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December 21 2014, 12 PM

Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Former “7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins declares he’s not a pedophile, and insists he has molested a minor on just one occasion and engaged in sexual misconduct with only three girls in all. MORE: Which is abs... [Total Depravity]
December 21, 1552: Katie Luther was buried at the City Church (St. Mary’s) in Torgau, Germany. Between the plague spreading through the area and the Emperor waging war against the German princes, it was not considered safe to return Katie’s body to Wi... [Church History] [Luther]


It’s called BABELAO: Electronic Journal for Ancient and Oriental Studies. So, naturally, in my head, I’m calling it ‘babe lo’ because, why wouldn’t I? Le nom BABELAO signifie « Bulletin de l’ABELAO », plus précisément ... [Modern Culture]
Noting in the Journal of the American Oriental Society 134.3 (2014) This project, which draws on a wide variety of materials from surveys as well as excavations, has convincingly established certain aspects of ancient Israelite society. However, it is not... [Archaeology]


Ah yes, the old ‘my perceived needs are the measure of every sermon and if my perceived needs aren’t met it isn’t me myself who has failed but you and everyone else’.   Millenials…  ‘Me, me, me.  Give me what I want ... [Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh]
SORRY FOR THE DEARTH OF BLOGGING. I've been down with a cold and such energy as I have has gone to holiday matters. I hope to be back soon.
Here's now links to my reflections on atonement from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. These are in my "theology in bullet points" series.Part 1: God and CreationGod and CreationPart 2: Christ and SalvationThe Doctrine of Christ (Christology... [Atonement] [Christology] [theology in bullet points]
This is the fifth post in a section on atonement in my ongoing series, theology in bullet points. The first set had to do with God and Creation, and I have also finished a section on Christology.________________________A5. In his death... [Atonement] [Christus Victor] [theology in bullet points]


[H]e must select one of the Greek aspects—the one which most nearly expresses what he wishes to say or, perhaps, the one which least obstructs his intentions. Of course, he may go on to qualify or alter this choice of aspect by additional phrases an... [grammar] [Greek] [Idle Musings]


This episode features a flashback in which Jin is talking with a friend who says he will find love this year, referring to the “destiny book,” a kind of source of astrological wisdom. Jin is skeptical, especially when the friend says that love... [LOST] [children] [others] [teddy bear]
From Father Rob Merola: This story is the gospel at work. There is a family with four young children. The two youngest children, both under seven years old, have autism. The younger of these two is also nonverbal, and another child struggles with an eatin... [Uncategorized]
Er zijn tijden geweest dat ik een overdaad aan Advent- en Kerstvieringen te verwerken kreeg. Dat was vooral tijdens mijn werkzaamheid als geestelijk verzorger in een viertal verpleeghuizen. Een “hoogtepunt” was een Kerstviering in een van die ... [over de Bijbel]


I don’t think I’ll have time for posting this week, so I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I have two or three posts on the burner that should be finished fairly soon after Christmas, though, so you can expect some more reading s... [Other] [Merry Christmas]


The Antiquities Ministry has suspended an excavation license given to a Brigham Young University archaeology team following a story in The Daily Mail newspaper quoting the team’s leader saying they may have discovered “one million mummies,” a claim ... [Archaeology]
  No.  No.  No.  You can’t ‘train for prophetic ministry’.  These poor folk don’t understand what ‘prophecy’ is or what ‘prophets’ are.  Instead, they’re simply looking to make a ‘profi... [Facebook theology that makes me sigh] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
The quote from N. T. Wright, as well as the accompanying picture, came to me via ProgressiveChristianity on Facebook.“The line between good and evil does not lie between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ between the West and the rest, between... [morality] [N. T. Wright] [quote]


I recently read an article about the Druids. The fact is, historically speaking, we know little of them. They are mysterious and silent and irrevocably linked in the imagination with the solstices. Cultures throughout the northern climes of the norther... [Bible] [Britannia] [Deities] [Holidays] [Posts] [science] [cross-quarter days] [Druids] [Hanukkah] [Maes Howe] [New Grange] [Stonehenge] [Winter solstice]
Dead Sea Discoveries 21:3 (2014)Loren T. Stuckenbruck, "“Qumran Aramaic” Today: Reflections on the Contributions in this Issue of Dead Sea Discoveries," 277-288 (abstract)Michael Segal, "Who is the ‘Son of God’ in 4Q246? An Overlooked Example of E... [DSD] [Κουμράν]
When I was in Beijing, a somewhat aristocratic Englishman was asked what he thought of Australia. ‘I have been there only once he said’, with evident disdain, ‘but it struck me as very British?’ I was somewhat nonplussed, wondering... [Australia] [sign of intelligence]


Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid krijgt om mee te doen in deze Bijbel... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]


I am going to continue this series of comparing one of the Sunday readings from the lectionary, using the Knox Bible and The Message.  While done in different ways, I think both Knox and Peterson desired to make the Bible more accessible to the avera... [Knox vs. The Message]

December 20, 11PM

I’ve been blessed to live in the same state with a very great writer,poet environmentalist, pacifist, Christian farmer named Wendell Berry. Wendell has a wonderful little book which came out in 2005 entitled Blessed are the Peacemakers which I had o... [Uncategorized]


Matthew Barnett.  Misfits Welcome: Find Yourself in Jesus and Bring the World Along for the Ride.  Nelson Books (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. Matthew Barnett is a pastor in Los Angeles, California.  He also pastors the Dream Center ... [religion]


So I’ve been very busy over the past six months, but as some projects have recently come to a conclusion I have been able to get a few podcasts up. Consider subscribing to the podcast, which you can do by simply searching “My Name Is My Nam... [blog posts]


Upon a suggestion by Jona Lendering, I’m thinking of renaming the blog “Dodelijk commentaar van Jim West”.   It’s strangely suitable.Filed under: Humor [humor]


Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist James W. Hardin. This could indi... [media] [Modern Culture]


I sat down yesterday to talk to my friend and colleague Stephen Toback about my NT Pod and my future plans for the podcast, including venturing into video podcasting. We talked in Duke's new MPS studio, which I am greatly looking forward to using in the c... [Duke iTunes U] [NT Pod]


Huh? by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#45890)
Because? Filed under: media, Modern Culture [media] [Modern Culture]
Here's the d'var Torah I offered at my shul this morning. (Cross-posted to my From the Rabbi blog.) The first thing Joseph does, when summoned from Pharaoh's dungeon, is shave and change his clothes. Presumably he does this because it's not appropriate... [chanukah] [Torah]


Title: The Language Environment of First Century Judaea: Jerusalem Studies in the Synoptic Gospels – Volume Two Editors: Randall Buth and R. Steven Notley Series: Jewish and Christian Perspectives 26 Bibliographic info: vi + 421 pp. + 34 pp. of indices ... [book review]
Ellen White writes My mother always taught me that if I don’t have anything nice to say, I should say nothing at all. If I were to follow her policy, this review of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) would end now. I should say I am not a pu... [Modern Culture]
After the immaculate conception[1]of Jesus, Joseph was instructed by an Angel to take his pregnant wife Mary[2]to his hometown of Bethlehem[3]where he was told Jesus would be born. Mary and Joseph, and their little donkey[4]all set off for Bethlehem led b...
Read here: Trouble with officialdom? Bother with the neighbours? Or with the publishing house? Dare we say it, even with Santa Claus? How about trying a spell? Take a thin lead tablet and inscribe some magical formulae onto it, such as: “Bind and na... [Biblical Studies Resources]


I am greatly looking forward to teaching a new course on Jesus in Film next semester here at Duke.  I'm encouraging those signed up for the class to begin their work over the break by seeking out Jesus films on the TV.  I have drawn up a list fo... [Jesus Films]
Christian churches in first world countries are facing problems in dealing with churches in third world countries, not unlike how modernized Muslims are facing problems in dealing with barbaric Muslims in the Middle East. In those churches homosexuality i...