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May 26 2015, 7PM

I'm opposed to Jeffery Jay Lowder claiming he's a philosopher, which he does. This is a screenshot of his Twitter profile claiming he's a Philosopher of Religion. He only has a B.A. in Computer Science earned in 1995 from Seattle Pacific University. I hav... [Lowder]


A friend posted this on FB- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
That line is from Esteban Vazquez- in reaction to some comments I shared with him and a few others about academic pursuits: Some things are earned, and academic respectability is one of those things. It takes time, effort, rejection, encouragement, heartb... [Modern Culture]
From time to time you’ll find here Zwingli and Luther solving todays most pressing theological problems in their own inimitable style.  Just look for the “The Modern Adventures of Little Zwingli and Little Luther” category.  You’... [Luther] [Modern Culture] [The Modern Adventures of Little Zwingli and Little Luther] [Zwingli]


I’m always surprised when Biblical scholars say they don’t read Hebrew or Greek or Aramaic or German. And when theologians say it too. It’s the same shock I feel when someone tells me they hate Zwingli even though they’ve never r... [Modern Culture]


There is a lot going on around Ephesus in early Christianity. The NT has numerous writings that are somehow linked to that city – more than many people even realize. Yet we can identify this city as a leading Christian center within the early church, an... [ephesian christianity]
Part I: The Lion that is a Lamb Scholars have become increasingly aware of the careful compositional nature of Revelation, with an increasing amount of studies demonstrating the meticulous nature of John’s work, highlighting various features of the book... [Book of Revelation]


Yesterday I received Jerry Coyne's sure to be a classic book, Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. I'm loving it!Since his book is such a bestseller I also appreciate his high endorsement of the Outsider Test for Faith, He describ...
Catholics, heathens, aren’t they really just the same thing?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The Eye of the Tiber reports Ireland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to allow “snakes” back in the country on Saturday, becoming the first country in the world to allow such a move by popular vote. Though the final tally is yet unknown, the refer... [sarcasm]
Joel and Mark were schoolchums back in their Birmingham days and they roomed together as well.  So it was only a matter of time before they met and weaseled up the courage to ask actual girls to go out.  Here’s a stunning photo of their first date... [Modern Culture]


And he was obviously deceived in the same way regarding the earth and heaven and man; for he supposes that there are "ideas" of these. For as Moses wrote thus, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth," and then subjoins ...
The best defense is often a good offense. That is how historical Jesus scholars have treated their subject. Think about it. If you wanted to make sure the historical Jesus, the very Jewish Jesus, is never discovered, what would you do? How would you go ab...
I’m VERY excited about this one! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Deborah Netburn: Heads up, men: Pulling on a bright red shirt in the morning may change the way people perceive you throughout the day. According to a new study, most of us think men dressed in red look more aggressive, dominant and angry than if they wer... [Uncategorized]
And you should follow him.  He’s super smart.  Super knowledgeable about the Reformation.  He’s a key player in the Corpus Reformatorum edition of Zwingli’s Complete Works. Filed under: twitter [Twitter]
First, both partners need to be more selfless than selfish.  The problem with so many couples today is that one or both partners is selfish.  If both, the marriage is totally doomed and should never be entered into.  If one is selfish and one selfless,... [Modern Culture]
May is almost over—don’t miss great savings on more than 100 products, including commentaries, biblical and theological studies, preaching resources, and more. If you’re looking to build your library with some low-priced titles, check out these deal... [Misc.] [Products] [commentaries] [eschatology] [george eldon ladd] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [may deals] [monthly sale] [Products] [roy b. zuck] [sale]


Claude Mariottini posted on his blog that he is hosting the next Biblical Studies Carnival. If you have noticed any posts, whether on this blog or any other, that pertain to the academic study of the Bible, and which you think deserve to be highlighted, p... [Biblical Studies Carnival] [biblioblogging] [blogging]
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One of my favorite sayings of Jesus comes in Matthew’s version of the grain-plucking episode. Jesus’s disciples are accused of doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath because they are tilling and eating as they go. Jesus says, in part, Have y... [Bible Thoughts] [ethics] [Jesus and the law] [Mark 2] [Matthew 12] [narrative theology]
Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott is associate professor of Hebrew Bible at William Jessup University.  She earned a B.A. from Simpson University, M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from The University of Sheffield. She can be found at her WJU fa... [Modern Culture]
By Wes Hill: Admittedly, though, most of the time, in my own theological reading and writing, I don’t pay much attention to “distinctively Anglican” theology. I confess I’m more apt to read Karl Barth than Richard Hooker, and I’m generally more ... [Anglican]
If you head over to the American Bible Society (Catholic Ministries Section) you can find a weekly, online, lectio divina prayer resource for use with the Sunday readings. Lectio Divina is a weekly framework for a faithful and respectful reading of the Bi... [ABS] [Lectio Divina]
That in the not too distant future I’ll have an exciting announcement to make regarding an announcement that I will make later on this year about an exciting event! Stay tuned.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I hold to radical, outrageous, shocking, scandalous, limitless grace. I believe there is no other kind of grace.But whenever I teach or write about this sort of grace, it is almost guaranteed that someone will object by saying, “So are you saying th... [Redeeming Theology] [grace] [Romans 6:1; Titus 2:12] [sin] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin]


It’s about enhanced e-books and their value to scholars and scholarship.  It’s from last year but it’s worth mentioning again. A fully enhanced e-book can do the work of two or more traditional print volumes: Authors can address the gen... [Modern Culture]
A number of years ago, I was in a presbytery meeting in which a young man was being examined for ordination. He was asked if he had any stated differences with the Westminster Standards. He said that he did, and referred to Larger Catechism 109 (dealing w...
Via Katie Luther on FB- Filed under: Luther [Luther]
Over the weekend I built a new bed so that I could put up a hoop house. In Indiana, I would put two beds inside a hoop house, but here I've been experimenting with putting three. I'm planning on putting the cover on it this week and planting tomatoes and ... [Garden] [Hoop house] [Idle Musings] [Just for Fun]
Burge, Gary M. A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2015. 189 pp. Pb; $16.  Link to IVP, includes a short book trailer featuring Burge. Burge says the modern reader is like “a foreigner in their world and culture,... [Book Reviews] [book review] [church] [Ministry] [Preaching]
Matthew R. Malcolm:See Larry Hurtado’s comments on his chapter here… Originally posted on Larry Hurtado's Blog: In today’s post came a contributor’s copy of a new multi-author volume:  All that the Prophets Have Declared:  The Appro... [Uncategorized]
The HuffPost has an article entitled, "6 Of The Most Ridiculous Stunts Pastors Have Pulled To Get People To Church" here. I am not a fan of this approach to ministry and think that generally it is not ultimately helpful. But I must admit that some of the ... [church] [Preaching] [Prophets]
I believe legalism is so popular because it’s much easier than carefully evaluating what’s earthly and what’s worldly. Not better or more fun, but easier. By simply following a list someone gives you, you can feel safe and secure. Likewise, worldlin... [gospel] [Holiness] [Radically Normal]
English: Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) stained glass window. Cathedral of Saint-Rombouts, Mechelen (Belgium). In the book an extract of St. Thomas’s hymn Pange lingua (“Sing, My Tongue”): Verbum caro pane vero verbo carnem efecit fit(... [theology] [Thomas Aquinas]


In today’s post came a contributor’s copy of a new multi-author volume:  All that the Prophets Have Declared:  The Appropriation of Scripture in the Emergence of Christianity, ed. Matthew R. Malcolm (Milton Keynes:  Paternoster Press, 2015)... [NT religious ideas]
We recently had a clergy conference for our diocese and it was hosted in our local parish. The lectures were given in the sanctuary and our topic was alcoholism and addiction. As the speaker described St. Augustine’s own moment of release from his ... [Christianity] [death] [grief] [Mack] [Episcopal Church]
Next year I’ll be co-teaching a module on ‘The Making of Modern Christianity: Medieval and Reformation Europe.’ I’ll be taking the medieval section of the module (I can’t tell you how glad I am not to have to teach Luther). I... [blog posts] [teaching]


From Le Monde de la Bible– Depuis le 21 mai 2015, les dijhadistes de l’Etat islamique, se sont emparés de la ville antique de Palmyre, dans le désert syrien, classée par l’Unesco au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité. Dans ce contexte, nous ... [Archaeology]


Last weekend I attended a lecture by Richard B. Hays at the Lanier Theological Library. I read Hays’ new book, “Reading Backwards,” last year and it’s excellent. This lecture was an overview of that book. The library usually posts their lectures f... [gospel] [Interpretive Challenges in the OT] [old testament] [theology]
New in the R5AS from V&R– On 19th October 1512, Martin Luther received his doctorate of theology under the chairmanship of Andreas Bodenstein of Karlstadt. Throughout his life, Luther remained tied to the Universityof Wittemberg. The Reformation... [book review] [Books]
 This year, 2015, marks the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of the New International Version (NIV) in 1965. The actual translation was published in 1978.Pressrelease from Zondervan (Grand Rapids, MI) -- April 1, 2015:In 1965, the Committee on B... [50th anniversary] [CBT] [Committee on Bible Translation] [New International Version] [NIV]
It struck me that the phrase that one often hears on radio stations – “the greatest hits of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond” – could apply equally well to the Bible. It is a compilation of works which were considered to be partic... [Bible] [greatest hits]
Chapter 5 of Mark Harris’s book The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science looks at the biblical framework of creation. The concern is not so much the act of creation, but the way in which the bible’s authors talk about the nature... [Uncategorized]
Lexicons are commonly used for studying biblical languages. It may shock you, then, that I discourage beginning Hebrew and Greek students from using them. I’m not kidding. I’d be happy if beginning students never used them. I don’t diminish lexicon... [Misc.] [Training] [Beginning Greek and Hebrew] [Bible study] [Greek] [Hebrew] [Lexicons] [Michael Heiser] [mobile ed] [word studies]


Continuing my series on whether American Christianity is in decline:Did Constantine and Theodosius make Rome Christian?When did Europe become Christian?Theories of Western declineA more dialectical view1. I'm sure that there is a body of research arguing ... [philosophy of history]
Here’s the deal: you have to be attending SBL in Atlanta this November to be able to enter, as that’s when you’ll get the prize: any coffee or hot beverage you desire, at my cost! I know, awesome, huh? So how do you enter? Some time betw... [food] [SBL]


NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why Peter Williams Does Not Believe in the Septuagint (Peter J. Gurry, ETC).
THE TWO CITIES: Natalie Portman, Idolatry, and Ancient Judaism.
Science requires translation. Even very intelligent people in other fields of study have trouble understanding what scientists have been saying. That’s why science writers are so important. They can distill the heady knowledge that empirical method p... [Books] [Consciousness] [feminism] [Mysticism] [Posts] [Religious Violence] [science] [And Other Strange Tales from Science] [Isaac Newton] [Jay Ingram. The Barmaid’s Brain] [Joan of Arc] [neuroscience] [schizophrenia] [science and religion]
PHILONICA AND NEOTESTAMENTICA: CRINT Online!Scholars working in the field of Philo and ancient Judaism, will certainly know the Compendia Rerum ad Ioudaicarum series. Now these great books are also available online ...Just to be clear, "online" here does...
OLD TESTAMENT APOCRYPHA WATCH: Judith on a Pasta Label: Must be sauce to lose your head over (Deane Galbraith, Remnant of Giants).

12 AM

Today’s is a guest post from Beth Rowland, a student at the University of Nottingham who attends St Nic’s. The concept of Live Below the Line, spending just one pound a day on food, was something I’d heard of before May 2015, but not somet... [Life & Ministry] [Beth Rowland] [consumption] [discipleship] [discipline] [fasting] [food] [Operation Mobilisation] [Poverty] [temptation]

May 25, 11PM

I’m just looking at Romans 8:31-39 at the moment, and noticing that the rhythm of the rhetorical questions in this section kinda collects up the issues that Paul has been working through prior to this passage… [Romans]
Below, Prof. Amy-Jill Levine gives a lecture on Jesus from a Jewish and pluralistic perspective. It makes for an interesting listen as Levine is an eloquent speaker and she makes some points that will prove thought-provoking for all. [Uncategorized]
Studies of ereading Studies about how reading paper books compares to reading electronic devices like a Kobo have gotten some attention in the media. Which makes sense because it’s often a chance to have a great moral panic about how technology is n... [Language] [Mind, Psychology and Consciousness] [Science and Skepticism]


Ben: Let’s talk ecclesiology for a moment. Irenaeus was by no means just a writer, he was a bishop in ‘Gaul’. What was his vision of the church and church structure, including his vision of church leadership. Is he an example of ‘e... [Uncategorized]