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May 22 2015, 4PM

When I was a lad we earned 5$ if we mowed a large yard.  Kids today want $20 an hour, breaks, and health insurance.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
You remember Eliphaz? Probably not because I got his name wrong (now fixed). He is the one who delivered the first speech to Job in chapters 4 and 5. Six years ago when I first studied this book I asked,  Eliphaz - how will we hear you? Are you really Go... [Job]


A brilliant post from Valerie Tarico suggests "cherry picking" Bible texts isn't such a bad idea, indeed it's "precisely the right approach." A couple of quotes.Today many Christians assert that the Bible is the literally perfect Word of God, timeless and...


Lincoln Harvey tweeted this and it made my day.  You know why?  Because NO ONE ANYWHERE EVER could say such a thing about Emil Brunner, no matter how DIM. #BrunnerIsBetterThanBarth.  #BarthIsTheBellDaddyFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I have been reading the first century Jewish work, Pseudo-Philo. In the biblical Book of I Samuel, Hannah is barren, and she mumbles before God at the sanctuary, asking God for a son.  Pseudo-Philo elaborates on this.  According to Pseudo-Phil... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [I Samuel] [religion]


#TLC is ok with the #Duggar kid molesting girls but if #PhilRobertson says strange stuff he’s out.   Words speak louder than acts for @TLC. [Calm yourselves people- TLC and A&E are as similar as the HuffPo and any other fetid rag].Filed under: ... [Modern Culture]

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Recently, Zondervan published another volume in the Counterpoints Series, this time on the genre of Genesis 1-11, called Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?: The Bible’s Earliest Chapters. Charles Halton edited the book and the three essayists a... [Uncategorized]
@keen_ralph: @drjewest try explaining to a class how/why Catholic vegetarians can’t receive the Eucharist. #everyonesaZwingliannow LOL!!!!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
From Lutheran Satire (and it made me chuckle) #BAM!Filed under: Church History, Humor, Zwingli [Church History] [humor] [Zwingli]
At several points in the doctrinal standards of the PCA (the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms) reference is made to prohibiting “recreations” on the Lord’s Day. The specific sections are: WCF 21.8; LC 117, 119, S...
Ministry can be some of the most time-consuming and exhausting work. There’s always another couple to counsel, another crisis to be involved with, another study to lead, and another meeting to attend. We’ve put together some great deals on books,... [Misc.] [Products] [black hawk down] [Book of Revelation] [commentaries] [Holy Spirit] [jeff struecker] [kenneth gentry] [memorial day] [memorial day sale] [ministry resources] [Revelation] [sales]


You were right.  They don’t.  It is, literally, impossible to take an essayist seriously who suggests that the heretic TD Jakes (a non-trinitarian) is just what the American Church needs. What folly.  The HuffPo not only employs people who lie, t... [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]


What do you think? Source: NFL owners approved the Competition Committee’s proposal on extra points for the 2015 season. The NFL announced the extra point will now be kicked from the 15-yard line with two-point conversions remaining at the 2-yard li... [Uncategorized]
If you have dipped down into much of my work at all then you will probably recall that I am haunted by these words of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber: “To the Jew the Christian is the incomprehensibly daring person, who affirms in an unredeemed worl... [Bible Thoughts]
Originally posted on The New Oxonian: The community was advertised as the best landscaped in south Florida. Not only did the faux-Moroccan gate provide security from nonexistent intruders and drug-dealers, but every condo nestled in a tropical array of... [Uncategorized]


Take this very handy travel guide with you! 201_stadtrundgang_web_72dpi_Englisch It will take you to all the best sites.Filed under: zurich [zurich]
Map showing the number of times England beats Spain in the 日本選手権シリーズ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Two articles I want to bring your attention to. The first is the retraction of major polling indicating a major shift in American attitudes o... [science]
Amy Kittelstrom: I’d want to get the term “individualism” or “autonomy” connected to her concept of “moral agency,” but I found this excerpt provocative and thoughtful and worthy of reading her book. Looking at th... [Uncategorized]
It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photog... [Community] [Photos] [Beirut] [Brighton] [Hyderabad] [Malé] [Paris] [Seoul] [Shanghai] [street photography]
It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photog... [Community] [Photos] [Beirut] [Brighton] [Hyderabad] [Malé] [Paris] [Seoul] [Shanghai] [street photography]


When you write and say “Dear Jim, will you please send a copy of your review of ….” I feel like replying No- I won’t. Because if you bothered to read the page you would see that the reviews are all on the blog or archi... [Modern Culture]
The Canton of Zurich’s twitter page is here.  Their facebook page is here.  Follow and like in order to stay up with all the doings of the Reformed Community in the Canton.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Mike Bell created the above image, displaying the movement of individuals either remaining within or changing out of their religious communities. The data derives from the Pew surveys.I think this is striking in ways that reading the numbers, or graphing... [Christianity] [Evangelicals] [religion] [conversion] [Data] [denominations] [evangelicalism] [Graph] [mainline] [mainline Protestantism] [Pew] [shifting] [survey] [switching]
Aufgaben um das Rerformationsjubiläum werden neu organisiert Nachdem sich um die Planung des landeskirchlichen Jubiläums eine gemischte “Plattform 500 Jahre Zürcher Reformation” gebildet hat, trennt die Landeskirche nun die Funktionen. Neu ... [Zwingli]
Yamiche Alcindor: The issue I suspect here is that, as was pointed out long ago, racial quotas suppress successful applicants among Asians. On the basis of merit alone, more than the “quota” would be admitted. Right? A coalition of Asian Ameri... [Uncategorized]
English: A cross close to the church in Grense Jakobselv, Norway. Suomi: Risti kirkon lähellä Vuoremijoella, Norjassa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My last post stirred a discussion that made me think. These thoughts are the result. It is fair to say that ... [theology]
Chers amis, J’espère que vous allez bien ! Je rentre du colloque annuel de l’Institut universitaire de France, qui s’est tenu à Montpellier, et je me prépare pour un grand colloque international à Oslo en juin. Entre deux, je continue de répon... [Conferences]


Here is an example, a spoof not a real ad:The ad got the producer convicted in an English court for harassment. See below. I'm sure the publicity from this ad forced some believers to re-examine why they believe. The question for them would be "H...
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Susanna DrakeSlandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]
In a post yesterday, I wrote “Sometimes Biblical scholars are accused of attacking the Bible, or of attacking “believers,” or both. But the truth is that most Biblical scholars love the Bible, and are defending it from the distortions,... [Bible] [attack] [believers] [James F. McGrath] [meme] [quote] [scholars]
In this morning's Theotek podcast, Christian entrepreneur, Tuan Dam, joined us. He not only told us his amazing story, but he also talked about his company, Cleanint, which has some amazing products for the less-than-sanitary world in which we live. If yo...


The word is getting out! Here's a message I just received on Facebook:"Your Outsider Test For Faith was the final straw that showed me the error in my thinking. Thank you! I had to submit my Christianity card and join the irreligious." LINK.
God could provide for every need, feed every person, meet every church budget, and fully support every missionary without our cooperation. Instead he chooses to meet all of these needs through us. This isn’t efficient, but it gives us the honor and joy ... [Books] [Radically Normal] [theology]
It’s impossible to mention The Wire to someone who hasn’t seen it without them bristling about how everyone says they have to watch The Wire. There’s a similar defensiveness around Mad Men, as people seem to think that if they disagree ... [blog posts]


Ed Brayton: This is fucking inane. Cat's don't pray! Some atheists (not me) are just stupid. Jeff Lowder: I agree. I consistently criticize atheists when I think they are being rude or straw manning theists or theistic arguments. Victor Reppert: Who's to ... [Ridicule]
Pelton, Randal E. Preaching with Accuracy. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Ministry, 2015. 170 pp. Pb; $16.   Link to Kregel, read a 25 page excerpt from the book. This short book of preaching is in many ways a combination of Haddon Robinson’s classic Bib... [Book Reviews] [book review] [church] [Ministry] [Preaching]
I have allowed Christian scholars to post here at DC without my initial comments. [See tag below]. The following is one single comment by Dr. Reppert left in my combox. I thought it was worthy of further consideration. Dig in. I expect he'll defend wh... ["Christian Scholars"]
There is one God, the Father of the living Word, who is His subsistent Wisdom and Power and Eternal Image: perfect Begetter of the perfect Begotten, Father of the only-begotten Son.  There is one Lord, Only of the Only, God of God, Image and Likeness... [creeds] [gregory thaumaturgus] [Trinity]


"I noticed that some of you are not having sherry," Alan asked. There were only twelve or thirteen people in the room, some five of whom were his age. The professors from Cambridge were wearing an academic gown of mostly black, with some cardinal red lini... [Novel 2015]
Leithart, Peter J. Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2015. Pp. ix + 165. Paper. $17.99. As I sit here at my desk thinking about what to write concerning Peter Leithart’s latest offering, I... [Book Reviews] [scripture] [theology] [Trinity]
The things this vile creature did simply to obtain money…. is inhuman. A Maryland man wanted in the murders of a wealthy D.C. family and their housekeeper has been taken into custody in Northeast D.C., authorities say. Daron Dylon Wint was arrested ... [Modern Culture]
You only have a few more days to get the 57-volume A.W. Tozer Collection for 50% off the regular price. Here’s what you’ll get in this collection: Nearly 11,000 pages of rich spiritual insights from one of the twentieth century’s most beloved pasto... [Misc.] [Products] [a.w. tozer] [A.W. Tozer collection] [Christian Living] [Essays] [sale] [Sermons]
  DAY 48: THE WEDDINGThe wedding's in two daysand all the guests are arriving. Look,there's your best friendand your great-auntand the grandparent you haven't seenin half of your lifetime.If you squint you might catch a glimpseof your descendants.Everyo... [Omer] [Omer poems] [poetry]


Rhys Bezzant Standing on Their Shoulders: Heroes of the Faith for Today Melbourne: Acorn, 2015. Available at or Acorn Press. By Chris Porter We live in an age where many people in the church will know more about the heroes from Marvel or DC, th... [Uncategorized]
Earlier this year I heard Dr. Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung teach a session about the vice of vainglory. At one point she used the phrase “show offy”and it stuck in my brain. The subtitle for vainglory in her book Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven ... [Uncategorized]
Another great treatment of philosophy of religion from Existential Comics. [philosophy] [comic] [demon] [Descartes] [God] [illusion] [reality]
They’re trying to fund a very interesting and what looks to be important project.  Maybe you can help.  It’s a worthwhile cause.Filed under: Archaeology, Palestine Exploration Fund [Archaeology] [Palestine Exploration Fund]
DEADLINE LOOMING: manuSciences '15: Franco-German Summer School : Interdisciplinary approaches to manuscript studies combining philology, materials studies, computer science and digital humanities. Via the International Organization for Qumran Studies (IO...


It’s the first country in the world where the citizens actually are voting on the issue.  Every other place (and State in the US) where gay marriage is legal the issue has been shoved down the citizenry’s throats… This map from the Tele... [Modern Culture]
BIBLIOGRAPHIA IRANICA: Corpus Avesticum meeting: “Ḫorde Avesta.” A conference in Berlin which starts today, in which a group of specialists in a research network meet to discuss their work on producing a new, and much needed, edition of the Avesta...
I’m a bit tardy in commenting on the day-conference held here on 6 May:  “Power, Authority, and Canon,” which brought together a small galaxy of scholars on questions about the process by which certain writings came to be treated as ... [canon]
From Professor Hirstein, word that the find… … will be published very soon in the Revue d’histoire et de philosophie religieuses, directed by Prof. Matthieu Arnold of the Faculty of Protestant Theology here in Strasbourg. I’ll have... [Luther]
PALMYRA WATCH: I can find no news about what has happened to the antiquities and ruins of Palmyra in the last day, since ISIS captured them. Probably no one knows. But here are a couple of relevant articles:Ancient Palmyra Treasures at Risk From ISIS: P...
Vandals Paint Palestinian Flags Over Israeli UNESCO World Heritage Site (David Daoud, The Algemeiner).Inspectors from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority filed a complaint on Wednesday with the Dimona police departme...
by Dennis LoRussoAbiding the Habitus, or the Habitus Abides: Getting acquainted with BourdieuChances are, if you’ve had the (mis)fortune of reading any of my scholarly work, I probably mentioned some aspect of Pierre Bourdieu’s ideas. His ambitious ef... [Dennis LoRusso] [Baptist] [Book of Jerry Falwell] [coen brothers] [Habitus] [narrative belief] [Pierre Bourdieu] [Sam Elliot] [Susan Harding] [The Big Lebowski]


I will be in Liège on Friday, May 29 for a conference on apocryphal literature: Beyond the Bible, ancient mysterious texts tell us about the patriarchs, Jesus, the apostles. These so-called “apocryphal” books are little known because they have not b... [Conferences] [apocrypha] [Bible] [canon] [Christianity] [gospels] [Hebrew Bible] [history] [jesus] [Judaism] [New Testament] [pseudepigrapha] [Qumran] [religion] [theology]
Je serai à Liège le vendredi 29 mai pour une grande conférence sur la littérature apocryphe : Au delà de la Bible, de mystérieux écrits antiques nous parlent des patriarches, de Jésus, des apôtres. Ces textes dits « apocryphes » ... [Conférences] [apocryphes] [Bible] [canon] [christianisme] [Évangiles] [Bible hébraïque] [histoire] [Jésus] [judaïsme] [Nouveau Testament] [pseudépigraphes] [Qumrân] [religion] [théologie]
BOOK REVIEW: The authority of the written word (Rabbi James B. Rosenberg, The Jewish Voice).Michael L. Satlow’s “How the Bible Became Holy” (Yale University Press, 2014) is an audacious book. Satlow, professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studie...
Talmudic temptation (Linda Mothner, Jewish Journal).From a glass-enclosed cabinet in her Westchester home office, historical novelist Maggie Anton removed a small clay pot. Indicating the Hebrew characters inscribed on the pot in the same Aramaic text as ...
When I first joined LinkedIn, the notes about adding connections you didn’t actually know were pretty dire.  People could trash you behind your back, ruining career opportunities.  It turns out that I don’t really need any help ruining caree... [Deities] [Just for Fun] [Posts] [Herald Square] [jesus] [Joshua] [LinkedIn] [New York City] [social media] [Social network]
ENOCH WAS NOT JUST FOR THE SECOND TEMPLE ERA: Enochian: The Mysterious Lost Language of Angels (Bryan Hilliard, Ancient Origins).In the year 1581, occultists John Dee and Edward Kelley, claimed to have received communications from angels, who provided the...

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I have just finished writing some notes for the Bible Reading Fellowship. (You can subscribe to Guidelines here.) This is how I ended the series: Goodness—we have reached the end of our whistle-stop tour of the most exciting, influential, complex and e... [Biblical Studies] [Bible Reading Fellowship] [Biblical Theology] [hermeneutics] [Revelation]

May 21, 11PM

“Original text”?Not long ago I read the entry on New Testament textual criticism in a very good dictionary that claimed that the goal of textual criticism has shifted so that today the quest for the “original text” has been displaced by a quest fo... [initial text] [method] [original text] [Poll]


Dr. Jackson Lashier is a former Asbury student, and a John Wesley Fellow whom I helped mentor along the way. He teaches now in Kansas. His important doctoral work at Marquette was on the Trinity, and it has been published in the prestigious Brill series o... [Uncategorized]
Here is perhaps the strongest argument for some against the Christian belief in theism, and that theism being a good God who loves us and cares about life on planet earth: If Christianity is true, then God is both benevolent toward humankind and infinitel... [Apologetics]


The saying at left is an example of ridicule, in case it isn't obvious. The same goes for this post of mine. The saying was submitted by a person named Chris to a committee of three seeking permission to use it on his Facebook page. The members of the... [Ridicule]


So last night I went to the ‘Jesus on Trial’ event, at which a genuine judge, lawyers, and expert witnesses all debated the likelihood of the resurrection of Jesus. Left to right: Expert witness Associate Professor Peter Slezak; Counsel for th... [Faith and History] [jesus] [resurrection]


I had a bad time with a couple of bum USB hubs a while back but I’ve decided to get back in the horse and try again. This time I ordered a 4 port USB 3.0 hub with power switches that’s made by Sabrent. The current 4 port hub I use is from them... [Books (Misc.)] [Just Ordered] [Technology]