” who kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach, causing her to lose her baby, has been jailed for more than three years.  As Samsam Haji-Ali shouted “I’m pregnant”, David Gallacher continued his ... [Modern Culture]

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Is utter disdain.  Watch.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Wie viel Zwingli steckt heute noch in unseren Köpfen? Das neue UZH Magazin beleuchtet anlässlich des 500-Jahre-Jubiläums die Reformation und ihre Folgen. UZH News hat zudem bei Studierenden nachgefragt, welches Bild von Zwingli sie heute haben. And mor... [Zwingli]
Filed under: Church History [Church History]
Oh Carl, in fact, absence of evidence is evidence of nothing.  As I’ve said for many years. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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It’s hard for righteous people to endure the presence of sin- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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As of this morning no information is available about the volume except that it is to appear in 2017.  Keep your eyes open, it honors a remarkable scholar.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
This new work by Lee Palmer Wandel has just been published- Reading Catechisms, Teaching Religion makes two broad arguments. First, the sixteenth century witnessed a fundamental transformation in Christians’, Catholic and Evangelical, conceptualiz... [book review] [Books] [Church History]

May 23, 3PM

Colleagues, The deadline for the European Association of Biblical Studies Student Prize has been extended until 25th May.  The prize is worth 300EUR, and details can be found here: https://eabs.net/site/student-zone/ There are two prizes, one of which is... [Conferences]

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Yay Loyola!  We’ve all been there, what with wanting to jump on Luther’s back and beat him down with the love of Jesus in our hearts like you had…. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Kaspar von Greyerz/Silvana Seidel Menchi/Martin Wallraff: Preface The Novum Instrumentum 1516 and its Philological Background Mark Vessey: Basel 1514: Erasmus’ Critical Turn – Erika Rummel: Biblical Humanism – August den Hollander: Late Medieval Ver... [book review] [Books]

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The pretend church is.  And it should be.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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‪The Jesus of the liberal left never existed. He is a product of their ideological imagination: a projection of their views into the past.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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A sermon by Gareth Jones, the Principal of Ming Hua Theological College.  Give it a listen.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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From the Tyndale Bulletin Review Article: The Deliverance of God: an Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul by Douglas A. Campbell, reviewed by Bruce Clark (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge) Campbell launches a sustained attack against traditional t... [Modern Culture]

May 22, 11PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This is unbelievable: A Baptist mother of two has filed religious discrimination and retaliation charges against a school system that threatened to fire her for privately telling a coworker she’d pray for him. Attorneys for Toni Richardson, an educa... [Modern Culture]

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@sentantiq – This is classical scholarship at its most delightful: #Bentley on #Barnes It’s also how to write a review of a nonsense book.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Amid concerns that the $110 billion arms deal signed by President Donald Trump would allow Saudi Arabia greater access to weapons the nation might use to fund and supply terrorists abroad, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud offered Trump a binding pinky-pr... [Modern Culture]

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A commentary by Zwingli on Isaiah and Jeremiah: A Zwingli tract: Luther’s ‘On the Freedom of the Christian’: Filed under: Church History, Luther, Zwingli [Church History] [Luther] [Zwingli]

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Pride and hubris are inappropriate for your field of endeavor.  Grandiose claims about this or that thinker or system aren’t your proper attire because familiarity only comes with time and hard work.  You aren’t a Barthian simply bec... [Modern Culture]

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Anytime I post a bit of Trump mockery or displeasure one or more of his adoring little birdletts sends along a complaint that always includes the phrase ‘shut up, he won’. To this I reply, ‘no’.  I realize you Trumpians think ... [Modern Culture]

May 21, 5PM

Of which I can only say, good. Last year, the mayor of a seen-better-days steel town in Western Pennsylvania became the poster child of President Donald Trump’s appeal to white working-class Democrats. But he’ll soon be out of work after a 26-... [Modern Culture]
Pro tip- you can’t teach the Trinity by using the spinner.  If you do, you’re an Arian. Filed under: Heresy and Heretics, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology, Total Depravity [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology] [Total Depravity]

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This album has dropped- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
But now that it benefits the Trumps- Par for the Trump course and for the hypocrisy of his sycophants who have not raised an outcry against the hypocrite.Filed under: Total Depravity [Total Depravity]
Truth Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Come along and hear my paper titled Huldrych Zwingli: His Path to Reformation Martin Luther is generally seen to be the ‘inventor’ of the Reformation. In this paper I will suggest that Zwingli actually turned, slowly at first and then more rap... [Zwingli]

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A South African big game hunter died after being crushed by an elephant cow that had been shot on a game reserve in Zimbabwe at the weekend. Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a hunt with clients when the group accidentally walked into the middle of a breedin... [Modern Culture]
What clearly affects the divine truth, as the belief and commandments of God, no one shall yield, whether one is offended or not. — Huldrych ZwingliFiled under: Theology, Zwingli [theology] [Zwingli]
A very fine journal.  It should be on your list of journals to read.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

May 20, 4PM

I love this story. Vom 20. Mai bis am 10. September 2017 präsentieren sich etwa 80 Aussteller aus Kirche, Politik, Kultur, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft mit einem unterhaltsamen Angebot in den Wallanlagen der mittelalterlichen Stadt Wittenberg. Der Sc... [Church History] [Reformation] [Zwingli]

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An oldie but a goodie- Sources from within the United States confirmed Tuesday that American society, while typically rejecting concepts like absolute truth and objective moral standards, is suddenly showing grave concern for the rise of fabricated news s... [mockery]

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Karen Jobes writes Submissions for the 2017 John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies are being accepted until AUGUST 15, 2017. This prize is limited to advanced graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients (4 years or less after receiving the degre... [LXX]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Speculum humanae salvationis (‘Krumlovský sborník’), Bohemia ca. 1420 (Praha, Knihovna Národního muzea, III B 10, fol. 2r)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

May 19, 4PM

It is never well with men, except so far as the Lord shows Himself to be gracious to them. – John CalvinFiled under: Calvin [Calvin]

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Bravo. Trinity's Portico Dear Frank Can I call you Frank? This is just pastor to pastor. Feel free to call me Peter. Anyway, I have to say I was flattered when I learned that your Decision America Tour took a detour off the beaten path to call upon ... [Modern Culture]
This new book’s author says it’s good. Scholars have often read the book of Revelation in way that attempts to ascertain which other Old Testament book it most resembles. Instead, we should read it as a combined and imitative text which acti... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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First United Methodist in Covington is an egalitarian church which prides itself on treating men and women the same. You go, church! But the congregation ran into a major snafu at a recent potluck: no one brought any sandwiches to the event, since neithe... [mockery]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A couple were arrested after their 15-day-old baby was found in a blood-soaked crib covered in injuries. Erica Shyrock, 19, and boyfriend, Charles Elliott, 19, were detained on charges of child endangerment and taken into police custody in Magnolia on Sun... [Total Depravity]

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Logos is producing a new lexicon: Most of the time you look up a Hebrew word you probably don’t want the extreme depth and complication afforded by the top lexicons. Neither do you want to wade through a tight paragraph of tiny print full of abbreviatio... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Go on this tour! Alle Augen richten sich bei den Reformationsfeiern auf Luther und Zwingli. In dieser Führung steht hingegen Heinrich Bullinger, der „Vater des reformierten Protestantismus”, im Scheinwerferlicht. Wir folgen den Spuren dieser fasz... [Bullinger]

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«Man hat gemeint, man wird attraktiv, wenn man das Latein abschafft, aber man hat keine neue sakrale Sprache gefunden, sondern ein totes Deutsch. Wen störte das früher, dass man Latein nicht verstand? Das war eine heilige Sprache, ein sakraler Vorgang,... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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America is a land fascinated with the ‘different’.  The bizarre.  The odd.  The unusual.  That’s why people in America are well known or ‘famous’. It wasn’t always that way.  It used to matter what one knew but tho... [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Adolf Schlatter [Adolf Schlatter]

May 18, 6PM

It’s not a slip up, it’s a rare admission of the truth. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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We learned at a young age to avoid saying we were bored, because if we did, this is the sort of thing we got to do with our hands…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Via Jeff Carter- Filed under: Luther, Modern Culture [Luther] [Modern Culture]

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit Thursday against longtime florist Willie Pace for refusing to openly weep tears of joy at the mere thought of a same-sex wedding after a lesbian couple came into his shop to order flowers for ... [Modern Culture]

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Right here. Doing theology is hard. But we here at The Babylon Bee want to make it easier than the first world in Super Mario Bros 3! In this article, we’ll briefly explain key differences between Calvinism and Arminianism, so you’ll be smart enough t... [Modern Culture]

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Thank you, Helen, for this- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Fact by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#91067)
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Available from Brill in their Open Access section– Women in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic Literature: Their Status and Roles explores the different attitudes toward the woman’s guilt for the expulsion from the Garden and human’s calamitie... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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“God is glad when the craftsman at his bench, the maid at the sink, the farmer at the plough, the dresser at the vines, the mother at the cradle break forth in hymns of prayer, praise and instruction.”—Katharina Schutz Zell Do you have any strange ... [Church History]

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At New College, Edinburgh, on 1 June.  All the details are here.Filed under: Church History, Conferences [Church History] [Conferences]
No.  Diarmaid MacCulloch writes Anglican cathedrals are booming, it’s not just the evangelicals who can fill a church and the little rural churches are more loved and cared for than they have ever been. The real spectacular decline has been in the ... [Modern Culture]

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The word ‘marriage’ used to mean something specific.  No longer.  Now it’s simply a term which describes everything from the union of a man and a woman to a union with yourself…  And before long, with your car or your dog or you... [Total Depravity]

May 17, 6PM

A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders... [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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NPR reports A new federal lawsuit against Baylor University accuses football players of drugging and gang-raping young women as part of a hazing or bonding ritual — and the university of failing to investigate the pervasive sexual assault. The players o... [Total Depravity]

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Her father, heir apparent to the Trinity Broadcasting Network empire, was addicted to pornography; she caught her mother performing sex acts on another man, and was encouraged to be promiscuous; and she had several unplanned pregnancies that ended in abor... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology] [Total Depravity]

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Poor Donny Trump- no one has ever been picked on more than he has… because he’s never heard of Lincoln or Caesar or Kennedy or thousands of others murdered in office. Loser.  Bigly.Filed under: mockery [mockery]

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Rob Bell recently clarified that his new book’s title What Is the Bible? was an actual, legitimate question he was asking, not a rhetorical one, and that the title should not be taken to suggest that his book contains any definitive answers to the quest... [mockery]

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The Holy Spirit is a better guide than your ‘convictions’. Filed under: Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

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He foresaw Osteen, Wright, Warren, Jakes, White, Dollar, and every pentebabbleist on TV.Filed under: Theology [theology]
Who knew!  Follow them.Filed under: twitter [Twitter]
Bryan posted this on facebook….  and it’s just so ridiculous that I’m being tested concerning the language of my response…  thanks, Bryan. Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-scholarship, pseudo-theology [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

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Whenever someone ‘discovers’ a new ‘meaning’ of an ancient concept it behooves us all to be skeptical.  Why?  Well first of all, the very nature of scholarship is skepticism.  It accepts nothing at face value but requires good s... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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(NOTE- Barth died in 1968.  So he wasn’t writing anything in 1977, Mr Hall…)Filed under: mockery [mockery]

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A Texas woman got a reminder this week that dating is the worst. The 35-year-old woman may be facing a legal dispute after a man she met online, Brandon Vezmar, sued her last week for texting during their first date to the movies, according to the America... [Total Depravity]
This is huge! In 2015, 10 people were lucky enough to win a marshmallow only box of Lucky Charms. This year, General Mills will be releasing 10,000 boxes of the sugary goodness. During the month of May, specially marked boxes of Lucky Charms will have a c... [Modern Culture]

May 16, 6PM

‪As though we didn’t have sufficient reason to loathe the #gop already, they make themselves more loathesome- http://wapo.st/2pyHtAH ‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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In Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700 (opening September 14), visitors will see the Reformation through the eyes of the people who experienced the transformations it spread across Europe and the Americas: preachers and teachers, travelers and traders, ... [Church History]

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We are saved by faith when we trust that Jesus died for our sins. This is the gospel, or so we are taught. But what is faith? And does this accurately summarize the gospel? Because faith is frequently misunderstood and the climax of the gospel misidentifi... [book review] [Books]

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I have ‘friends’ like this… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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According to sources, local Universalist Paula Wilson is searching for a physician who shares her belief that all treatments will eventually lead to the same cure. Wilson, who was recently diagnosed with pneumonia, told sources it is very important that h... [mockery]
From Hus to Luther : Visual Culture in the Bohemian Reformation (1380-1620) and Reformations and their Impact on the Culture of Memoria Take a look. Filed under: Books, Church History [Books] [Church History]

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Geesh.  Justice?  Nope, justice is well and truly dead. A top University of Oxford student who stabbed her boyfriend could be spared jail because of her intelligence and the possibility it would damage her career.   Aspiring heart surgeon Lavinia Wood... [Modern Culture]

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What kind of father does something like this? Michael Cohen, President Trump’s high profile personal attorney, posted a black-and-white photograph of his daughter Samantha Blake Cohen wearing only black stockings and a lacy bra to his 218,000 Twitter f... [Total Depravity]
13th by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#90955)
This is one documentary on Netflix you must not miss. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Come visit! Filed under: Ming Hua Theological College [Ming Hua Theological College]

May 15, 12 PM

“Some of these [athletics] programs might just as naturally be attached to meat-packing plants as to universities.” Cornelius PlantingaFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Because it should be. Popular Reformed blogger James K. Earle published a scathing critique of the book of Psalms Monday, slamming the collection of ancient, inspired songs for their emotional nature and tendency to repeat refrains, “often more than onc... [humor]

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Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first time as part of a joint exhibition on the history of the ... [Archaeology]

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You get something even better!  Luther badges!!!!  Hooray! You wish you had these treasures!  (You should take the course- it’s genuinely informative).Filed under: Luther [Luther]

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Yup.  Pretty much. The Granger family’s piety lasted for just 12 seconds after leaving the parking lot of 1st North Baptist Church Sunday, sources reported. Having enjoyed a sermon on 1 Peter 1:14-16 titled “Holiness In Our Lives” and having enga... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity]
What people want from parsons – hospital hand holding – funeralizing – weddings (for$25) – sermons (to be ignored)(attended irregularly) That’s it.  Discipleship- real authentic self sacrificing discipleship is an utterl... [Modern Culture]

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Thanks, MJ, for the picture- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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«Huldrych Zwingli soll die Kirche wieder zu den Menschen bringen» Die evangelisch-reformierte Kirche des Kantons Zürich hat offiziell die Feierlichkeiten für das 500-Jahr-Jubiläum der Reformation eingeläutet. Schirmherr der Festivitäten ist Kirchen... [Zwingli]

May 14, 5PM

I would like to arrange matters in such a way that I do not have to return to Wittenberg. My heart has become cold, so that I do not like to be there any longer. I wish you would sell the garden and field, house and all.  Also I would like to return the ... [Luther]

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“[Hikane] to Isidoros [her son, greetings. First of all] I thought it necessary, since the packet boat was putting out to sea, to write . . . me. I am in Berenike. I wrote you a letter [?but did not receive a] letter. Was it for this that I carried you ... [Modern Culture]
A Dutch TV documentary alleges that President Trump has large scale connections to Russia and it’s ruling oligarchs, as well as a extensive history of racketeering illegally. The documentary spans 45 minutes and was produced by Zembla TV. It looked fart... [Modern Culture]
This weekend   Trump was introduced at Liberty University as the ‘Man Who Bombs the Middle East’- and the crowd applauded wildly. The Spirit of Jesus is absent from such people. Christian University? Not by any evidence.Filed under: Modern Cu... [Modern Culture]

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Ohio! Police in suburban Cleveland say a half-naked man intentionally crashed his car into a closed convenience store to get beer, injuring himself and a store employee.  Rocky River police say the 45-year-old driver was wearing nothing from the waist do... [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The fact so many Trumpers have to say “He’s better than Hillary” is a huge admission of how much they’ve lowered their standards. — Jonah GoldbergFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Some smart stuff from ben Sira- 6:7-10 If thou wouldst get a friend, try him before thou takest him, and do not credit him easily. For there is a friend for his own occasion, and he will not abide in the day of thy trouble. And there is a friend that turn... [theology]

May 13, 5PM

‘Mother’ – 240x ‘Father’ – 943x ‘Hell’ -32x ‘Heaven’ – 532x ‘God’ – 4394x ‘Sin’ – 446x ‘Man’ – 2081x ‘Woman’ – 395x ... [Modern Culture]

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Oh, and if you ‘like’ Rob Bell I’m going to go ahead and defriend you.  Immediately.  And irretrievably.  Light can have no fellowship with darkness.Filed under: Heresy and Heretics [Heresy and Heretics]

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To the godly the scripture is nothing dark at all, and the Lord’s will is altogether to have us understand it: thus, the scriptures ought always to be expounded. – Heinrich BullingerFiled under: Bullinger [Bullinger]

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Which also includes a review by yours truly.  Just keep scrolling to the bottom.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Because of his very substantive contributions to biblical studies in general and Pauline studies in particular.  And I think the portrait, which now adorns the entrance Hall, catches the true spirit of the man.  Congrats, Chris!  No one deserves this m... [Modern Culture]

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If you substitute the first day of class and the last day with ‘Christmas’ and ‘Easter’ the Church looks the same way…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Proceedings of the First Meeting of Bertinoro on Early Christianity (1-4 October, 2014). Within the contemporary renewal of the exegetical and historical research on Jesus and early Christianity, this book focuses on a wider knowledge of the social and cu... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Filed under: Luther [Luther]

May 12, 3PM

Rutherford House, in association with the World Reformed Fellowship Theological Commission, will be hosting the 17th Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference – Reformation Theology: Maintenance or Revision? EDC17 will take place in Palmerston Place Church, from ... [Conferences]
Regardless of what some Emergent or Seeker Sensitive pagan has told you. Two Metro Nashville codes inspectors paid $40 apiece to enter The Social Club in Madison on the night of March 25. They were responding to the club’s website, which said membe... [Total Depravity]

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The Southern Baptist Convention has deployed a crew of theology referees to Elevation Church, instructing the trained officials to monitor sermons preached by Pastor Steven Furtick, and warn him and the congregation when his messages fall out of the bound... [mockery]
People love Mother’s Day.  And I don’t mind it.  But it does make me a bit pensive about the women who have either chosen not to be mothers or who can’t be. And it also makes me pensive concerning those whose experience with their moth... [theology] [mother's day] [parenting]

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The man doesn’t know what it means to know.  It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about Donald Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectu... [Modern Culture]
I love this guy. The article challenges the identification of Khirbet Qeiyafa with Shaaraim, mentioned only three times (or even less) in the Hebrew Bible. It also questions Garfinkel’s idea that the place should be related directly to King David. The a... [Archaeology]

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Staff at Liferevival Collective were reportedly “totally stoked” to learn dozens of new buzzwords at the church’s vision meeting Thursday, inside sources reported. The church reportedly gathers every six months to vision-cast key terms together, ju... [mockery]

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America has the president it deserves- a godless self serving money worshipper.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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From Luther’s meal chats- Master Philip examined a student in Anthony Lauterbach’s home. He was a schoolmaster in Stargard, and when he answered thoughtlessly Philip said, “Do not answer so abruptly and burst out so heedlessly, for there are mor... [Luther] [theology]

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Via– From the website of the Smithsonian Channel: SECRETS: SEASON 4: EPISODE 1 TOWER OF BABEL Inside the legendary city of Babylon in modern-day Iraq lie the remains of a vast structure, which ancient records suggest was the Tower of Babel. Is it po... [Archaeology]
Indeed, you may be eaten. Crazy pentebabbleists.Filed under: bizarre news, Pentebabbleism, Pentebabbleists [bizarre news] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

May 11, 3PM

via Idiot… that’s the word that springs immediately to mind.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Here’s something you might enjoy: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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From henceforth: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Read Mike Bird’s take.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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I hope this encourages your heart as much as it does mine- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“I will cling to my Lord Christ as a burr on a coat.”—Last reported words of Katie Luther in 1552. Read the essay on the CHI site for this week’s RefoThursday.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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«Humanismus und Schlachtfelder: Zwinglis Entwicklung zum Reformator.» Uoli Zwingli war schon als noch nicht Fünfjähriger seinen Eltern als offenbar hochbegabtes Kind aufgefallen. Sie schickten ihn zum Onkel nach Weesen in die Schule, denn der war dort... [Zwingli]
Susanna Wesley, wife of a pastor and mother of 19 children, has gone down in Christian history as the ideal mother. In spite of poverty, sickness, disappointment, she managed her household well. She early drew up for herself some rules and observed them: ... [Modern Culture]

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No wonder they turned out the way they did… they were terrorized! John and Charles Wesley, were reared by a God-fearing mother (of seventeen) who laid down some excellent principles for child training. They appear in John Wesley’s Journal: “When... [Church History]

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When the time comes when no behaviour is objectionable, universalism will cease to exist because it only exists to defend bad behavior.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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I don’t know for how long.  With thanks to Hendrickson for tweeting it.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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… Was burnt in the conflagration which well-nigh destroyed the town on Friday, May 10, 1861, and upon its site is a building containing the Law Courts, the Public Library, and a small museum. Bet ya didn’t know that, did ya?Filed under: Zwingl... [Zwingli]

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Here’s Trump with Lavrov, Bannon, Kueshner, and Pence (Trump is in the center). Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Right here!Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

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This new work has been unveiled at the Refo500 Conference in Wittenberg today (with thanks to Karla for the heads up). In this volume renowned authors in the disciplines of Reformed theology and scientific Luther-research document the international scient... [Books] [Calvin] [Church History] [Luther]

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A LifeWay Research Study found that while the majority of churchgoers desire to honor Christ and even profess to meditate on biblical truths, few actually engage in personal Bible reading and the study of Scriptures. Forty percent of those surveyed claim ... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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John Anthony McGuckin, one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient Christianity, has synthesized a lifetime of work to produce the most comprehensive and accessible history of the Christian movement during its first thousand years. The Path of Ch... [book review] [Books] [Church History]
From 3 years ago… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
It may be important- nay- it is important to learn that Doch anders als viele Menschen denken, wurden sie nicht von der NSDAP oder einem Ministerium organisiert, sondern von der Deutschen Studentenschaft, die sich, so vermuten Wissenschaftler, damit den N... [Church History]
No, I won’t send you a copy of my book.  Buy it, you cheapskates.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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You lecherous old depraved reprobate.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

May 9, 3PM

Seht, liebe brüder, die ignoranz der priester ist schuld daran, dass die kirche trauert und in ihren kindern zugrunde geht, die verlorengehen, da der teufel, der feind, stark geworden ist, gewiss wegen der sünden ihrer propheten und ihrer priester . Die... [theology]
Choose death rather than to deny the truth, to commit any heinous crime, or to be compelled to consent to a wicked and horrible sin. If you choose to die rather than to do a filthy deed, the tyrant shall not enforce or compel you against your will. He ma... [Bullinger]

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We’ve all been waiting a long time for something good to come from Nazareth!  And it finally has. We at the Jesus Blog heard that your week was moving a little sluggishly and thought a free gift might make you feel better.  To that end, we pass al... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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If you were really pro life you would care about protecting people from the cradle to the grave, not just from the womb to the cradle.  What most of you lack (and I am anti-abortion myself) is a consistent ethic.  You think that if you care about a chil... [Modern Culture]

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You should go. It will prepare you for 25 September. Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception First Steps into the World of New Testament Greek 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th & 28th June 2017 Newman University Would you like to hear and read... [Modern Culture]

May 8, 5PM

Nope.  Not even close to being one.  So I agree- Now Francis, we know, is not the professorial pope that Benedict has been. Neither is he an historian by training or even by avocation; his focus in school as a young man was chemistry, and later as a Je... [Church History]

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Das aber ist Unkenntnis, das ist Hochmut, das ist der Anfang jeder Sünde, wenn du in deinen Augen größer bist als vor Gott und in Wahrheit. Wer also zuerst diese große Sünde beging – ich spreche vom Teufel –, von dem sagt man, dass er sich nicht ... [Church History] [theology]

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Helft mir durch eure Gebete, dass ich das Nötige auch immer mutig sagen und das, was ich sage, zum Nutzen mit Tatkraft erfüllen kann.  Darum wollen wir einmütig den allmächtigen Herrn bitten, dass er meinen Mund und alle Herzen fruchtbringend öffne,... [theology]
It’s about time. The Islamic State’s official flag has been added to the newest batch of the popular “Coexist” bumper stickers, and will be included in all future iterations of the famous graphic, sources confirmed Monday. The new logo depicts... [Modern Culture]

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The Christian History Institute has published a 3 part essay on Luther and Wittenberg; the final installment appearing today. (We have been publishing this essay by Dr. West  over the last few weeks as part of our celebration of the 500th anniversary of ... [Luther]

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Congrats to Carly Crouch– winner of the 2017 “The David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship”.  Very well deserved, as Jonathan Stökl will agree!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Go read this.  Seriously.  Go.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Cambridge University Library has a gem of a post. It is rare that archival research makes the national news.  Jeffrey Alan Miller’s identification of a draft of a portion of the King James Bible hit the headlines in October 2015: not only was it the ea... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Church History]

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Change, being a necessary part of life in time, is being lamented in certain quarters because of an irrational fear of difference.  But I would deign to point out that there are good reasons indeed to cherish change and to embrace it fully when it comes ... [Modern Culture]

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Die Verlagsgruppe Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht | Böhlau trauert um Prof. h.c. Dr. Carsten Nicolaisen, der am 12. April 2017 im Alter von 83 Jahren verstorben ist. Der Verlag verliert einen prägenden Wissenschaftler der Kirchlichen Zeitgeschichtsforschung.... [obituary]

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It was the 8th of May, 1521, that the imperial denunciation of Luther was promulgated. The Edict of Worms was a decree issued by The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V banning the writings of Martin Luther and labeling him a heretic and enemy of the state (see... [Church History] [Luther] [theology]

May 7, 5PM

SERMONS 1. Everyone in each house is to come on Sundays, unless it be necessary to leave someone behind to take care of children or animals, under penalty of 3 sous. 2. If there be preaching any weekday, arranged with due notice, those that are able to go... [Calvin]

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In Jeremiah 7 [:16] he said, “As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I do not hear you.” My colleagues and I must now issue this same answer and apply it to ourselves. We have pray... [Luther]

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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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Why did you forsake your ethics to support a pathological liar, womanizer, and reprobate? Why? Just explain it to me. Any of you. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Die Ursprünge der Bundestheologie im Alten Testament und im Alten Orient.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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The dialect the good people of Zurich spoke was, and is, in many respects, quite unique (even now).  Luther had problems with it and so did The Landgrave of Marburg. Consequently, on May 7, 1529, [Zwingli wrote the Landgrave in the lead-up to the Marbu... [Church History] [Zwingli]

May 6, 4PM

Calvin lost his father at an early age, as we learn from one of his letters. According however to Beza’s account, it happened when Calvin was about twenty-three years old, and was studying at Bourges, that is, three years later than the date of the lett... [Calvin]

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If you cant read that you cant read the Bible.  Someone who can is reading it for you. And you’re taking their word for it.‬  Let me help you learn.  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“Regeneration is the creation and the conferral of a new, good and holy quality, bestowed or rather infused into us by God through his Holy Spirit. Therefore, this our regeneration is a quality and it is righteousness inherent in us.” — Lambert... [theology]

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All the info is here and you can follow on a variety of social media.Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

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I know, weird, right? That Calvin made many enemies, and could not avoid making them, goes without saying. Like Dante, who thought nothing of putting his own friends among the damned in Inferno, when the requirements of justice demanded it, so Calvin coul... [Calvin] [Church History]

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Ingeborg Lüdtke: Die Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland ist der Zusammenschluss von selbstständigen lutherischen, reformierten und unierten Landeskirchen. Ihnen gehören 14.800 rechtlich selbstständige Kirchengemeinden an.  Was würde Martin Luther he... [Luther]

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The Concept of the Long Reformation and the Literary History of Early Modern Hungary and Transylvania While the course will be hosted by the Institute of Literary Studies the lectures and seminars will be given by the research fellows of the Renaissance D... [Church History]

May 5, 12 PM

<img width="269" height="480" alt="" src="https://zwingliusredivivus.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/img_1654.png" Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Interesting essay (especially since the Jerusalem Post and other conservative Israeli papers always make it sound like it’s Arabs who steal antiquities.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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1525 Zurich Bible Whenever I read the Bible I feel like Jacob wrestling the Angel.  It won’t let me go till it leaves a permanent wound.Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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The King James Version of the Bible was published in Britain.  And no, the one you carry around with you that says KJV on the spine isn’t the same at all!  If your Bible doesn’t look like this, you don’t have a KJV 1611: What you carr... [Bible] [Church History]

May 4, 4PM

First published in 2012: Pastors Have No Business ‘Endorsing’ ANY Politician. Period. But evidently some do- to their eternal shame.  And apparently politicians crave it. Howard Fineman tweets Bachman people privately complain that some pastors w... [Modern Culture]

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The present volume is the result of an interdisciplinary project within the Department of Theology at Aarhus University. The project was related to the research programme: “Christianity and Theology in Culture and Society: Formation – Reformation – ... [book review] [Books] [theology]

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This is actually a very good post: Hurtful Sheep and Bullied Shepherds.  Give it a read.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Before her baptism Sunday, local four-week-old baby Hannah Grace Ford took a few minutes to deliver her moving testimony of coming to trust in Christ as her Lord and Savior, sources at Calvin Presbyterian Church confirmed. “I had wandered from God durin... [mockery]
Thanks to HC for the heads up on this– Sara Mohr-Pietsch journeys into the reforming world of John Calvin. As part of BBC Radio 3’s ‘Breaking Free – Martin Luther’s Revolution’ season, The Choir focuses on the Genevan P... [Calvin]

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Progressive Christian blogger Briana Smith, who recently dared to part ways with conservative evangelical doctrine, suffered brutal persecution in the form of a six-figure book deal from Evermergent Books, sources confirmed Thursday. The popular “mom bl... [mockery]

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It reminds me of the words of God through Jeremiah- “You steal. You murder. You commit adultery. You lie when you swear on oath. You sacrifice to the god Baal. You pay allegiance to other gods whom you have not previously known. Then you come and st... [Bible]
Christian Peters bietet eine weithin neue Deutung Bernhard Rothmanns (um 1495–1535), des Reformators der westfälischen Bischofsstadt Münster und nachmals wichtigsten Theologen der dortigen Täufer. Es wendet sich damit einer Gestalt zu, die die Nachwe... [Books] [Church History]

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Until the ‘Christians’ whose names festoon the lists of Church membership rolls actually start to take part and participate in the Churches that already exist there’s no reason to dot the landscape with even more Churches whose ‘me... [Modern Culture]
Just when you thought ‘specialized bibles’ couldn’t get any dumber… publishers surprise you and dumb them down even more- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Lots of ink has been spilled and many pixels been lit up on the question of what we mean when we say ‘the text of the New Testament’. Is the only thing we are left with ‘texts of the NT’, in which every imperfectly copied manuscript constitutes a ... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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I’ve come to some conclusions: Most care more about the flesh than the Spirit. Most don’t care if they live like Christians or not. Most have very little interest in the Bible. Most sequester their faith from their daily life. Most care more ... [Modern Culture]

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Here ya go.  And, boy, Cranmer hit the nail on the head with this one: “What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies”—Thomas Cranmer Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

May 3, 6PM

The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, ‘Stand at the gate of the Temple of Yahweh and there proclaim this message. Say, “Listen to the word of Yahweh, all you of Judah who come in by these gates to worship Yahweh. Yahweh Sabaoth, ... [Bible]

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Though God does not act in a bustling manner like men, or proceed with undue eagerness and haste, still he has in his power concealed methods of executing his judgments without moving a finger. — John CalvinFiled under: Calvin [Calvin]

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Pastor was assessing woman for demons just days before decapitation… Nope, not The Onion. Rachael Hilyard had asked a friend: Where could she get an exorcism? Her friend told her Pastor Terry Fox. A few days after Fox visited Hilyard’s home and bl... [Modern Culture]

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Der MOOC „Die Reformation” soll medial attraktiv aufbereitetes Wissen zur Reformation als historisches Phänomen einem großen Publikum zugänglich machen. Die von Martin Luther ausgelöste Reformation gilt als epochales Ereignis, da sie nahezu al... [Luther]
Jim writes (on the LXX facebook page) Although our field is small, there are more books than ever published on the LXX, and in many different series and publishers. It may be helpful to have the occasional round-up, and so here is a list of those that I k... [Biblical Studies Resources] [LXX]

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The catalog is here.  It is, to put it plainly, a fantastic commentary series.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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This is blatant idolatry and no Christian who has any understanding of historic Christianity can or would support it in any respect. Those who call themselves Christians who do, or would, support this mentality are not, let me repeat, are not, Christians.... [pseudo-christianity]

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And don’t miss this oldie but goodie: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
He didn’t get a chance to surf the web, or watch cat videos.  So what did he do? From May 4, 1521, to March 1, 1522, Luther remained at the Wartburg. There is little of his love of nature in the letters he wrote in solitude. He confides in Melancht... [Church History] [Luther]

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This is one to add to the resource list! More than 1,600 ancient manuscripts from the renowned Eastern Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherine’s on Mt. Sinai have been made available online! The images, digitized from older microfilms, are of very good qual... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Here’s a project worth mentioning: Durham possesses the finest collection of medieval manuscripts of any English cathedral. Durham University, in partnership with Durham Cathedral, is engaged in an ambitious project to digitise Durham Priory Library... [Church History]
Mittwoch, 17. Mai 2017 im Filmmuseum Potsdam: Jan Hus. Filmpräsentation mit Einführung von PhDr. Jan Randák, Prag. Eine Veranstaltung im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung »Reformation in Brandenburg und im östlichen Europa«. Etc. Here. If you can go you shou... [Church History]

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Via Konrad Schmid-  Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

May 2, 5PM

A televangelist who claimed the gay community would suffer God’s punishment is suffering the wrath of the Internal Revenue Service: The Texas offices of Pastor Benny Hinn were raided by IRS investigators on Wednesday, though Hinn himself was not present... [Total Depravity]

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This new publication will be of interest to people who wish to understand the Pre-Reformation era of European Church History. On 6 July 1415, in Constance, Jan Hus was burnt at the stake for heresy. 600 years after this event, this edition of his writing... [Church History]

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2017 ANNUAL KARL BARTH CONFERENCE Luther, Barth, and Movements of Theological Renewal (1918-1933) 2017 Annual Karl Barth Conference Princeton Theological Seminary, June 18-21, 2017 And The years from 1900-1933 represent some of the most productive year... [Conferences]

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If you aren’t a disciple, you aren’t a Christian. Jesus commissions us to evangelize with the goal of disciple-making, not passive, uninvolved church member making. give Matthew 28:17ff a looksee.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Via the undersigned- Dear collegaues, I can now confirm that the dates of Thursday 22nd March (evening ) until Saturday 24th March (just after lunch) have been firmly booked with the team at Hawarden for our 2018 OT in the NT Seminar. Thanks to all those ... [Conferences]
Nothing like an atheist pope is there…Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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With English subtitles.  And with thanks to Karla Apperloo for the heads up. At skabe et luthersk samfund – betydningen af Luthers lille katekismus og de ti bud i Danmark efter reformationen from danmarkshistorien.dk on Vimeo.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

April 24, 4AM

Read it here. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Many roads in the county north of us are washed out and schools are cancelled here and in most surrounding counties today because of the flooding.  Here’s my report to the weather folk for the last three days- Fortunately the rain has stopped, but... [Modern Culture]
For the folk in the U.K. (Well, it’s the UK for now… but give it some time and it will break up like the prom queen breaks up with the chess club geek). Harnessing Chaos Just before the General Election, CSSSB will provide the most up-to-date... [Modern Culture]
(click to enlarge) KUL 23.4.Ausstellung “Der Luthereffekt” in Berlin.Kreise von Reformatoren, 1625/1650Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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It is my opinion that the Holy Spirit shortens the Turk’s name and does not only call him “Magog,” which is the correct, full name in Genesis 10 [:2], but He breaks off his head, takes away the first letters, and calls him “Gog,” though both “... [Luther]

April 23, 5PM

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Here.  In a series of videos.  And remember, even though they call it ‘The History of the Reformation’ it really isn’t that at all.  Rather, it’s the story of Luther’s little corner of a grand historical phenomenon.Filed u... [Church History]

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Jerusalem Besieged. Jerusalem Besieged offers a sweeping history across the millennia, yet focuses on a single location—a view of centuries of often violent battles for one city. Author Eric Cline tells the story of four thousand years of struggles for ... [Archaeology]
The commemorative plaque for Anna Bullinger Adlischwyler unveiled! Heinrich Bullinger’s statue looks across the outer wall of Grossmünster straight at it. Via Rebecca Giselbrecht. Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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For a short time yet you must bear all sorts of trials (1 Pet. 1:6).Filed under: Bible [Bible]

April 22, 4PM

devil in the vineyard-Apocalypse, England ca. 1300 (BnF, Latin 10474, fol. 30v)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Read what you’re reading right now and then read this one.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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April 21, 10AM

Here. Two new Greek NT papyrus fragments from Oxyrhynchus have been identified: one of Ephesians and one of 1 Timothy. These fragments, already assigned Gregory-Aland numbers, were just published in the latest volume of the Oyrhynchus Papyri–P.Oxy.... [Biblical Studies Resources]
Sources within Elevation Church, who noted that “he was really on fire,” have confirmed that Pastor Steven Furtick preached a long, moving sermon last Sunday which was entirely about how good he was preaching. “Man I’m preaching good today,” he ... [Heresy and Heretics]

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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, when his servants disgu... [Heresy and Heretics]
Is this new?  Or have I simply never noticed it before? Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]
Rebecca writes Come to the Zwingliplatz on Sunday at 17:00 and join us for the unveiling of the Anna Bullinger-Adlischwyler (ca.1504-1564) commemorative plaque. We are also honoring Anna, who I worked to historically reconstruct, this year at the Gesellsc... [Bullinger] [Church History]
This little segment is on Marburg. The whole film, as I’ve said before, is excellent. Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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With O’Reilly out, who will be the sexual predator Fox hires to replace him? NB- every ‘man’ on that tape is an embarrassment to males.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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From the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton (on facebook)- The Digital Team for the Princeton Theological Seminary Library has developed a new and exciting platform, which transcribes many of the audio files in their collection. There are five audio fi... [Karl Barth]

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April 20, 12 PM

If you heard a faint screaming on the morning wind when you woke up today, that was us We were yelling with joy, because Apple just added a full set of emojis for polygamists to the iPhone, and we. Can’t. Even. We are literally feeling all the feels. T... [mockery]
With thanks to Rick *The Giant* Brannan for mentioning this essay on Academia.edu.  Enjoy.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Nope by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#89803)
Ok people, look…  There hasn’t been anyone in the Hebrew Bible ‘confirmed’ by archaeology.  What’s happened is that names found in the Bible have also, on occasion, been found in the archaeological record.  To suggest that... [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship]

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Sometime in April of 1524 Zwingli wrote this little bit: Ordnung von den drei Kilchhören. Ordnung von den 3 kilchhörinen, so verr die minen herren gevallen wurde. [1.] Uf Marci sol man 1. fierteil einr stund vor 5. zuo allen kilchen ein zeichen lüten, ... [Zwingli]

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Zwingli’s Study In his study on April 20, 1524, one would have seen him write his Eine Epistel vor der “Antwort eines Schwytzer Purens.” He sends along to a small community words of encouragement as they struggle to reform, encouraging t... [Church History] [Zwingli]
“If you immediately condemn anyone who doesn’t quite believe the same as you do … pray tell, [who] can you still consider a brother?” — Martin Bucer In the fall of 2013 I was asked to join a production team to create a 3-episode documentary on ... [Church History]

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This is worth adding to your blogroll and keeping up with.  With thanks to Peter and Dirk for a project long in the making and an end result that will DOUBTLESS add significantly to our knowledge of the text of the Greek New Testament. In the Tyndale Hou... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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World- ‘abortion at 8 weeks is no big deal. it’s not a person, it’s a small nut’ World- ‘Serena was 8 weeks pregnant! she’s amazing!’ #InconsistentMuch? What this shows is that when it suits the world, a baby is n... [Modern Culture]

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Am 25. April in der Kreisverwaltung Homberg (Efze): Der Film „Thomas Müntzer. Reformator, Sozialrevolutionär, Bauernkrieger“. Wie Luther wendet sich der junge Priester Thomas Müntzer gegen die kirchlichen und weltlichen Obrigkeiten. Auch er lebt mi... [Church History]

April 19, 5PM

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the folk who know Scripture so well they don’t have to study it would share their great knowledge at church?  Wouldn’t it be brilliant if all those saints who don’t need Sunday School or Worship or ... [Modern Culture]

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You should attend this because it will be, literally, the worst thing you will ever attend. Think of it. Nothing you ever do the rest of your life will be worse! Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]
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A brave internet user has discovered a creative, unique, and winsome way to protect the Christian faith against error and heresy: an anonymous Twitter account. Using the Twitter handle @PurestDoctrine4U, the person (who agreed to an interview Wednesday ... [mockery]

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You owe it to yourself to read this interview. Sind Sie als Pfarrer werbeaffin?  Natürlich! Die Werbung ist seit 2000 Jahren unser Geschäft. Die heutigen Werbeagenturen sind nur Nachkommen unseres Stamms. Schon Paulus hat auf dem Marktplatz mündliche ... [Zwingli]

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An interesting essay, free for now – here. The present paper highlights the importance of attending to the ancient textual tradition within the process of translation. It argues that many of the scribes of the NT manuscripts perceived their own work... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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When Zwingli propounded his view of the Lord’s Supper at Marburg he defeated Luther’s.  How?  Because more Protestant / Reformed Christians now hold Zwingli’s view than Luther’s. Remember- Baptists outnumber Lutherans in America ... [Modern Culture]

April 18, 1PM

Lots of Christians have a “life verse”—a Bible verse that they set aside as especially meaningful to them, tucking it into their heart as a reminder or inspirational thought they can turn to at any time during their faith walk. Do YOU have a life v... [Modern Culture]

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Christophe Chalamet recently visited Zwingli’s birthplace and snapped some excellent photos!  (Photos I was unable to take when I visited because I had worn my poor camera battery completely out by the time I got there).  With thanks to him for al... [Zwingli]
Here’s a good one: For a long time, the book of Tobit has been studied as a one-of-a-kind composition, with other so-called “novels,” such as Esther and the book of Judith. However, the presence of Aramaic copies of Tobit among the Qumran scroll... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history. The books can be obtained now only in PDF format from yours truly for a paltry $199... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Among many things, he notes It is inevitable that the anniversary of the Reformation would bring forth a flood of new publications. “Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet” is undoubtedly one of the best and most substantial. Deeply researched over a pe... [Luther]

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Une voie infiniment supérieure: Essai sur la foi, l’espérance et l’amour Le professeur de théologie Christophe Chalamet propose un essai audacieux qui, en s’appuyant autant sur ses convictions intimes que sur d’innombrables ressources t... [Books]

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Here’s a new volume that will interest folk: Wenn Engel lachen: Die unverhoffte Liebesgeschichte der Katharina von Bora Fabian Vogt Weder die eigenwillige Katharina von Bora noch der ehrenwerte Professor Martin Luther hätten gedacht, dass aus ihne... [Books] [Luther]
“You should know that a certain Franciscan from France, whose name indeed was Franz, was here not many days since and had much conversation with me concerning the Scriptural basis for the doctrine of the adoration of the saints and their intercession fo... [Zwingli]
If you agree to provide an essay for a collection of essays or a Festschrift please respect the deadlines which the editors establish.  Taking said deadlines halfheartedly is a tremendous problem for those who are putting volumes together and strains ner... [Books]

April 17, 4PM

Filed under: mockery, Modern Culture, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [mockery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
The chief weakness of Christianity is and always has been its sometime willingness to acquiesce to the demands of society in order to find acceptance, ‘tolerance’, or whatever.  From time immemorial, as soon as the Church has agreed to the wo... [theology]

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The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an order to Joel Osteen, bestselling author and pastor of Lakewood Church, to acquire a butcher’s license in order to continue handling Scripture. The department’s Meat Safety Assurance Unit was... [mockery]

11AM

First, for the Melanchthon-ites out there (and who in their right mind isn’t?) Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars, this newly conceived handbook provides a reliable introduction to the life, work, and impact of Philipp Melanchtho... [Books] [Church History] [Melanchthon]

10AM

The program for the Society for Reformation Research’s summer conference in Nuremberg on “Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Reformation Era” is now available online. http://www.nuremberg2017.org/ Take a look.Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

8AM

The Bee offers this warning….Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

I guess this guy doesn’t know anything about gun safety.  A lack of common sense seems widespread in the NRA community. A gun went off before an Easter service at a Wilson County church Sunday.  It happened at Gladeville Baptist Church.  A gun ow... [Modern Culture]

4AM

Filed under: Calvin [Calvin]

3AM

Oh Molty… what are we going to do with you?  The ‘god’ you envision is utterly powerless and totally dependent on three women or else his entire plan falls apart?  Your God is too small.  You need a better theological hermeneutic than... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
Here’s why. Many people have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, but few know what they are or the significance they have for people today. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and it gives us an opportunity to a... [Dead Sea Scrolls]

April 16, 5PM

‪If you like hand made knitted stuff follow @blackheartknitco on instagram. (It’s Rachel’s etsy shop).‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

In what should rank as one of the more ironic facts of modern politics, prominent Christian leaders and a record number of self-proclaimed evangelical voters supported for president a man of undisguised cruelty and unmatched narcissism. Indeed, for some e... [theology]

1PM

Here’s something for you. Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception It was a real joy to have Lloyd Pietersen with us recently to present a paper on ‘Does the Matthean Jesus really love his enemies?’ He was participating as part of... [Modern Culture]

9AM

As Ralph Keen points out, When you can’t read Fraktur, Bucherei becomes… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

But some believe… When at Athens Paul began to preach of our Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the dead, they laughed at him first; but, after they thoroughly understood the matter, many of them were converted to the Christian belief, especi... [Modern Culture]

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There’s a great little essay here about just those very things. The time: March 9, 1522, the first Sunday of Lent. The crime scene: a printer’s workshop in Grabengasse, just a stone’s throw from Zurich’s city walls. The first in a series of sw... [Church History] [Zwingli]

April 15, 3PM

(Police Dachau via AP) Next time you think you’ve had a bad day- think of this German dad and daughter. One can only imagine the expletives uttered by a Bavarian driver and his teenage daughter after a farmer accidentally filled their convertible wi... [bizarre news]
Dear Colleagues, Due to the religious holiday weekend, coupled with “tax day” in the United States, the SCSC President and Vice President have agreed to extend the deadline for panel, paper, and roundtable submissions for the 2017 Milwaukee co... [Church History] [Conferences]

11AM

This Easter weekend, millions of people around the world will affirm their sacred belief that the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth around 30 A.D. in Jerusalem was an elaborate hoax pulled off by a few poor fisherman. Speaking to reporters, one man explai... [mockery]

7AM

One has to wonder how many American Christians would never enter a Church again if one 3 States over were bombed. After bombing two of their churches on Palm Sunday, fearless Coptic Christians in Egypt poured to churches on Easter Sunday- @issamsmeirFil... [Modern Culture]

6AM

So says the Creed.  But is the Creedal statement Scriptural? Here’s what Scripture says- ἐν ᾧ καὶ τοῖς ἐν φυλακῇ πνεύμασιν πορευθεὶς ἐκήρυξεν (1 Pet. 3:19) Accordingly, the creed is wrong on t... [Bible] [theology]
From the Geneva Catechism: M. What is the Church? S. The body and society of believers whom God hath predestined to eternal life. Outside the Church there is no salvation, nor any of the saved.  Outside the Church are only the damned.Filed under: Theolog... [theology]

5AM

Big surprise… the most immoral, pagan President elected in America’s history by people who by and large fancy themselves ‘Evangelicals’ (haha) hasn’t bothered with Church since he took office. Washington churches have long we... [Modern Culture]

April 14, 4PM

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We’ve all seen the stunts churches pull for media attention; from the gas card giveaways to the helicopters dropping Easter Eggs and all the other plots and schemes to garner media publicity.  Evidently the people behind these schemes are utterly i... [theology]

2PM

Let the reader understand…  [This is a subtle theological point having to do with the ‘flesh profiting nothing].Filed under: Theology [theology]

1PM

Dear Members of the Society for Reformation Research, On May 30th to June 1st an international conference entitled “Luther and the Shaping of the Catholic Tradition” will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Catholic University of America, with... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Of the Eucharist- They call it the body of the Lord, because in it is commemorated the fact that Christ took upon Himself flesh and died for us. They call it the remission of sins, because we return thanks for the forgiveness of our sins through the death... [Zwingli]

8AM

Nothing has changed since the Virginia Tech massacre.    Nothing.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

United has lost its mind. It’s hard to find examples of worse decision-making and customer treatment than United Airlines having a passenger dragged from an overbooked plane. But United’s shabby treatment of Geoff Fearns, including a threat to place h... [Modern Culture]
RNS has an interesting essay on the academic response to Reza Aslan’s CNN special series on religion (the first episode of which I watched and really disliked) titled Reza Aslan and the ‘pettiness of academia’.  In short, Aslan attributes the s... [media]

3AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Our friends in Zurich give the low down on the day- Karfreitag und Karsamstag beschliessen die Karwoche, die nach dem Palmsonntag beginnt und den Gründonnerstag einschliesst. Der Karfreitag wird seit dem 2. Jahrhundert als Trauertag begangen. Dieser Tag... [Church History]

April 13, 4PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The Christian’s vacation: leave Friday, stay gone till the next Saturday. Stay home Sunday. Go back to work Monday. Miss half a month in worship. The Pastor’s vacation: leave Monday. Have 30 messages by the time you arrive at your vacation. Ge... [Modern Culture]
Teachers and students in the Mecklenburg County Community Schools will not be in school Friday, but the official day off has nothing to do with Jesus Christ or Good Friday, according to a statement released on the school system’s website. “For absolut... [mockery]

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Here.  Enjoy.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Watch this- Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Dead Sea Scrolls [Biblical Studies Resources] [Dead Sea Scrolls]
“It was a strange and dreadful strife, When life and death contended. The victory remained with life; The reign of death was ended…” — Martin Luther … One of Martin Luther’s most famous Easter hymns begins in German with th... [Church History] [Luther] [Reformation]

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And, as a reminder, ‘Maundy’ is a latinized form of the Greek μανδεώ which means ‘I command’.  It’s taken from Jesus’ ‘a new commandment I give to you’… etc. Images via.Filed under: Modern ... [Modern Culture]

April 12, 5PM

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Call for papers. Leuven, 13-15 December 2017 In 1517, Leuven witnessed the foundation of the Collegium Trilingue. This institute, funded through the legacy of Hieronymus Busleyden and enthusiastically promoted by Desiderius Erasmus, offered courses in the... [Conferences]

12 PM

I guess that many people upset with Pence’s observance of the Billy Graham rule would be in favor of Donald Trump’s adherence to it.- Jordan BallorFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Dear colleagues, This email is to give you advance notice of the date of the next Annual Seminar on the OT in the NT: we will be meeting in Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, North Wales, as usual, from early evening on Wednesday 21st March until luncht... [Conferences]

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This interesting essay explores the question. While archaeological excavations often help us to elucidate the narratives found in ancient texts, trying to combine the two sources can sometimes lead us astray. Examples where texts are used for the interpr... [Archaeology]

April 11, 3PM

“I believe the pope is the masked and incarnate devil because he is the Antichrist. As Christ is God incarnate, so the Antichrist is the devil incarnate.”  – Martin LutherFiled under: Luther [Luther]

1PM

Good advice from the Bee– though their title is a bit different… 1.) Blast visitors in the face with T-shirt cannons. T-shirt giveaways are a staple of any true church’s Easter service, of course. But why not up the ante? Buy a T-shirt canno... [mockery]

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Yay! Long awaited! Biblical Studies Online On May 23, 2016, Professor Susan Docherty (Newman University, Birmingham) delivered her Inaugural Professorial Lecture, “Rewriting The Exodus”. The biblical account of the Exodus has always been significan... [Modern Culture]
And TVZ is publishing a raft of volumes this year proving it.  Here are a few: Filed under: Church History [Church History]
When he’s right, he’s just right. All theology, when separated from Christ, is not only vain and confused, but is also mad, deceitful, and spurious; for, though the philosophers sometimes utter excellent sayings, yet they have nothing but what... [Calvin]

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In an attempt to increase evangelistic efficiency, Calvinist scientists working at Reformed Theological Seminary’s School of Research have isolated the “elect gene” in test subjects, and have successfully engineered an electronic detector to help ev... [mockery]

April 10, 5PM

Ganz Zürich redet während des Reformationsjubiläums von Zwingli. Ganz Zürich? Die Kirchgemeinde St. Peter hat einen anderen Schwerpunkt gesetzt: Sie ruft ein Erasmus-Jahr aus. «Als geistiger Typus gehört Erasmus zu der ziemlich seltenen Gruppe derje... [Church History] [Modern Culture]

4PM

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has resigned after pleading guilty to abusing his office, allegedly to conceal an affair with a political adviser. Supernumerary District Attorney Ellen Brooks announced Monday that Bentley “pleaded guilty to two misdemea... [Total Depravity]
Let it therefore be held as fixed, that those who are inwardly taught by the Holy Spirit acquiesce implicitly in Scripture; that Scripture, carrying its own evidence along with it, deigns not to submit to proofs and arguments, but owes the full conviction... [Calvin]

12 PM

So opines Stanley. We live in an age of martyrs. Also, an age of wilful ignorance. When Christians are killed for being Christians, politicians overlook it and public interest fades. Those few of us in the West who still go to church don’t realise how l... [Modern Culture]

11AM

You may be very, very interested in a subject or field of study.  You may even be very interested in the Bible. Or theology.  Or Church History.  But the fact is, you are not a scholar of those fields until and unless you care enough to read the primar... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Filed under: Church History, Theology [Church History] [theology]
When we stumble to the cross, God releases our burdens, burying them forever in Christ’s own grave. –  John BunyanFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
During a special Palm Sunday service celebrating the Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Bishop T. D. Jakes rode into The Potter’s House’s massive sanctuary in a Rolls-Royce Phantom, sources confirmed Monday. According to those present, adoring ... [Modern Culture]

8AM

Churches need to stop using the phrase ‘worship leader’.  Only the Holy Spirit can lead worship, not your musician.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

Worth reading. Septuaginta &c. Today I have the pleasure of posting an interview with one of the most well-known and respected scholars in Septuagint scholarship. If you aren’t aware, I have been conducting LXX scholar interviews for a few years now... [Modern Culture]

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April 9, 5PM

Études théologiques et religieuses Aux sources de la Réforme (Avant-propos) – BERNAT Chrystel Lieux communs des choses théologiques ou hypotyposes théologiques (1521) – MELANCHTHON Philippe Raison et justification que des nonnes peuvent ... [Church History]

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Note especially this bit- The Jordanian Lead Books – Panel discussion (Dr James Aitken (Cambridge), Dr Margaret Barker (Borrowash), Professor Bernhard Lang (Paderborn), and Professor Alan Millard (Liverpool). Oh my. Still? View this document on Scribd... [SOTS]

10AM

And some of you voted for him.  We tried to warn you.  We told you he wasn’t a conservative.  We told you he wasn’t for the ‘little guy’.  We warned you, but you wouldn’t listen and now you are reaping what you’ve s... [Modern Culture]

9AM

Christian ‘Passover seders’ make as much sense as Jewish infant baptisms.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

“But interpreting new skeletons and new DNA data, however, requires both context and nuance that are often lost in popular presentations of archaeological data. While we should absolutely consider the similarities between daily lives of past people ... [Archaeology]
Egyptian Christians would die to be in Church.  American Christians will hardly get out of bed to be in Church.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

April 8, 4PM

Read this fantastic essay in Diesseits, which begins- Für den aufgeklärten Geist ist klar: Das Böse gibt es nicht. Nicht, dass wir nicht von Bösem betroffen wären: üblen Krankheiten, übler Nachrede, Gesinnung, üblen Aboverträgen, Naturkatastrophe... [theology]

1PM

First, I’ll mention that I’m editing a forthcoming issue on Melanchthon so if you’d like to participate in that, let me know.  Otherwise, other topics are on the table. Filed under: Church History [Church History]

12 PM

Let me put it directly: Many of the Barthians I know are rightly outraged at the immorality of one Donald J. Trump and have expressed that outrage on social media and blog posts. Most of the Barthians I know are completely silent about the immoral behavio... [Modern Culture]

7AM

Brunner was invited to teach at ICU, Tokyo and he was happy to do so.  I mention it because Shuhei Oishi posted this bust of Brunner on his Facebook page.  I have never seen it before. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

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

5AM

In 1529… In February of this year Bullinger’s father had publicly proclaimed at Bremgarten his conviction, that he had hitherto, in the time of darkness, misled his parishioners; but that now he would endeavour to guide them in the right way of li... [Bullinger]
I don’t have to go to church to be a Christian but I have to go to softball practice to be on the team. — Rev NorespectFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

April 7, 3PM

A Roman Catholic priest who fell in love with his housekeeper defrauded his parish of more than £50,000 while lavishing her and her daughters with gifts. Father John Reid, 70 was supposed to live a simple life, but spent £1,200 on a canteen of cutlery, ... [Total Depravity]

1PM

From their facebook page- A new search tool which facilitates the exploration of the Taylor-Schechter Cairo Genizah Collection is now available. The keyword metadata provides a new way of searching and browsing the Collection both across broad subject are... [Biblical Studies Resources]

11AM

Read this. The attack on expertise was given its most visceral form by British politician Michael Gove during the Brexit campaign last year when he famously claimed, “people in this country have had enough of experts.” The same kinds of issues... [Modern Culture]
Today is World Health Day and the focus this year is on depression.  Luther knew a bit about that subject so it might be worth sharing this observation of his: “And after I had made the profession [of obedience to the Augustinian Order] I was congratul... [Luther]

10AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

After shopping for over three hours Sunday afternoon, the Gibson family suddenly realized they were actually on a megachurch campus, and not at a local mall as they had originally thought, sources confirmed. The family came to the realization after they m... [mockery]

8AM

“Politifact, the non-partisan, Pulitzer Prize winning fact checking organization, has determined that Donald Trump is the most dishonest politician they’ve ever evaluated. Of the unique statements he has made, 70% have been deemed to be some sort ... [Modern Culture]
Here.  Enjoy.Filed under: Books [Books]

7AM

Once again, nail on the head. Local father Trevor Michelson, 48, and his wife Kerri, 45, are reeling after discovering that after 12 years of steadily taking their daughter Janie to church every Sunday they didn’t have a more pressing sporting commitm... [mockery]
Politicians should never pretend to be theologians.  Because they aren’t.  And Bachmann is a prime example. While speaking last week on the Last Days radio program “Understanding the Times with Jan Markell,” former GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann li... [Dilettante] [Dilly the Dilettante Award] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

5AM

The latest issue of CBQ arrived today and most noteworthy is the obit of the brilliant Joe Fitzmyer- Filed under: obituary [obituary]
Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. –  JesusFiled under: Bible [Bible]

1AM

Donald Trump has rightly expressed concern for the children of Syria (though he seems to care nothing for the adults of that country being systematically exterminated by the butcher Assad).  So, in response to Assad’s war crimes what does Trump do?... [Modern Culture]

April 6, 3PM

Anhand der Quellen, vor allem von Briefen, Tagebüchern und nicht publizierten Manuskripten, gibt Frank Jehle Einblick in Leben, Werk und Wirken Emil Brunners. Das theologische Werk des Schweizer Theologen steht im Zentrum dieser umfassenden Biographie: M... [Books] [Brunner]

1PM

From V&R. The 500th anniversary of the onset of the Protestant Reformation is receiving global attention, both from the public and from academic researchers. However, the significance of the year 1517 has been an issue of scholarly debate for quite so... [Books] [Church History]

10AM

Johannes Mathesius (1504–1565), preacher and pastor in Joachims­thal, Bohemia, belongs to the reformers who were strongly influenced by Wittenberg. After all, he was personally acquainted with Luther and Melanchthon. His sermons, of which the sermons o... [Books] [Church History]

9AM

Filed under: Brunner [Brunner]

8AM

Spot on. Reformed Book Reviews In the past week there has beenmuchadoaboutMikePenceandthe “Billy Graham Rule.” The criticisms aimed at the Vice President for refusing to dine alone with a woman other than his wife have been all over the map; from accu... [Modern Culture]

7AM

It’s not surprising that Voskamp has said something irretrievably nonsensical- it’s surprising that people ‘liked’ what she said.  She is a heretic.  Let me say that more clearly so her admirers are left with no illusions: Ann Vo... [Heresy and Heretics]
So, naturally, here you go.  Because if any mass murderer deserves to be mocked, it’s Vlad the Putin. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Watch this. Filed under: Church History [Church History]

4AM

There is no forgiveness of sins without a truly repentant heart to which sin is sincerely painful and which renounces it with all its power.  – Emil BrunnerFiled under: Brunner [Brunner]

3AM

The finest treatment of the theological meaning of sex and sexuality, and the dreadful effects of the Fall on our perceptions of that reality can be found in Chapter 15 of Emil Brunner’s ‘Man in Revolt‘ (though a better translation of th... [Brunner] [theology]

2AM

Brunner never committed adultery and that’s something old Karl can’t say.  But what’s odd is the fact that Gerhard Kittel and other early 20th century theologians are justifiably scorned by the Barthians for their sympathies with the Na... [Brunner] [Karl Barth]

April 5, 11PM

‘It is the Christian’s duty, in whatever economic order  he may be living, to swim against the current…’   — Emil BrunnerFiled under: Brunner, Theology [Brunner] [theology]

10PM

April 6th, 1966 was the day the world lost the greatest theologian it had seen since Calvin:  Emil Brunner.  Brunner’s importance can’t be overstated and neither can his contributions to Christian theological inquiry. I’ll be posting s... [Brunner]

2PM

Is this one.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

Pastor John MacArthur has already released an extensive array of commentaries on the Bible, but the popular Bible teacher isn’t done yet. According to a statement released by Grace to You ministries Wednesday, MacArthur is set to release a full line of ... [mockery]

9AM

Check out The Dictionary of German Literature Online, for free and discover over 70,000 entries on authors from the Middle Ages to the present.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation submissions and complete panels for its 2017 annual conference. In this year, celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “Nine... [Church History] [Conferences]
The National Christian Feminist Coalition for Gender-Neutral Worship Song Singing (NCFCGNWSS) has released a new edition of classic and popular worship hymns for use in progressive churches nationwide. The new worship songbook—referred to by NCFCGNWSS... [Modern Culture]

5AM

A theologian who isn’t a prophet. A prophet who isn’t a theologian. A theologian who will not publicly condemn societal evils. These are great evilsFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

First posted on 5 April, 2013- Thanks to the incredible kindness of Prof. Locher’s son, Dr. Uli Locher (McGill University), I have on my study wall the very portrait of Zwingli which hung on the study wall of his father.  And I couldn’t, I ju... [Zwingli] [Gottfried W. Locher] [McGill University] [Uli Locher]
What’s that you say?  You aren’t familiar with the Radical Reformation’s own leading crackpot loon nutbag weirdo?  You should be, because today is the anniversary of his receiving his just desserts.  Or as the fine folk at Refo500 twe... [Church History]
Assistant Professor – New Testament Studies Reference ARTS055217 Closing Date Friday, 5th May 2017 Job Type Research & Teaching Department Theology Salary £34956 to £41709 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Applications are invit... [Modern Culture]

April 4, 3PM

A brilliant theologian was reportedly able to condense the entirety of Scripture into a two-word Facebook comment Tuesday, instantly silencing all critics in the thread and garnering numerous “likes.” The gifted exegete, going by the name “Kyle Br... [mockery]

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Read it. Wahr ist: Zwingli war kein Zwinglianer! Wer anderes behauptet, sitzt einer Zeitungs-Ente auf. Zwinglis Eigenart und sein Humor verschmolzen zu einer besonderen theologischen Legierung von Spott, Lachsalven und Humorfestivals des Glaubens. Zwingli... [Zwingli]

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This one airs tonight. It’s on PBS so hopefully it’s better than the absolute garbage that NBC and CBS and ABC air when they do Bible stuff and surely it must be better than the general nonsensical speculation that NatGeo and the History Chann... [Modern Culture]

9AM

May I just say- women should be paid what men are paid for the same work.  #20percentcounts  #SimpleTruth #Equity #Fairness.  That is all.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

I didn’t win because the whole thing was rigged, just like the American election! (How else would we have ended up with Trump??) Harnessing Chaos We are currently in negotiation with competition winner of the free registration for the forthcoming B... [Modern Culture]

5AM

I’d have gone if he had posted this yesterday! Septuaginta &c. I am a little late in publicizing this event, but for those in the UK or the Continent there is a very interesting event coming up later this month for Septuagintalists. An internati... [Modern Culture]
See the list here.  It all happens at the ReforRC 2017 meeting.Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

April 3, 3PM

Capitalizing on the “vintage” and “retro” craze, Faithlife Corporation released for purchase the new Retro Collector’s Edition of its popular Bible software Logos 7, which ships on a set of over 14,000 3.5″ IBM floppy disks, sources confirme... [Modern Culture]
REMINDER: The deadline for submission for papers and full panels for the 2017 SCSC annual meeting in Milwaukee is 15 APRIL 2017. Abstracts (up to 250 words in length) for individual presentations and complete panels must be submitted online at: http://www... [Church History] [Conferences]

1PM

FYI- View this document on ScribdFiled under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

12 PM

An ecumenical gathering of Christian leaders issued an amendment to the biblical canon Monday, clarifying that getting a tattoo in the Hebrew language is in fact a prerequisite for becoming a leader in the local church. The statement officially changes 1... [mockery]

11AM

But life intervened.  Alas.  Perhaps next year.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

April 3, 1507: Martin Luther was ordained as a priest in the Catholic Church in Erfurt, Germany. Martin entered the monastery, as many others had to find a way to make atonement for his sins before God. In the monastery, he became a student of the Bible w... [Luther]

3AM

Today promises to be a weather disturbed day.   Ugh.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

April 2, 1PM

Filed under: mockery [mockery]
The Commentary can be obtained now only in PDF format from yours truly for the Spring Sale price of $100 by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s that simple. But not everyone is interested in every book of the Bible so after having received a number of r... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Richard Goode is the lord of the flies. Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception Newman University is situated next to a reservoir and, over the last few days, the current system of very warm air over Britain has resulted in the (sort of) an... [Modern Culture]

5AM

What Luther noted seems especially needed to be heard these days- Adultery includes all unchastity. … And especially needed nowadays- Married life is not a subject for jest, but an excellent estate. God bestowed upon it all the goods of the earth, a... [Luther] [Modern Culture] [theology]

April 1, 4PM

Professor David J Chalcraft Department of Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University, UK “Moving Through Texts: The Rituals of Reading and the Sociology of Mobility” Making use of perspectives from the sociology of mobility–the study o... [Conferences]

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Those who are a prey to obstinate hypocrisy can never be persuaded by the most skillful argument to confess what they really feel and have in their hearts. Yet the more persistently they refuse, the more certainly are they understood by the spiritual phys... [Zwingli]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Take a look. I suppose. Reading Acts Jonathan Robinson has posted his “Mad as a March Hare” version of the Biblical studies carnival at  ξἐνος. He has hosted twice before,  2012 April Fools and 2010 Oktoberfest, but this is his best work ... [Modern Culture]

5AM

I had a friend in North Carolina who was a pastor. A couple of his deacons weren’t fond of him but the majority of church folk loved him. The two deacons hatched a plot to get rid of him. They got a woman to call him up in the middle of the night an... [Modern Culture]

March 31, 4PM

12 PM

How can you feel good about this and what do you think it suggests about you?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

Thank you Bill Clinton for chiming in.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

Set in the context of Judean resistance against the Seleucid Empire, Daniel addresses issues such as diaspora, identity, empire, and power. The first biblical apocalypse models how to survive faithfully within a hostile foreign culture, and it voices a fu... [Biblical Studies Resources]

8AM

As you can see from the poster… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Wright claims that withdrawal from these larger narratives held “a good deal of mid-twentieth-century … monster daddy to daddy. Stunning! [NB- Tilling uses voice recognition software and his little boy paid him a visit whilst it was still on. ... [Modern Culture]
The 911 is here. The video lectures of the 2nd workshop on Gender, Methodology, and the Ancient Near East, which was held in Barcelona in February 2017 (full program here and a report here), are now online.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 30, 3PM

You are like the ostrich, the foolish bird which thinks it is wholly concealed when it gets its neck under a branch. Or like small children, who hold their hands in front of their eyes and seeing nobody imagine that no one sees them either. In general, yo... [Luther]

12 PM

HZ For a Christian there is nothing between chastity and marriage. He must either live chastely or marry. — Huldrych ZwingliFiled under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

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The fact that you are pretending moral superiority because married men choose a policy of avoiding tenuous situations is the height of hypocritical posturing.  Evidently a segment of society wants men to respect women. Unless they’re married to one... [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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And I’ve corrected the date on the poster…  but my photoshop skills leave much to be desired… The topic of my lecture is actually quite serious- On The Intersection of Academic Biblical Scholarship and the Life of the Church.  So if y... [Conferences]
I put up with this church, in the hope that one day it will become better, just as it is constrained to put up with me in the hope that I will become better.—Desiderius Erasmus Give it a read.Filed under: Church History, Reformation [Church History] [Reformation]

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Watch the lecture Prof Gordon delivered at SEBTS here. Filed under: Calvin, Church History, Conferences [Calvin] [Church History] [Conferences]

March 29, 6PM

Filed under: Ming Hua Theological College [Ming Hua Theological College]

2PM

1- You don’t receive anyone’s prayers unless you’re God. 2- If you don’t know you’re going to die, you’ve not been paying attention.  At all.Filed under: Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

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Albert ANKER (1831-1910), Portrait de Calvin, 1859. © Musée historique de la Réformation, Genève. Exposé au MIR, Genève. Read about it here.Filed under: Calvin [Calvin]

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Those people can’t spell… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

Paul’s Triumph: Reassessing 2 Corinthians 2:14 in Its Literary and Historical Context​ by C. Heilig Regular Price: $108.00 / Special Offer Price: $87.00  Publisher: Peeters Publishers Series: Biblical Tools and Studies, 27 Description: ... [Biblical Studies Resources]

8AM

An interview: Bruder Klaus verbindet die Konfessionen. Beim ökumenischen Gedenk- und Feiertag «500 Jahre Reformation – 600 Jahre Niklaus von Flüe» in Zug am 1. April bildet der Heilige die Klammer, um katholische und reformierte Christen zusammenzu... [Church History]

7AM

A man who never visits anyone else has no one ever visit him. A woman who never prays for anyone else has no one who prays for her. A man who never contributes to the church is surprised that the church doesn’t have the money to aid his family mem... [Modern Culture]

6AM

Because Zwingli taught his followers to exalt God alone.  A lesson the Lutherans and Calvinists and Wesleyans must have missed. This is the fountainhead of my religion, to recognize God as the uncreated Creator of all things, who solely and alone has all... [theology] [Zwingli]
Ohne Lucas Cranach könnten wir uns heute kaum ein Bild von Luther machen. Der Maler war einer der besten PR-Manager in Sachen Reformation. Indeed! Jeder würde Martin Luther auf einem Bild erkennen. Das Porträt des Reformators hat sich tief im historisc... [Luther]

5AM

Esko Siljanen, TM will defend the doctoral dissertation entitled “Judeans of Egypt in the Persian period (539-332 BCE) in light of the Aramaic Documents” (Egyptin juudealaiset persialaisaikana (539-332 e.Kr.) arameankielisten dokumenttien valo... [Modern Culture]
Nonreligious People in Religious Societies:  Although secularism is on the rise, with fewer people identifying with a specific religion, atheists still face a significant degree of prejudice. This chapter discusses that social phenomenon and research eff... [Modern Culture]

March 28, 2PM

Right here.  And join in the always informative discussion.  And don’t worry, this isn’t a list of dilettantes.  It’s a moderated discussion group populated by the well known and the lesser known in the world of biblical scholarship. ... [Biblical Studies Resources]

1PM

This is must reading. Every archaeological discovery made in the City of David in the past twenty years can be measured in the dispossession and humiliation it has caused to the Palestinians of Silwan, in its contribution to the settlers’ aim of claimin... [Archaeology]
Dear Colleagues, We will be opening booking for BNTC 2017 in Maynooth very soon.  The conference will run from Thursday 31st August – Saturday 2nd September 2017.  Registration is expected to be from 3pm with a reception at 5.30pm. As part of the... [BNTS]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
But it is exceedingly troubling that the SBL continues to maintain that it strives for ‘diversity’ whilst simultaneously allowing people to make multiple presentations.  This literally is anything but a quest for diversity.  Instead, it is t... [SBL]

10AM

In an effort to appeal to those seeking some kind of spiritual significance in their lives, a large group within the Islamic State has begun a push to become more relevant and seeker-sensitive by watering down their traditionally-harsh message. The movem... [mockery]

7AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Oops- Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. (Gen. 22:13). #Fail Filed under: pseudo-scholarship, pseudo-theology [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]
‘Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray?  In truth I tell you, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not st... [Bible]

5AM

I guess because of the Barth Renaissance presently sweeping the uni-lingual United States and the fact that a fellow named Peter Reichenbach has made a film about the guy.  But the American Barthians won’t be able to enjoy it, since 99% of them don... [Karl Barth]

3AM

‪A philosopher is a blind man holding an orange and describing a star. A Christian theologian is a sighted person pointing at a cross.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 27, 4PM

FYI- Biblical Studies Online On March 1, 2015, the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies held a symposium at the Center for Jewish History in New York (CJH) on the Wissenschaft des Judentums (the “scientifi... [Modern Culture]

3PM

“I’ve read so little I think my insights are original.”  – Most kids under 40. Please, kids, pick up a book.  Or two.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

From their tweetings- Applications for the 2017 Barth Graduate Student Colloquium are due this Friday! Visit our website to learn more: barth.ptsem.edu/bgscFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Seemingly unmoved by the clear pronouncement that if he loved Jesus he would share it, stone-hearted man Jeff Bandy reportedly noticed a Jesus meme while checking his Facebook feed early Monday, read it in its entirety, and then continued on scrolling ... [mockery]

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Eisenbrauns is running a sale on the Studies in Baptist History and Thought—70–80% off. http://www.eisenbrauns.com/pages/NEWSLIST Check it out.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The Lord seemed to be blessing local church plant Koinonia Fellowship since its founding in 2012—but under the surface, dangerous rifts were deepening among church members, leading to an ugly, public split late last week. The debate reportedly centered ... [mockery]

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The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, ‘Stand at the gate of the Temple of Yahweh and there proclaim this message. Say, “Listen to the word of Yahweh, all you of Judah who come in by these gates to worship Yahweh. Yahweh Sabaoth... [Bible]
So he laughed. Ev. GesellschaftJahrestagung Wuppertal 1956mit Karl BarthFiled under: Karl Barth [Karl Barth]
Noting the significant amount of time and money it has taken to amass such a choice assemblage of theological works, local man Mike Carter announced Thursday that his impressive book collection is entirely ornamental. “Here’s Calvin’s Institutes, a... [mockery]

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Programm ab 9.30: Reformiertes Kirchenzentrum, Saal Kaffee und Gipfeli Die Cafeteria bleibt den ganzen Tag als Begegnungsort geöffnet. 10.30 – 11.30: Reformierte Kirche Vortrag: «Nimm alles von mir, was mich hindert zu dir. Was Bruder Klaus und die Re... [Church History] [Conferences]

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In diesem Buch werden die Hauptthemen reformatorischer Theologie beleuchtet, die für die evangelische Kirche grundlegend sind, eine starke Wirkungsgeschichte entfaltet haben und bis heute das kirchliche Handeln wie das gesellschaftliche Leben prägen. Da... [book review] [Books] [Luther]

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See if you know the others.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 26, 5PM

From the H-Judaic list- H-Judaic is deeply saddened to learn [from Dr Edward Reichman and Menachem Butler] of the passing of Professor Louis Feldman (1926-2017), the Abraham Wouk Family Professor of Classics and Literature at Yeshiva University, where Pro... [Modern Culture]

1PM

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

4AM

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

March 25, 2PM

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

9AM

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

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

March 24, 3PM

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

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

12 PM

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

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8AM

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

5AM

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

March 23, 2PM

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

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

12 PM

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

9AM

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

7AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

March 22, 3PM

viaFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

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

March 21, 4PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

12 PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

3AM

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

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

March 20, 3PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

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

8AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

March 19, 3PM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

March 18, 11AM

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

8AM

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

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

March 17, 4PM

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

3PM

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

1PM

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

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

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

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

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

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

March 16, 4PM

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

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

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

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

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

March 15, 7PM

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

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

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

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

9AM

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

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

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

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

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

March 14, 12 PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

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2AM

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

March 13, 3PM

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

2PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

5AM

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

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

2AM

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

March 12, 3PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

10AM

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

6AM

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

March 11, 6PM

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

5PM

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

12 PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

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

6AM

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

March 10, 9AM

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

March 9, 7PM

Were fantastic! Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

2PM

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

12 PM

Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

11AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

March 8, 2PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

9AM

7AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

March 7, 3PM

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

1PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

March 6, 4PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

10AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

March 5, 3PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

6AM

Truth- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

March 4, 3PM

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7AM

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

6AM

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

March 3, 5PM

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

4PM

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

3PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

3AM

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

March 2, 5PM

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

12 PM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

March 1, 3PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

5AM

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

February 28, 12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

6AM

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

2AM

Filed under: Theology [theology]

1AM

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

February 27, 5PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

12 PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

February 26, 6PM

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

2PM

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

11AM

6AM

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

5AM

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

February 25, 4PM

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

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

6AM

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

February 24, 9AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

2AM

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

12 AM

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

February 23, 4PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

Filed under: Church History [Church History]

3AM

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

February 22, 6PM

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

4PM

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

12 PM

10AM

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

9AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

February 21, 5PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

7AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

February 20, 3PM

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

2PM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

February 11, 11AM

Filed under: Luther [Luther]

5AM

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

February 10, 8PM

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

5PM

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

4PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

7AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

February 9, 5PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

2AM

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

February 8, 6PM

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

4PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

February 7, 3PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

via twitterFiled under: mockery [mockery]

4AM

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

February 6, 3PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 5, 2PM

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

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

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February 4, 2PM

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

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

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

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

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The Department of Homeland Security said it has suspended all actions to implement President Donald Trump’s immigration order. The department will resume inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the executive order, DHS acting pre... [Modern Culture]
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Der Heidelberger Katechismus zählt zu den zentralen Lehr- und Bekenntnisschriften des reformierten Protestantismus. Bei seiner Abfassung wurde in nicht unerheblichem Maße auf Stoff aus älteren Katechismen reformierter Prägung zurückgegriffen. Neben d... [Books] [Church History]

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

February 3, 5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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February 2, 5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 1, 6PM

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

11AM

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

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

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

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

January 31, 2PM

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos of the Synod that met at Barmen follow.  See this page for the photos and for a lot of information on the Conference where Christians stood against tyranny.  Let those with ears, hear. Filed under: Church History [Church History]
Find out here all there is to find out about this brilliant theologian and, because brilliant, foe of Nazism. Dibelius schließt sich der bekennenden Kirche an, die sich 1934 in der Barmer Theologischen Erklärung unmissverständlich von der falschen Lehr... [Church History]
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January 30, 4PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 29, 4PM

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

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

January 28, 6PM

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

5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 27, 12 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 26, 5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 25, 6PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 24, 5PM

Via Christoph Markschies Filed under: Humor [humor]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 23, 7PM

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

6PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5AM

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

2AM

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

January 22, 6PM

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

5PM

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

11AM

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

January 20, 11AM

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

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

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

January 19, 4PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 18, 8PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 17, 4PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 16, 5PM

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

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

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

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

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

January 15, 6PM

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

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

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

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

January 14, 4PM

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

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

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

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

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

January 13, 3PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 12, 5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 11, 6PM

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

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

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

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

January 10, 3PM

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

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

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500 years after the Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch examines how the announcement of a university seminar in Germany led to the division of Europe. He examines the ideas of Martin Luther, where they came from and why they proved so revolutionary, tracing... [Church History] [Luther]
On BBC 4.   You should give it a listen.  It’s a fantastic program.Filed under: Theology [theology]
This course looks like something worth taking, and I appreciate Hywell Clifford telling me about it. About this course: In this course we will discuss the history of some ideas that have been hugely influential in the modern west and that were taken out t... [Luther]
Storing, Archiving, Organizing: The Changing Dynamics of Scholarly Information Management in Post-Reformation Zurich is a study of the Lectorium at the Zurich Grossmünster, the earliest of post-Reformation Swiss academies, initiated by the church reforme... [book review] [Books] [Church History]
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In an essay (which also mentions Calvin and Zwingli in passing) worth a few minutes of your time. SET foot in Germany this year and you are likely to encounter the jowly, dour portrait of Martin Luther. With more than 1,000 events in 100 locations, the wh... [Luther]

January 9, 5PM

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

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

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

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

January 8, 2PM

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

January 7, 11AM

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

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

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

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

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

January 6, 5PM

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

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

January 5, 6AM

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

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

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

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And I still feel pretty wretched.  Coughing, headache, blah.  And