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October 22 2014, 1PM

Tim Henderson has posted his summary of Martin Hengel’s “Origins of the Christian Mission” from his volume, Between Jesus and Paul: The third essay in Martin Hengel’s Between Jesus and Paul addresses the origins of the Christian missio... [New Testament] [Martin Hengel]
The third essay in Martin Hengel’s Between Jesus and Paul addresses the origins of the Christian mission. In doing so, he makes 5 main points, though I would question the sequence in which he chooses to tackle them: 1) The … Continue reading &... [Books: Reviews and Notes] [Hengel] [Martin]
In Bible and Interpretation- Reception historians do not necessarily focus on art or literature. One could analyze the Bible’s role in advertising, politics, scientific discourse, historiography, hagiography, or anything in between. How could one decide... [Reception History]

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Too much biblical scholarship these days is nothing more than an attempt to make ancient people look like modern thinkers.  Paul, for instance, was not one bit interested in women’s rights or gay rights or anything of the sort.  He preached the Go... [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]

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It’s got to be hard to give up a pay package of over $800,000 a year…  The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  In Driscoll’s case, the evil of self-aggrandizement and superiority. With that kind of cabbage on the line I woul... [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity]
This weekend I happily read through a good deal of John Byron’s new 1-2 Thessalonians commentary for the Zondervan series called the “The Story of God” (ed. Scot McKnight). In some ways, this is the NIV Application Commentary series fo... [Uncategorized]

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First, metadiscourse guides or directs the reader, which means that it is an indicator of the author’s intent. Second, it helps us to understand not only the text, but also the writer’s stance toward it. This also speaks to authorial intent. Although ... [Books] [grammar] [Greek]
The Associated Press tweets- BREAKING: Probe reveals scope of academic fraud at University of North Carolina; 3,100 students involved. Good heavens.  I hope most of them weren’t in the religion/ biblical studies/ whatever it’s called there de... [Total Depravity]
Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. ... [Community] [reading] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [best of wordpress] [bklynr] [cincinnati magazine] [grant wiggins] [grantland] [longreads] [Los Angeles Magazine] [mehreen kasana] [quartz] [Wired]
Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. ... [Community] [reading] [WordPress] [WordPress.com] [best of wordpress] [bklynr] [cincinnati magazine] [grant wiggins] [grantland] [longreads] [Los Angeles Magazine] [mehreen kasana] [quartz] [Wired]

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Even though I have master's degrees in the Philosophy of Religion (PoR), I have argued this discipline doesn't deserve a place in secular universities. I've said why in that link (in reverse chronological order). Let me stress a major criticis... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]
Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late AntiquityTranslation, transmission, and influence This conference explores the intellectual cultures of Syriac-language literary and scholarly communities of the late antique (c. 3rd-9th century) Near and Middle East. I...
I’ve been reading Jesus Ben Sira for my daily quiet time.  It is part of the Deuterocanonical writings, the books that Catholics accept as canonical but that Protestants and Jews do not.  Ben Sira’s book has been labelled “Ben Sira”, ... [Bible] [Daily Quiet Time] [Rabbinics] [religion] [Self-Esteem] [Sirach]
Reading through Christian works from the 2nd to 4th century can often be mind-numbingly boring, but every so often, one comes across a gem.  In a much earlier post, I noted Tertullian's surprising call for tolerance of other religions - especially fr... [arnobius] [God and Gender]
David Friedman and B. D. Friedman, James the Just: Ya’akov Hatzaddik Presents Applications of Torah, Messianic Commentary (Clarksville, MD: Lederer, 2012).  The commentary at hand is to be commended for attempting to read James and his book in ligh...

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This is one of my favorite prophetic sermon/ acts: Yahweh said this to me, ‘Go and buy a linen waistcloth and put it round your waist. But do not dip it in water.’ 2 And so, as Yahweh had ordered, I bought a waistcloth and put it round my wais... [theology]
Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, one year in post and after having got to know the lie of the land, has warned that unless the Church reinvents itself in his own diocese, it would disappear like the region’s textile industry. I am convinced that w... [Life & Ministry] [2 Corinthians] [Blackburn Diocese] [Church of England] [growth] [Julian Henderson] [Ministry] [mission] [Training]
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]
Click here to view the embedded video.The folks at Ole Miss recorded the lecture I gave on Religion and Doctor Who, and have kindly shared it on their YouTube channel. The audio isn’t great, and the very beginning is missing, but for those intereste... [Doctor Who] [religion] [Lecture] [Ole Miss]
My recent commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians in the Story of God Bible Commentary series was released earlier this month. Here is a short video in which I explain purpose of the series and talk about what I see Paul doing in these letters.You can buy i...

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Wayne Stiles is leading an extraordinary tour of Israel that you should consider joining. Three features immediately mark this as a unique opportunity. 1. This tour has an exclusive focus on the life of Jesus. One of the struggles many have on their firs... [Galilee] [Jerusalem] [Tourism]
I recently wrote a review for this book. It’ll appear in a journal so I can’t post it here. I have surrendered my copyright. However, I wanted to call your attention this. It is a new concept for me, called theological humanism. This book is f... [Books] [david jasper] [david klemm] [human flourishing]
On this day in 1512 Luther was welcomed to the faculty of theology at the University of Wittenberg as a newly graduated Doctor of the Bible. Luther’s first lectures on the Bible, often referred to as Initium theologiae Lutheri (“The Beginning of Luthe... [Church History] [Luther]
Romans is one of the most difficult New Testament books. It has started Reformations and continues to plague us as the artificer of poor readings today. I am always interested in seeing how Romans is presented… and as my readers know, I believe Roma... [Books] [Romans] [Cynthia Briggs Kittredge] [David A. Sanchez] [Fortress Press] [Margaret Aymer]
In Confessions of a High Church Millennial, Erik Parker writes: For many of my 31 years in the church, I have been told that my generation is a group of moths attracted to the glitz and glamour of projections screens showing videos in church, electric gui... [Noted]
I’m posting this in the middle of the action, but Energion author Elgin Hushbeck, Jr. is blogging (and teaching) through Hebrews verse by verse. He’s in chapter 10, so follow it back to the beginning first if interested. [Bible Passages] [religion] [Hebrews]
“As with all the fruit of life in Christ, each describes us by virtue of our union with Him, and each makes demands of us in our walk with Him.”— Vine Ripened Life<idle musing>That's a wonderful description of the fruit of the Spirit. It i... [Books] [gospel] [Holiness] [Idle Musings] [Vine Ripened Life]
Scapegoating is all around us, but it can be hard to perceive. To understand how the scapegoat mechanism works, it may be helpful to think about the dynamics of the childhood playground. (This is a theme explored by Nobel laureate, William Golding, in his... [Books] [Farewell to Mars] [Idle Musings] [theology]
Ephesians 4:17-19 is often quoted along with 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, and Ephesians 2:1-5 as evidence that the unregenerate person has no ability to understand, comprehend, or respond to the truth of God and the gospel. This I say, therefo... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [Ephesians 4] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]

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Not that learning is to be considered evil, or knowledge, which is good in itself and so ordained by God; but a clean conscience and virtuous life ought always to be preferred. Many often err and accomplish little or nothing because they try to become lea... [Holiness] [theology] [Thomas à Kempis]
Rachel Held Evans blogged about the story of Abraham trying to sacrifice Isaac, on the same day that I was scheduled to speak to a group of local artists about the story. She said what I personally consider the most appropriate response:I’d like to thin... [Genesis] [Abraham] [Akedah] [Isaac] [jesus] [morality] [objective] [Rachel Held Evans] [relativism] [sacrifice]
 The Dead Sea Scrolls, as a mystical object the majority of Jewish and Christian believers still ignore, is relatively new. As an object of study, newer still. Yet, in recent years scholars have paid more attention to the content of the scrolls more than... [Books] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Joshua] [Ariel Feldman] [Walter De Gruyter]

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Carolyn Hyppolite has written what I consider a masterful first person account of her struggles with the Christian faith explaining why she came to reject it. In this intelligent book she highlights the intellectual hypocrisy of Christians, how their fait...
This past Monday, my friend Jason, who is an ambassador for the Saint John's Bible, visited the high school where I teach in order to share with my students the SJB Heritage Edition Gospels and Acts.  He spent the day with my classes, doing a total o... [Saint John's Bible]
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  (Col 2:8)Vice mimics virtue, and the tares strive to be thought wheat... [cyril jerusalem] [heresy]

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This episode begins with Sawyer and Kate going for a swim, and finding two corpses still in their seats from the plane, at the bottom of a lake, and with a case (hence the title) under the seat that Kate says is hers, but then admits is not. In Kate’... [LOST] [Charlie] [fate] [father] [God] [heavenly] [island] [Prayer] [Rose]
Investigators think there could be more victims in a disturbing child porn case involving a Plant City teenager facing more than 100 charges. Jared Kyle Henry, 16, of Plant City, Fla. was arrested on 93 counts of possession of child pornography, nine coun... [Total Depravity]
Don’t let day-to-day activities compete with your Bible study—instead, make them work together with audiobooks. Audiobooks are perfect for when it feels like life is getting in the way of your study. They increase your productivity, help you integrat... [Products] [audiobooks] [Bonhoeffer] [chambers] [Piper] [Pre-Pub] [Sproul] [tozer]

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This will be a grand game.  2:30 on DirecTV ch. 484.  Go Basel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Filed under: soccer [soccer]
ARASH ZEINI: A note on the Schøyen copper scroll. This is a bibliographic note that leads to an article by Étienne de la Vaissière. The scroll itself is a Buddhist donation inscription written in Sanskrit and "Brahmī."For the Qumran Copper Scroll (...
I’ve mentioned Tyndale House’s fantastically useful STEP (Scripture Tools for Every Person) on previous occasions and I’m thrilled to pass along word of the fact that you can now download the program, free, and use it even if your comput... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
Jesus didn’t come to start a religion. But if Jesus’ coming hadn’t started a religion you would’ve never heard of him. –Brian Zahnd Every time I hear a Christian say, “We aren’t religious, we just have a relationship with Jes... [Uncategorized]

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* This is part three of a feature with the Bulletin on tips for research and writing. Part one can be found here and part two here.Emma Wasserman: I’m sure organization works for a lot of people in a lot of different ways, but these efforts can ... [Uncategorized] [Emma Wasserman] [Joseph Laycock] [Randi Warne] [Stephen Covey] [Suzanne Owen] [‪Kat Daley-Bailey] [‪Merinda Simmons]

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THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: The Talmud’s Difficulty Is What Makes the Talmud ‘Talmudic’—And Unlike the Law. Daf Yomi: In rabbinic Judaism, study is not merely a pragmatic enterprise, but a religious act in itselfComplex...
History is a powerful elixir, capable of transforming sinners to saints with the mere passage of time. Well, calling Vikings saints may be a bit of a stretch, but still, they have become some of the sexy bad boys of the Middle Ages, and with the finding ... [Archaeology] [Britannia] [Current Events] [higher education] [Posts] [Religious Violence] [Christianity] [Kensington Rune Stone] [monasteries] [monks] [Reformation] [Scandinavia] [Scotland] [Vikings]
INCLUDING THE "WIDOW'S MITE": Small Change: The Tiniest Ancient Coins (Mike Markowitz, CoinWeek).In the local coinage of first century Judea, the smallest denomination was a bronze coin called a lepton in Greek and a half prutah in Hebrew.

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On Saturday, I was one of the speakers at the Faith and Thought symposium on homosexuality, a forum that brings together both scientific and pastoral/theological insights. The talks are now online. I'd like to highlight three of these as of particular int...

October 21, 10PM

In an age of uncertainty and extreme skepticism about the Bible and Christianity, it is inevitable that there would be books written like Craig Blomberg’s lucid and balanced recent offering— Can We Still Believe the Bible? Just for clarificati... [Uncategorized]
AKMA Adam, an ordained Episcopal priest living in the UK, offers a very pointed review of the situation concerning the eight faculty sacked by the Trustees of GTS. He writes: [T]he administrative style on display in this tragedy coheres with the way lea... [Uncategorized]
It was bound to happen. When the Obama Administration refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and when the Supreme Court struck down some of the provisions of DOMA, the doors became wide open for the judiciary to … Continue reading U... [news] [pastors] [same-sex marriage]
In his opening editorial to Mutuality [Autumn 2014, p. 3], Tim Kruger cites this set of lines from the apostle Paul about singleness: I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please ... [church]

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I have been generously given by InterVarsity Press a copy of Overturning Tables: Freeing Missions from the Christian-Industrial Complex by Scott A. Bressenecker. What values do Christian mission organizations embody? Is it the one of free markets and mul... [Books] [Missiology] [missional] [missionaries]

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If you click on the link you can read an excerpt of what I wrote: "Is Christianity beneficial or harmful to society?" LINK.
Today Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Failsis available online! And it blasts off with a humbling and glowing review by David Mills, author of the bestselling book Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism.

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While Paul’s test case, whether Christians may eat meat that has been offered to idols is of little importance to most Christians today. When was the last time someone offered you such meat? His principle is still helpful and useful. This podcast il... [1&2 Corinthians] [Reading the Bible Faithfully]
I'm pleased to let you know that I will be teaching the Advanced Koine Group at the Macquarie Ancient Languages School in January 2015. The School has a long and excellent tradition of Summer and Winter intensives, of which I have previously been a partic...

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First, a very fine essay on science and theology.. And second, that essay happens to be his inaugural lecture for Oxford University. Give it a careful read.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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I have just updated my introductory brochure for Theology on the Web to reflect recent developments, including: Material added to the sites in 2013/14 New website launch Increase in visitor numbers Urgent need for dedicated server Please download the br... [Uncategorized]
Since you had a problem with the phase “conclusive evidence”, lets narrow the debate down to:Be it resolved: There is no historical evidence for any of the Hebrew Bible’s (Old Testament’s) Israelite personalities named in the New Testament.(This...