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January 23 2018, 4PM

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

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

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

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

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

January 22, 11PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 21, 10PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 20, 11PM

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

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

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

January 19, 1PM

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

January 18, 3AM

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

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

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January 17, 4PM

A rich, young ruler looking for salvation was proud to announce Wednesday that he finally found a place to call home at Lakewood Church. Calling the revelation “powerful” and “moving,” the wealthy, powerful lover of money said he knew Lakewood Ch... [mockery]
Via the twitter- Good news for all #openaccess fans: We reached the milestone of 1000 OA volumes, freely available on our website. Beside our own publications, you will find also OA books of our publishing partners. Visit https://t.co/MEUVQXw9vC to di... [Books]
I recommend you take advantage of the opportunity.  While you can.  The volumes are half off. I reviewed them here. [Biblical Studies Resources]

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

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

January 16, 9PM

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

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

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

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

January 15, 11PM

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

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

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

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

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

January 14, 9PM

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

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

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

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

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

January 13, 8PM

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

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

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

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

January 12, 11AM

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

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

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

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

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

January 11, 5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 10, 3PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 9, 4PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 8, 4PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 7, 3PM

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

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

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

January 6, 2PM

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

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

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

January 5, 5PM

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

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

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

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

January 4, 5PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

January 3, 11PM

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

7PM

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

3PM

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

12 PM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

January 2, 5PM

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

4PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

January 1, 2PM

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

1PM

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

11AM

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

6AM

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

December 31 2017, 10PM

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

5PM

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

1PM

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

10AM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

December 30, 7PM

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

4PM

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

12 PM

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

6AM

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

December 29, 5PM

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

4PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

9AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

December 28, 4PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

10AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

December 27, 4PM

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

3PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

7AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

December 26, 5PM

4PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

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

10AM

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

5AM

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

December 25, 6PM

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

4PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

4AM

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

December 24, 8PM

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

2PM

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

10AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

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

6AM

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

December 23, 4PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

December 22, 6PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

December 21, 6PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

December 20, 6PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

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

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

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

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

December 19, 4PM

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

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

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

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

December 18, 4PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 17, 4PM

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

December 16, 3PM

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

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

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

December 15, 5PM

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

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

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

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

December 14, 2PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 13, 7PM

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

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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

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

December 12, 4PM

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

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

12 PM

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

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

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

3AM

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

December 11, 2PM

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

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

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

December 10, 1PM

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

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

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

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

December 9, 7PM

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

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

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

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

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

December 8, 5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 7, 5PM

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

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

12 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 6, 7PM

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

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

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

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

2PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

3AM

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

December 5, 4PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

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

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

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

December 4, 4PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

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

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

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

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

December 3, 6PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 2, 4PM

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

3PM

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

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

1PM

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

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

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

7AM

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

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

December 1, 8PM

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

6PM

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

4PM

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

1PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

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

5AM

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

3AM

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

2AM

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

November 30, 10PM

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

6PM

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

5PM

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

4PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

November 29, 7PM

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

3PM

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

1PM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

3AM

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

November 28, 12 PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

3AM

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

November 27, 4PM

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

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12 PM

Evidently Liberty U can’t locate any Christians to speak at its convocations. Filed under: pseudo-christianity [pseudo-christianity]
Even though far more Catholics shopped online than in churches on Black Friday weekend, they are apparently not done yet. A new EOTT survey released Sunday estimates that some 67-million Roman Catholics will shop online for their remission of temporal ... [mockery]
And yet the Trumpians are claiming there wasn’t- so here it is. Now stop believing Fox News and Trump. They both lie. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

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

10AM

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

6AM

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

2AM

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

November 26, 2PM

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

11AM

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

6AM

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

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 25, 1PM

12 PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

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

November 24, 5PM

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

1PM

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

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10AM

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

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

4AM

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

November 23, 5PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

12 PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

4AM

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

November 22, 1PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

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

6AM

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

4AM

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

1AM

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

November 21, 4PM

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

2PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

8AM

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

1AM

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

November 20, 5PM

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

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3PM

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

1PM

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

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11AM

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

10AM

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

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

November 19, 2PM

#EpicNameFail Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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

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

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

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

November 18, 4PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

10AM

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

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

November 17, 4PM

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

3PM

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

12 PM

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

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

November 16, 8PM

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

5PM

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

2PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

5AM

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

3AM

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

November 15, 6PM

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

4PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

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

6AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

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November 14, 5PM

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

4PM

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

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

12 PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

November 13, 6PM

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

5PM

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

3PM

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

1PM

12 PM

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

10AM

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

5AM

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

3AM

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

2AM

Zwingliana vol. 44 has appeared. Interested readers may view the Table of Contents as well as the abstracts at http://www.zwingliana.ch/index.php/zwa/issue/current.  At the same time Zwingliana 41 (2014) went online in full text and can be accessed at ht... [Zwingliana]

November 12, 7PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

5AM

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

November 11, 5PM

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

4PM

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

3PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

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

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

November 10, 4PM

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

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11AM

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

10AM

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

November 9, 10PM

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

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3PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

3AM

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

November 8, 3PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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

2AM

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

November 7, 4PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

November 6, 4PM

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

3PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

November 5, 6PM

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

4PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

November 4, 12 PM

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

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

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

November 3, 3PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

8AM

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

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

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

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The laws of Cæsar are different, it is true, from the laws of Christ: Papinianus commands one thing; our own Paul another. Earthly laws give a free rein to the unchastity of men, merely condemning seduction and adultery; lust is allowed to range unrestra... [jerome]
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November 2, 7PM

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

4PM

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

3PM

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

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

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

11AM

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

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

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

8AM

Terrible.  The Eerdmans bookstore is closing. From its humble beginnings as a shelf of used books in a back room to its current location on Oak Industrial Drive, the Eerdmans Bookstore has been a fixture in the theological book world for the better part ... [Modern Culture]
It’s the natural progression really. In 2014, HGTV crews followed Jen and Brandon Hatmaker’s quest to overhaul an old farmhouse for their growing family in hit show “My Big Family Renovation.” Now the home improvement cable channel has confir... [mockery]

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And it’s a good one. Thirteen months ago, we kicked off our series of Refo Thursday posts with my initial reflections on Luther’s deathbed remark.  In between, we’ve heard from everyone from seminary professors to songwriters to bloggers to pa... [Church History]
In a letter to Nicolas von Amsdorf Luther writes … I shall translate the Bible, although I have here shouldered a burden beyond my power. Now I realize what it means to translate, and why no one has previously undertaken it who would disclose his na... [Luther] [mockery] [old testament] [translation]
If you want to know what’s wrong with America, look in the mirror and blame yourself for sending the same criminals to Congress that you always vote for. Because you like your guy and blame everything on everyone else’s guy.  Never realizing ... [Modern Culture]

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If you missed it yesterday, here it is- Filed under: Luther [Luther]

November 1, 7PM

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5PM

Baker writes The commentary on John by Andreas Köstenberger in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series has been declared out of print. Baker Academic recently became aware that while the author frequently cites D. A. Carson in... [Modern Culture]

3PM

Like the rest of you I’ve seen lots of stupidity on twitter when people make what they think are theological statements.  But this guy, his stupidity level is absolutely Trumpian in scope…. I don’t know who this person is, but he shoul... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Retweeted Dr Michael J. Svigel (@Svigel):  – Theology 101: “The heretics give as much veneration to their opinions as the pagans do to their gods.” (Vincent)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“You may more easily find a man born without brains like Marcion, than without a body like Marcion’s Christ.” (Tertullian)Filed under: Theology [theology]

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November 1, at 6 PM (UK time)- When Luther was close to death he reportedly exclaimed: ‘Living I was your plague O Pope, Dead I will be your Death.’ This lecture marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his famous 95 Theses to the door of... [Luther]

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No one does this kind of work like Rudolf Smend.  He is, hands down, bar none, the BEST biographer of Old Testament theologians who has yet lived.  Truly, no one knows more about OT scholars than he does. Die Hebräische Bibel der Juden, das Alte Testam... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Calvin’s friend Nicolas Cop had been elected rector of the University of Paris, and was to deliver his inaugural oration on All Saints’ day, November 1, 1533. At his request Calvin prepared his oration. This oration was at once an attack on the sc... [Calvin]

5AM

THIS is fascinating!Filed under: Church History [Church History]
As #election2018 nears how about everyone agree not to vote based on what they see on facebook or twitter. How about we all agree to that.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The essay is here. To its many supporters, the Protestant Reformation represented a necessary correction and long overdue renewal of the Christian faith, liberating it from its imprisonment to the transient medieval intellectual and social order, and prep... [Church History] [Reformation]
Going live on 1 December, 1 month from today, the official Biblical Studies Carnival.  Which means, naturally, that posts from the month of November will be the source of joy. So, if you see anything this month that you deem worthy of inclusion, send it ... [Biblical Studies Carnival]

October 31, 3PM

Every time something awful happens and some wretch does something terrible to innocent folk there is always a chorus of voices raised in protest, complaining that God ought to do something, and why, by the way, doesn’t he. David Hume was the loudest... [Total Depravity]

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12 PM

In a move showing remarkable veneration for one of the most pivotal events in human history, internet search giant Google marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by not making any mention of it at all on its home page. The corporation, ... [Modern Culture]

11AM

From there Elisha went up to Bethel, and while he was on the road, some small boys came out of the town and jeered at him. ‘Hurry up, baldy!’ they shouted. ‘Come on up, baldy!’  He turned round and looked at them; and he cursed t... [Modern Culture]

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‘Let Your Women Keep Silence in the Churches’. How Women in the Dutch Reformed Church Evaded Paul’s Admonition, 1650-1700, by Mirjam De Baar and others on women and the Reformation, here. And more, on Calvin here. On Luther here. And on Tyndale here... [Church History]
Simeon Zahl My two cents on Luther on 31 October 2017: I’ve spent so much of the past ten years reading, thinking with, and writing about Martin Luther’s theology, and teaching his thought at three universities. But I confess at this point I h... [Luther]

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Get it here.  Even though it has nary a chapter on Zwingli….  (crazy).Filed under: Books, Church History, Reformation, Reformation Day [Books] [Church History] [Reformation] [Reformation Day]

8AM

The Roman Catholic Church is celebrating Reformation Day in style, by offering thousands of hot deals on indulgences for the forgiveness of the temporal punishments for sin in purgatory. A crazed-looking Pope Francis ran an infomercial throughout the day ... [mockery]

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November 1, at 6 PM (UK time)- When Luther was close to death he reportedly exclaimed: ‘Living I was your plague O Pope, Dead I will be your Death.’  This lecture marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his famous 95 Theses to the door o... [Church History] [Luther]

4AM

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The Theses of October 31, 1517, were not so much heretical in content as presumptuous in that a mere monk had an opinion at all.* _______________ *Quirinus Breen and John T. McNeill, John Calvin: A Study in French Humanism, 73.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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October 30, 1PM

Meet Rev Endwell… who insists that there are UFOs in the Bible. Mr Endwell wins the Dilly the Dillettante Award for the month of October.    ‘Well’ done Endwell…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

While other news organizations are reporting on the indictments coming down on former top Trump campaign officials, conservative media outlet Fox News chimed in Monday morning to confirm there is absolutely no news going on today. “We checked with all o... [mockery]

6AM

Police say a 12-year-old boy jumped from an overpass above Interstate 66 in northern Virginia and fell onto a car, killing the driver. The incident took place Saturday afternoon in Fairfax County. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a... [Total Depravity]

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Titled ‘Teaching Biblical Languages‘.  It may be of interest to you.  It’s a pedagogy and resource-sharing group for teachers of Koine and Classical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Aramaic!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Here’s an essay on the topic that you need to read as we stand once more on the cusp of Luther-Madness.  It ends like this: All this matters because the image of Luther at the door has so much shaped our view not only of when the Reformation starte... [Church History] [Luther]
May he be simply the first in a long string of Trump associates indicted.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This will be very much worth your time, if you are able to attend. What do archaeological discoveries teach us about the Bible? Do biblical narratives convey historical reality? What do we know about the world of Abraham, Moses, and David? What are the ol... [Archaeology]

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Luther’s battle against indulgences was a miserable failure.  Not only did the Church continue the practice of indulgence granting then, it continues to the present unhindered and still widely observed- Filed under: Church History [Church History]

October 29, 4PM

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Because there can’t be that many ridiculous people in this country.  How on earth could Trump have over a third of respondents’ approval unless the only folk polled are the Fox News types, the invincibly ignorant…..Filed under: Modern C... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Luther was the best writer Calvin was the best systematizer Zwingli was the best exegete Filed under: Calvin, Luther, Zwingli [Calvin] [Luther] [Zwingli]
Many a one thinks that he has God and everything in abundance when he has money and possessions; he trusts in them and boasts of them with such firmness and assurance as to care for no one. Lo, such a man also has a god, Mammon by name, i.e., money and po... [Luther]

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Is thoroughly effaced by sin against God and restored only in fellowship with God in Christ.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

Today isn’t #reformation500 – it’s #LutheranReformationDay. #LutherWasLateToTheParty #Reformation502 #ZwingliWasFirstIn1515Filed under: Church History [Church History]

October 28, 6PM

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12 PM

Pretending to see into the future.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

Has there ever been a bigger whiner in the White House than Donald Trump? Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

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October 27, 10AM

And I’m partial to SJOT because, well, I’m an editor (and it’s a superb journal).  But among the journals a real gem, and one you may not be all that familiar with, is the Theologische Zeitschrift produced by the faculty of the Universi... [theology]
Watch it here. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

If SBL really believed in diversity and the hearing of as many voices and perspectives (within the community of scholars, not including outside nutbags) as possible it would initiate a ‘one paper per person per annual meeting’ policy. The reas... [SBL]

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The First Disputation had set the stage for Zwingli’s Reformatory efforts and the Second, which was held for 3 days with over 900 participants, sealed the deal. At the end of the Disputation there would be no turning back. Zwingli would live another... [Church History] [Zwingli] [Second Zurich Disputation]

5AM

Here’s a very fine essay by the very wise Timothy George.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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October 27th, 1912, Emil Brunner was ordained. He had preached his first sermon earlier that year, on April 14th. His subject, “Jesus is the Divine Man’. In that sermon, which really serves as an indication of all his later work (though of cou... [Brunner] [ordination]

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There are a lot of people who call themselves Christians who are going to wind up in hell because they have adopted Trumpian hatred instead of Christian compassion. A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who entered the United States from Mexico without p... [Modern Culture]

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Learn about it here.  Download it for iOs  here. Filed under: Bible [Bible]

October 26, 6PM

“It belongs to the church of God to receive blows rather than to inflict them –but, she is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.” –BezaFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

Honestly, if this story doesn’t make you pine for the swift application of the death penalty you have no soul.  And you care nothing for justice. Two Chickasaw County parents are accused of murdering their nearly four-month-old son in August, accor... [Total Depravity]

1PM

Jesus once remarked to his disciples, ‘Not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will.”  Aside from the fact that many self declared Christians... [theology]

10AM

LIVE STREAM!!! We’ll (try to) stream Scott Hafemann’s talk tomorrow (Friday, October 27) here on our Facebook page! If everything goes as planned, live stream should commence around 4pm (CEST/UTC + 2h) Dr. Scott Hafemann (University of St Andr... [Conferences]

3AM

Emidio Campi writes [Zwingli] considered Islam basically as a heretic sect deviating from true Christian faith (Z VI/1, 451, 3-16), and regarded the Turks as God’s punishment for Christendom (Z VI/3, 359,2 – 360,2…).  On the other hand,... [Church History] [Zwingli]

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Truly it won’t be easy for you to believe how unwillingly I have torn myself away from the peace-giving words of Christ, with which I have been occupied on this my Patmos, in order to waste my time reading the nonsense of this prickly and thorny sophist... [Luther] [Against Latomus]

October 25, 3PM

After a high profile case in which the non-profit advocated for abortion rights for an illegal immigrant, the American Civil Liberties Union issued a clarification on its positions Wednesday, specifying that the organization is only in support of immigran... [mockery]

2PM

Clad in his favorite Sunday Gadsden flag T-shirt, local libertarian believer John Revere reportedly screamed, “AM I BEING DETAINED!?!” to every person who attempted to shake his hand during the greeting time at Beech Reformed Church over the weekend. ... [Modern Culture]

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If you ‘forgive for you and not for someone else’ you have no idea what the Biblical understanding of forgiveness is. At all. Biblical forgiveness is precisely about the other and the willingness of the ‘forgiver’ to bear within th... [theology]
You should attend this if you’re able- Learn more about the volume here.Filed under: Books, Church History, TVZ [Books] [Church History] [TVZ]

8AM

The good folk at Logos asked if I might write a brief piece on the Reformers in preparation for ‘Reformation Day’ five years ago, way back in 2012.  They published my piece back then, in an edited version (shortened).  Naturally they are fr... [Calvin] [Church History] [Luther] [Zwingli] [Protestant Reformation]

2AM

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A young scholar you should definitely follow on Academia.edu is Pierrick Hildebrand.  He’s uploaded a couple of papers, so give them a look.  His area is Reformation studies.  He’s going to make a mark, I guarantee it.Filed under: Church Hi... [Church History]
Fritz Schmidt-Clausing (courtesy Peter Opitz) I think I’ll mention a scholar who though virtually unknown today outside of very specialized circles, made tremendous contributions to the study of the 16th century, the Reformation, and in particular, ... [Uncategorized]

October 24, 4PM

Nebraska homeschooler Jimmy White was overjoyed early Tuesday morning when his sister Jenna White accepted his proposal to go to homeschool prom with him. The homeschool senior told EOTT that he was nervous thinking about how embarrassed he would be if hi... [Modern Culture]

3PM

Local Trump supporter John Creighton reported Tuesday he is suddenly outraged by the concept of the sexual mistreatment of women, his newfound passion on the subject coinciding with the outing of liberal activist Harvey Weinstein as a serial sexual predat... [Modern Culture]
We aren’t little fish and we are never even metaphorically described as such in scripture.  We aren’t born in water because baptism doesn’t regenerate us.  If it did, you could dunk folk all the time against their will and they would b... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

1PM

The worst curse that ever befouled the Church is nominal Christianity. It stinks to high heaven and breeds death. Von Harnack was absolutely right when he opined that the Church was supposed to go into the world and instead the world came into the Church.... [theology]

11AM

But now a whole string of depraved Republicans is blaming everyone from God on down for their illicit and immoral behaviors.  Trump, O’Reilly, Ailes and numerous Congressmen caught in flagrante dilecto have taken to accusing their accusers of being... [Modern Culture]

9AM

The first public Lutheran service in the city of Göttingen in the principality of Calenberg-Göttingen, was held on October 24, 1529. As was common when the Reformation was adopted by a city, the town government became also the supreme ecclesiastical aut... [Church History] [Luther]

5AM

For letting him get caught as a sexual predator.   Typical loudmouth, unwilling to take responsibility.  What a vile wretch. Bill- it’s YOUR FAULT that you’re a slimy pervert.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2AM

Die Reformation begann schon vor Luther. Und es gibt Reformation ohne Luther. Doch Luther traf den Nerv der Zeit. Read it.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

October 23, 2PM

If we as a community of scholars has gotten to the point that we need someone else to review our reviews to protect us from confessionalism (or scholarship) Cthulhu save us all. Read the post where that’s the final sentence here.Filed under: Modern ... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

If you’re a demon I suppose this is the best job you could hope for… herding people into the flames. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

The Bee continues to mock.  Because in truth Jeffress is no pastor and First Baptist Dallas is no church.  He is a Republican shill and First Baptist is a Republican party cult disguised as a Church. An emotional, moving service at First Baptist Dallas ... [mockery] [pseudo-christianity]

10AM

Online here.  Take a look.Filed under: Church History [Church History]
After being invited onstage for an interview with Pastor Robert Jeffress during Sunday morning service, popular conservative radio personality Sean Hannity reportedly led the congregation at First Baptist Dallas in a sincere prayer to Donald Trump. Hannit... [mockery]

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On this day in 787, The Nicene Council nullified the decrees of the iconoclastic Synod of Constantinople, and solemnly sanctioned a limited worship (proskynesis) of images.  [Philip Schaff and David Schley Schaff, History of the Christian Church, vol. 4 ... [Church History]

7AM

By William Dever. Filed under: Archaeology, Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Archaeology] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

6AM

We probably need to start discussing the cult of the military dead.‬  The honoring of dead soldiers is commendable- festishizing them is isolatry. As a nation we are on the cusp of fetishizing.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

On Instagram. At their Blog (in German or in English). On Facebook. Great stuff from every period of Swiss history.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A wonderful article on the helmet Zwingli was wearing when the Papists murdered him at Kappel-am-Albis. Der Eisenhelm in der Sammlung des Schweizerischen Nationalmuseums soll einmal das Haupt des sterbenden Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) geschützt haben. Bel... [Modern Culture]

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Naturally I can’t recommend something I’ve not read- but I can recommend you take a look at it in case it interests you. LXX Studies We are about one week away from the UK release (Nov. 2) of The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity:... [Modern Culture]

October 22, 5PM

All lived before the second century CE.  They are the folk who wrote what would become Scripture (the Bible).  And no theologian since has been worthy to lick the dust from their feet. They were, one and all, geniuses.  From the author of P... [Modern Culture]

2PM

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12 PM

Fun Kim Rendfeld Only a historical novelist would use the word “delightful” to describe a curse inscribed on a rolled thin sheet of lead. Well, maybe an archaeologist or historian might know what I mean. In research for my short story “Betrothed to... [Modern Culture]

10AM

End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker said on his television program today that “unsaved people are going insane” because they can’t handle the fact that President Trump honors God.  “Unsaved people are going insane,” he said. “They can’t t... [Modern Culture]

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5AM

Come on, Mongolia!  I don’t mind that several countries in the Middle East and Africa don’t follow on twitter (even though it does hurt my feelings), but you?  Come on…. Filed under: twitter [Twitter]

October 21, 5PM

Yes- they just have- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

The Church is not designed to be ‘Julie, your cruise director’, but many Christians seem to think that it is.  But that’s because they are pastored by guys who are business majors and not theologians.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Since it’s still von Rad’s birthday I’ll remind you that Konrad uploaded his 2008 Interpretation essay to Academia.edu some time back. Here. It’s still very much worth reading. From the perspective of Heilsgeschichte, Gerhard von R... [Bible] [von Rad] [Abraham] [binding of isaac] [Book of Genesis] [Gerhard von Rad]

11AM

I hope it is a sickness unto death.  The GOP needs to die as a party.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

People have known about the lurid details of Barth’s adulterous affair with Charlotte von Kirschbaum for DECADES.  The fact that American Evangelicals Can’t read German Have never read Barth’s Correspondence Are blind to any critique o... [Karl Barth]

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Oh sweet irony: when preparing a Luther exhibition, a German museum director discovered that the Wittenberg monk was himself the recipient of an indulgence. Kept in the National Library of Spain, Luther’s name is listed among his 51 brethren at the Augu... [Luther]
Since it’s his birthday- Gerhard Von Rad: State Interference and Unflappable Belief in Nazi Germany by Daniel Strecker is intriguing for a number of reasons. First, it’s by a non-theologian. Second, it features interaction with Bernard Levins... [Church History] [Gerhard von Rad] [Bernard M. Levinson] [Nazi Germany]
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5AM

Any time someone is said to be above reproach or questioning, tyranny is at hand. Neither Presidents nor Generals nor Popes are above the rule of Truth and when they violate the Truth, they deserve reproach and correction. If you ever believe otherwise ex... [Modern Culture]

October 20, 5PM

And the embrace of the insubstantial and ephemeral….  Hip, hip, hooray…. Do people calling themselves theologians even try to think about what they’re saying anymore? Or is old heresy so unknown to them that they don’t know ... [Modern Culture]
Just a reminder :  Generals are not above questioning or being dead wrong and soldiers are not all paragons of virtue or sacrifice.   Maybe it’s best not to pretend otherwise and thus fall into idolatry.  After all, worship of the mil... [Modern Culture]
Because too many Deacons and Pastors are divorced and Churches are filled with divorced people and it’s just too darn uncomfortable to discuss it, that’s why.  So, good for you, Bee– Many people claim to be proponents of traditional mar... [Modern Culture]

1PM

And if you vote for ANY of these reprobates, you are as guilty as they are because you have winked in silence at their disgusting and unvirtuous sin: “Some girls rape easy.” – Rep. Roger Rivard (R-Wi) “Rape is kinda like the weath... [Total Depravity]
By Tim Bertolet. This article proposes a better source for the Son’s cry in Hebrews 5:7. It begins by surveying sources previous scholars have identified, including Jesus’ cry in Gethsemane and Golgotha, several Psalms, and the Maccabean martyr litera... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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And those advocating for gay marriage are in absolutely no position to object to prostitution because ‘love is love’.  Purchasers love cheap sex and sellers love money. A federal appeals court gave the go-ahead Thursday to activists seeking ... [Modern Culture] [Total Depravity]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Indeed… HODEL'S MADNESS Those living in the UK will probably have already realised that we are just entering the ‘open season’ for Britain’s most favourite hobby – predicting that we are about to experience the worst winter weather on r... [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Theology [theology]
On October 20, 1880, through the work of Abraham Kuyper and cofounders, the Amsterdam Free University was opened, dedicated to a Calvinistic orientation, a tribute to Kuyper’s persistence in striving for the right of private higher education in the Neth... [Church History]

October 19, 4PM

There existed in Christendom, ever since there was a doctrina publica, i.e., from the end of the second century, a kind of subsidiary religion, one of the second rank, as it were subterranean, different among different peoples, but everywhere alike in its... [Modern Culture]

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Hundreds of protesters shouted down white supremacist leader Richard Spencer on Thursday at a university in Florida, forcing him to leave the stage without delivering his speech.  Only around 30 supporters of the controversial white nationalist made it ... [Modern Culture]

11AM

In 7 easy steps.  And hey, Mark Driscoll, you need to pay attention to this: 1.) Issue a public apology for getting caught. Get your PR people to draft up an apology where you sincerely ask for your people’s forgiveness for being so careless that you ... [mockery]

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Lady Jane Grey! Lady Jane Grey was beheaded by royal decree for high treason against Mary I of England on February 12th, 1554. She had been the Protestant Queen of England for nine days. When the fifteen-year-old Protestant king Edward VI lay dying, he c... [Church History]

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It’s the first day of Prophecy Week at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Or, as students here like to call the place, Christian Hogwarts. The auditorium of the civic center in Redding, California, where first-year students have class, is so f... [Heresy and Heretics] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

7AM

It’s available now in English and German, with Italian coming soon.Filed under: Books, Luther [Books] [Luther]

5AM

If the Flag or the Second Amendment are idols that you worship, you need to repent, and burn them.   If not, do us all the courtesy of refusing to call yourself a Christian.  Because Christianity and idol worship are incompatible.Filed under: Mo... [Modern Culture]

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On 19 October, 1522 the Cantonal Clerk of Schwyz wrote Zwingli the following letter in which he relates to Zwingli various charges of promiscuity which are swirling around concerning him (along with other matters).  The letter is quite respectful and it ... [Church History] [Zwingli]

3AM

A 325-pound (150-kilogram) Florida woman is charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment. Veronica Green Posey, 64, was arrested and charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child, The Pensacola News Journal reported.... [Total Depravity]

2AM

Hang out with Aren and the gang- The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog Today we had the 2nd (and last) day of the mini-season. Work continued in the metallurgy area in Area D, and Dr. Michael Toffolo (from the Univ.... [Modern Culture]

October 18, 5PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

Maybe now the Senator will realize what a fool Trump is. President Trump reversed course Wednesday and threw cold water on a new bipartisan congressional health care plan designed to maintain subsidies for health insurance exchanges, thereby temporarily ... [Modern Culture]
For the love of all that’s holy, just STOP it. Luther did NOTHING to advance online education because it did NOT EXIST.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Yahweh, do I not hate those who hate you, and loathe those who defy you?  My hate for them has no limits, I regard them as my own enemies. (Ps. 139:21-22) That’s the ticket.  Thankya!Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Here’s one to add to your links.  Via.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]
We count fasting or kneeling in worship on the Lord’s day to be unlawful. — TertullianFiled under: Tertullian [tertullian]

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The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media is a convenient and authoritative reference tool, introducing specific terms and concepts helpful to the study of the Bible and related literature in ancient communications culture. Since the early 1980s, bibl... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

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Huldrych Zwingli gilt als Autorität der Zürcher Reformation. Es ist klar: Unser Reformator war nicht alleine unterwegs: Seine Zeit, die Zeitgenossen und geistige Strömungen, insbesondere der Humanismus, haben ihn, sein Denken und seine Ideen beeinfluss... [Erasmus] [Zwingli]
Donald Trump, to Abraham Lincoln’s family after Lincoln was assassinated… Donald Trump, to Ronald Reagan’s family after Reagan was shot… Donald Trump, to the families of the Las Vegas shooting victims… Donald Trump, to the fa... [mockery]

October 17, 7PM

Using notes whilst preaching usually means You aren’t very familiar with Scripture. You don’t understand Scripture. You can’t intepret or explain Scripture. You want to say more than Scripture says, or less. And sometimes it’s al... [Modern Culture]

3PM

Sad face.  Penn State Uni Press has absorbed Eisenbraun’s.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

Nope by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#97602)
Filed under: Luther Burns Your Worthless Book, Something Else I Won't be Reading [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book] [Something Else I Won't be Reading]
This story makes me unnaturally happy.  I thought it was satire, it is SO absurd.  But it turns out it’s true.  What a glorious way to have a miserable day improved! They were supposed to be having lunch with Pope Francis. During his Oct. 1 trip ... [bizarre news]

1PM

Pretty much, Bee.  Pretty. Much. Local believers Austin and Paige Henderson have announced their decision to join the Axis Church after several months spent sampling pre-service coffee offerings in churches throughout the city, reports confirmed. Accordi... [mockery]
So, here’s the thing, every time an Israeli archaeologist finds some trinket or bauble or inscribed piece of garbage great hay is made of the fact and cries screech across the world of ‘see, here’s proof that this is our land, because ou... [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

You don’t ‘win souls’, the Holy Spirit does.   Likewise, you can’t ‘lose souls’ because they aren’t yours to begin with. You’re merely a pointer- like John the Baptist, saying ‘he must increase and I... [Modern Culture]

10AM

From Logos, for Logos.  And you get to flirt with Karl for free, just like CvK did! Just don’t let your wife see your secretary looking at you the way Lotte is looking at Karl… and if you’re smart, you’ll keep your feet under the... [Karl Barth]
I don’t know if he thinks I’m making fun of him by telling the truth, but I’m willing to take my chances.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

So you can sign as many pieces of paper that you wish- you can’t establish thereby the existence of a ‘third gender’. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill making California the first to widely recognize being nonbinary — neither mal... [Modern Culture]

6AM

Fight to the death for truth, and the Lord God will war on your side. Do not be bold of tongue, yet idle and slack in deed. (Sir. 4:28-29)Filed under: Bible [Bible]
CNN reports President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the nation’s next drug czar.  “Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his ... [Modern Culture]
And good riddance to you ‘Evangelicals’ who are really nothing more than paltry squalid silly political opportunists.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
So true.  And so tragic. According to a new CBS News poll, almost 60 percent of the American public believes that the current Republican tax plan favors the wealthy. Some people see this number as a sign that the plan is in trouble; I see it as a sign ... [Modern Culture]

3AM

In der «Regionaljournal»-Herbstserie gibt Huldrych Zwingli Antworten auf die drängendsten Fragen unserer Zeit. Anlässlich der Feierlichkeiten zum 500-Jahre-Jubiläum der Reformation sprechen wir mit Christoph Sigrist. Der Grossmünster-Pfarrer erzähl... [Zwingli]

2AM

A warrant says an Atlanta woman put her two young sons in an oven and turned it on.  Local media reported Monday that the warrant charging Lamora Williams with murder in the deaths of 1-year-old son Ja’Karter Penn and 2-year-old Ke-Yaunte Penn says she... [Total Depravity]
Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

October 16, 6PM

It is a museum of biblical proportions – and it is stirring controversies to match. Opening next month in Washington, the Museum of the Bible cost half a billion dollars to build, spans 430,000 sq ft over eight floors and claims to be the most hi-tech... [Modern Culture]
[When sin abounds] we must not be silent, lest we disgrace religion and the church, simply in order to curry favor with sinners. — Richard BaxterFiled under: Theology [theology]

2PM

Yes, Alicia is serious.  And, she’s from Texas… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

Gallup on Trump job performance by age: 18-34 approve 22%, disapprove 73%; 35-54 approve 35%, disapprove 59%; 55+ approve 46% disapprove 50% The younger the more disapproving. Say farewell to the House and the Senate if these kids get up off their paren... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

via Facebook bro M.R.Filed under: mockery [mockery]
At Perkins School of Theology (Methodists…. in Texas….) Well at least the Woman’s lecture is free……..Filed under: Eisegete This! [Eisegete This!]

10AM

I wonder if it contains a chapter on Barth’s sexual ethics…. NB- DON’T email you angry Barthians.  I know it’s about the volume published by Barth titled ‘Ethics’.  Save your faux outrage for Barth’s actual vic... [Karl Barth]
Because it really is a joke.  Facebook sells everything you post.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Because Christ’s teachings contradict the interests of selfish men, that’s why the world so generally rises up against it with indignation, even as a country will rise against an invading enemy: for he comes to take away that which is dearest to t... [theology]

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Is best demonstrated by the fact that pop singers and jocks are seen as the clearest moral compasses inhabiting our land. Evangelicals have abandoned their posts, people of faith are silent or worse, complicit in society’s decay and supportive of th... [Modern Culture]

2AM

If he be intolerable, through ignorance, heresy, disability, or malignity, forsake him utterly: but if he be tolerable, though weak and cold, and if you cannot remove your dwelling, then public order and your soul’s edification must both be joined as we... [theology]

October 15, 6PM

sehepunkte 17 (2017), Nr. 10 Liebe Leserinnen und Leser, selten räumt der deutsche Staat einem Ereignis den Stellenwert eines offiziellen Feiertages ein. Dieses Jahr ist es bekanntlich am 31. Oktober zur Erinnerung an ‘500 Jahre Reformation’ ... [Church History]

5PM

Fun advice from Richard Baxter- Not that I would have you do as the foolish sinners of the world do, to drink away melancholy, and keep company with sensual, vain, and unprofitable persons, that will draw you deeper into sin, and so make your wound greate... [theology]

2PM

‘Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus and say, “Here is the message of the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who lives among the seven golden lamp-stands:  I know your activities, your hard work and your perseverance... [Bible]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

False Christians that boast of the Gospel, and yet do bring no good fruits, are like the clouds without rain, wherewith the whole element is overshadowed, gloomy and darkened, and yet no rain falleth from them to fructify the ground: even so, many Christi... [Luther]

9AM

And he’s precisely the reason Evangelicals are viewed as such worthless and useless members of society.  Huckabee is what unfaithfulness to Christ and the truth looks like.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
If it is found that he [i.e., someone] has gained his ends fraude egisse, i.e., by fraud, one owes him no more than the Romans did Jugurtha, who by means of bribes sought to have the murder of his own brothers entirely disregarded, of which he boasted ope... [theology] [Zwingli]

6AM

Strange times…. Linksgerichtete Demonstranten stellten sich den Teilnehmern einer Buchpräsentation des Antaios-Verlags, unter ihnen auch AfD-Rechtsaussen Björn Höcke, mit lautstarken Protesten entgegen. Polizisten hatten alle Mühe, beide Seiten ... [bizarre news]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

October 14, 3PM

This is not the Onion.  It is the White House website.  The hypocritical irony is stunning. President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 15 through October 21, 2017, as National Character Counts Week. Now that’s a joke.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Papists praising Luther ‘Christians’ praising Trump Lutherans praising the Pope All proof of the end of historical understanding. Were any of these groups capable of understanding history, specifically the history of Christian theology, none ... [Modern Culture]

1PM

Harvey Weinstein — who more than anyone defined the sharp-elbowed art of Oscar campaigning — has been expelled from the group that presents the Academy Awards.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board voted on Saturday to strip ... [Modern Culture]
And the Bee is on the mark again. In the wake of the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal sending shockwaves through Hollywood, the nation’s elite members of the entertainment industry have expressed their puzzlement at the fact that the country has fallen s... [mockery] [Total Depravity]

11AM

Preachers of the Gospel don’t get paid for preaching. They get paid for enduring people that God doesn’t even want in heaven. –  John Calvin (or he should have said it)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Because our government doesn’t care about them, even though they are citizens.  If Trump and his administration were worthy of contempt before, they are worthy of damnation now. Jose Luis Rodriguez waited in line Friday to fill plastic jugs in the ... [Modern Culture]

6AM

A new volume on Luther by the superbly brilliant Herman Selderhuis has just been published.  Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography. This biography by respected Reformation scholar Herman Selderhuis captures Luther in his original context and follows him o... [Books] [Luther]

5AM

Ah yes- that thing the papists do that you will never remember and someone has to tell you that it happened… so comforting… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
It was the 14th of October, 2006 (it doesn’t seem like it has been 11 years) that James Barr, one of the most brilliant Old Testament scholars of our day (or any day) died.    Academically speaking, he’s my grandpa.  Both of my major Professor... [obituary] [James Barr] [Oxford]

October 13, 11AM

Available this weekend: each volume of the Commentary for $4 (the regular price is $5 per each volume in PDF).  The books are all available by clicking my PayPal Link.  When you send your payment include which Biblical book you want and include your em... [Biblical Studies Resources]

9AM

Donald Trump’s only values center on selfishness and greed.  And Trump’s ‘values voters’ are hypocrites who care nothing for values or they never would have voted for Trump.  People with authentic values don’t support immor... [Modern Culture]
This is the twenty-eighth edition of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece (NA28). NA28 is the standard scholarly edition of the Greek New Testament used by scholars, Bible translators, professors, students, and pastors worldwide. Now NA28 has been ... [Bible] [Book of the Week] [book review] [Books]

8AM

A new edition of the Bible released by Charisma House publishing includes hundreds of blank pages sandwiched between the book of Revelation and the usual array of maps of the Bible lands, sources confirmed Friday. The new pages, intended to be used for r... [mockery] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

7AM

So he wrote them- “Hundreds of times I have said openly, ‘I beseech you by Jesus Christ, by our common faith, not to make any change rashly, but to show to all men by your endurance, if in no other way, that you are Christians, in that on account of t... [Zwingli]

4AM

When those beliefs are contrary to truth.  Your beliefs are subject to and subservient to the truth.  You don’t decide what’s true.  You are not the arbiter or judge of truth.  The truth pre-exists you and will outlive you.  Your task is ... [Modern Culture]
Tradition is the living faith of the dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.  — Jaraslav PelikanFiled under: Theology [theology]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

October 12, 6PM

Remember when Dan Quayle misspelled “potato”, and everyone was like “that’s a good enough reason for him not to be president”?  We should be like that again. – Ben GrimesFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

First off, if they could do math they’d know there aren’t any folk around who remember an 1896 hurricane, and second, if they studied spelling they’d know the difference between antidote and anecdote… Come on, science.  Has Trump... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Because, why not?  The Bee does it again- it mocks. Just one day after announcing that they would be admitting girls into their Cub Scouts program, the Boy Scouts of America declared another historic change to their 107-year-old organization: they will a... [mockery]
Luther, famously, insisted that ‘hoc est’ in the Lord’s Supper had to be taken literally.  Funny, though, that he ignored the literality of ‘hoc est’ when it suited him.  For instance, super inimicos meos instruis me mandat... [Luther]

8AM

For those, I presume, who hate their Pastors: When you absolutely positively want to show your Pastor how little you think of him.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

A great entry in the series by Herman Selderhuis: John Calvin saw death daily.  In his day people regularly died in the streets, many babies died at birth, and dead bodies could be seen carted away in the city or left lying where they fell on European ba... [Calvin]

4AM

Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560) had been a colleague and close collaborator of Martin Luther’s in Wittenberg for 28 years. 100 selected letters in chronological order illuminate important events from his life. Most of them now appear in German tra... [book review] [Books] [Church History] [Melanchthon]

2AM

Details here. Filed under: Bultmann [Bultmann]

October 11, 11AM

His corruption isn’t surprising.  What’s surprising is that he pretends he’s a Christian.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
What has happened in America that the only voices we hear any more are heretics like Rob Bell and Jerry Falwell Jr?  Why do we find ourselves bombarded by the notions of the likes of Eric Metaxas and Franklin Graham and Paula White and Mike Huckabee?  W... [Modern Culture]

10AM

via FB Whatever you think about the NFL players and their kneeling, you need to factor these truths into your thinking about what’s going on. If it were REALLY about the anthem, wouldn’t the very people most outraged at Kapernick et al also be... [Modern Culture]

9AM

Over at Logos– It’s surprising that Huldrych Zwingli isn’t better known. Zwingli, a contemporary of Martin Luther’s, was an important figure in the Swiss Reformation. No kidding!  It is surprising that he isn’t better known.  He shoul... [Church History] [Zwingli] [jim west]
Via Michael *The DSS Debunker* Langlois- Filed under: Humor [humor]

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Filed under: Luther [Luther]
Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#97294)
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Certainly not from first hand evidence or witnesses on the scene, all of whom assert that Zwingli died never having drawn a weapon.  So where did the idea that he was hacking away at Zurich’s enemies and died fighting come from?  From Luther, of c... [Church History] [Zwingli] [Kappel am Albis]

October 10, 2PM

The phrase, “I don’t like theology, I just read the Bible,” often means, “I like random Bible verses taken out of context.” – Michael Svigel I would say always.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

EnjoyFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

From V&R.  Take a look.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

And Christians, or should I say ‘Christians’ voted for him- @markberman  —  Trump has made 1,318 false/misleading public claims since taking office. He’s averaging 5 a day wapo.st/2zauYw5 Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

So true… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“Dieser Narr will die ganze Kunst Astronomiae umkehren”, soll Luther bei Tische gepoltert haben. Und weiter: “Aber Josua hieß die Sonne stillzustehen und nicht das Erdreich.” Laut der Bibel standen Sonne und Mond still, bis das Vo... [Luther]

2AM

The series continues…. Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception In this final excerpt from Newman Graduand, Isabella Wray’s, dissertation on Paul’s use of the term apeleutheros, ‘freedperson’, in 1 Corinthians 7 she explores ... [Modern Culture]

October 9, 5PM

2PM

Tobit, Judith, Susanna, and Bel and the Dragon: For the Person in the Pew, Quartz Hill Publishing, Forthcoming.Filed under: Bible, Books, Commentary [Bible] [Books] [commentary]

10AM

Since the shocking revelation last week of Hollywood boss Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long reign of habitual sexual harassment and assault on coworkers and associates, during which he allegedly paid off at least eight women to keep quiet about the abuse,... [Modern Culture]

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In case you didn’t know- Calvin was buried in an unmarked grave; Zwingli was hacked to bits and his body burned and the ashes scattered, and Luther was buried in the Church. So we know where Luther’s buried, we know where the Papists slaughte... [Calvin] [Luther] [Zwingli]
All the details are here.  I apologize that I won’t be there, but in January I’ll be in Hong Kong teaching J-Term to our wonderful students and our exceptional community. I’ll be back to SOTS for the Winter Meeting in 2019.  I presume.... [SOTS]

8AM

Luther’s concern throughout the book [On War Against the Turks] is to teach men how to fight with a clear conscience. In so doing he develops two major points. There are, he says, only two men who may properly fight the Turk [Muslims, in our terminology... [Church History] [Luther]

7AM

Unless and until you become a disciple of the Crucified and risen Lord: denying yourself and taking up your Cross to follow him.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

Yes.  That’s right. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
From the Zurichers- Filed under: Theology [theology]

October 8, 1PM

On Sunday, October 8, 1586, twenty-one [Puritans] were meeting at Henry Martin’s house in the parish of St Andrew’s-in-the-Wardrobe, and, as they were listening to the reading of the Scriptures by John Greenwood, they were broken in upon by the bishop... [church and state] [Church History]

11AM

Evangelicals have compromised their faith, their values, their morals, and the Gospel all in order to support Donald Trump.  But what has that compromise earned them?  Scorn, contempt, and disdain, not only from the Left, but from Christians. Why haven&... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom:  proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, give encoura... [Bible]

9AM

Brilliantly, with the best tweet yet- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

Michael Langlois writes Our team has just published a paper in which we explain why we believe that there are forgeries among the Dead Sea scrolls in the Schøyen collection. As soon as 2013, I came to suspect the presence of forgeries after I examined t... [Dead Sea Scrolls]
Because, of course. The Satanic Temple is urging its followers to target Christian bakers opposed to working gay weddings by demanding they make cakes for “for Satan.” Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, argued ... [Total Depravity]
Giovanni Garbini was born on the 8th of October in 1931 and had he lived he would be celebrating today his 84th birthday!  He was a fantastic scholar and one of the nicest people you could ever know. He has written widely on the subject of the history of... [Modern Culture]

4AM

In Cambridge in April 2018 there will be a colloquium entitled “Reading is Believing: Sacred Texts in a Scientific Age” and organised by SOTS member Hilary Marlow as part of her latest research project. Keynote speakers include biblical scholars Prof ... [Conferences]

October 7, 4PM

1PM

The harrowing of hell- that’s Moses with the ‘horns’. He was thus portrayed quite often thanks to a wretched mistranslation of ‘glory’ by ‘horn’ in horrible Latin versions.  That’s what happens when transla... [Modern Culture]

10AM

Wilbrand Rakhorst‎- a witty rake! Filed under: Luther [Luther]

9AM

Didaktikos.  And if you don’t know what it means, you probably aren’t an academic.  Or, you’re a systematic theologian and you don’t know anything about Greek (or Hebrew). You heard it here first (second, if you’re reading ... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

8AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

Filed under: Calvin [Calvin]

5AM

Oh boy…  (said in the same tone one would hear from a man were one to overhear that man being told he has to have a vasectomy as he voiced his reaction…) Affirm Films, who are the faith-based branch of Sony have announced that they are curren... [media]
This is an interesting piece. Wolfe says that the market for antiquities is far smaller than it once was. The primary buyers of antiquities in the 1970s and ’80s were Jewish collectors. Now, he says, the principal customers for antiquities are Christian... [Archaeology]
Weird stuff.  Or, those guys were all drunk.  Yeah, they were probably drunk. On this day Luther went hunting, and a hare and a fox were seen by all [who were there]. When with a shout Erasmus Spiegel pursued the hare on horseback over the plain, his ho... [Luther]
“The Word of God should be rightly divided, and with care, for people are of two kinds. On the one hand are the contrite, who need consolation. On the other hand are the rigid ones, to whom apply the law, threats, examples of wrath, the fire of Elijah, ... [Luther]
Δαιμόνιον ἔχει.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Was written on the 7th of October, 1531- just 4 days before his death at Kappel-am-Albis.    Titled Ein Kalenderspruch für die im Christlichen Burgrecht Verbündeten. It’s a poem- Ir herren und stett samenhafft von der christlichen burgerschafft... [Church History] [Zwingli]

October 6, 3PM

Is letting dilettantes opine without holding them publicly accountable for what they’ve said wrongly. It is exactly that which has filled our world with pseudo-experts on Scripture and Theology; people who actually believe, in their hearts, that the... [Modern Culture]

2PM

Is this oldie but goodie- First rate exposition.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

1PM

And the Priest waved you off, telling you to stay back.  And so was born the ‘hand wave blessing’ which replaced the ‘kiss of peace’ in the Christian Church. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
That so many Americans are silent when the @NRA buys and sells the elected officials who are supposed to work for us and not special interest groups. You silent ones, you should be ashamed.  You are why this country allows the murder of children and inno... [Modern Culture]

10AM

From Mohr– Friedrich Schleiermacher’s work as a theologian and Plato scholar marked the start of a new epoch: as a system-forming philosopher, he claimed independent validity, and as church politician, educational policy-maker, and academic th... [Books]

7AM

γεινομαι was the normal spelling in Luke. It’s not a misspelling, but a prestigious koine spelling used by careful scribes to bring out the long vowel which arose when the second gamma of the Classical form γιγνομαι was dropped. You ca... [Bible]

5AM

How Trump’s ‘Evangelical’ followers see him: The real Donald Trump: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
And this time word that the ‘Seal of Solomon‘ is among them.  Jim D. notes There are several points to note. First, the ring-bound metal book in the left foreground looks very much like one of those Jordanian lead codices. Second, some gold c... [Modern Culture]

4AM

Christ is the only One who descended and then ascended again. And this He did to lead us up with Him. Yet the world is so blind and stupid that it always seeks and explores other ways. It is gullible and willing to follow where anyone directs and leads it... [Luther]
Read the whole.  The most telling bits are Fundamentalists now have an all-access pass to the highest levels of government, and Trump made their wish list a priority. One of his first acts as president was to order the IRS to lay off monitoring political... [Modern Culture]

3AM

With thanks to Erin Van den Erickson von Daniken for the link– Filed under: Conferences, SBL [Conferences] [SBL]
@JuliusGoat — Gun defenders need to be honest about the fact that saying laws won’t work because criminals won’t follow them is an argument against laws.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
It makes us stupid.  Stupid beyond words.  Stupid enough to say, on behalf of a group we represent, that feet are as dangerous as guns… NRA spokesperson and radio host Dana Loesch thinks that if guns are banned then fists and feet are probably nex... [Total Depravity]

October 5, 6PM

Truly it won’t be easy for you to believe how unwillingly I have torn myself away from the peace-giving words of Christ, with which I have been occupied on this my Patmos, in order to waste my time reading the nonsense of this prickly and thorny sophist... [Luther Burns Your Worthless Book]

4PM

A team of dispensational premillennialist prophecy experts has declared the official start of a previously unknown “pumpkin spice” dispensation, sources confirmed Thursday. “The signs are clear that God’s unfolding of His redemptive plan has taken... [mockery]

3PM

No one can underestimate the difficulty of the task of translation quite like the monolingual.  – Esteban VazquezFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Shocking… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
#Bam, Barthians. Brunner was Better. And still is. TheEcclesialCalvinist A recent and significant article about Karl Barth’s personal life is making some waves.  Christiane Tietz, Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Zürich, exami... [Modern Culture]
The gun control debate is raging throughout the land, and while some people say they want a “national conversation” over the issue, what they really want is to lecture you. So, as always, we at The Babylon Bee are here to present you with just the f... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Pat’s piece is posted in the Bee– When Christ came 2,000 years ago, he came not with a set of rules for us to try hard to follow in order to become better people, but with a cross that accomplished our righteousness for us. He came not with mo... [mockery] [Modern Culture]
Treating Abraham roughly.Filed under: Bible [Bible]

10AM

VBS in Cambridge! Larry Hurtado's Blog The “Vacation Term for Biblical Study” (VTBS) has announced early-bird bookings for the 2018 sessions to be held in Cambridge:  two back-to-back weeks, 29 July – 3 August, and 5-10 August.  Each week is ... [Modern Culture]

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I was wondering when they would get around to this little fad– Heavenly messengers confirmed Thursday the addition of a tenth fruit of the Spirit which is to be added to the list of traits in the book of Galatians that characterizes believers in Chr... [mockery]

4AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Martin Luther's Controversial View of Women from Crossway on Vimeo. Via.Filed under: Luther [Luther]
V&R published this volume just last year, but it seems particularly relevant these days. The link provides a flipbook showing the table of contents and other front matter.  I’ll be reviewing the volume shortly.  Stay tuned.Filed under: Book Re... [book review] [Books] [Theodicy] [theology] [Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht]

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Filed under: Bullinger [Bullinger]
We hear it all the time- if guns are banned, only outlaws will have guns.  If bump stocks are outlawed, only outlaws will have bump stocks. By that logic, then, nothing should be illegal. If abortions are banned, only outlaws will have abortions.  If me... [Modern Culture]

October 4, 5PM

12 PM

A reminder that October 15, 2017, is the deadline for submitting paper proposals for the 2018 SECSOR meeting. The call for papers is available on the SECOSR website at secsor.org. Proposals are to be submitted through the online submission form available... [Conferences]

8AM

Moltmann, as everyone knows, makes a lot of the fact that Jesus suffers and thus suffers along with us when we suffer.  Moltmann – in fact – puts all his eggs in the suffering basket.  But he does something that is irrational with that baske... [theology]

7AM

“The doctrine of predestination, once a precious heirloom, today only turns up from time to time at theological flea markets.” – Heiko ObermanFiled under: Theology [theology]

5AM

This means just one thing- they couldn’t find any respectable theologian or historian to blurb it.  That tells you everything you need to know about Metaxas’ rubbish. Filed under: pseudo-scholarship [Pseudo-scholarship]
Bible, Swabia 14th century (Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.0268, fol. 1v)Filed under: Bible, Theology [Bible] [theology]

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Overwhelmingly, Martin Luther has been treated as the generator of ideas concerning the relationship between God and humankind. The Personal Luther deliberately departs from that church-historiographic tradition. Luther was a voluble and irrepressible div... [Books] [Church History] [Luther]
In 1542 Luther published Brother Richard’s Refutation of the Koran, Translated into German by Dr. M. Luther (Widerlegung des Alkoran Bruder Richardi; verdeutscht dutch Dr. M. Luther) (WA 53, [261] 271–396). In the preface Luther expressed amazement th... [Church History] [Luther] [Basel]

12 AM

Americans killed on 9/11: 2,996 Days it took Congress to authorize war:3 Americans killed by guns in 2017: 11,652 Days in 2017 so far:275 – Kal Penn That’s because your servile Congress is beholden to the NRA, and does its bidding and not you... [Modern Culture]

October 3, 8PM

It’s a journey of the imagination.  Come with me and imagine a world where Christians took Scripture as seriously as gun rights advocates take the Second Amendment…   Indeed, come with me and imagine a world where Christians who advo... [Modern Culture]

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5PM

Thinking good thoughts and offering prayers isn’t the mark of faith.  Being doers of the Word is.  And what does that entail?  Trundle off now and read 1 Corithians 13 and Matthew 25.  That’ll get you started down the right... [Modern Culture]

4PM

What kind of horrid people ‘don’t usually enjoy learning about the past’?  I don’t have anything in common with such creatures.  Indeed, they don’t even exist (as far as I’m concerned).  They’re the sort who do... [mockery]
In a surprise revelation, pastor Mark Driscoll claimed Tuesday at his new Patheos blog space that he is in fact the author of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament. The once-disgraced, now-returned pastor pointed out many similarities between the maste... [mockery]
YouVersion, the popular Bible app used across several mobile platforms, recently added a comment section to each chapter of the Bible, allowing internet users to comment on the Scriptures and interact with one another while partaking in their daily readin... [Modern Culture]

1PM

This country has abandoned truth so thoroughly that even rational argument no longer gains a hearing.  We are the land of fake news, fake Christians, fake politicians, fake breats, fake lips, fake jewelry, and fake government. We have ruined ourselve... [Modern Culture]

11AM

True faith before all things brings with it true knowledge, and makes us wise indeed. For by faith we know God, and judge aright of the judgments and works of God, of virtues and vices. The wisdom that it brings with it is without doubt the true wisdom. ... [Bullinger]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Then the devil, who led them astray, was hurled into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet are, and their torture will not come to an end, day or night, for ever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and the One who was ... [Bible]
The Constitution is not divinely inspired, it did not fall from heaven, and it is not the word of the Lord.  The Second Amendment is not Scripture, nor even Scriptural, and you need to stop acting like it is. Worship of the Constitution is idolatry and y... [Modern Culture]

9AM

This is the best reason yet for decent theologians and biblical scholars to get away from Patheos, and verification to me that it was a good decision not to join at their invitation several years back- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“As for you, do not pray for these people. Do not raise up a cry or a prayer on their behalf, for I will not be listening when they call out to Me at the time of their disaster.”  – Jer 11:14Filed under: Bible [Bible]
guns don’t kill people, people kill people. guns are weapons. nuclear weapons are weapons nuclear weapons don’t kill people, people kill people everyone who wants nuclear weapons should have as many as they wish. it’s their second amendm... [Total Depravity]

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With Anne Walser: Frau Walser, die Firma C-Films plant für dieses Jahr einen Film über Huldrich Zwingli. Wann starten Sie mit den Dreharbeiten? Die eigentlichen Dreharbeiten werden innerhalb von sieben Wochen ab Februar 2018 stattfinden, damit eine Welt... [media] [Zwingli]

October 2, 2PM

12 PM

Please, just stop all talking. Pat Robertson Blames Vegas Shooting On Disrespect For Trump, The National Anthem And God Do Christianity a favor, Pat.  Just shut up.Filed under: Heresy and Heretics, Pentebabbleism, Pentebabbleists, pseudo-christianity, ps... [Heresy and Heretics] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Here’s an essay sure to get your mind off the troubles of the day: Denkmäler zeigen Martin Luther (1483-1546) meist als Kraftnatur, standfest wie eine deutsche Eiche. Diesen Luther hat es nie gegeben: Der Held der Reformation war in Wahrheit ein sc... [Luther]

11AM

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped.  Ps 28:7 Let the reader understand.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

God made man unarmed. But anger and revenge have mended the work of God, and furnished his hands with weapons invented in hell. Christians attack christians with engines of destruction, fabricated by the devil. A cannon! a mortar! no human being could hav... [Erasmus]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
For those who serve a God so powerless that instead of believing He can keep them safe and protect their families, they have to arm themselves to the teeth and fill their homes with more guns than food. Mind you, if you want to have a gun for sports or a ... [theology]

9AM

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. – George Bernard ShawFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
To my colleagues: your cowardice to act cannot be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers. None of this ends unless we do something to stop it. – Sen. Chris MurphyFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

The whole head is sick, the whole heart is diseased, from the sole of the foot to the head there is nothing healthy: only wounds, bruises and open sores not dressed, not bandaged, not soothed with ointment, your country a desolation… (Isa. 1:5-6)F... [Modern Culture]

2AM

In a shooting in Las Vegas. America…  Oh, and the shooter… wasn’t a ‘Muslim terrorist’.  It was a white guy.  One of our own unhinged. The Las Vegas gunman who killed at least 20 people and injured more than 100 when he op... [Total Depravity]

October 1, 2PM

It’s fascinating to me the number of Christians who are satisfied living what can only be described as at the lowest threshold for Christian faith.  These folk are happy doing the bare minimum expected societally so that they can be deemed ‘C... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Let’s hear what Calvin said on the matter in 1559- 30 years after the colloquy- The presence of Christ in the Supper we must hold to be such as neither affixes him to the element of bread, nor encloses him in bread, nor circumscribes him in any way ... [Calvin] [Church History] [Lord's Supper]

11AM

I’ll happily take Fitzmyer’s interpretation of Romans 1 over Doug Campbell’s any, and every day of the week.  Fitzmyer’s work has the benefit of being exegetical whilst Campbell’s is textbook eisegesis.Filed under: Bible, Bi... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

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this image may not be reposted or reduplicated in any way or at any website. It is the exclusive property of the owner, J.WestFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

September 30, 3PM

Brilliantly said.  It ends thusly, but you should read every word- Now that death has taken him, we should examine our own sins. Liberals should ask why their crusade for freedom and equality found itself with such a captain, and what his legacy says ab... [Modern Culture]

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No one can be a better churchman than one who has never been a heretic – JeromeFiled under: Jerome [jerome]
It’s quite telling that the very people who are positioned to say something to Trump and have a hearing have said nothing.  These are his sycophants, deniers of the Gospel, and damnable heretics on his council- · Michele Bachmann – Former Congre... [Heresy and Heretics] [hypocrisy] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

11AM

P.J. Williams, “The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House.” Early Christianity 8 (2017): 277-81.  Should you be interested, contact me privately and I will be glad to share my copy of the essay.  Here’s what Peter asserts, in part- ... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

9AM

The textual apparatus is quite intelligently and elegantly done.  Here’s Mark 16:9ff.  You may have to click on the picture to enlarge it- Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
The font is beautiful and the new paragraph layout style is genius: Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

8AM

So let’s hear Christians speak out against immoral politicians as much as they do false teachers.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

When teaching in church seek to call forth not plaudits but groans. Let the tears of your hearers be your glory. A presbyter’s words ought to be seasoned by his reading of scripture. Be not a declaimer or a ranter, one who gabbles without rhyme or reas... [jerome]

6AM

The result is a bastardized pseudo-theology and pseudo-christianity not even fit for a dog.  Indeed, a dog has a clearer moral center than Hood.Filed under: pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Arrived in the mail today in a quite lovely box.  Photos below.  And for more on the project see here. Filed under: Bible [Bible]

September 29, 9PM

This from the Catholic Biblical Association – Wishing you a blessed feast day of Saint Jerome, our patron saint.  Saint Jerome is a Doctor of the Church and the Patron Saint of Scholars and in particular of the Catholic Biblical Association. He was... [Catholic Biblical Association] [jerome]

2PM

After Charlotte von Kirschbaum moved into Barth’s house, Barth signed his notes to her in the following ways1: ‘I am having such joy! And I love you so much!’, ‘I just love you so much’, ‘I am so happy! I l. you so much’ or, later, sim... [Karl Barth]

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Filed under: Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

11AM

In dem um 1700 entstandenen Werk des niederländischen Künstlers Egbert II van Heemskerck fühlt sich der Betrachter in die spätmittelalterlichen, apokalyptischen Szenarien Hieronymus Boschs versetzt. Es wimmelt von Ausgeburten der Hölle: Geflügelte u... [Luther]
No wonder he’s acting vindictively towards the island- it’s what he does when he stiffs someone- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

Echo ChamberFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

Over on the OUPblog: A Q&A with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, editors of the newly released second edition of The Jewish Annotated New Testament.  First published in 2011, The Jewish Annotated New Testament was a groundbreaking work, bringin... [Bible]

6AM

Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield of Lanham, MD, and Fortress Press, a division of 1517 Media of Minneapolis, MN, announced today a joint publishing partnership. Under the agreement, the nearly seventy-title-per-year Fortress monogr... [Modern Culture]

4AM

This new three volume work is to be published in mid October- The three volumes present the current state of international research on Martin Luther’s life and work and the Reformation’s manifold influences on history, churches, politics, culture,... [Books] [Luther]

2AM

Lest we forget what kind of person so called Christians continue to support: Filed under: Total Depravity [Total Depravity]
Du willst deine eigene Reformation anzetteln? Dann begib dich auf eine Zeitreise in die Jahre zwischen 1519 und 1531, als Huldrich Zwingli eine Stadt und ihre religiösen Glaubensvorstellungen durch seine kritischen und innovativen Ideen nachhaltig verän... [Modern Culture]
Huldrych Zwingli gilt als Autorität der Zürcher Reformation. Es ist klar: Unser Reformator war nicht alleine  unterwegs: Seine Zeit, die Zeitgenossen und geistige Strömungen, insbesondere der Humanismus, haben ihn, sein Denken und seine Ideen... [Church History] [Erasmus]

September 28, 4PM

They are simply mortified by the notion that one day the way they treated Blacks and Hispanics will come back to haunt them as soon as, in the quite near future, White folk are the minority of this country’s population. They’re afraid others w... [Modern Culture]
According to reports from around the nation, Americans who think of themselves as progressive and forward-thinking in their support for women’s rights and the dignity of females everywhere were celebrating the life of Hugh Hefner, for some reason, after... [mockery]
When his father is arrested for printing a forbidden letter written by controversial reformer Martin Luther, 12-year-old Storm escapes with the original. On the run from authorities, Storm finds unexpected help from Maria, a young girl who lives in the ci... [Church History] [media]

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11AM

In this country, you have the right to protest anything you want, any way you want (as long as it does no physical harm to yourself or another). Period. Full stop. Now move on and stop pretending that others too don’t have that right. Filed under: M... [Modern Culture]

9AM

Although Luther had often preached on the Festival of St. Michael and All Angels, he had usually taken up the appointed Gospel, Matt. 18:1–11, as his text. Only three times—on St. Michael’s day in 1534 and 1537, in addition to the present 1544 sermo... [Church History] [Luther]

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

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The legacy for cowards, for those who break their word, or worship obscenities, for murderers and the sexually immoral, and for sorcerers, worshippers of false gods or any other sort of liars, is the second death in the burning lake of sulphur.‘ (Re... [Bible]

4AM

Hugh Heffner is dead.  His isn’t a life worth celebrating; he exploited women for his own benefit and exalted misogyny as a virtue.  Only persons like Donald Trump and other sexual deviants would find such a man a hero.  Decency, on the other han... [Modern Culture]

3AM

Don’t get your news from Facebook or Twitter. See step one. See steps one and two. See steps one, two, and three. Repeat steps one through four as often as needed. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Read this.  If not for any reason but the sheer delight of someone talking about how being a Jehovah’s Witness made him ill.  Literally.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2AM

At this blog.  Interesting stuff, and irregular biannual postings.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

September 27, 2PM

Look at the calendar. It’s 2017. Yes, it’s almost 2,000 years since the time of Christ, and we still haven’t accepted ISIS into the church family with open arms as Christian brothers and sisters. Despite many great strides made by lots of progressiv... [mockery]

1PM

We want to do something special for the next 5 purchasers of The Commentary, so if you buy it between now and Sunday, you’ll get a copy of From Zwingli to Amyraut too, free.  That’s right.  If you are among 5 souls to buy the Commentary R... [Modern Culture]

11AM

Will make your life better.  Because now it’s 0. “Now you can simply stare at a blank page all day rather than having to read asinine opinions, dull observations, and stale one-liners,” CEO Jack Dorsey said.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Let the reader understand- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

7AM

In an exciting update to Google’s popular Chrome browser Tuesday, the technology giant announced a major breakthrough, beefing up the program’s privacy and encryption protocols in its “incognito mode” such that even God Himself can’t intercept ... [mockery]

5AM

And if you think otherwise, you simply know nothing of Christianity- Filed under: Heresy and Heretics, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

4AM

Why is it up to private citizens? Relatives helped Maribel Valentin Espino find shelter when Hurricane Maria roared through her community in northern Puerto Rico. Neighbors formed volunteer brigades to cut fallen trees and clear twisty mountain roads afte... [Modern Culture]

September 26, 2PM

I have to admit- I don’t get bent out of shape if people dont stand for the anthem. I wonder how many that are bent out of shape about it stand when it plays and they’re watching the game at home…. Surely they must, since they feel so ... [Modern Culture]
When it swore allegiance to Trump. It committed suicide and Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell held the gun.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

Catholic parishioners across the U.S. protested during the Our Father Sunday in defiance of Pope Francis, who said that parishioners who kneel during the “Lord’s Prayer” should be denied communion. Many parishioners sat, kneeled, or stayed inside re... [mockery]
As reported by The Bee– which, really, is never wrong- You’ve heard it said not to be discouraged when evangelistic efforts don’t bear immediate fruit, because you never know what effect they might have down the road, in the future, long after y... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

1AM

“I fear that for many Christians the Bible is never more than an object for analysis, as opposed to the voice of the Beloved.” – @mikecosper False dichotomy.  It’s not either/ or it’s both / and.  Without analysis i... [Modern Culture]

12 AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Stop electing the worst of us and start electing our best. Stop being constantly offended and constantly offensive. Be done with the ignorance of racism and sexism in all their forms Accept the fact that difference is ok. Abandon greed and engage in servi... [Modern Culture]

September 25, 11PM

In Britain they keep the gate your flight departs from as some sort of closely guarded national secret.  I don’t know why.  I suppose they want to keep people where the shops are.  I prefer going right to the gate… So the secrec... [Modern Culture]

10PM

It was a nice visit to the UK.  Travel day today so this will pretty much be it for posting, unless I do a few photo posts, which I will.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

The lecture went well, though of course I am not really the one to make that judgment.  What did go well was meeting all the great people and having lunch with several academic superstars: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The lecture went well.  I.e., I escaped with my life.  Pictures later when I arrive in Manchester.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 AM

As an American you are free to protest anything you like. Protest Trump or the NFL or Mcnuggets. It’s  your right. And if someone tells you to be quiet and just go along, tell them this isn’t Nazi Germany and you’ll do as you please... [Modern Culture]

September 24, 10AM

The gun sickness that is, strikes again. Metro police are on the scene of a reported church shooting around 11 a.m. (CST) Sunday at 3891 Pin Hook Road at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.  Metro fire officials confirm there are at least 8 people inju... [Modern Culture]
The lecture is tomorrow so I’m spending this evening going over the presentation once more, to ensure that it is literally the worst thing anyone has ever heard.  And knowing that Joel Watts has preached, perfecting horrid-ness is quite a challenge... [Modern Culture]

12 AM

And no, the world did not end. Look, people, whenever someone says that they have figured out the time of the end of the world, look at them and laugh, and cite this simple text to them: “Now concerning that day or hour no one knows– neither ... [theology]

September 23, 10AM

What I was led to think about Birmingham- What it’s actually like- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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4AM

It’s a super hotel. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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From Manchester to Birmingham by train. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

September 22, 12 PM

In a few hours… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
This time he’s made me happy. Trumpcare is dead.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

A nice place to spend a few hours- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

The producers of this new film have sent along a review copy – for which I thank them.  I’ll re-view it over the next few days and offer some observations and remarks about it.  It is related to, but not identical with ‘Martin Luther... [Church History] [Luther]

6AM

On the intersection of the academic study of the Bible and the life of the Church.  We’ll be discussing the how of Biblical studies and how such things as historical criticism and reception history and all the rest can and should be made access... [Modern Culture]

2AM

You Trumpians did this.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

September 21, 6PM

I’m fed up with the world, and it is fed up with me. I’m quite content with that. The world thinks that if it is only rid of me everything will be fine, and it will accomplish this. After all, it’s as I’ve often said: I’m like a ripe stool and t... [Luther]
You know how Paul said ‘women should keep silent in the Church’ and then Barth said ‘that woman should be silent in the Church’ (referring to a silly woman who didn’t know the first thing about theology and yet she blathered ... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

5PM

You’ve been there- to those academic meetings where someone asks a ‘question’ that isn’t really a question at all but the interlocutor’s own little mini lecture answer… The Bee explains how it works outside academia.Fil... [mockery]

4PM

If you were, you’d take Jesus seriously.  And it’s self-evident that you don’t, if you are unwilling to welcome the stranger. Wenn aber der Menschensohn kommen wird in seiner Herrlichkeit und alle Engel mit ihm, dann wird er sich setzen... [Bible]

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