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September 22 2017, 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]

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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]

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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]

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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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I want one. Specifically targeting the lucrative Christian market for the first time in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Amazon just released a new version of its Amazon Echo device that is shaped like Reformer Martin Lu... [Luther] [mockery]
A woman snapped a photo she says is an angel ascending into heaven. “While riding in our truck with my husband Jeffery, who was driving, I noticed a very bright flash of light, I originally dismissed it as lighting because it was lightly raining a... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

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Christian History Institute announces the release of A Return to Grace, Luther’s Life and Legacy.  Martin Luther triggered a seismic upheaval that rocked the western world in the 1500s—with an impact that continues to reverberate to this day. The ... [Luther]

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Graeme’s new book is out- Building on a lifetime of research and writing, A. Graeme Auld examines passages in Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and Isaiah that recount the same stories or contain similar vocabulary. He advances his argument that Samuel... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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A three line inscription on the title page of a 1520 pamphlet from the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection (pictured below) was recently identified by the German Church Historian Ulrich Bubenheimer as being in the hand of Martin Luther himself! Th... [Luther]

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Let the reader understand- Filed under: Church History, Modern Culture, Theology [Church History] [Modern Culture] [theology]

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And lest you think him some left leaning liberal, he is in fact a dedicated Evangelical Christian.  Oh, and he’s right.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
St Andrew’s Church in Holborn received criticism after it offered up its building as part of London fashion week on Monday evening. The Anglican church’s alter was transformed into a runway for models wearing inverted crosses, devil horns and ... [satan goes to supper] [Total Depravity]
“I will not believe because of Tertullian or Cyprian, or Origen, or Chrysostom, or Peter Lombard, or Thomas Aquinas, not even because of Erasmus or Luther. … If I did so, I should be the disciple of men. … I will believe only Jesus Christ my Shepher... [Church History]

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A new book about Zwingli is featured in this report, and you’ll want to read it.  You may also want to read my own review of the book, and you can here. Ulrich Zwingli war ein ethisches Genie und ein kluger politischer Taktiker. In einem neuen Buch... [Zwingli]

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This is the finest study of Barth’s early theology yet written. The posthumous publication of previously unavailable academic lectures by Karl Barth allows unprecedented access to the crucial formative years between the production of his two major m... [Karl Barth]
Featuring more than 130 items, it brings together a fascinating array of manuscripts, books and artefacts – from defaced missals and unique incunables to clocks, tobacco boxes, and finger bones – to illustrate how the events that ruptured Western Chri... [Church History]

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Filed under: Humor [humor]

September 20, 5PM

Maybe the problem isn’t so much that preaching is irrelevant, but that hearts are irreverent. – Michael SvigelFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Via Erik Ven Der Uncle- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The Composition of Genesis 37: Incoherence and Meaning in the Exposition of the Joseph Story​ by Matthew C. Genung 9783161551505 Paperback, 247 pages Publication Date: July 2017 Regular Price: $119.00 / Special Offer Price: $96.00 Publisher: Mohr S... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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This is a good deal, Barthians.  I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s a steal. For many students of Scripture and Christian theology, Karl Barth’s break with liberalism is the most important event that has occurred in theology i... [Karl Barth]

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Diarmaid MacCulloch’s video series originally aired on the BBC. Now, you can watch it here.  Here’s Part Two.  And here’s Part Three. Filed under: Church History [Church History]
His hilarious suggestion that Trump is equated with the ‘righteous’ is beyond the pale but what here exhibits itself fully is his hypocrisy.  He and his cohorts on Trump’s ‘religious advisory council’ have not confronted Tru... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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Dear colleagues, It is once again time to start making firm arrangements for this year’s Hawarden Seminar on the OT in the New. You are all very welcome to join us at Gladstone’s Library from the evening of Thursday 22nd March to lunchtime on... [Conferences]

September 19, 3PM

From his lectures on the Psalms from 1519-1521, WA 5,163. Filed under: Luther [Luther]

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If a picture is worth 1000 words, we can only guess the words these poor people are thinking.  I’ve made some suggestions… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
That’s right- it’s the 2017 edition of the Luther Bible.  Hooray.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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No one knows early transmission of texts like Larry- so you should read this. Larry Hurtado's Blog Assumptions and claims about the transmission of the texts of early Christian writings continue to require correction.  Old assumptions and claims die... [Modern Culture]

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That many of those who call themselves Christians these days have literally no idea what Christianity is, teaches, or involves.  Period. They are Christians in name only, not in commitment.  They are frauds.  They are devoid of theological understandin... [Modern Culture]

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Several football players at an evangelical college outside Chicago are facing arrest over actions that took place during the alleged hazing of a freshman teammate in March 2016, according to a stunning report published by the Chicago Tribune on Monday. ... [Total Depravity]

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Give a listen to this Timothy George podcast. Dean Timothy George talks with Annemarie S. Kidder about the marriage of Martin Luther and Katherine von Bora.Filed under: Church History, Luther [Church History] [Luther]
After five hundred years of examining the life of the “father of the Reformation,” we must surely know all there is to know about Martin Luther. But is that true? Did he really nail his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door? Did he throw an i... [book review] [Books] [Luther]

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This is perfectly true.  It’s also true that teachers make the school. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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If you read this post here you’ll be directed to that post there and then further directed to another post elsewhere. It’s called ‘follow the breadcrumbs’. LXX Studies I’ve posted my latest on the ETC blog. The post attempts to ... [Modern Culture]

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Unconditional love does not mean unconditional agreement. And disagreement does not necessarily mean hate. Just ask any parent who has had a disagreement with their child. The disagreement does not lessen the parent’s unconditional love, though the ... [theology]

September 18, 1PM

I wonder if anyone at CT knows what’s wrong with that headline….Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
This is going to be a fantastic resource.Filed under: Archaeology [Archaeology]

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From the University’s web page– Dr Jim West from Ming Hua Theological College will be visiting Newman University Birmingham on 25th September for a public lecture on ‘The Intersection of Academic Biblical Studies and the Life of the Church... [Modern Culture]

September 17, 7PM

‪Christianity doesn’t need advice from the likes of McLaren and its survival isn’t dependent on his absurd notions.‬  And if you think it does, you’re an idiot and a heretic. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Ask a curator frustrated us all. It wasn’t really about those in positions to do so answering questions though. It was the pretense of accessibility and accountability. Roberta Mazza Dear readers I should say this has been a week of social media a... [Modern Culture]

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The Meeter Center is delighted to announce that they have a new fellowship available starting in 2018-19. Thanks to the generosity of the Meeter family, a fellowship of $,3500 for a month to six weeks’ research at the Meeter Center in Grand Rapids w... [Modern Culture]
#SinglePayer is easy to fund- cut what’s needed from #CongressFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
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I am ashamed and sorry to rehearse what a censure for reformation of manners remains in the church. The thing itself cries put, and experience witnesses that unworthy persons are not shut out from this holy ministry; for without difference all are admitte... [Bullinger]

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To mark his passing- Filed under: Bullinger [Bullinger]

September 16, 4PM

And if you believe it is because some dilettantish ‘numerologists’ say so, you’re as unhinged as they are. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#96088)
Via the facebook- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Celebrating 40 years of Bible and Computer The ETCBC (Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer, VU Amsterdam) organizes its special anniversary celebration: ETCBC≥40. This will take place on 31 October 2017 with a special meeting featuring presentation... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Conferences]

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And fairly because Furtick is all about appearances- and just about that.  Form over substance is elevated at ‘Elevation’.  But that’s to be expected since it is essentially a personality cult. A middle-aged homeless man who attempted ... [mockery]

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And they know nothing of God, Christian faith, theology, Scripture, or truth. Right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein posted a video recently in which he suggested that God is opposed to the removal of Confederate monuments and is divinely intervening to ... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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After procuring a confession that he believed in the doctrine of biblical inerrancy and charging him with the capital crimes of dogmatism, closed-mindedness, and fundamentalism, authorities at St. John’s Episcopal Church condemned and then burned member... [mockery]
“Mensch, du bist nicht von dir selbst entsprungen, sondern von dem ewigen und allmächtigen Gott…”  — Johannes TaulerFiled under: Theology [theology]
You have a week to watch it on the PBS website.  After that, I suppose they’ll sell you a DVD.  As I’ve noted elsewhere, it’s worth watching even if it does have a few minor issues.Filed under: Luther [Luther]
I could tell you my view but here’s Phil Long on the question.Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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And it’s Jerry’s son, Jeffrey. One of the sons of former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse in Centre County, Pa. The Centre Daily Times reports that the younger Sandusky... [Total Depravity]

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September 15, 3PM

In America.  Today.Filed under: bizarre news, Total Depravity [bizarre news] [Total Depravity]

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Published today.  Just scroll down the page to the section on the Apocrypha and you’ll find it. While you’re obtaining this little gem why not go ahead and acquire the whole series either in print (buying each volume individually) or in PDF (... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [commentary]

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Hendrickson have just published this new volume: Hendrickson’s The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible combines under one cover the complete text of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament. Ideal for pastors, students, scholars, and anyone else who has stu... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“It is not enough for the ministers of the gospel to have devoured many books of learning, to be able to decide polemical questions in divinity, to convince gainsayers, to be doctors angelical, subtle or profound: to be mallei hereticorum—the hammers ... [theology]

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This is a wonderful interview with an absolutely brilliant scholar.  It includes this Q and A- Mit Zwingli und Calvin hatte die Schweiz ihre eigenen Reformatoren. Aber sie waren inspiriert von Luthers Vorarbeit. Es gab viele wichtige Reformatoren, der... [Church History] [Zwingli]
Zwingli’s Statue at the Wasserkirche By which he, and his contemporaries Luther and Calvin, always meant the Muslims.  So, he mentions the Turks in a passage in which he  describes the sorry state of the Catholic Church, writing … we have be... [Islam] [Zwingli] [Muslim]
That didn’t take long.  And given it was an outrageous invitation in the first place, it never should have needed to happen at all. Harvard University has rescinded an offer to make Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow after the director of the CIA, ... [Modern Culture]

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High visibility ‘top tier’ large church Southern Baptist Convention Pastors are just as self aggrandizing as any medieval or renaissance Pope.  They’re just as hungry for power and just as craven in their lust for privilege.Filed under:... [Modern Culture]

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The Telegraph informs us The majority of Church of England Christians don’t read the Bible, the church’s own polling has revealed.  Figures show that 60 per cent of self-declared followers of the Church admit they never read the Bible, and ... [Modern Culture]
Well said. The way that ‘Evangelicals’ have panted after a ‘King’ of their own making has been a spectacle of the worst kind. WIT A few days ago, I decided I would read the biblical story about how Saul was chosen to become king o... [Modern Culture]

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You can’t make this stuff up.  And you wouldn’t want to. RSPCA officers who were called to rescue a lizard from under a bed discovered the reptile was actually a dirty sock – and advised the teenage girl to tidy her room.  The animal ... [bizarre news]

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Proving ‘Evangelicals’ care nothing for morality.  I seriously doubt most who label themselves ‘Evangelical’ are even Christian.  If they were, their standards would be absolute. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
How long before BAR carries this story from the Bee as historical proof of the historical David?  You know it will.  It isn’t a matter of if, but when… Dr. Gary Arbino, Professor of Old Testament at the Gateway Seminary in southern Californi... [mockery]

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This arrived from the nice folk at the Christian History Institute– It’s inside the display case as I type.  Thanks, CHI!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Today is ‘Holy Cross Day’ across the globe.  It’s the day commemorating the ‘discovery’ of the ‘true cross’ by Helen in her little trip to the ‘Holy Land’… So many bits of the ‘true cross&... [Calvin]
The author of the little gem titled ‘Women and Lust‘ sent a copy for review and I have to say, I think it’s one of the most important practical little booklets I’ve seen in many a year.  It discusses a topic seldom addressed in th... [book review] [Books]

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This is always the issue with fund raising for disaster relief. Who actually GETS the money, when, and how?  Those questions are seldom asked, and honestly, if you don’t know the answer before you give, you could well be throwing your well intentio... [Modern Culture]
Read this week’s entry here.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
What? When did Taylor start blogging? Why hasn’t he ever appeared in a Carnival? Cultivating Echoes of Grace Dale Martin is fairly well-known in New Testament studies. He is, perhaps, best known for his work on social history and it’s impact on ... [Modern Culture]

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Read this great post from Oxford. Different cultures see the world differently, and the more languages you learn, the more of the world you are able to perceive. Learning New Testament Greek gives us a chance to step inside the shoes of the New Testament ... [Modern Culture]

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Diskussionsrunde mit Prof. Dr. Günter Frank im Rahmen der ThomasGespräche im Melanchthonhaus Bretten am 28. September, 19.30 Uhr. Read it here.Filed under: Church History, Conferences [Church History] [Conferences]

September 13, 6PM

Peace is not to be purchased by the sacrifice of truth. – John CalvinFiled under: Calvin [Calvin]
via some guy on FacebookFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The secretary of the treasury wanted a free jet ride at taxpayer expense for his honeymoon.  That’s because he’s a bum with his hand out wanting other people to pay for things he wants. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife are maki... [Modern Culture]

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And you abandon your residents- you are a murderer.  And you need to spend the rest of your wretched, miserable life in prison.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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But you haven’t heard about the thousands and thousands of Baptists who respond to every disaster.  Maybe it’s time you do.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Dog by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#95891)
This woman used taxpayer money to buy her dog a tux….  I can’t even even….Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Find out here if that sort of thing interests you.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

September 12, 3PM

Via the twitter- HOW TO BOOK SHOP WITH A BOOKWORM: • enter store • keep eyes on your bookworm at all times • wow ok you lost them • they’re gone forever nowFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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And then he tried to blame it on a staffer.  Can you believe that nonsense? Hours after Twitter users noticed that the official John MacArthur account had publicly “liked” a Steven Furtick tweet, causing a firestorm of mockery and speculation, the Lo... [mockery]
The new Apple iPhone will now include a “panic button” that will allow Christians to quickly switch from Facebook, other social media, or video games over to the Bible app for whenever they get caught messing around on their phone in church, Apple ann... [mockery]

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In the wee hours of the morning Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz ‘liked’ an absolutely filthy tweet from his verified Twitter account in what appears to be the beginning of an effort to woo some of Donald Trump’s voting base to his side for the 2020 electi... [mockery]

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Justice???? HA! An Adelaide mother who left her 8-month-old with severe bruising and abrasions has walked away from a charge that carries a maximum of 13 years without spending a day in prison. Lorien Norman, 26, pleaded guilty to causing harm with intent... [Modern Culture]

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I previewed this film and took part in a panel discussion some months back.  You’ll enjoy it, even though there are a few bits that are inaccurate.  Nonetheless, the good far outweighs the bad. Check your local listings.  In the Eastern time zone... [Luther] [media]

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Note: Previous entries in the series are posted here. Q – Would you consider your work ‘conservative’ and if so, how, and why? A– I would consider it conservative. It seeks to advocate for the apostolic deposit as received in Scrip... [Books]

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Read the RNS report here.  And the next time an angry atheist blathers on mindlessly about religion ask them what it is exactly that they do besides whine.  They certainly don’t help much.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Read this post.Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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Luther, in 1523, laments the crude treatment of the Jews by Rome, writing “Our fools, the popes, bishops, sophists, and monks—the crude asses’ heads—have hitherto so treated the Jews that anyone who wished to be a good Christian would almost h... [Luther]
Aren’t you lot weary of being whiners yet?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“At that time, some people came and reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And He responded to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all Galileans because they suffered ... [Bible]

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Bones attributed to St. Peter have been found by chance in a church in Rome during routine restoration work, 2,000 years after the apostle’s death. The relics of the saint, who is regarded as the first Pope, were found in clay pots in the 1,000-year-old... [Archaeology]
Because Metaxas isn’t a scholar and he has proven so in his absurd books prior to this one. But, if you don’t care about things like history, or truth, then sure, by all means, have at. Filed under: pseudo-scholarship, pseudo-theology [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

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Filed under: Mozart [Mozart]

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@sahluwal – on twitter – A tribute to the towers that fell that day made from the faces & lives of those lost to this tragedy. We will #NeverForget.  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
A Christian family is preparing to sue their sons’ Church of England school after boys were allowed to come to class wearing dresses. Nigel Rowe, 44, and his wife Sally, 42, removed their six-year-old son from the unnamed school after a male classmate w... [Modern Culture]

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In which Larry reviews a review. Now, someone needs to review Larry’s review of Kirk’s review. Larry Hurtado's Blog A newly-published article gives an incisive discussion of recent publications by Bart Ehrman, Richard Bauckham, and Micha... [Modern Culture]

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Too bad, Paula.  You still behaved and behave as a false teacher.  Hindsight regret is pointless regret. President Trump’s top spiritual adviser Paula White said Saturday that she regretted saying that God “lifted up” Trump in his 2016... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

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This is what happens when ideology drives interpretation:  baseless supposition. The claim is false on its face.  Name one single author of one single biblical text that moderns (and that’s the anachronistic problem) would call oppressed.  Name ... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

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First … it is requisite to lay before our eyes and reckon up the several kinds and especial sorts of mortal men’s calamities. The evils verily are innumerable, which daily fall upon our necks; but those which do most usually happen are the plague ... [Bullinger]

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ABC reported that this truck was involved in an accident because of Irma.  But one look at the bottom right hand shows the image is from Arizona.  That’s where Maricopa County is. Come on.  Make a little effort to be accurate.Filed under: Modern... [Modern Culture]
Churches in Texas are suing FEMA… for reimbursement….    Allow me to put this as plainly as possible- if you’re a Church, and you help people, and then you sue the government for reimbursement, you aren’t a Church.Filed under: Mo... [Modern Culture]

September 9, 3PM

Except White and her feckless band of merry heretics aren’t 1/100000000000000000000th as intelligent as Tetzel Filed under: Heresy and Heretics [Heresy and Heretics]

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Read this whole story.  It’s terrifying precisely because no one would have ever expected it to happen.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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CNN reports A police report obtained by CNN bolsters evidence that legendary football coach Joe Paterno knew years before Jerry Sandusky’s arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children. The one-page Pennsylvania state police ... [Modern Culture]

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With thanks to Pat Graham of Emory for this lovely gift- Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

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This late sixteenth-century anti-Protestant broadside includes a large hand-colored woodcut depicting the Catholic Church under attack by seven historical figures and one allegorical representative of the Reformation.  Situated from left to right and num... [Church History]
The religious turmoil of the Protestant Reformation proved a bonanza for printers and artists, especially in Germany. A stunning new exhibition at SMU’s Bridwell Library in Dallas evokes the drama and sweep of the period as captured in the theological p... [Church History]

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Where do these people come from and why are any of them allowed to have a gun?  Such ignorance shouldn’t be encouraged. Hurricane Irma is due to hit Florida on Saturday, and the state is currently experiencing the largest ever mass evacuation due... [bizarre news]

September 8, 4PM

Lifeline Community Church’s Pastor of Business Development confirmed Friday that the 5,000-member congregation would now be offering a belief-matching guarantee, promising to lower its doctrinal standard to meet whatever any competing congregation belie... [mockery]

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Dear Jim, I’m a first year Seminary student and I’m taking Greek this year and Hebrew next.  How, once I have those languages, can I retain them?  I hear so many people talk about how hard they worked to learn them and then they don’t ... [Modern Culture]

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When you read ancient Christians, you notice: We talk a lot about Christ sharing in our sufferings. They talk more about our sharing in his. – Andrew Wilson The difference between the ancient Church and the modern in one simple sentence.Filed under:... [theology]

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I haven’t seen a more ignorant statement on the subject of theology for a good while.  So, precious heretical Canadian modalist, here’s your Dilly.  It’s well deserved. Filed under: Dilettante, Dilly the Dilettante Award, pseudo-christ... [Dilettante] [Dilly the Dilettante Award] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
And some of you voted for this narcissist.  Surely by now you have some pang of guilt.  If not, you really lack heart, soul, and mind. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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After enduring criticism for what some felt was a poor response to the Hurricane Harvey crisis on the part of Lakewood Church, Pastor Joel Osteen proudly stood in front of his congregation Sunday morning and reassured his church members that he would cont... [mockery] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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Note: Previous parts of the series are posted here. Q –  Your book is very thought provoking. I can imagine that if could have grown exponentially and become quite a large volume. What did you leave out that you now wish you had included? A– ... [Books]

September 7, 5PM

“Theology, viewed as a discipline and concretely, is a divinely given discipline, bestowed upon man by the Holy Spirit through the Word, whereby he is not only instructed in the knowledge of divine mysteries, by the illumination of the mind, so that wha... [theology]
Is God.  So why do so many modern theologians spend all of their time talking about their feelings?Filed under: Theology [theology]

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In the news a Lutheran Bishop says hell probably doesn’t exist.  No wonder she’s not a very good theologian, she was a music major in college…  Anyway, when asked for a response, Martin Luther said “[Christ’s descent into hell]... [Luther]

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Get down to Emory and see this exhibition for yourself: Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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There is no greater folly than to teach a pupil what he knows already.  — JeromeFiled under: Jerome [jerome]

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Our human nature is prone to conclude that if it were not God’s judgment that all men be saved, it would be an outrage, tyranny, and injustice. And indeed, this is not one of the slightest offenses with which the devil assails us and with which he tries... [Luther]

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Un may be irrational charcoal (whatever that means) but ‘Wirrkopf’ means ‘muddle-headed’ or ‘scatterbrained’ or in more absolute terms, unhinged. Facebook should leave off translating.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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It is the height of folly for you when you are accused by one man to attack another, and when you are covered with wounds yourself to seek comfort by wounding one who is still quiescent and unaggressive. — JeromeFiled under: Jerome [jerome]

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TM Steiner is commencing a new project: to comment on the Old Testament reading from the Catholic Lectionary for each Sunday on Thursday of each week.  You’ll want to drop in and check it out.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Our version is the more intelligible, for it has not turned sour by being poured three times over into different vessels, but has been drawn straight from the press, and stored in a clean jar, and has thus preserved its own flavour.  — JeromeFiled ... [jerome]

September 6, 7PM

Bit of divine justice if it happens…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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In a strong show of opposition to the recently released Nashville Statement outlining a conservative biblical view of marriage and gender, the entirety of the nation’s liberal Christians got together Wednesday to draft and sign a document called “Chri... [mockery]

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Over 300 million citizens of the United States were given deportation notices by immigration officials after various Native American tribes rescinded a centuries-old “Dream Act,” which allowed descendants of illegal European immigrants to stay in the ... [mockery]

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Modern science informs us about the end of the universe: “game over” is the message which lies ahead of our world. Christian theology, on the other hand, sees in the end not the cessation of all life, but rather an invitation to play again, in... [Biblical Studies Resources] [theology]
The Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference is hosted by the University of Warsaw and will take place May 24-26, 2018 Theme of Plenary Lectures: Reformation and Education The Reformation was closely tied to the renovation of educational models from its very begin... [Church History] [Conferences] [Refo500]

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Sources from around the nation confirmed Wednesday that the increasingly secular culture that believes it is foolish to worship the sovereign Lord of all creation is still worshiping pop singer Beyonce. When reached for comment, the country that worships ... [mockery]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Sunday the sermon was sluggish, ’Twas hard attention to keep. The theme was faultily chosen, It almost put me to sleep. Monday was blue with sheer boredom; Tuesday was carnal by choice. Wednesday my conscience was wakened By pleas from a still, small vo... [Modern Culture]

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Part 5. Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception Having explored the socio-political status of former slaves (the apeleutheroi or ‘freedpersons’) and the function of manumission within the Roman world (parts 1, 2, 3 and 4), Isabella Wray... [Modern Culture]

5AM

Various sources are reporting this morning that Robert Jenson, the finest Lutheran theologian America has ever produced, has died.  Rest in Peace, Professor. You can read an excellent interview with him here.  He will be missed, as will be his genius. F... [obituary]

4AM

Pew Research reports About half of U.S. Protestants (52%) say both good deeds and faith in God are needed to get into heaven, a historically Catholic position. The other half (46%) say that faith alone is needed to attain salvation. U.S. Protestants al... [Church History]

2AM

Here’s a great piece in the NZZ on the importance of Erasmus. Erasmus von Rotterdam war nie in Zürich. Und trotzdem hat er an der Limmat seine Spuren hinterlassen. Mehr noch: Ohne ihn wäre die Zürcher Reformation wohl kaum so verlaufen, wie sie ... [Church History] [Zwingli]

September 5, 4PM

Via twitter- There’s a new online tool to help. Use DreamActToolkit.org to urge members of Congress to reject nativism and pass the #DreamAct. Do it.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

From his 1519-1521 Lectures on the Psalms (WA 5, 428-29)- Racists and White Supremacists, take note.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

2PM

It’s true. Replacing Christianity, which had held the title since the nation was founded, college football has officially become the largest organized religion in the United States, reports confirmed. The polytheistic religion claims many millions ... [Modern Culture]

1PM

Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules. But that’s not what ... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

With thanks to Roberta Mazza for pointing this out– The Reformation invites you to journey through these tumultuous times. Find out how Luther’s work led to the splintering of the Catholic Church in England. Learn how Henry VIII’s attempts to d... [Church History]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The Babylonian Talmud relates these delightful little tales about a Rabbi and an atheist (in tractate Sanhedrin, 22). There was an atheist who said to Rabban Gamaliel: Your God is a thief, as it reads [Gen. ii. 21]: “Lord God caused a deep sleep . .... [War On Atheism] [atheism] [Religion and Spirituality]

11AM

Watch the video.  It’s appalling. I mean, seriously. From hurricane victims? It’d be totally different if it were the usual crowd. Those people deserve to lose their money for attending your cult anyway. But hurricane victims? Have you ... [Modern Culture]

9AM

The Bee has the touching story.  Get your kleenex out. Right now we are feeling all the feels. Megachurch pastor Jake Bryant just met one of his congregants, who has been attending the church for almost a decade, for the very first time. Those witnessing... [mockery]
Filed under more pentebabbleist nutbaggery– A Michigan pastor who was accused of sexual assault by a former parishioner and admitted that his hand might have slipped into her pants while anointing her with oil to cleanse her of sexual sins at her ho... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

8AM

@GaryLBauer @PastorMarkBurns @DrTimClinton @DrJamesCDobson @JordanEasley @JerryFallwellJr @JackNGraham @RHowardBrowne @BishopHarry @robertjeffress @RdLand @GregLaurie @ericmetaxas @johnnieM @FrankPageSBC @TPerkins @ralphreed @revtonysuarez @paula_white T... [Modern Culture]
Too few Christians are Christian.Filed under: Theology [theology]

7AM

Suicide happens when free will takes death into its own hands. Nations, too, can end themselves by choosing bad leaders.  Citizens owe it to their homeland to choose leaders wisely and prayerfully and not simply ideologically and irrationally. Bad leader... [Modern Culture]

6AM

Do you want to study the Bible? This year again, I teach a course of Introduction to the Bible and to exegesis at the University of Strasbourg. This is a first-year course for students preparing a bachelor in Protestant Theology or a University Degree o... [Biblical Studies Resources]

5AM

Filed under: Modern Culture, Theology [Modern Culture] [theology]

4AM

You’ll want to go to this. Beim Thema Reformation stehen gewöhnlich Luther und Zwingli im Mittelpunkt. Im Rahmen dieser Führung tritt mehr der Vater des reformierten Protestantismus in den Vordergrund: Heinrich Bullinger. Der Schweizer Theolog... [Bullinger] [Church History]

2AM

Expected to be available on DVD on September 18, 2017: STORM and Luther’s Forbidden Letter. 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 ... [Church History]

September 4, 4PM

Stop lamenting the small voice the church has in the world; start repenting for the loud voice the world has in the church. – Michael SvigelFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

Describing the trial and condemnation of six witches- The executive justice, Christopher Neuchinger of Oberneuching, sentenced them to death “by torment”: “namely that all six be placed publicly upon two carts, drawn in procession before their deat... [Church History]

1PM

THIS is pretty awesome. This resource will give you a sense of the experience of what contemporaries called the “Luther Affair” (causa Lutheri). Through items from the collection at the Newberry Library, you will see Luther and his Catholic opponents ... [Luther]

12 PM

Play along with your friends at the Bee– 1.) The tugboat is represented as male, furthering millennia of harmful oppression from the Patriarchy. 2.) The tugboat’s hat is red, representing the menstrual cycle and intentionally reminding women of t... [Modern Culture]

11AM

But have never cited Leviticus 19:34, you’re a hypocrite.  And worst, an ideological hypocrite driven not by love of God or faithfulness to Scripture, but by politics.  Shame.  On.  You.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

From our friends at the German Bible Society- VERLOSUNG: Der Sommerurlaub neigt sich dem Ende zu und bis zum Nächsten dauert es eine Weile. Wir geben Euch heute dennoch einen Grund zu feiern, denn wir verlosen jeweils eine der 11 bereits erschienenen und... [Modern Culture]
In a move that is sure to be cheered by Baptist schools and colleges across the nation, Nike introduced Monday a floor-length denim basketball skirt for female basketball players of the Baptist tradition. “While activewear across the industry is trendin... [Modern Culture]

9AM

If people were only half as devoted to Christ as they are their favorite team, there wouldn’t be enough Churches to hold all the worshipers.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

7AM

And the Bible says so- `The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God’. (Lev. 19:34) It could not be more plain.  If ... [theology]
“The official law code of the Holy Roman Empire, the Constitutio Criminalis Carolina (1532), stipulated in Article 109 that the crime of sorcery deserved capital punishment, stating that: “…anyone who inflicts harm or injury on others through so... [Modern Culture]

6AM

You’ll very much enjoy this exchange between two theologians.Filed under: Theology [theology]

4AM

Over the weekend Joel Osteen offered the theologically idiotic suggestion that hurricane’s are compliments from God for people who have them because, you know, they can handle them whilst others cannot.  Luther responds to Osteen thusly: You are th... [Modern Culture]
Note: Part One is posted here. Q– Aside from the Trinity (which you’ve also written on), and Soteriology, what do you see as the most important and most misunderstood of the classic Christian doctrines? The Virgin Birth, the Atonement? Or some... [Books]

September 3, 7PM

“A silver spoon-fed pleasure seeker has chosen a National Day of Prayer to destroy the dreams of 800,000 kids who only know this land as home.”  – Walter Schaub Donald Trump is evil.  Those who support this decision of his are ... [Modern Culture]

6PM

I appreciate Lauren sending this- since I can’t see the heretics tweets. Anyway, Osteenites, behold, your heretic and his nonsensical ramblings: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Awww by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#95405)
My feeling is hurt… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

Oh, and he didn’t go to Church either.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The final version of the program for the 2017 SCSC meeting in Milwaukee is now available at the SCSC website. http://www.sixteenthcentury.org/. See you there.Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

5AM

It’s one of the most beautiful editions of the Bible ever produced. It is the result of the work of a team of translators led by Zwingli and Jud and it is lavishly illustrated. You’ll love it. You can read it here. Filed under: Bible, Zwingli [Bible] [Zwingli]

September 2, 12 PM

Local white supremacist and product of incest Randy Biggums isn’t shy about his radical beliefs regarding race in America, telling reporters Saturday that Caucasians have a moral responsibility to maintain “genetic purity” by only marrying other “... [mockery]

6AM

And he wants to replace them with ‘normal’ numbers.  Well, at least he proves that there are people dumber than Trump.  If you can believe that. A mayoral candidate for the far-right, anti-immigrant NPD party promised to get rid of Arabic n... [bizarre news]
Die Briefwechsel Rudolf Bultmanns mit dem Praktischen Theologen Götz Harbsmeier sowie dem Kirchenhistoriker und späteren Systematiker Ernst Wolf werden in einer gemeinsamen Edition zugänglich gemacht. Schließlich berühren sich die beiden Korresponden... [Books] [Bultmann]

5AM

If you attend church where one of these people is pastor, you should either leave, or better yet, demand they be fired.  They, by this scurrilous bowing of the knee to baal, have disgraced the Gospel, the Church, and you. They have violated the clear tea... [Total Depravity]
Read this award winning essay for free here. This article explores the sensory experience of the audience for urban public rituals in the Reformation period. Based on the microhistorical analysis of a shoemaker’s chronicle, it demonstrates how perceptio... [Church History]

4AM

As we learn, for instance, in the way he reformed the Mass- In his treatise on “The Canon of the Mass,”—dated IV. Cal. Septemb. (i. e., September 2) 1523—the canon is that part of the mass liturgy in which the words of the institution appear, and ... [Zwingli]
The fact that we have to quote dead people instead of living ones for inspiration says everything we need to know about our own society.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

September 1, 4PM

Only a person who has no knowledge of who Trump is could be surprised.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

First- the Bee let Osteen have it.  Then the pentebabbleists got mad.  Now, the Bee strikes back, gloriously. As part of a detailed review of prominent online news outlets, a large team of fact-checkers at Snopes.com unanimously voted The Babylon Bee ... [mockery]

10AM

Here.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

If you read the Old Testament like a series of ink blots, always seeing only Christ in it, you are an evangelical Marcionite.  You value neither Christ nor Scripture.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

8AM

If you can leave your faith aside while you’re out in daily life and only put it on when you’re at home or Church, just go ahead and leave it aside all the time.  It’s not real. Stop pretending it is.  Because any faith that... [Modern Culture]

6AM

And it’s a good one. Jason has done a super job.Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival [Biblical Studies Carnival]

5AM

If you’re in Birmingham, or even as far away as Yorkshire or London, come on over to Newman. Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

2AM

Filed under: mockery [mockery]
As we were indebted in early life to our parents, teachers, and friends, for our maintenance, and for all the knowledge that was instilled into us, it becomes our duty to show our sense of the obligation, by doing everything in our power that may contribu... [Erasmus]

1AM

Get it here. Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

August 31, 6PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4PM

“All have these five words always on their lips: evangel, God’s Word, faith, Christ, and Spirit, and yet I see many behave so that I cannot doubt them to be possessed by the devil.” – Erasmus in a letter of 1524 to Theodore Hexius.  ... [Erasmus]

1PM

Q– The tone of your book seems to imply that many have ‘gotten it wrong’ (i.e., salvation) up till now. Was that intentional, or is it merely a byproduct of your emphasis? Or, to put it more bluntly, the way it was put to Luther: do you ... [book review] [Books]

11AM

There are few historical figures in church history whose biographies are so closely linked to their theologies as they are with Martin Luther. Contrary to research at the beginning of the 20th century, recent Luther biographies have tended to loosen the c... [Luther]

10AM

The Challenge to Diachronic Method From Empirical Models of Ancient Writing. In looking beyond the Hebrew scriptures to the epigraphic corpus of the ancient Near East, we multiply the data from which to adduce theories of textual development. When biblici... [Biblical Studies Resources]

9AM

It’s right here, in, of all places, Buzzfeed.  You will not regret reading it.  It’s excellent and right on the mark evaluation.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Hurricane Harvey has brought devastation to Houston. The National Weather Service called it “beyond anything experienced.” Many were killed, and it will take years for the state to fully recover from the wicked storm’s impacts. Amid this... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

8AM

The volume is available here.  And note, for the moment the cover to the right is not the one that appears at that link- but the book contents are correct.Filed under: Books, Modern Culture [Books] [Modern Culture]

7AM

… Meets over the next few days, this year at Maynooth, Ireland.  You may not be able to attend- but you can still follow along on the twitter-  just watch the hashtag – #bntc2017. It should be very entertaining.Filed under: British New Test... [British New Testament Society]
Visit TVZ for these and more.Filed under: Books, TVZ [Books] [TVZ]

5AM

The ridiculous whiners at the ‘Freedom From Religion’ cult of ignoramuses are unhappy that Marco Rubio tweets Bible verses.  To them I say, shut up.  You’re as absurd as a Trump speech and less sensible.  Rubio can tweet what he wants... [War On Atheism]
Get your copy in PDF format for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

3AM

Check out this week’s essay: Mark Greene of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity put the issue [of following God in our work and other daily activities] into sharp focus when he spoke to the Lausanne Movement gathering in 2010, the lar... [Modern Culture]

2AM

An interesting proof of the extent of Zwingli’s reputation is a letter written to him from Ghent by John Cousard, who signs himself in Greek, “Bishop of the Brethren of the Common Life,” lamenting that Zwingli wrote so much in German, and asking him... [Zwingli]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

August 30, 6PM

5PM

“There’s no apparent line for the president on how his office can be used for financial benefit, for profit going into his pocket or money going into his campaign,” said Fred Wertheimer, of the watchdog group Democracy 21. “In esse... [Modern Culture]

2PM

After numerous prominent Christians and everyday believers alike signed the Nashville Statement affirming basic Christian doctrine held with rare exception for 2,000 years, progressives across the nation flooded the internet in droves to voice their horro... [Modern Culture]

11AM

‘Who do you think you are, judging other people?!?!?!’ says man judging other people… I guess some things are just so obvious that they can’t be seen.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

In a stern warning to anti-Trumpers nationwide, televangelist Jim Bakker warned on his show Tuesday that all six people who are somehow still following him will “come out of the shadows” and start a civil war if President Trump happens to be impeached... [Dilettante] [disdain] [mockery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Their dig is described.  Enjoy.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

A church in France whose members simply stopped attending.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
If Christ gives you a minister that is a burning and shining light, take heed that you do not hate the light, because your deeds are reproved by it; but love and rejoice in his light; and that not only for a season, like John the Baptist’s apostatizing ... [Modern Culture]

4AM

Joel Osteen, an advocate of “prosperity gospel” theology, presides over a 17,000-seat church in Houston, but agreed to open it to evacuees only after coming under intense criticism on social media. Give the report a listen.Filed under: Modern ... [Modern Culture]
Dr Douglas A. Templeton RIP Colleagues will be saddened to learn of the death last week of Dr Douglas Templeton, former Senior Lecturer in New Testament at New College, Edinburgh. Aside from stories of bringing his dog to lectures, he is best known for hi... [obituary]

2AM

Apparently the fact that Osteen is a heretic doesn’t bother Ed.  But then of course Ed has his own problems with living the high life too, so maybe he and Osteen have more in common than we know. By the way, the title of his silly essay is complete... [Modern Culture]
Zwingli astutely notes, concerning hypocrisy- … those who are a prey to obstinate hypocrisy can never be persuaded by the most skillful argument to confess what they really feel and have in their hearts. Yet the more persistently they refuse, the mo... [theology] [Zwingli] [Zürich]

August 29, 4PM

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fabl... [Bible] [theology]

1PM

This is a map of people awaiting help……  Each marker indicates from 1-100 people… via facebook… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

11AM

Nifty. Hendrickson Publishers Blog In a region where most artifacts remain in the field, the enormous work of documenting and analyzing the early history of Christianity is open to original research. Often the first scholar to reach isolated communities i... [Modern Culture]
First, no one who knows me would ever mistake what follows as approval of, tacitly or implicitly, anything other than traditional marriage.  That’s just who I am and I won’t apologize for it. Second, nonetheless I could never sign something l... [Modern Culture]

9AM

How relevant is Martin Luther for today’s Practical Theology? Since the so-called empirical turn in the early 1970s, Practical Theology rarely picked up historical issues – and if it did so, most likely with regard to sermon and pastoral care. In the... [Books] [Luther]
Although Joel Osteen took flak over the weekend for closing up his church to flood victims and all but disappearing during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the megachurch pastor reportedly returned to the city on his luxury yacht “S.S. Blessed” to m... [mockery]

8AM

Decide for yourself. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

NZZ has a fine essay this morning– Die Geschichte der Reformation beginnt strenggenommen nicht erst mit der Veröffentlichung von Martin Luthers Thesen 1517. Schon Jahrhunderte vorher gab es Bewegungen, die versuchten, die katholische Kirche zu ver... [Church History]
Τεκνία, μὴ ἀγαπῶμεν λόγῳ μηδὲ τῇ γλώσσῃ, ἀλλὰ ἐν ἔργῳ καὶ ἀληθείᾳ. (1 Jn. 3:18)Filed under: Bible [Bible]

4AM

If you’re looking for a way to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey, I recommend Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief. Southern Baptists do Disaster Relief better than anyone else.  And you can trust them to use your money in the wisest... [Modern Culture]
I’ve always found this passage from Calvin’s Institutes quite good: Innumerable are the ills which beset human life, and present death in as many different forms. Not to go beyond ourselves, since the body is a receptacle, nay the nurse, of a ... [Calvin] [Theodicy] [theology]

2AM

The Confession of Belhar, 1986 1. We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end. 2. We believe... [theology]
John was, according to tradition, killed on 29 August. Is it coincidence that the death of John falls on the day my own birth is celebrated around the world?  I don’t think so….Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

August 28, 4PM

Jakes tweeted 3 hours ago- Every single one of you who send this clown money deserve to lose every penny you have.  He isn’t doing God’s work, and you aren’t supporting any ministry- you’re supporting a con man who cares NOTHING ... [Total Depravity]

2PM

So, given their resources and their massive bank accounts funded by the fleeced flocks they deceive weekly, what exactly are these three pseudo-Christians doing to help their city?  Opening their churches to the displaced?  Paying for hotel rooms and fo... [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

1PM

I mentioned this film some time ago and was very pleased to watch a subtitled version and review it.  Now, brilliantly, the producers and distributors have made an English version! When his father is arrested for printing a forbidden letter written by co... [Church History] [Luther] [media]

9AM

Roberta Mazza It is a while that I am chasing my Turkish friend Mixantik-Ebuyerrrr, who is selling his papyrus fragments and other merchandise via eBay since 2008. Although he likes to call himself Robert, we actually know that this is not his real name... [Modern Culture]
Celebrity pastor Joel Osteen is drawing intense criticism online for keeping his megachurch closed during Hurricane Harvey and instead offering social media promises of prayers. The “prosperity gospel” minister preaches at a 16,800-seat arena at Lakew... [Modern Culture]

8AM

Therefore, dear lords, here is a place where you can release, rescue, help. Have mercy on these poor people! Let whoever can stab, smite, slay. If you die in doing it, good for you! A more blessed death can never be yours, for you die while obeying the di... [Luther]

7AM

From now through midnight Eastern Time on 29 August you can get the Commentary for 50% off in celebration of my birthday.  It’s my gift to you. The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single pe... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

4AM

Der Historiker Urs Leu von der Zürcher Zentralbibliothek hat letzte Woche in einem Buch der Klosterbibliothek Einsiedeln handschriftliche Notizen Zwinglis gefunden. In einem Kodex aus dem 9. Jahrhundert hat der Zürcher Reformator drei kurze Sätze an de... [Zwingli]

3AM

In a surprisingly candid interview with Vox, a former producer of Pat Robertson’s 700 Club television show said the evangelist was more concerned with raking in cash than using the Bible to save souls. No duh.  The only people who didn’t know ... [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

August 27, 6PM

If contempt for the Word and its ministers continues to be so great [things will get much worse for the church]. If I wanted to get rich under these circumstances I wouldn’t preach but would be a juggler and travel about the country. For the sake of mon... [Luther]

2PM

The Director of Fema pretty much sums up the situation when he says that Hurricane Harvey is probably the worst disaster in Texas history. William “Brock” Long, newly installed as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in an intervi... [Modern Culture]

1PM

Do Pentebabbleists ever study Theology?  I mean really study it?  Or is their Montanism enough?Filed under: Heresy and Heretics, Pentebabbleism, Pentebabbleists [Heresy and Heretics] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists]

12 PM

If you’re looking for a way to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey, I recommend Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief.  The Red Cross uses lots of the money you send it for overhead.  The SBC doesn’t.  And the SBC works on th... [Modern Culture]

11AM

While Houston drowns- you’re President* has tweeted what matters most to him- Via Shannon Watts on the twitterFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
No Christian, indeed, no person of faith or morals can support this man; nor can they support a President* who pardon’s a monster who has been convicted of violating the 4th Amendment. A Christian would find the behavior of such a monster inexcusabl... [Modern Culture]

9AM

America is a sick land when a guy who loses one fight makes more for doing so than 99% will earn in their lifetime. And sicker when the guy who wins, wins even more.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Es tut mir leid, dass im Titel alle “Evangelikale” in einen Topf geworfen werden. Das ist undifferenziert, auch unfair. Aber leider scheint eine Mehrheit der amerikanischen Christen, die sich so bezeichnen, hinter dieser rassistischen Politik ... [theology]
“Sleep is a beneficial and necessary work of nature. I think it’s a most annoying thing for a sleeping person to be disturbed in his rest. Hippolytus wrote from Italy that it’s the severest torment not to let robbers sleep when they are being questi... [Luther]

5AM

Here’s a picture from first light in Houston this morning.  The city is under water and days of rain are still to come.  This is a dreadful disaster. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

All men of sound judgment will therefore hold, that a sense of Deity is indelibly engraven on the human heart. And that this belief is naturally engendered in all, and thoroughly fixed as it were in our very bones, is strikingly attested by the contumacy ... [Calvin] [theology]

August 26, 5PM

Rowan Atkinson has launched a campaign for a change in the law that bans “insulting words and behaviour”. Good. The Blackadder and Mr Bean star attacked the “creeping culture of censoriousness” which has resulted in the arrest of a... [Modern Culture]

2PM

Ὅταν δὲ ἔλθῃ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐν τῇ δόξῃ αὐτοῦ καὶ πάντες οἱ ἄγγελοι μετ᾽ αὐτοῦ, τότε καθίσει ἐπὶ θρόνου δόξης αὐτοῦ.  κα... [Bible]

12 PM

Via Joel Watts- Filed under: Heresy and Heretics [Heresy and Heretics]

11AM

It escapes me how avoiding the worship of God Almighty furthers a cause. Any cause. Staying home hurts no one but the violator of Heb 10:25. Filed under: Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
Wholesome Severity reconciled with Christian Liberty, or the true Resolution of a present Controversie concerning Liberty of Conscience. Here you have the question stated, the middle way between Popish tyrannie and Schismatizing Liberty approved, and also... [Church History]

5AM

For a little while Thursday, young adult literature had a new reigning New York Times best-seller. In the paper’s list of most popular YA hardcover novels, a new face had toppled Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give from the perch it has occupied... [Modern Culture]

4AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

August 25, 7PM

They kill the widow and sojourner, and murder the fatherless; and they say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.” Ps 94:6-7 But they’re oh so very wrong.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Sign it here.  I did.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6PM

The Judgment 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the s... [Modern Culture]

5PM

Is evil.  And those who empower evil are complicit in every evil act done.  You are without excuse and when the day of judgement comes and you are damned because of your mistreatment of others, all the whining and excuse making you can muster wi... [Modern Culture]

4PM

Free! Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]

2PM

“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” — 1 John 2:19Filed under: Bible, ... [Bible] [theology]

1PM

Dear Katie. Yes, on the way, shortly before Eisleben, I became dizzy. That was my fault. Had you been here, however, you would have said that it was the fault of the Jews or their god. For shortly before Eisleben we had to travel through a village in whic... [Luther]
James1 puts it this way- If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? Indeed, Mr President*... [Modern Culture]
The lecture of the century!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Neat! Hendrickson Publishers Blog Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) is widely celebrated as one of the most eloquent divines in the Reformed tradition. Despite having preached regularly throughout his adult life, how he preached and what he thou... [Modern Culture]

11AM

According to sources close to local egalitarian-feminist Jane Stein, the activist for women’s rights had penned a scathing rebuttal of complementarianism Friday morning, but failed to send it to Desiring God after she found herself unable to click the... [humor]

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For Jesus and his contemporaries, what we now know as the Old Testament was simply the Scriptures—and it was the fundamental basis of how people understood their relationship with God. In this book John Goldingay uncovers five major ways in which the Ne... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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In the second half of the sixteenth century, in a strange inversion of the devotional traditions so fiercely condemned by evangelicals, portraits of Luther would take on the imputed powers of a amulet, or even perform miracles, such as when a portrait of ... [Modern Culture]

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Chris Tilling likes it… so… whatever. Reading Acts Eerdmans recently sent me an uncorrected advanced copy of Douglas Campbell’s Paul: An Apostle’s Journey.The book will not be released until January 2018, so consider this a sneak peek at ... [Modern Culture]

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When Bill Clinton was President, Pat Robertson and his ilk blamed every natural disaster that came along on Presidential misdeeds.  The same was true when Barack Obama was President.  Curiously, that wasn’t the case when either of the Bush’s... [Heresy and Heretics] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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This is a fascinating essay. Es sind nur ein paar Wörter, aber sie sind wertvoll. Wertvoller als so manches dicke Buch. Letzte Woche hat Urs Leu sie entdeckt – und damit eine Leerstelle geschlossen, welche die Schweizer Reformationsforscher lange beunr... [Zwingli]

August 24, 4PM

This is how people of real faith act. For years, the presidential conference calls were a nonpartisan holiday tradition: President Barack Obama would speak by phone with hundreds of rabbis in advance of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, in what participants d... [Modern Culture]

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The Germans really disdain Trump.  Not for nothing, it has to be said.  But they really hate him. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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And Zlatan- Filed under: Total Depravity [Total Depravity]

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The knowledge of all that is most excellent in human life is said to be communicated to us through the Spirit of God—John Calvin So true. John Calvin, the father of Presbyterian theology, was a master intellect (and had a profound sense of spirituality)... [Calvin] [Church History]

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Impatient Unkind Envious Boastful Arrogant Rude Self-serving Angry Resentful Celebrate no man who lives in total opposition to 1 Cor 13. — Aaron NewFiled under: Theology [theology]

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Test EBR Online, HBR, JBR, ZAW, ZNW and SBR yourself and activate your 30 days of free online trial.  Your access token: ebr0197820.  How to get access: degruyter.com/accesstoken Additionally, you can find additional information here, including ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [Reception History]

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Here. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The Guide to Jesus provides an outline of current international Jesus research. It presents interpretations of the figure of Jesus in the history of Christianity from its beginnings until the first decades of the twenty-first century. Furthermore, the act... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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I hear he’s adorable too! I’ll definitely not miss it! Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception Earlier this year, due to ill health, we sadly had to cancel a public talk by Dr Jim West on the relationship between the academic s... [Modern Culture]

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THIS is a fascinating essay with fascinating illustrations. It brilliantly describes the historical context of the anti-semitism common in Europe on the eve of the Reformation and puts Luther’s views in their wider Sitz im Leben. Filed under: Church... [Church History]

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Randall Balmer nails it. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

August 23, 6PM

It happened last week but this is the first I’ve heard about it.  I ran into him a few times at CBA and he was always very nice.  May he rest in peace.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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So, as a special incentive, if you buy The Commentary I will send you a pair of eclipse eyewear for “dazzling insight protection”*. The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person o... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Here’s what they claim is a photo from the Trump rally in Phoenix: And here’s the actual setting of the photo: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The earliest Latin commentary on the Gospels, lost for more than 1,500 years, has been rediscovered and made available in English for the first time. The extraordinary find, a work written by a bishop in northern Italy, Fortunatianus of Aquileia, dates b... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Church History]
Luther’s everywhere these days.  Unsurprisingly the German press can’t get enough of him. – “Nichts wird langsamer vergessen als eine Beleidigung und nichts eher als eine Wohltat.” – “Es gibt keine schlimmere Mis... [Luther]

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This is worth you checking out. Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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In Australia a man started a facebook page for those who want to vote ‘no’ on a proposed gay marriage law in Australia.  Facebook has deleted it. It’s just a sign of the times.  Those demanding tolerance and acceptance are intolerant o... [Total Depravity]

August 22, 7PM

Here.  See you there March 2-4, 2018.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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What a brilliant and exceedingly concise review. Brilliant! Hendrickson Publishers Blog Though Rudolf Bultmann’s 133rd birthday was August 20th, we thought we’d celebrate by sharing Jim West’s short but sweet review and excerpt from the back cover ... [Modern Culture]
Paula White is very good at being a false teacher.  Here she is, again, plying her trade and deceiving the gullible and theologically ignorant. The plain fact is, Trump wasn’t chosen by God to be America’s President*, he was chosen by a small... [theology]

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Christoph Heilig’s book is out in American clothing. Paul has been regarded as being uncritical of the Roman Empire for a long time, not least because of his apparent call to obey the state in Romans 13:1–7. However, recent scholarship has questio... [Books]

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Der neue Band des Bullinger-Briefwechsels enthält 130 zwischen Oktober und Dezember 1546 verfasste Briefe, denen jeweils eine ausführliche deutsche Zusammenfassung vorangeht. Involviert sind 42 Briefschreiber, insbesondere Ambrosius Blarer, Oswald Mycon... [book review] [Books] [Bullinger] [TVZ]
Is that hatred of Hillary Clinton has so blinded them that they can no longer recognize evil in their own ranks.  That’s why they so blindly supports a serial adulterer, a felon, a drug addict, and a man who has more failed marriages than Solomon.*... [Modern Culture]

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“If Jesus preached the same message some minister’s preach today, He would have never been crucified.” Leonard RavenhillFiled under: Theology [theology]
“In his letters Paul wrote about virtues and good works more fully and appropriately than all the philosophers. He extols the civil works of the godly very highly. Were not the battles and wars of David better than all the fasting and praying of the bes... [Luther]

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The series continues… Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception In his surviving writings, Paul’s preferred term for people who are not slaves appears to be ἐλεύθερος (eleutheros); ‘free’. However, in 1 Corinthians 7:22... [Modern Culture]

August 21, 4PM

Whoever wrote this article should be fired and whoever approved it should be sacked as well.  Minor children are ALWAYS off limits no matter how you feel about their parents.  They are completely innocent bystanders to the decisions their parents make a... [Modern Culture]
This is a perfect, text book example of the unfortunate results of the Church losing focus on its purpose and its calling. The Church is called to be Light and Salt, not Mirror and Sugar.  Lights generate their own illumination; mirrors merely reflect b... [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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Not the best photos, but man did it get dark and man was the eclipse itself amazing to behold.  The good one is Rachel’s doing. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The Babylon Bee reports In celebration of the total solar eclipse visible from a large portion of the nation, pop astrophyicist Neil deGrasse Tyson reportedly began preparing a new barrage of condescending tweets for his online followers Monday morning. T... [Modern Culture]

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So well done, Wheaton, for showing that people like Falwell and Graham and Metaxas and other Trumpians are not the norm, but the rare exception. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
At the National Archives, and you can see awesome stuff like this: Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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Like this guy. As college students were identified as participants in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, there seemed to be little that their institutions could do about it. Although they received calls from other stud... [Modern Culture]
Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#94756)
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‎”Is there any worse curse than approval? Have you ever learned anything new from people who accept the world as it is? … Regardless, it’s a fine thing to belong to a private club based on rejection and difference. I’ll go a step... [Modern Culture] [Dave Robicheaux] [Facebook]
Filed under ‘better late than never’… The Leverhulme International Network Project for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Cave Artefacts and Archival Sources On 20-21 July,2017 Dennis Mizzi and Joan Taylor were able to photograph, draw and st... [Modern Culture]

August 20, 4PM

If your church were only open when you were there, how often would it be open? Once a week? Once a month? Once a year?  Ever?  What’s more important than worship to you?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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According to his biographer, Konrad Hammann, Bultmann either sent or received around 20,000 pieces of correspondence over the course of his career! That’s a lot of mail!  And none of it was electronic!!!!Filed under: Bultmann Tagged: Bultmann [Bultmann]

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Thanks to the Eerdmans folk on Facebook for mentioning this essay (which I nonetheless had no knowledge of) – Some Theologians Never Die—They Just Wait to be Googled. Berger actually does a fair job. Or, as I remark there, it’s nice to see t... [Bultmann] [Church History] [theology]

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Calvin has something to say- “With respect to the tabret, harp, and psaltery, we have formerly observed, and shall find it necessary afterwards to repeat the same remark, that the Levites, under the law, were justified in making use of instrumental musi... [Calvin]

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These kids have more sense than the President of Liberty U.  And are better Christians. A group of alumni from one of the country’s most influential evangelical Christian universities is condemning their school’s president for his continued a... [Modern Culture]

August 19, 1PM

It boggles the mind to imagine a President who can’t spell the word ‘heal’. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

Finkelstein, Major Saviors, Minor Judges: The Historical Background of the Northern Accounts in the Book of Judges, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41 (2017), pp. 431-449. Filed under: Archaeology [Archaeology]

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If you’re familiar with ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, just imagine a show with the same sort of format except dancing it’s exegesis and instead of a panel of dance experts the panel is comprised of actual biblical scholars. Contest... [Modern Culture]

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This is a very fine reminder for journalists to deepen their work through academic connections.  And a very much needed one at that. A[s] this year alone would highlight, in this current age of post-truth, in order to maintain the journalistic standard t... [media]

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August 18, 6PM

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Now the rest of them need to- though Falwell never will.  Trump is his lord. The pastor of a New York megachurch said Friday that he has resigned from President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, citing “a deepening conflict in values”... [Modern Culture]
Here we go. Bannon: ‘The Trump Presidency That We Fought For, and Won, Is Over.’ With the departure from the White House of strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who helped shape the so-called nationalist-populist program embraced by Donald Trump in h... [Modern Culture]
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A rowdy gang of angry, riled-up Arminian believers gathered to pull down a statue of Reformer John Calvin standing in front of Calvin Reformed Bible College & Seminary, authorities confirmed Friday. The band of Wesleyan troublemakers brought a rope, l... [Modern Culture]

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These. They’ve hung a noose outside a Church in Alabama.  They are godless.  They know neither Christ nor salvation.  They are servants of hell.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The Bee reports Doomsday Clock Now Spinning Like Ceiling Fan.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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I’ve said all along that no matter what Trump did, most of his followers would still follow him. Not because he’s good or right or decent, but because they are invincibly irredeemably, incredibly, and irreversibly ignorant. And this poll prove... [Modern Culture]

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It is ‘The Pandering Immoral Power Questing Pseudo-Christian Self-Serving Advisory Council’.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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You can remove all the monuments you want, it won’t solve anything. Evil lies within the hearts of men, not images of stone and metal.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Because…  They wouldn’t like it there.  For them, it would be Hell… Because there are all sorts of Africans and Hispanics and Arabs and Asians and maybe even some Australians and Brits: And they sang a new song, saying: “You are ... [Modern Culture]

August 17, 12 PM

#BAM! A leading Republican Senator told reporters on Thursday that President Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.” Thank you, Senator Cork... [Modern Culture]
“So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” (Rev. 10:9)Filed under: Bible [Bible]
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No one who stands silent in the face of evil can escape critique. No one. In the face of evil, silence is a greater sin.Filed under: Modern Culture, Theology [Modern Culture] [theology]
I’m headed to England to lecture at Newman in September and I’d like to eat while I’m there.  Accordingly, I need someone to buy a copy of the Commentary. Come on people.  Do you want me to starve?  Click here, get a copy of the best ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.” –AristotleFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
#BAM-  The Bee just owned PP- Stressing that it is unacceptable for anyone to remain silent in the face of injustice, Cecile Richards, the white woman who heads Planned Parenthood and oversees the systematic annihilation of minorities in America by speci... [Modern Culture]

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Via Refo500– Aarhus University organizes an international conference (November 1-3 2017) that reflects on 500 years of European history raising the questions of what the historical event of the reformation means for European societies today and what... [Church History] [Conferences]

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Here. Fscire — John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies — in Bologna calls for applications for international Fellowships. Fscire offers fellowships for one year for the following position: Research on the history, exegesis or theology of Christian... [Modern Culture]
Hurtaddo on Fredriksen. Larry Hurtado's Blog Paula Fredriksen’s awaited book on Paul has now appeared:  Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle (Yale University Press, 2017; the publisher’s online catalog entry here).  And unlike some other recent works, i... [Modern Culture]

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It is, frankly, beyond belief that these people, who are supposed to represent Faith, are acting in such a way as to deny that faith.  Corporate America has a firmer moral base than any of these people.  And that’s disgusting. Michele Bachmann ... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology] [Total Depravity]

August 16, 2PM

This is must reading.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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A timely work: Markiert die Reformation eine Zäsur in der Geschichte des christlichen Antijudaismus? Was haben das reformatorische Christentum und seine Wirkungen in Wechselwirkung mit andersartigen Koeffizienten für das Umschlagen des Antijudaismus in ... [Church History]

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Satan snacks on his White Supremacists In a statement that surprised nearly no one, Satan, the accuser and enemy of God and His people, paused briefly from roaming the earth seeking someone to devour Wednesday to confirm to reporters that he is responsibl... [Modern Culture]
Few are more deserving of such an honor. Finkelstein has done great things and made brilliant contributions to archaeology. Rethinking Israel Studies in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel in Honor of Israel Finkelstein Edited by Oded Lipschi... [Archaeology] [Books]

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“A mutilated gospel produces mutilated lives, and mutilated lives are positive evils“- BB WarfieldFiled under: Theology [theology]
World launch of the Calov Bible facsimile from Lydia Vroegindeweij on Vimeo. More info here.Filed under: Bible [Bible]

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In case you’re unfamiliar with the great man.Filed under: Adolf Schlatter [Adolf Schlatter]
‘Some very fine people…’ Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

August 15, 6PM

‪Angry atheist – “the bible supports slavery.”‬ ‪So what. Everyone in the ancient world did INCLUDING YOUR ANCESTORS, AND slavery isn’t central to Scripture’s message‬.  So find a new red herring to fry.Filed und... [Modern Culture]
Grow up and shut up.  Christians have been speaking out against Trump and Trumpians from before the election.  Your problem is that you simply don’t wish to hear it so that you have something to damn Christians with so you ignore it. But y... [Modern Culture]

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“You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Exod. 22:21) “Also you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (... [Bible]

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I’m praying every ‘Christian’ who supports @realDonaldTrump will repent of their sin. Because agreement with sin, is sin.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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One good thing about that abomination of a speech: it’s now impossible for any Trump supporter to pretend they don’t know what he is. – J.K. RowlingFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Not the Onion- Will Fox repudiate this murderous nonsense?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Read it. In Charlottesville, Virginia this week, a number of white nationalist action groups came together at a “Unite The Right” rally to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Marching on the campus of the University of Virginia... [Modern Culture]

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A study performed by researchers at Harvard University found a strong link between supporting the idea of communism and never once having even briefly opened a history book, sources confirmed Tuesday. The study appears to imply that would-be communists ar... [mockery]

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One hundred and fifty years of sustained archaeological investigation has yielded a more complete picture of the ancient Near East. The Old Testament in Archaeology and History combines the most significant of these archaeological findings with those of... [Archaeology] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Every time Shroud of Turin nonsense raises it’s senseless head, Antonio Lombatti can be counted on to debunk the bunk.   Read his latest in Bible and Interpretation. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past... [Modern Culture]

August 14, 6PM

‪For those times when The Gospel isn’t sufficient*… Try ‘Gamechurch’!‬ http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/gamechurch-is-seizing-opportunities-to-reach-the-gaming-community.html‬ ______________ ‪*The Gospel is always suf... [Modern Culture]

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He knew what to say to you.  For instance- I am filled with consternation and a shiver runs through me, soul and body, when I try to set before your eyes the deed that you have done. And that’s him being nice.Filed under: Jerome [jerome]
Every Christian who would abound in prayer and piety ought, in all reason, to make the Psalter his manual.  Indeed the truth is, that everything a pious heart can desire to ask in prayer, it here finds Psalms and words to match. — Martin LutherFile... [Luther]

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Bravo, The Bee– With all the madness going on in the world, it can be therapeutic to get a good laugh out of something every once in a while. You know, to relieve the pressure and stress of living in this fallen world. So check this out: local avowe... [mockery]

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And the science people say… “There is no danger whatsoever.” Which is exactly how every apocalyptic movie I have ever seen begins…  See you October 13…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
If you’re unable or unwilling to condemn evil, then you’re evil yourself. It’s a simple human equation. No higher math needed. – Laurence TribeFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
This volume offers an expansive survey of the role of single-sheet publishing in the European print industry during the first two centuries after the invention of printing. Drawing on new materials made available during the compilation of the Universal Sh... [Books] [Church History]
Bloomsbury is publishing, as I’ve mentioned before, a series of ‘Study Guides to the Old Testament‘ written by members of the Society for Old Testament Study.  I reviewed a couple for the Old Testament Book List and now I’ve recei... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

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James Spinti has a neat little post for Greek geeks about punctuation.  Enjoy.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
‘People are not born hating, people are taught to hate. All that it takes is a very skilled demagogue to turn neighbors into enemies’. – Kati Marton Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Make no mistake- that is exactly what he is.  Disgraceful. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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May every last idol of American Nazism be smashed into dust and may its adherents, sympathizers and facilitators be purged from public life. – Christopher HayesFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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“Trump was given a chance to speak to fear today, and to offer the same moral condemnation and deflation he’s given others. Instead he essentially repeated his disgraceful half-disavowal of Duke. He refused to call out these white supremacists by ... [Modern Culture]

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Dear ‘End Time’ predictors… please read this. Especially you, Anne Graham Lotz. Reading Acts One of my favorite movies when I was a kid was Day of the Triffids. In this 1963 British film, the earth experiences an unusual meteor shower. ... [Modern Culture]

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It’s always bemusing to see people who have not been called to preach telling people who have what they should be saying.  As though these preachers are so bereft of the Spirit that they need additional guidance in order to ‘get it right̵... [Modern Culture]

August 12, 7PM

Any mincing of words or ameliorated sentiments when it comes to racism is racism.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

A timely post from Oxford.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

8AM

Nope by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#94384)
In fact, historically speaking, the Bible was written by elite scholars for elite scholars; i.e., the very few who could read and who had the wealth and leisure to do it. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Get it here.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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This is what America has become: Parents in Florida are upset over a PTSA sponsorship form they received to start the school year. The form asked for sponsors for certain dollar amounts, with the money going to help the school. Parents were concerned abou... [Modern Culture] [Total Depravity]

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She accidentally said something true. Christians outside the church are the problem, not those faithful to it.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither slave nor freeman, there can be neither male nor female — for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28) It’s that simple.  So if you’re a Christian and you harbor racism in you... [Modern Culture]

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White nationalists and counterprotesters are expected to flood downtown Charlottesville Saturday as the Virginia city braces for the “Unite the Right” rally. By noon, thousands are expected to gather in Emancipation Park, where barricades have... [Modern Culture]

August 11, 6PM

What is the goal of the impious man but to do all things for gain or fame? — Huldrych ZwingliFiled under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

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A panel at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans featuring White House aide Omarosa Manigault quickly went south after Manigault refused to answer questions about the administration in which she serves. The panel mad... [Modern Culture]

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This kind of thing annoys me beyond words: Rubbish!   Lone voice? What’s wrong with you people. There are a LOT of people speaking out. Actual theologians and not just kid book authors. Why don’t you pay attention to someone besides celebri... [loathing]

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Studies of the Curse of Ham, the belief that the Bible consigned blacks to everlasting servitude, confuse and conflate two separate origins stories (etiologies), one of black skin and the other of black slavery. This work unravels the etiologies and shows... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Via Facebook- Barry Harvey wrote this about Robert Jeffress yesterday: “As my friend Steve Long observes, Jeffress is a liberal heretic because his Christianity is a version of US liberal Protestantism: 1. He is a self-proclaimed prophet like Rober... [Modern Culture]
Truth by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#94352)
A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.  – Eric Hoffer Allow me to remind you at this juncture that Trump LOST the popular vote by millions.Filed und... [Modern Culture]

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Read this.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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If using food ministry as outreach evangelism is effective, why did no one Jesus fed ever decide they’d be a disciple? In all truth I tell you, you are looking for me not because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted t... [Bible]

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Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, warned on her “Giving You Jesus” blog on Aug. 7 that the upcoming solar eclipse may be God’s judgment on America. Wut? Lotz did not mention any of scientific explanations for the solar eclip... [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]
You may have heard about James Franco’s questioning of an Ivy League ‘Philosopher’ regarding abortion. His takedown of her stupidity is epic: And the Bishop’s response is on the mark- He’s right. She shouldn’t be teac... [Modern Culture]

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More fun from Will- Septuaginta &c. In two previous posts (here and here) I shared some interesting archival materials I have come across in the Cambridge University library manuscripts room.* I’ve been searching for correspondence related to some e... [Modern Culture]

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Take note–  lunacy. Will the 2017 solar eclipse cause a secret planet called ‘Nibiru’ to destroy Earth next month? …David Meade, author of ‘Planet X – The 2017 Arrival’, asserts the planet Nibiru (also known as Planet X) will crash into... [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship]
“The business of the truth is not to be deserted, even to the sacrifice of our lives. For we live not for this age of ours, nor for the princes, but for the Lord. … To have held fast to the purpose of the Lord is to conquer all adversaries.”R... [Zwingli]

August 10, 6PM

So don’t get your theology from needlepoint…. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Ouch- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The more calmly, happily, and peacefully Religion permeates the whole man, the higher does it stand.  — Adolf von HarnackFiled under: Adolf von Harnack [Adolf von Harnack]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
via. Come, sweet asteroid, come plunge into our planet…Filed under: Heresy and Heretics, loathing [Heresy and Heretics] [loathing]
…  find great difficulty in refuting the enemies of pure and sound doctrine: possessed of serpentine lubricity, they escape by the most artful expedients, unless they are vigorously pursued, and held fast when once caught.  — John Calvin Pre... [Calvin] [theology] [David Barton] [the reformation]
Dieses Lehrbuch bietet eine Auswahl der wichtigsten theologischen Grundbegriffe Luthers, dargeboten anhand von Zitaten, die in der Weimarer Ausgabe nachgewiesen werden. Das Wörterbuch möchte die Theologie Luthers am Leitfaden ihrer Grundbegriffe darstel... [Books] [Luther]

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(I borrowed the image from George A, but he’s not responsible for the text)Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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That it was on August 10, in 70 A.D. that the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed by Roman troops?  Yup, now you do.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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[Calvin seemed to have] a peculiar penchant … for detesting lax and cavalier methods of treating texts;  methods such as those he saw exhibited by medieval exegetes and arguably by Lutheran exegetes as well.  — Jon Balsarak So true!Filed und... [Calvin] [Church History] [Jon Balserak]

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So if ‘Christians’ like Falwell and Metaxas and Jeffress and Graham think God appointed Trump they must also accept that God appointed Obama, Clinton, Carter, and all the rest.  Otherwise their inconsistency is mere hypocrisy (which of co... [Modern Culture]

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This week the topic is marriage. “My mind is adverse to wedlock, because I daily expect [to suffer] the death of a heretic.” – Martin LutherFiled under: Church History, Luther [Church History] [Luther]

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Does arguing with experts make you stupid, or does being stupid make you argue with experts?   It’s clearly the latter… @Toon_fan_1 got totally owned.  Justifiably.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

August 9, 6PM

Without divine revelation, you might think you’re Jeremiah speaking to the king when you’re really Zedekiah son of Kenaanah (1 Kgs 22:11)-  Gary YatesFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Here’s a photo of one of Zwingli’s letters, written 3 Sept., 1528. Here’s the transcription- Gratiam et pacem a deo.  Misissem nunc, tabellionem nactus, responsiones nostras ad Luterum, nisi nihil dubius essem ad vos dudum perlatas ess... [Church History] [Zwingli]

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Via Milt A. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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‪God gives us ‘government’ not particular governors. We choose those ourselves, and usually we choose badly. #StopDistortingRomans13 ‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Here’s the headline: My fellow lecturers won’t say it in public, but students today are moaning, illiterate snowflakes. It should be said right off that not all students are so simpering.  Not even, in fairness, most.  But there are some who... [Modern Culture]

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Alright folks, listen up, if you would. I won’t take too much of your time. I’m not trying to be confrontational here, but there’s something I need to address. I am the great and mighty Philistine giant you’ve heard about since you were a baby. I ... [Modern Culture]

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In honor of #BookLoversDay, get yourself a copy of The Commentary for half price- $99 !!!! The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern hist... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. —Mark Twain #BookLoversDay Filed under: Books [Books]

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viaFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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August 8, 1PM

Via the Bee– We consulted with thousands of biblical scholars and asked them what the most important elements of a biblical youth group are, and this is what they came up with. Don’t get mad at us; we’re just reporting the facts. 1.) A fully sto... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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Nope.  It’s just another one of the many exaggerated claims that fly around.  Indeed, the story doesn’t match the headline.  Here’s the headline: The Lost Home of Jesus’ Apostles Has Just Been Found, Archaeologists Say Here̵... [Archaeology]

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Because the man is insane and can’t go on without constant praise- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Nope by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#94192)
Filed under: Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
And more.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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Here: Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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The series continues… Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception In parts oneand twoof Isabella Wray‘s dissertation (BA) exploring Paul’s use of the term ‘feedman’ (ἀπελεύθερος – apeleutheros) in 1 Corinthians 7... [Modern Culture]
Check it out.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

August 7, 11AM

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This newly published work arrived today for review from DeGruyter: Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars, this newly conceived handbook provides a reliable introduction to the life, work, and impact of Philipp Melanchthon. It presents the... [book review] [Books] [Melanchthon]

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OF ALL the things that are rising up in this tumultuous age, nothing comes forward more auspiciously than inauspicious falsehood, most pious King, either because the evil spirit is always trying to crush out the life of every good seed at the start, or be... [theology]
While Trump tweets inanity his team, led by Bannon et al, are dismantling government, and Trump’s diversionary sleight of hand is working.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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A new teacher in Wagoner, Oklahoma, was arrested on her first day after she showed up at the school both drunk and without pants.  Hill was interviewed by police and admitted she’d been drinking.  A search of her car turned up an empty cup that re... [media] [Modern Culture]

August 6, 5AM

via facebookFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
This is why 99.9% of journalists shouldn’t talk about Christianity.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

August 5, 7AM

Booking for this year’s conference closes on August 18th. Please make sure you book your place before then. http://maynoothcollege.ie/pontifical-university/2017/04/10/british-new-testament-conference-31st-aug-2nd-september-2017/ The conference begin... [BNTS]
Filed under: Church History, Refo500 [Church History] [Refo500]

August 4, 2PM

This neat little video: In Büren an der Aare wurden totgeborene Kinder vermeintlich zum Leben erweckt – wenn man dafür genug Geld bezahlte. Und in Zürich wetterte Huldrych Zwingli gegen die liederlichen Sitten im Kloster. Sabine Dahinden sucht Sp... [Zwingli]

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Thanks to the diligent work of Pitts Volunteer Roy Wise, we can announce the creation of a new image collection! “Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses” is a free resource of images for Reformation celebrations or classes. Pi... [Church History]

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Bloomsbury is publishing a series of what they describe as ‘study guides’ for the Old Testament, but don’t make the mistake of thinking these are mere ‘Cliff Notes’.  Quite the contrary.  I reviewed a couple of these volume... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books] [SOTS]

August 3, 3PM

Emil Brunner- Filed under: Brunner [Brunner]

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And he has snapped a couple of photos I am unashamedly kipping- Filed under: Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli [Luther] [Melanchthon] [Zwingli]
Alex Joffe, an archaeologist and historian, said scholars “loathe the Greens, because they are evangelicals and because they are antiquities collectors, in that order. … The real targets are their conceptions of their faith, the Bible and America.” ... [Archaeology]
This is cool- For those unable to join us at International SBL in Berlin, the Qumran session chairs (Jutta Jokiranta, Matthew Goff, Shani Tzoref, and Sidnie White Crawford) have organized for a livestream of the special sessions on “Tracing & Facing... [Dead Sea Scrolls] [SBL]

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Emil Brunner was a Prophet who saw what was to become of Western civilization: Filed under: Brunner [Brunner]
So Emil Brunner, quite rightly.Filed under: Brunner [Brunner]
If we doubt whether Christ has received us into his charge and custody, he obviates this doubt, by freely offering himself as our Shepherd, and declaring that if we hear his voice, we shall be numbered among his sheep. We therefore embrace Christ, thus ki... [Calvin] [theology]

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Photo via Michael Langlois- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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I believe that Christ is eaten with the heart. The eating with our mouth cannot give life, for then should a sinner have life.—Thomas Cranmer Amen, Thomas.  Amen.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

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Jim Davila has it.  He writes It is lengthy: over 1100 pages, although that includes many images. It addresses the issues that need to be addresed and does so thoughtfully and in great detail. Rather than coming to a final conclusion, Dr. Zinner explores... [Archaeology]

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Here’s a listing of just some of the things in his bibliography.  Remember, just because something wasn’t published last week doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your time.  In fact in 99% of cases, the best stuff was written before you ... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

August 2, 5PM

Here’s where we are now in the race to kill the helpless: Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked... [Total Depravity]

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July 1, 7AM

Just remember, when it comes to governments, their power and authority is, ultimately, empty – Why this uproar among the nations, this impotent muttering of the peoples? Kings of the earth take up position, princes plot together against Yahweh and h... [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Fun times- Harnessing Chaos Sent in from the BCTR Executive Committee (BCTREC): Location: Prince of Wales pub, 118 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8EE DAY ONE (Wednesday, July 12) 11.45-12.15am: Arrive 12.15pm-1.00pm: David Tollerton, ‘The B... [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Luther [Luther]

June 30, 9PM

Well here we are once again, having persevered for many years  inviting you to join us on our tour of the best of the best postings from the world of biblical studies which appeared in the month of June in the year of our Lord, 2017.  Our Carnival’... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Carnival]

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The Bee gets it right– to the shame of many ‘Evangelicals’. Report: Majority Of Christians Far More Concerned About Which Bathrooms Trans People Use Than Whether Or Not They Will Go To Heaven When They Die. Think about it.Filed under: Mo... [Modern Culture]

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Es sieht aus wie eine Mischung aus einem klein geschriebenen “ß” und einem großen “B”: Das Eszett, das es als Beschluss des Rates für deutsche Rechtschreibung ab sofort auch als Großbuchstaben gibt. Wichtig ist das vor allem f... [Modern Culture]

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Now if the rest of the States will have the same courage and follow suit- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Jesus Christ is arguably the most famous man who ever lived. His image adorns countless churches, icons, and paintings. He is the subject of millions of statues, sculptures, devotional objects and works of art. Everyone can conjure an image of Jesus: usua... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history.   The books are all available in PDF format from yours truly for a paltry $100... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

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And if the Governor of Tennessee (and the rest) send them what they want, they are complicit in their fascism. A letter from Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of a White House commission looking into voter fraud and other irregularities, is drawing fire from... [Modern Culture]
This new volume has just appeared from TVZ- In Ulrich Zwinglis Ethik spiegeln sich entscheidende Stationen seiner Biographie wider: seine Kritik am Solddienstwesen, seine Begegnung mit dem Humanismus und seine Pesterkrankung. Anhand dieser Stationen ethis... [book review] [Books] [TVZ] [Zwingli]

June 29, 6PM

It’s funny because it’s true. Pastor John O’Brien is still referencing the single koine Greek word he knows into every single sermon he delivers, the congregation at Lakeside Baptist Church confirmed Thursday. According to church members, th... [Modern Culture]

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For you to get your Carnival submissions in.  Send them along for inclusion.  The Carnival goes live at 12:01 a.m. July 1. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
For one simple reason- generations and generations of people attended VBS and were not ‘driven away from the Church’ by it.  Blaming the departure of Millennials from the Church on VBS is pure, unadulterated, blinkered, idiotic, senseless, ba... [Modern Culture]

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Yesterday was “Freedom Sunday” at the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.  The pastor of First Baptist is Robert Jeffress.  He is a Trump supporter, Christian nationalist, and prominent court evangelical. As the pictures attached to this tweet ... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Why bother with study when you can just steal sermons from other people?Filed under: mockery, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology [mockery] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]

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“I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor.”—Martin Luther. Enjoy this week’s post.Filed under: Church History [Church History]

June 28, 2PM

Sad to report the death of Peter Berger, the great sociologist, after a short illness. RIP Peter, with more than ‘a rumour of angels’.  –  Linda WoodheadFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This new essay … presents one track of work of the digital epigraphy group at TAU; we present the surprising results of multi-spectral imaging of the back side of Ostracon 16 from Arad, considered to be blank: S. Faigenbaum-Golovin, A. Mendel-Gebero... [Archaeology]

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So maybe you should avoid talking about theological stuff.  Because when you do you just sound like an unhinged cult founder.  Next thing you’ll want to do is have all users accept a free pack of kool aid mix for everyone to drink at the same time... [pseudo-theology]

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Otherwise why would they do such a thing? Capitol police arrested a man after Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument was smashed to pieces when someone rammed a vehicle into it early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the 6-foot (1.8 meter) granite st... [Modern Culture]
Jerusalem is one of the cities in the world on which most intensive archaeological research has been conducted. Nevertheless, the architectural history of the city resembles a puzzle of which only few pieces are known, which, moreover, belong to different... [Archaeology] [Books]

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As the GOP works on its replacement of the Affordable Care Act: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Time magazine has asked Trump to remove fake covers of their magazine from his golf resorts.  Incredible.  What will this person not stoop to do in order to make himself seem to be something?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

June 27, 7PM

‪If your ‘faith’ is mere self help or self actualization, you kid yourself when you call it faith. It’s really just self peering back at you‬.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Has appeared in JSOT. These essays create a broad and challenging volume and, in their questioning of paradigms and the diversity of their approaches, they create a fitting tribute to Keith W. Whitelam. Yes, yes they do.    Get yourself a copy.Filed und... [Modern Culture]
Social media giant Facebook announced Tuesday that it would roll out a new cross-shaped “praise Jesus” reaction button for the month of July to celebrate its Christian users around the world. “Facebook is proud to honor our countless Christian users... [mockery]
Add this one to your bookmarks. Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]

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Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family. More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as the US struggled to... [Total Depravity]
En même temps que Luther, et indépendamment de lui, Zwingli a organisé la Réforme en Suisse. Le professeur André Gounelle montre qu’il est devenu l’ancêtre de la tradition réformée. Unfortunately it’s behind a paywall.  But if you subsc... [Zwingli]

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I’m still waiting for any Christian who supports Trump to explain why they love a man who is far more immoral than Bill Clinton, whom they hate with rabid and irrational hatred. Go ahead, explain yourselves.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Oh boy. The Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) is a detailed and up-to-date survey of the various manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. It is being published biblical book-by-book by the German Bible Society, and this is number 16 in the series. It covers the book... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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The early Church had to endure Philosophers pretending to be Theologians while the modern Church has to endure Theologians pretending to be Philosophers.Filed under: Theology [theology]

June 26, 4PM

I.e., the Fox News of the Left– Sources from within The Huffington Post‘s team of writers and editors have confirmed that the group of highly professional, unbiased journalists is still throwing darts at a board to semi-randomly determine what pe... [mockery]

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“Umbruch, Aufbruch, Vielfalt der Reformation”, Friday 7 July 2017, in Heidelberg. See the program here.  With thanks to Emidio Campi for the heads up.Filed under: Church History [Church History]
In Cambridge.  Take a look.Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

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Nice work here in SwissInfo.  And a very accurate analysis of Zwingli’s tryst with the Einsiedeln strumpet.Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

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On 25 June, 1524 Huldrych Zwingli wrote Frommen, liebe andächtigen brueder! Üch sol nit so ser verwundren, daß die fyend des götlichen wortes täglich nüw und unzalbarlich lüg wider es und sine ußkünder erdichtend, sunder frolocken, das üwre wide... [Church History] [Zwingli]

June 25, 5PM

Yup by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#92967)
You have seduced me, Yahweh, and I have let myself be seduced; you have overpowered me: you were the stronger. I am a laughing-stock all day long, they all make fun of me.  For whenever I speak, I have to howl and proclaim, ‘Violence and ruin!R... [Bible]

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And serving their masters, their owners.  And that isn’t you. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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On Saturday, January 1, 1519, he presented himself to the assembled canons [of Zurich], and was formally inducted into his office as people’s priest. … Zwingli thanked them for electing him, requested their prayers and the prayers of the congregat... [Church History] [Zwingli] [Gospel of Matthew] [Protestant Reformation]

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Yup by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#92958)
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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And no, everyone isn’t ‘just as good’ as everyone else.  People who think so are either blind or stupid.  Donald Trump, for instance, is not as good a person as Mother Theresa and no one in their right mind thinks otherwise.  And no, ... [Modern Culture]
A Texas woman told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in a hot car where they died last month to teach the girl a lesson and that they didn’t lock themselves in, as she initially reported, according to sheriff’s o... [Total Depravity]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The First Kappel War ended on this day in 1529. After several negotiations, a treaty of Peace was concluded June 25, 1529, between Zuerich, Bern, Basel, St. Gall, and the cities of Muehlhausen and Biel on the one hand, and the five Catholic Cantons on the... [Church History] [Zwingli]

June 24, 5PM

“Anybody who wishes to be a theologian must have a mastery of the Scriptures, so that he may have an explanation for whatever can be alleged against any passage.”  –  Martin Luther If someone has no skill in accurate exegesis he or she is ... [Luther]

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Here’s an interesting essay you will enjoy very much. In the late 15th century, when Martin Luther was born and grew up, death was very much present. Family, friends, and neighbors seldom reached what we today would consider a middle age, and women ... [Luther]

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The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history. The books are all available from yours truly for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal... [Biblical Studies Resources]

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“Melanchthon began the preparation [for the Confession] at Coburg, with the aid of Luther, in April, and finished it at Augsburg, June 24. He labored on it day and night, so that Luther had to warn him against over-exertion. “I command you,” he ... [Church History] [Melanchthon]
North Carolina televangelist Todd Coontz – author of numerous books on faith and finances – has been indicted on charges of tax fraud spanning more than a decade. “As a minister, Coontz preached about receiving and managing wealth, yet he failed... [Total Depravity]

June 23, 4PM

Truth Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Those who are strong only in fervor and sharpness, but are not fortified with solid doctrine, weary themselves in their vigorous efforts, make a great noise, rave, [and] make no headway because they build without a foundation.  — John CalvinFiled u... [Calvin] [Church History] [theology] [emergent] [Mega-Church] [seeker sensitive]

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Before the June Carnival goes live.  Send in those submissions!    Join these bloggers in the  Carnival Hall of Fame! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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‪Writing is addictive. Once you’ve published something you literally cannot stop writing, and publishing. #randomness ‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
We’re at the proof editing stage of this beauty- bit.ly/2mUojC7, and V&R is a pleasure to work with as are all of our contributors.  What a smart bunch of gifted writers.   Finally, I have to say, Jon Balserak is the dream co-editor. What a g... [Books] [Church History]
Carrier, the heating and air-conditioning manufacturer, is laying off more than 600 employees from its Indianapolis plant next month, the same plant Trump vowed to keep on American soil, per CNBC. Those manufacturing jobs will go to Mexico, where labor is... [Modern Culture]

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No by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#92820)
Gaga can sing but she is as far from a theologian as I am from a singer.  Furthermore, many of her views are contrary to the teaching of historic Christianity.  This event is nothing but an attempt by the ‘Church’ to pander to popular cultur... [Modern Culture]
Woe to him that is alone. David was alone when Satan drew him to defile his neighbor’s wife. While the sheep flock together they are safe, as being under the shepherd’s eye. But if one straggle from the rest, it is quickly a prey to the ravenous wolf.... [Modern Culture]
A former Vanderbilt football player charged with raping an unconscious female student in a dorm room in June 2013 was pressured and bullied into participating, his lawyer contended in the opening of his trial Monday. In opening statements, defense attorn... [scorn] [Total Depravity]

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This is why the Fathers are, on the whole, completely useless- A certain monk asked St. Anthony the Great, “What must I do to be saved?” The elder answered him, “Don’t trust in your own righteousness, don’t worry about what&#... [Modern Culture]

June 22, 7PM

Because profanity is the only tool the weak minded have for forceful self expression.‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Sources at the USCCB confirmed today that notorious womanizer and overall prick Brody Kakedelis, who once attended St. Thomas More Academy, will most likely end up in hell, despite a new tattoo he has on his forearm reading, “Only God Can Judge Me.” 3... [mockery] [Modern Culture]
This is precisely why every theologian should be actively denouncing evil- “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil . . . Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Americans should have the same health insurance that the Congress has.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Is fantastic!  Take a look!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Get the volume here.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Charlotte v. Kirschbaum Der Reformierte Bund e.V. ist der Dachverband der etwa 1,5 Millionen reformierten Gemeindeglieder in Deutschland. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) und der Union Evangelischer Kirchen in der EKD (U... [Karl Barth]

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Le 9 mars 1522, une petite assemblée réunie autour du réformateur Ulrich Zwingli mange ostensiblement des saucisses en pleine période de carême, en totale opposition avec les prescriptions alimentaires qui régissent ce temps de renoncement aux plais... [Books] [Church History]

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“Human nature is like a drunk peasant. Lift him into the saddle on one side, over he topples on the other side.”—Martin Luther. Give this week’s RefoThursday a read.Filed under: Luther [Luther]
Some of Britain’s top universities have slid to the bottom of the pile under new official rankings which place greater weight on student satisfaction.   Under the new system universities are rated gold, silver or bronze based on measures including ... [Modern Culture]

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This is a gold mine. And MUCH more.Filed under: Church History [Church History]
by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#92765)
Recent anthropological, linguistic, and philosophical studies have significantly increased our understanding of the gift and related phenomena, such as hospitality and charity. While their results can only very carefully be applied to historical theologic... [Luther]
Adolf von Harnack, a church historian and academic organizer in Berlin, was one of the most influential persons in liberal Protestantism in Germany. Christian Nottmeier examines the connection between Harnack’s outline for cultural theology and his ... [Church History]

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Donald Trump’s Pentagon … procured uniforms for the Afghan Army in a camouflage pattern that is both far more expensive than other options and likely inappropriate for the landscape there, a U.S. government watchdog says. The pattern choice co... [Modern Culture]

June 21, 3PM

NPR reports Do You Want The Bad News First … Or The Bad News? The bad news is America’s voting machines are eminently hackable and its elections systems are vulnerable to cyberattack, a computer science expert told the Senate Intelligence Committee on... [Modern Culture]

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Amazon doesn’t list it yet so you’ll have to keep your eyes open for it there.  The publisher has it though. Filed under: Karl Barth [Karl Barth]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Come on, kids.  Use your brains. A British teenager died trying to take a selfie on the Paris Metro when he stuck his head out between the carriages, an inquest heard.  Nye “Frankie” Newman, who had travelled to France to take part int he d... [bizarre news]
Charles V usually spoke in French; but he declared that he would sacrifice any other language, even Spanish or French, yea, one of his states, for a better knowledge of German (Schaff). Because German is the language of the theologians, no doubt.Filed und... [Church History]

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June 20, 7PM

The fact that Trump won and the GOP continues to win is the consequence of voters caring more about money than morals. Money is America’s ‘god’ and consequently the party and politicians the majority of Americans think will provide them... [Modern Culture]

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Free public lecture: When turning to the book of Revelation from the rest of the New Testament, one feels as though they are entering a foreign country. Instead of narratives and letters containing plain statements of fact and imperatives, one comes to a ... [Modern Culture]

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‪How to tell the difference between a terrorist and someone mentally ill:‬ Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Well done, Bee. A new eBay listing confirmed Tuesday that the Apostle Paul’s leather-bound edition of the King James Bible—the only translation he was known to use—is at long last up for auction. The $10 million reserve was quickly exceeded as excit... [Modern Culture]

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Our brilliant Dean at Ming Hua, Gareth Jones, has been working for months and months to help bring about a partnership between Ming Hua and Charles Sturt University of Australia.  The partnership is designed to maximize the educational opportunities of o... [Modern Culture]

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When it stopped focusing on ‘making disciples’, which is what Jesus commanded, and became more interested in appeasing unbelievers and coaxing them in with any gimmick or trick that would fill seats. As a consequence there are as many unredeem... [Modern Culture]
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I can answer that.  Not much.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

June 19, 7PM

It’s actually a very funny blog.  Except this time…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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What are Christians to be and to do in the world? What does faithfulness look like in these complex and confusing times? Christians are often told either to take over the world in God’s name or to withdraw into faithful sanctuaries of counter-cultur... [book review] [Books]

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Rudolf Smend presents many important representatives of the Old Testament studies. Thereby he places emphasis on the scholars and their group of persons, but also discusses the historical contexts and contextual factors of the schools of thought.  His go... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
Take a look… page 91.  Left column.  Top.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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No other German has shaped the history of early-modern Europe more than Martin Luther. In this comprehensive and balanced biography we see Luther as a rebel, but not as a lone hero; as a soldier in a mighty struggle for the universal reform of Christianit... [Books] [Luther]
Liking some parts of the Bible and ignoring what you don’t doesn’t make you a good Christian. It just makes you self centered.  And your hermeneutic is nothing but the hermeneutic of self-centered-ness.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Leo Jud… … was born in 1482, the son of a priest in Alsass, studied with Zwingli at Basle, and became his successor as priest at Einsiedeln, 1519, and his colleague and faithful assistant as minister of St. Peter’s in Zurich since 1523. He m... [Church History] [Jud]

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Omnipotens sempiterne et misericors Deus, cuius verbum est lucerna pedibus nostris et lumen semitarum nostrarum, aperi et illumina mentes nostras ut oracula tua pure et sancte intelligamus et in illud quod recte intellexerimus transformemur, quo maiestati... [Modern Culture]
Under Zwingli’s leadership… A theological college, called Carolinum, was established from the funds of the Great Minster, and opened June 19, 1525. It consisted of the collegium humanitatis, for the study of the ancient languages, philosophy a... [Church History] [Zwingli]

June 18, 6PM

Sign up to Theological Studies content alerts before the end of June, to win a free subcription! Click here: ow.ly/D8VM30cCqLQFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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WACO, Texas (AP) — Police in Central Texas say a woman fell into a foul mood when a fast-food restaurant took too long in delivering her chicken nuggets and she called 911 to complain. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday the woman wanted the... [Modern Culture]
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston ChurchillFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Here.  For the sleep deprived.  (Just kidding) (Maybe).Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

6AM

Get yourself to a Church where you know everyone and everyone knows you.  Michael Svigel is right to write Your spiritual growth is stunted in a church where you can indefinitely hide from other members. It’s a fact.  And it’s also a fact th... [Modern Culture]

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To all the guys worthy of the name.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

June 17, 8PM

The initial date turns out to be over 1000 years too early…  Enjoy.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3PM

And there’s just one word for it: EVIL. Iraqis are being swept up in immigration raids across the US and targeted for deportation by the Trump administration, in a crackdown attorneys and advocates described as a “death sentence” for members of ... [Modern Culture]

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November 23, 2017 at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil: Symposium Other Faces of the Reformation.  On the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther’s work will always be prominent.  However, it is imp... [Church History]
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I guess if the officer had texted Philando Castilo to kill himself instead of shooting him, we might have had a chance at a guilty verdict. – Jay KuoFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

June 16, 3PM

Thanks to Jon Balserak for pointing this gem of a magazine issue out.  Don’t miss Pierrick’s essay.  The guy is a genius.  And don’t worry, you can read a bit of a summary of the essayists thoughts in English here.  Just scroll throu... [Zwingli]

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Finally, an executive order I can get fully behind– A new mandate banning churches from implementing incredibly awkward times of forced meeting and greeting is the latest executive order to be signed by President Trump, sources at the White House re... [mockery]

8AM

According to sources, the $75,000 annual worship ministry budget at Gracepointe Community Church has been totally depleted just over six months into the year, with worship leader Matthew “Aces High” Bogdan having spent almost the entire sum on various... [mockery]

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You should go if you’re anywhere in the UK. The Open Day will give you the opportunity to talk to subject leaders and current students, view Newman’s facilities and obtain further information about the full range of courses we offer.Filed unde... [Modern Culture]

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June 15, 2PM

A funny thing happened on the way to academic integrity. Plagiarism detection software (PDS), like Turnitin, has seized control of student intellectual property. While students who use Turnitin are discouraged from copying other work, the company itself c... [Modern Culture]

10AM

i just want a country where affording health care is easy and getting shot in the street is hard why is that so much to ask? Greg GreenFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Via the twitter and Richard Bartholomew- Williamstown, KY: see Ken Ham’s Noah’s Ark theme park and eat the Arkdog, “2/3 of a cubit of hot dog goodness!”  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

The Official Carnival will appear here on 1 July, so if you see interesting biblical studies posts between now and the end of the month, send them along.  It’s going to be hot!Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival [Biblical Studies Carnival]
This week’s RefoThursday post starts out with two quotes- “Farewell to those who want an entirely pure and purified church. This is plainly wanting no church at all.”—Martin Luther “[T]he church which is outwardly without spot and blemish”... [Church History]

June 14, 2PM

Mockery at its finest– According to sources from within Lakewood Church, the largest congregation in the country, a church staffer was seen adjusting the numbers on the church’s “Days Without A Reference To Jesus” sign after the church’s 11:... [mockery]

11AM

It is normal for Christians to be hated by the majority of men, for the flesh cannot endure to have its vices reproved ~ CalvinFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

Colleagues, A reminder that the early bird rate for this year’s British New Testament Conference in Maynooth ends on 30th June. If you intend to take advantage of this rate, please do book in plenty of time. You can access booking here: http://mayno... [BNTS] [Conferences]

9AM

PROPOSED RESOLUTION #10 ON THE ANTI-GOSPEL OF ALT-RIGHT WHITE SUPREMACY WHEREAS, Scripture teaches, “From one man [God] has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they liv... [Modern Culture]

8AM

Someone said when I bought my Prius C- ‘He’s making too much if he can afford a car like that…’ So this rings true well beyond its intended sarcasm.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
White shooters are always mentally ill and brown shooters are always Muslim terrorists, right America?‬Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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June 13, 4PM

Writing to Vadianus from Einsiedeln on June 13, 1517, thus explains his leaving Glarus: “I have changed my residence, not at the stimulus of desire or of avarice, but because of the wiles of the French; and now I am at Einsiedeln.… What disaster that ... [Zwingli]

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This one- volume systematic theology presents an accessible, orthodox overview of the Christian faith for students, teachers, pastors, and serious lay readers. Cornelis van der Kooi and Gijsbert van den Brink not only cover all the traditional themes-crea... [book review] [Books] [theology]

June 12, 4PM

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

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And yet, the feckless White House has appointed the most uneducated College President presently working in this country to its Education task force. Foolishness.  A case, truly, of the blind leading the blind.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Here.  With thanks to Joel Watts for mentioning it on the book of face.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Nothing occurs merely by the wheels of blind fortune, because the will of God reigns over all that happens. — John CalvinFiled under: Calvin [Calvin]

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This encyclopedia is a collaboration of the leading scholars in the field of Reformation research and the thought, life, and legacy of influence – for good and for ill – of Martin Luther. In 2017 the world marks 500 years since the beginning o... [Books] [Church History] [Luther]

June 11, 5PM

Or, watch the facebook page for a live stream- 1-3 PM Eastern time. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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That one time when the President sent a letter to 8th graders when he couldn’t spell ‘success’… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The children of God ought to be joined together by the bond of fraternal unity ~ CalvinFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

5AM

Was gibt es Langweiligeres für zwei Geschwister im Teenageralter, als in den Ferien zu ihrem Urgroßvater geschickt zu werden? Nichts los, keine Freunde ringsum, irgendwo in einem alten Pfarrhaus nahe Magdeburg – das klingt auch für Daniel und Kirsten... [Books]
If, while conscious of our innocence, we are deprived of our substance by the wickedness of man, we are, no doubt, humanly speaking, reduced to poverty; but in truth our riches in heaven are increased: if driven from our homes we have a more welcome recep... [Calvin] [Church History]

June 10, 4PM

I see no more deadly poison can be given to a growing Christian than contentiousness. For are not love and contentiousness diametrically opposed? And what is the Christian life altogether but love? Therefore, when you sow the seeds of contentiousness, at ... [Zwingli]

12 PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Is beautiful. And a very cool addition to my Luther Bible collection. Filed under: Bible, Luther [Bible] [Luther]

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Luther remarked “Having been taught by experience I can say how you ought to restore your spirit when you suffer from spiritual depression. When you are assailed by gloom, despair, or a troubled conscience you should eat, drink, and talk with others. I... [Luther] [Lutheran Reformation]

June 9, 2PM

So, this is pretty cool- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

I first read this book when it appeared in 1993 and I’ve been re-reading it the last couple of days.  I was impressed with it over 24 years ago and it’s still the best treatment of the topic available.  It is the most intelligent discussion ... [theology]

11AM

According to sources, every United Methodist congregation in America joined together to hold a nationwide “going out of orthodoxy” blowout sale on the churches’ lawns this past weekend. The sale provided the churches with an opportunity to rid thems... [Modern Culture]
I just can’t even can’t even even anymore… I can’t…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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A new volume examines the phenomenon. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history. The books are all available in PDF format from the author for $199 by clicking my Pa... [Biblical Studies Resources]
With a couple of caveats: you have to use the Grad Student code at checkout and the books have to have been published before 1 June 2016. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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June 8, 6PM

This forthcoming volume will doubtless be of interest to all. This present volume aims to stimulate Bucer-research as it brings together a selection of the best of De Kroon’s and Van ’t Spijker’s articles some of which appear for the first time in E... [Books] [Church History] [Reformation]

3PM

If you’re in German Speaking Europe you can order these:  “Huldrychs Reformhaus”: 20 Bildkarten, die Zwingli-Zitate zeitgenössisch interpretieren (Illustrator: Daniel Lienhard). “Ich sage, dass nichts dümmer ist als der Versuch... [Zwingli]
In the early Church, catechesis led to baptism: it was the prerequisite for the sacrament of initiation into the body of believers. Belief was an adult phenomenon, a conscious choice, made after a process of education. Over time, as Christianity became th... [Modern Culture] [theology]

1PM

According to sources close to the local man, 32-year-old Peter Neilsen finally came to accept Jesus Christ as his personal butler at a midweek church service. Neilsen wrestled for years with God’s call to salvation, and finally received the Lord of all ... [mockery] [Modern Culture]
It’s a real shame that Jesus’ followers aren’t as devoted to him as Trump’s followers are to Trump.  A real shame.   And the fact that Trump’s Christian followers are more devoted to Trump than they are to Jesus is the grea... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

I get email.  Sometimes it’s not very nice email.  I get tweets, and like email, sometimes they aren’t very nice.  Senders often use pretty rank profanity to tell me that as a Christian Pastor I shouldn’t be criticizing Trump or Congr... [theology]
A tweetstorm from Trump: Taking into account a fast-approaching offshore low-pressure system as well as the ongoing James Comey hearing, expert meterologists predict cloudy skies and a high probability of a “brutal” tweetstorm from President Trump ove... [mockery]

10AM

If you aren’t Satan’s enemy, you are his ally.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Filed under: Books [Books]

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“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.”—Erasmus Thanks to the development of the printing press, books were coming down in price during Erasmus’s years (c. 1466–1536), but he was preparing scholarly ... [Church History]

4AM

A bit of humor for what looks to be a stressful day both here and across the pond. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

June 7, 7PM

Here’s another in a long line of examples of coddled students believing the notion that they are consumers and not learners.  But when you sow students as consumers instead of learners and turn schools into businesses and education into a consumer ... [Modern Culture]

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Like a tweet. Search for a biblical text to pretend to expound while only really talking about the tweet.‬ Throw in a citation from your interlinear bible and Strong’s concordance to pretend linguistic skill (thanks Chuck). Tweet your ‘sermo... [Modern Culture]
In Luther’s times, music expressed the religious experience of enclosed nuns and Anabaptist martyrs, of Calvinist pious wives and Lutheran schoolgirls, of powerful female rulers and tired peasant mothers. Though few of their songs have reached our e... [Church History]

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Mark your diary! Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]
In six easy steps.Filed under: mockery [mockery]
And that’s obstruction. Trump tried to obstruct an investigation.  He should be impeached.  End of story. The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that F... [Modern Culture]

11AM

And what are Methodists doing ordaining one? A regional body of the United Methodist Church has ordained a transgender individual who does not identify as male or female to the position of provisional deacon. What?  I can’t even can’t even ev... [Modern Culture]

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“One should not whip children too hard. My father once whipped me so severely that I fled from him and it was difficult for him to win me back again to himself. I would not willingly strike little Hans much, for if I did he would be shy of me and hate m... [Luther]

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Full members [of the Catholic Biblical Association] are encouraged to invite graduate students to apply for membership. Associate members who have completed their doctorates may also wish to apply for Full membership. Click here for membership categories... [Catholic Biblical Association]

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The Eighth Annual RefoRC Conference is hosted by the University of Warsaw and will take place May 24-26, 2018. All the info is posted here.Filed under: Church History, Conferences, Refo500, Reformation [Church History] [Conferences] [Refo500] [Reformation]

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All the details are here. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

June 6, 5PM

Biblicists have long been aware that some compositions in the Bible cite and allude to other compositions. At times these practices are obvious; often, however, they are not. Essays in this volume focus on subtle, not-so-obvious, unrecognized cases of cit... [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]

12 PM

The Second Amendment, that is. After a long, drawn-out internal battle, the Southern Baptist Convention narrowly voted to affirm the inerrancy of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution at a special meeting called to settle the matter once ... [mockery]

8AM

The good folk at Vision Video have allowed me to review their very new film and I’ll be posting my thoughts on it later tonight.  Stay tuned, as they say.Filed under: media [media]

5AM

“Knowledge of documents should precede final judgement upon readings.” Useful though this adage by Westcott and Hort is, it is also a little bit of an open door: lots of things should precede ‘final judgement’ (and when is anything ‘final’ in ... [Biblical Studies Resources]

3AM

Even being buried in gravel can’t harm Audi passengers…  This from China, where the driver was perfectly fine… Filed under: bizarre news, Modern Culture [bizarre news] [Modern Culture]

June 5, 5PM

Russia has been trying to dig its way into our elections for years.  Which is why we need to return to paper ballots.  Because electronic voting machines are far too vulnerable to hacking.  And yes, anything can be hacked. Russia’s military intel... [Modern Culture]

3PM

Your insane Congressman Higgins, who you will no doubt now send to Washington in perpetuity, has uttered insanity the likes of which we’re only used to seeing from the worst politicians in the most unstable States.  Congratulations…  I sure ... [Total Depravity]

2PM

Via the Postillon. The Gray House is completely coal powered.  Thanks Donald!Filed under: mockery [mockery]

1PM

Christian Dogmatics: An Introduction. This one-volume systematic theology presents an accessible, orthodox overview of the Christian faith for students, teachers, pastors, and serious lay readers. Cornelis van der Kooi and Gijsbert van den Brink not only ... [Books] [theology]

4AM

„Geld ist das Wort des Satans, durch das er alles in der Welt schafft, wie Gott sich alles durch das wahre Wort schafft.“ (Martin Luther). „Du darfst kein riesiges Maul sein, das alles gierig in sich hineinfrisst und verschlingt.“ (Johannes Calvin... [Zwingli]

June 4, 7PM

Can there be a stronger incentive to holiness than, “Every man that has this hope in him purifies himself.” ~ CalvinFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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2PM

Matthew Dowd is right on the money. The media needs to stop talking about Trump tweeting and name his tweets what they are- policy statements and WH pronouncements. Then let him live with them and his Administration too. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

10AM

How lovely are your dwelling-places, Yahweh Sabaoth.  My whole being yearns and pines for Yahweh’s courts, My heart and my body cry out for joy to the living God.  Even the sparrow has found a home, the swallow a nest to place its young: your alta... [Modern Culture]

6AM

But apparently the Governor wants official ‘prayer patrols’ to fight crime.  And no, this isn’t The Onion. Erm…Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

June 3, 3PM

Islam by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#91917)
The West may not be at war with Islam, but it’s pretty clear that a segment of Islam is definitely at war with the West.Filed under: Islam [Islam]

11AM

He may be deeply faithful to his goals of self enrichment but he is not faithful to Christ or the Church or Christianity.  Quite the opposite.  His every word, his every policy, his every goal is deeply unchristian.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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5AM

Foreign Policy employs some real dilettantes who don’t know squat about Luther.  If the rest of their analysis is this moronic they belong in the garbage can. Filed under: Dilettante, disdain, loathing [Dilettante] [disdain] [loathing]

4AM

Just don’t.  Don’t.  I can’t even believe this is a thing.  But don’t do it.  It’s madness. Filed under: Heresy and Heretics [Heresy and Heretics]

June 2, 3PM

Christians shouting ‘America first’ don’t value their Christianity much. It’s always and only Jesus first. Period. Anything else is idolatry.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

1PM

It is, after all, a quite specific religious symbol and has been for a very, very long time… Tech behemoth Google, known to change the logo on its eponymous search engine in honor of special people and events, announced Friday that the company was... [mockery] [Modern Culture]

9AM

I love group texts.  LOVE them.  Love sending them and love getting them.  You’ve gone too far this time, Bee… mocking the GT. Local man Chris Hatcher is currently serving the fourth year of a life sentence in an ongoing group text, having ... [mockery]
Oh please.  Come on. Filed under: Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]

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Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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And this study proves it: A recent study by Vanderbilt University professor Marino Bruce has found that people who attend religious services live longer and are less stressed. The findings held true across faith traditions, said Bruce, the associate d... [Modern Culture]

6AM

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You are being played like a fool by @SpeakerRyan and #putin. Undo @BarackObama and abandon #eu.‬ When they finish with you they will destroy you.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

A University of Arizona visiting scholar published an article in a peer-reviewed journal about how she self-identifies as a hippopotamus. Media reports about the article by Florentin Félix Morin refer to Morin as a “transgender man.” In the a... [bizarre news]

June 1, 3PM

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 NJB) Break the arm of the wicked... [Bible]

1PM

“There is now no pardon, but it is the time of extreme vengeance, for they have too long abused God’s forbearance, who has borne with them, kindly and even sweetly exhorted them to repent, and testified that he would be exorable and propitious, provid... [Calvin]

12 PM

Is a national disgrace.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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And one has been discovered, and ordered, here.  When it arrives I’ll have in my collection Luther’s 1534 2 volume edition, the 1541 edition, and the earliest, the 1522 New Testament translated at the Wartburg.  Hooray.Filed under: Bible, Lu... [Bible] [Luther]

4AM

It’s time for biblical scholars to start showing up at workplaces and telling people how to do their jobs. If they’re ‘experts’ at our job then by jiminy we’re experts at theirs.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

“To make intercessions for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.”—John Calvin That’s the header quote.  Enjoy the essay by Dawn Moore here.Filed under: Calvin [Calvin]

1AM

Mohr has some new works that may interest you guys (gals, people, undecided, and indeterminate)- Frick, Peter Understanding Bonhoeffer In this volume, Peter Frick attempts to answer the question of how to understand Bonhoeffer. By examining differe... [Books]
A random fact about Karl Barth with which you may or may not be familiar- but of all the gifts he was ever given he treasured most the Weimar Ausgabe of Luther’s Works (and that was an amazing gift indeed from an exceedingly kind soul) and the compl... [Modern Culture]

May 31, 11PM

When you don’t grasp the difference between literal and metaphorical in scripture.  Because when you’re a literalistic sexualizing hammer everything looks like an abusive sexualized nail.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9PM

your hostThe month of May saw the publication of a variety of Biblical Studies related posts across the spectrum of the Biblioblogging / Biblical Studies Kingdom.  Readers will find in what follows the best of the lot.*  If it’s here, it&#... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblical Studies Resources]

5PM

via the Trump page on FBFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This is important. As Protestants this year remember the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, they will understandably focus on the legacy of Martin Luther and other big-name Reformers. However, it is to be hoped that this anniversary will also help reki... [Vermigli]
But 93% of mine are real.  You should be one of them.  The real ones that is, not the fake ones. Filed under: twitter [Twitter]
I’ve received word that without further funding, the critical edition of Heinrich Bullinger’s Letters will end with the publication of Volume 19 (volume 18 has just appeared). Funding sources have become hard to come by and the project is suff... [Bullinger]

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For the Research Group Early Modern History (15th-18th Centuries), Leuven we are looking for an enthousiastic doctoral student, who is willing to write and defend a doctoral dissertation regarding burial disputes during the Dutch Revolt within the framewo... [Church History]
Kathy Griffin, who sources describe as a comedian, apologized Tuesday for publishing a gruesome photo to social media which falsely depicts herself as someone with current political and social relevance. The image of Ms. Griffin holding a bloodied, sever... [mockery]

9AM

Is available here.  With some notable entries.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

8AM

Der Pfarrer Ulrich Zwingli aus dem Toggenburg prägte die Schweizer Kirchengeschichte dauerhaft. Der Verein «tut» hat eine Ausgabe seines gleichnamigen Kinder- und Jugendmagazins dem Schweizer Reformator gewidmet. Das Heft wird bereits in zweiter Auflag... [Zwingli]

7AM

We do not justify men before God by works, but say, that all who are of God are regenerated and made new creatures, so that they pass from the kingdom of sin into the kingdom of righteousness. In this way they make their calling sure, and, like trees, are... [Calvin]

6AM

Indeed many self described Evangelicals are doctrinally and behaviorly anti-Christian.  Hence ‘Evangelical’ support for immoral and godless Trump.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

Isn’t Jesus.  And if the ‘Jesus’ you imagine never expresses anger or wrath, yours is a Marcionite Pseudo-Jesus too, just like the world’s.Filed under: Theology [theology]
To get your Carnival submissions in.  The Carnival posts on 1 June at 00:01.  And it’s glorious. #Covfefe, my friends, #Covfefe…Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival [Biblical Studies Carnival]

3AM

And the internet never forgets.  Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

May 30, 4PM

Konrad Schmid has posted this program: Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]
We are all by nature the children of wrath, and conceived in sin, to which damnation adheres – John CalvinFiled under: Calvin [Calvin]
Bullinger News Eine Ausstellung zu Heinrich Bullingers Briefwechsel im Kollegiengebäude der Universität Zürich / Exhibition on Heinrich Bullinger’s correspondence at the University of Zurich — 17.05.-24.06.2018 http://www.zh-reformation.ch/even... [Bullinger]

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She isn’t making a statement she’s promoting violence.  We cannot condemn violence when our enemies engage in it and then embrace it for our own cause.  And violence is NEVER funny. No, Kathy, you’re wrong.  And your action is vile.Fi... [Modern Culture]

12 PM

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Glaube: Das Verständnis des Glaubens im frühen Christentum und in seiner jüdischen und hellenistisch-römischen Umwelt, Hrsg. v. Jörg Frey, Benjamin Schliesser u. Nadine Ueberschaer, unter Mitarbeit von Kathrin Hager, 2017. XXV, 957 Seiten. Wissenscha... [book review] [Books]

7AM

Save your money.  Metaxas isn’t a Luther scholar (or any kind of scholar) so his book will be at least as useless as his vile misrepresentation of Bonhoeffer. Spare yourself the copious regurgitation Metaxas’s ignorant spewings will evoke... [Modern Culture]

4AM

A Classic now re-issued as an e-book. The link above includes the table of contents.   Brill have provided a copy of this newly published e-book, so I’ll have a bit to say about it soon.Filed under: Book Review, Books [book review] [Books]

3AM

Keep them from fidgeting!  Here are some helpful suggestions as to how that can be accomplished: Filed under: mockery, Modern Culture [mockery] [Modern Culture]
On this day in 1431 the Office of the Holy Inquisition invented french toast when it ushered Joan off this mortal coil. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

May 29, 2PM

„Das ist mein Glaube, denn also glauben alle rechten Christen“ – Martin Luther Prat.Filed under: Luther [Luther]

1PM

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches launches “R-City Guide,” a free app featuring interactive tours in ten key locations of the Swiss Reformation. The app is now available for free at the App Store and Google Play. More here.  And yes, you ... [Church History]

11AM

“Trump was the gateway candidate. When Republicans allowed themselves to accept and support him in spite of his glaring flaws and his life lived in opposition to the values they once professed and insisted upon, they moved themselves into another mo... [Modern Culture]
The Church’s endless banal attempts to be “relevant” are, arguably, in fact the decisive evidence that we have lost our trust in the faith once delivered to the Saints. We have been seduced by a secular pseudo-Gospel. – James Hardi... [Modern Culture]

10AM

An enlightened, freethinking NPC on a lightly modded Minecraft server announced Monday that he denies the existence of Notch and the team at Mojang, explaining that he doesn’t see any evidence of design in the clearly designed game world around him. “... [mockery]

8AM

The newest volume of the Society for Old Testament Study Monograph Series has been published: Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges: An Anthropological Approach.Filed under: Bible, Biblical Studies Resources, Books [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

4AM

Via R. Joseph Hoffmann Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

3AM

A textual apparatus is useful as a quick summary of the evidence at a particular location and also to raise questions as to unexpected manuscript combinations or readings. However, by its very nature, an apparatus presents the evidence in an atomistic way... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]
I hope your day is pleasant and I hope that one day we will all beat our swords into plows and our spears into pruning hooks and our guns into paperweights and that we learn war no more and consequently none of our kids have to die for the land-grabs of t... [Modern Culture]

May 28, 4PM

For you to send along your Carnival suggestions.  If you’ve seen a good biblioblog post, send it.Filed under: Biblical Studies Carnival [Biblical Studies Carnival]

3PM

Why don’t Christian parents with kids on sports teams just say no when the team schedules a game for Sunday morning?  Anyone?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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This essay is worth reading.  Additionally, what’s said here can and also should be said of the TV church.Filed under: Theology [theology]
Paul lies covered with worthless dust, but will rise again to glory; over you are raised costly tombs, but both you and your wealth are doomed to the burning. Have a care, I pray you, at least have a care for the riches you love. Why are even the grave-cl... [jerome]

5AM

“For Paul, holiness is a venereal disease passed on from one spouse to the other.” – Richard B. Hays on 1 Cor. 7:14 Via Mike SkinnerFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

4AM

The advantages of a university or academical education will never be despised except by him who never enjoyed them, or who affects to be superior to their necessity. – William OrmeFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
“Wright’s portrait of Paul …is basically designed by the wishes of dogmatic concerns and constraints. … Luke … would be disappointed” – Becker “PFG is not a modest book, and its author is not modest either&#... [Biblical Studies Resources] [Books]

May 27, 5PM

“A wise man therefore must not take a wife. For in the first place his study of philosophy will be hindered, and it is impossible for anyone to attend to his books and his wife. Matrons want many things, costly dresses, gold, jewels, great outlay, m... [jerome]

3PM

I have a challenge for the people like Jerry Falwell Jr and Eric Metaxas and the other would be Christians who support Trump: how do you feel about his admiration for a man who thinks soldiers raping women is a joke? Defend Trump if you dare.  Do it.  I... [Total Depravity]

2PM

The doctor took his son on his lap, and the child befouled him. Thereupon he [Martin Luther] said, “How our Lord God has to put up with many a murmur and stink from us, worse than a mother must endure from her child!” —  Martin Luther, Table Ta... [Luther]

8AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

May 26, 7PM

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

12 PM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

4AM

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

May 25, 4PM

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

3PM

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

1PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

7AM

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

5AM

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

May 24, 7PM

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

2PM

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

7AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

May 23, 3PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

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

May 22, 11PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

8AM

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

5AM

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

2AM

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

May 21, 5PM

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

1PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

May 20, 4PM

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

3PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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

May 19, 4PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

4AM

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

May 18, 6PM

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

4PM

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

3PM

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

2PM

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

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8AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

May 17, 6PM

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

5PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

2PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

May 16, 6PM

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

5PM

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

4PM

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

3PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

7AM

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

May 15, 12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

5AM

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

3AM

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

May 14, 5PM

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

11AM

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

6AM

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

4AM

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

May 13, 5PM

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

4PM

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

1PM

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

9AM

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

7AM

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

4AM

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

May 12, 3PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

2AM

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

May 11, 3PM

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

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

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

May 10, 1PM

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12 PM

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

10AM

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

9AM

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

8AM

Right here!Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]

7AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

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

May 9, 3PM

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

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

10AM

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

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

May 8, 5PM

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

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

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

12 PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

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

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

May 7, 5PM

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

2PM

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

12 PM

When the doctor had gone to bed a man came who had been sent by the widow of the pastor in Belgern to ask for a husband. He [Martin Luther] said, “Give [her a husband]? She’s over seven years of age! Let her find her own husband! I can’t provide one... [Luther]

10AM

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

6AM

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5AM

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

4AM

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

May 6, 4PM

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

1PM

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

11AM

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

9AM

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

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

7AM

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

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

May 5, 12 PM

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

9AM

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

8AM

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

May 4, 4PM

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

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

11AM

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

8AM

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

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

May 3, 6PM

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

5PM

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

2PM

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

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

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

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

5AM

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

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

2AM

Via Konrad Schmid-  Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]

May 2, 5PM

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

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

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

9AM

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

5AM

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

3AM

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

April 24, 4AM

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

3AM

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

April 23, 5PM

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

12 PM

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

10AM

via Shawn TabattFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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

April 22, 4PM

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

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

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April 21, 10AM

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

8AM

These people are counterfeit apostles, dishonest workers disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  There is nothing astonishing in this; even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  It is nothing extraordinary, then, when his servants disgu... [Heresy and Heretics]
Is this new?  Or have I simply never noticed it before? Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]
Rebecca writes Come to the Zwingliplatz on Sunday at 17:00 and join us for the unveiling of the Anna Bullinger-Adlischwyler (ca.1504-1564) commemorative plaque. We are also honoring Anna, who I worked to historically reconstruct, this year at the Gesellsc... [Bullinger] [Church History]
This little segment is on Marburg. The whole film, as I’ve said before, is excellent. Filed under: Church History [Church History]

5AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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April 20, 12 PM

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

11AM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

5AM

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

4AM

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

3AM

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

April 19, 5PM

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

10AM

You should attend this because it will be, literally, the worst thing you will ever attend. Think of it. Nothing you ever do the rest of your life will be worse! Filed under: Conferences [Conferences]
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9AM

A brave internet user has discovered a creative, unique, and winsome way to protect the Christian faith against error and heresy: an anonymous Twitter account. Using the Twitter handle @PurestDoctrine4U, the person (who agreed to an interview Wednesday ... [mockery]

8AM

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

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

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

April 18, 1PM

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

11AM

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

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

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

5AM

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

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

April 17, 4PM

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

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

11AM

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

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

8AM

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

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

4AM

Filed under: Calvin [Calvin]

3AM

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

April 16, 5PM

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

3PM

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

1PM

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

9AM

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

4AM

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

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

April 15, 3PM

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

11AM

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

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

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

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

April 14, 4PM

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

2PM

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

1PM

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

11AM

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

8AM

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

6AM

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

3AM

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

April 13, 4PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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

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

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

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

April 12, 5PM

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

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

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

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

April 11, 3PM

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

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

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

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

April 10, 5PM

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

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

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

11AM

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

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

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

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

5AM

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

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April 9, 5PM

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

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

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

9AM

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

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

April 8, 4PM

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

1PM

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

12 PM

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

7AM

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

6AM

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

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

April 7, 3PM

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

1PM

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

11AM

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

10AM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

9AM

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

8AM

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

7AM

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

5AM

The latest issue of CBQ arrived today and most noteworthy is the obit of the brilliant Joe Fitzmyer- Filed under: obituary [obituary]