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November 27 2014, 5AM

Comments being rare on this blog, I do read them when they come along. Recently I had a reader comment, in the form of a question (as sometimes happens): “Do Native American Indians do ‘Thanksgiving’?” Although I’m fairly certain this was inte... [Britannia] [civil religion] [Holidays] [popular culture] [Posts] [Religious Violence] [Sects] [Travel] [Culloden] [Jacobite Revolution] [Killing Time] [native american] [Rest and Be Thankful] [Scotland] [Thanksgiving]
A still from "This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers," 1973. Today we remember a long-ago feast of gratitude. Perhaps that feast was held by Pilgrims along with their Wampanoag neighbors, who had helped the colonists survive the hardships... [gratitude] [Holidays]
Part of living the Christian life is discipling others. In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded his disciples to go and “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19). This is an intimidating mandate. When we’re still in the process of growing in our walk with Jes... [Products] [discipleship] [discipleship training bundle] [discipling] [logos 6] [logos mobile ed] [logos mobile education] [mobile ed]


Janette Oke and Davis Bunn.  The Centurion’s Wife.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2009. I know Janette Oke as the author of the Love Comes Softly series.  Michael Landon, Jr. made these books into movies for the Hallmark Channel.... [Bible] [history] [religion]


WILLIAM DEN HOLLANDER: Josephus Reconsidered (The ASOR Blog). There's been a lot of useful reconsidering of Josephus in recent years. This post summarizes the argument in Dr. Hollander's book, Josephus, the Emperors, and the City of Rome (Brill, 2014),...


Here is the second part of Martin Davie’s review of Alan Wilson’s More Perfect Union? Martin was for several years Theological Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity of the Church of England and Theological Consultant to the House of... [Psephizo] [Alan Wilson] [authority] [Bible] [gay] [hermeneutics] [Martin Davie] [same sex unions]
Here follows a really clear and careful review of Alan Wilson’s More Perfect Union? by Martin Davie. Martin was for several years Theological Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity of the Church of England and Theological Consultant to the ... [Psephizo] [Alan Wilson] [authority] [Bible] [gay] [hermeneutics] [Martin Davie] [same sex unions]

November 26, 11PM

What a tremendous time I had this year at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature!  Above all, I had the honor of reading a paper co-written with John Kincaid. N.T. Wright, Pamela Eisenbaum, and Ward Blanton responded to it. It was in...
So, during the stressful days during which the Augsburg Confession were being hammered out, he wrote “Not a day passes in which I do not wish that I might leave this world.” But. He still managed to produce a gem. Luther, at Coburg during the... [Church History] [Luther] [Melanchthon]
Ann and I decided to take a day trip on a bus to Saltzburg. Now ordinarily, I’m not enamored of canned bus tours, but this one turned out o.k., and Saltzburg was well worth the journey. The town is named after the fact that it had a salt mine as its... [Uncategorized]


NOTE: This is a post I wrote some time ago, but since Thanksgiving is upon us once more, and since I really love Isa 25:6–10, a text I taught on in a lecture earlier in the week, I want to re-post. Enjoy the feasting…   For Americans, Thanksg... [Uncategorized] [feast of God] [holy feast] [Thanksgiving]
I used an excerpt of this sermon in Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails.Here is sermon. Full text below:Read more »
There are lots of reasons for me to be sad, depressed, or even angry right now and at this time of the year. I am sure that is true for every one of us. American Thanksgiving Day is wonderful for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that it... [Christianity] [grief] [Lament] [Life] [Mack] [Thanksgiving]


Vern Poythress makes a provocative and interesting suggestion regarding the human authors of Scripture in an article that appears in the most recent Journal of the Evangelical Society. Here are the first four paragraphs introducing the article. How import... [Interpretation] [old testament] [Prophecy] [Zephaniah]
給我美國的朋友與學生: 感恩節快樂! Happy Thanksgiving! Εὐτυχής ἡμέρα τῶν εὐχαριστίων. 前兩天聽宗蓓提起,在教會看到你們仍在背希臘文,知道你們沒有丟棄11~12年前的學習...


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; ... [god and country]


This year’s SBL annual meeting was a huge success for me: plenty of meaningful conversation with friends both old and new together with several important discussions about future and ongoing projects in Greek grammar. And because this is probably th... [Other] [Flickr] [SBL]


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Hello friends.  I don't typically make an appeal on this blog, since I like to keep it focused on all things Catholic Bibles.  As some of you know, I teach theology at small Catholic high school.  One of the classes I teach is called Cathol...


The kindly folk at Westminster John Knox fulfilled a review request of mine by giving me review copies (eBook editions) of the following twelve books: Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture (Brueggemann) Sabbath as Resistance: Say... [Uncategorized]
A person in Tunisia has sent me these photos of a stone artifact he discovered in his back yard whilst doing some yard work.  He asked if I might know what the inscriptions might mean and what period of time they would have originated.  They are clearly... [Archaeology]
Our Black Friday special is a great way to get your blog ready for the new year. This weekend, every purchase of Premium will include a free year of unlimited access to all our premium themes — a $120 USD value — so you can use ... [Events] [upgrade] [black friday] [cyber monday] [premium themes] [ Premium]
Our Black Friday special is a great way to get your blog ready for the new year. This weekend, every purchase of Premium will include a free year of unlimited access to all our premium themes — a $120 USD value — so you can use ... [Events] [upgrade] [black friday] [cyber monday] [premium themes] [ Premium]
Charles Spurgeon was one of the most influential and prolific preachers of the modern era. Last year, Lexham Press released the first volume of the Spurgeon Commentary Collection, Galatians. Since then, we’ve been working hard to complete the remaining ... [Products] [Charles Spurgeon] [commentaries] [lexham press] [New Testament] [spurgeon] [spurgeon commentary collection]

12 PM

A sermon by HB “Neque vero sanctus dei spiritus quibuslibet hisce verbis potestatem fecit dicendi quaelibet et ut prima quaeque in buccam venientia effutiamus, sed modum et certam voluit esse prophetandi rationem, ne quis illa abuteretur ad tyrannidem e... [Bullinger]
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In this first Sunday of Advent, the Church invites us to prepare in a rather urgent manner for God’s coming in the person of Jesus Christ. If you are anything like me, it is tempting to view the Advent Season as celebrating something that is “in the r...
Click here to view the embedded video.HT Pharyngula and Crocoduck, and also Hemant Mehta, who has a practical way you can oppose Megan Fox’s crusade for ignorance. The video is incredibly disturbing, an illustration of the willingness of an individu... [young-earth creationism] [evolution] [Megan Fox] [Museum] [young-earth creationists]
My new article “Does Mark Narrate the Pauline Kerygma? Challenging an Emerging Consensus on Mark as a Pauline Gospel” has been published in the Journal for the study of the New Testament 37.2 (2014): 139-160.  Here is the abstract: An increas... [Publications news]


The 51st anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy was all over the media this weekend and much on our collective minds. I happened to catch some of the CNN specials on “The 60s” with many reflections of our … Continue reading ... [Biblical Expositions] [Christian Origins] [Jesus Dynasty] [messianism]


On his way back to London he stopped in New York- A Tennessee London hair transplant surgeon had his medical license suspended after he claimed to be Jesus Christ and attacked a man at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  An attorney for the state’s Department ... [Total Depravity]
«Estáis en un error y ni conocéis las Escrituras ni el poder de Dios» (Mt 22, 29), así dijo Cristo a los saduceos, los cuales -al rechazar la fe en la resurrección futura de los cuerpos- le habían expuesto el siguiente caso: «Había entre nosotros... [General] [Jesus de Nazaret] [Notas] [Nuevo Testamento] [Sinopticos y Hechos] [el poder de Dios] [Escrituras] [jesus] [resurrección] [resurrección de los muertos] [resurreccion de los cuerpos]
This is really fantastic.  And it’s free to download. Mit dem Gemälde „Reformationsaltar“, begonnen von Lucas Cranach dem Älteren und fertig gestellt von seinem Sohn, befasst sich die Arbeitshilfe „Der Jude als Verräter. Antijüdische Pole... [Church History]
Onze conceptvertaling van Psalm 121 121:1 Een bedevaartlied. Ik richt mijn ogen naar de bergen, van waar zal mijn hulp komen? 121:2 Mijn hulp komt van de HEER, de Maker van hemel en aarde. 121:3 Hij zal je voet niet laten struikelen, hij zal niet sluimere... [Bijbelvertalingen] [AB-vertaling] [Psalmen] [Vertalingen]
Like when you read supposedly clever and insightful stuff like this: Huh?  What sense does that make and why would it even matter?  Is he unaware of the fact that Noah got off the boat, planted a vineyard, made wine, got drunk, lay around naked, and hi... [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]
In Blood, Gil Anidjar, reflecting on the futility of writing a book (in this day and age!), appends a curious note: The sheer weight of accumulation, fifty shades of clay and mountains of waste (not to mention, horribile dictu, footnotes), among othe... [The lighter side of AUFS]
Would Jesus be a Ferguson protester? I suppose it depends on what you mean by “Ferguson Protester.” In case you do not live in the United States (or even if you do and have been living under a rock), let me summarize what happened. On August 9... [discipleship] [looks like Jesus] [non-violent resistance] [racist] [scapegoat] [violence]


How did one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated liberals have such a dramatic change of heart? After growing up in the heart of rural Methodism in Oklahoma, Thomas Oden found Marx, Nietzsche and Freud storming into his imagination. He joined ... [book review] [Books]
Ministry in North America requires both preparation and experience and increasing number of ministers are deeply involved in experience and finding it nearly impossible to attend seminary full-time. A seminary curriculum focuses on the scope of the minist... [Uncategorized]
It’s astonishing that the history of theology is virtually littered with the nearly unknown who played such a prominent role in the theological development of those whose names we do know.  Even the giants stand on shoulders. [Zwingli] had had his ... [Church History] [Zwingli]
I’m tired of people sharing pictures of folks in Ferguson who are stopping looting. While I understand the impulse, attempting to show that there are a multiplicity of responses to the verdict and that not everyone feels the same about property dest... [WIT Posts]
I thought I should share what Richard Beck wrote about the penal substitution theory of the atonement, which is very popular today, particularly among conservative Evangelicals:Prior to Anselm, the main atonement theory used by the church was Christus Vic... [Atonement] [Adam Kotsko] [Anselm] [Christus Victor] [Devil] [God] [Penal Substitution] [Richard Beck]
It is much easier to confront a person with his sins than it is to confront him with his “sin”…”sin” is an attitude which affects a man’s fundamental relationship with God; it has to do with what a man is; whereas “sins” have to do with wh... [Books] [gospel] [Holiness] [Ian Thomas] [Idle Musings]


Our photo today was made from NW of the Sea of Galilee. The formation on the right is known as Mount Arbel. The agricultural area you see slopes down to the Plain of Gennesaret which stretches about 2½ miles to the Sea (Matthew 14:34). View of Mount Arb... [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Golan Heights] [Sea of Galilee]
Title: Christ and Analogy: The Christocentric Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar Author: Junius Johnson Bibliographic info: 224 pp. Publisher: Fortress Press, 2013. Buy the book at Amazon. This work is a revised version of his doctoral dissertation, co... [book review]
We must not only give thanks to God that He has created us asa intelligent beings, equipped us with the power of free-will, blessed us with the grace of baptism, and granted us the knowledge and help of the Law. We must also give thanks for those things w... [Books] [Church History]
Didacus of Alcalá fortunately, I think we might all agree, was more commonly known as Diego. The city of San Diego is named for him, as his nickname was a diminutive of Santiago, or Saint James, patron saint of Spain. Ironically, the more recent Saint ... [Posts] [Sects] [Travel] [AAR/SBL] [california] [Catholicism] [Didacus of Alcalá] [Jimmy Carter] [our lady of guadalupe] [Saint James] [San Diego]
The SBL/AAR annual meeting is always exhausting. A combination of too little sleep, too much walking, possibly forgetting about a meal or two, schmoozing, and thinking too hard all day is enough to wear anyone out. Yet we press on, … Continue readin... [Academia] [Academic Conferences] [Bible] [SBL] [AAR] [Annual Meeting] [Bible] [sblaar2014] [Society of Biblical Literature]
L. Ron Hubbard HBO Has Hired 160 Lawyers in Anticipation of Their New Scientology Documentary HBO is producing a new documentary on the Church of Scientology so explosive that the network has been forced to hire legal back up. "We have probably 160...