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July 7 2015, 10PM

BEN: Why was Arminius accused of Pelagianism or semi-Pelagianism if in fact he was clear that prevenient grace comes to a person purely by unmerited divine initiative? KEITH: This controversy is inherent in the Protestant Reformation itself. To the degree... [Uncategorized]
From Donald Nwankwo (Anglican Deacon) News about the response of relatives of some of the slain members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. was so strong it stood on its own legs as a news item, side by side the massacre at a weekday prayer meeting.... [Uncategorized]


The writings and drawings of Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer have brought to life many of the archaeological sites of the Bible Lands. They may know more about the Temple Mount that anyone else I know. Now they have put that knowledge, accented by their fabulo... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [book review] [Books] [israel] [Jordan] [New Testament] [old testament]


Writing Zwingli on 7 July, 1527, two entire years after the eruption of Anabaptist riots in Zurich, Capito in Strassburg, says Catabaptistę nos vehementer turbant. Antesignanus est Hezerus, absens licet, qui nuper apud te revocavit. Christum apertissime ... [Wolfgang Capito] [Zwingli] [Anabaptists] [Catabaptists] [Rabble rousing]


Grant, Almighty God, that seeing we are at this day surrounded by so many miseries, yea, wherever we turn our eyes, innumerable evils meet us everywhere, which are so many evidences of thy displeasure, —O grant, that we being truly humbled before thee, ... [Calvin] [Prayer] [theology]


There is an excerpt of a new book by Richard Bauckham here. I have seen him go hammer and tong with other theologians - love the passion. The first section is on the individual's relationship to Jesus. This is language quite foreign to scholars. He himsel... [Bauckham] [Book Reviews] [individual] [personal theology]
On June 26, 2007, the People’s Republic of China celebrated the opening of a monumental achievement. After meticulous planning and four years of construction, an unprecedented trans-sea bridge that stretched a world-record length of 22 miles was opened.... [Misc.] [feature crossgrade] [libronix] [logos] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software]


Here’s a suggestion: Filed under: Instagram [Instagram]
You are desperate, thorough arch-rascals, murderers, traitors, liars, the very scum of all the most evil people on earth. You are full of all the worst devils in hell – full, full, and so full that you can do nothing but vomit, throw, and blow out d... [Luther]
Although it’s sure to anger others.  Proving that one person’s point of pride is another person’s point of anger.  But of course it’s evil to be angry at Gay Pride so please reserve your contempt for other sorts of communal self-... [Modern Culture]
Richard BauckhamOne volume that I have been anticipating for some time is Richard Bauckham's Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology (forthcoming, Baker Academic). I am delighted to see that Baker Academic has released an excerpt of the P...

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  Always read your life-verses in their proper context… [humor] [Fail]
Christopher Page tells me he gets much more traffic when he writes about sex rather than the Bible or his own profession as pastor. Well, I'm not so sure I want to try, but a Marginalia review of Diarmaid MacCulloch's Silence, A Christian History, reviewe... [Book Reviews] [Seen from the Street]
Carl Raschke interviewed me for the Global Arts and Ideas Network’s Critical Conversations, about some of my church practice and my forthcoming book, The World is Crucifixion, a second book on preaching the death of God.  The video is up on the Yo... [blog posts]


Previously I highly recommended Michael Alter's encyclopedic book on the resurrection. I noted Alter didn't discuss the Suffering Servant in his book so he sent me a link to someone who did, Professor Uri Yosef.Professor Uri Yosef was born, raised, and e...
Rev. Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D. Phil., Director and Associate Professor, Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program, Seton Hall University, shared some memories of colleague and friend, Raymond E. Brown. I would personally like to thank Fr. L... [Raymond E. Brown]
As I said last Sunday, I started going to my church’s Sunday school class.  I decided to do so for a variety of reasons: to learn, to become integrated more into the church, and also because it is a new class.  The Sunday school class recen... [church] [religion]
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be a woman in theology, especially since I recently heard about the death of one of my favorite undergraduate theology professors, Fr. James Walsh, S.J. It occurred to me that many of the major i... [WIT Posts] [Bible] [Blaise Pascal] [Jansenism] [Jesuits] [pensées] [tribute] [why I study theology]
Στη σελίδα Marginalia έχει αναρτηθεί η βιβλιοκρισία Sarah Coakley στο βιβλίο του Diarmaid MacCulloch, Silence: A Christian History (2013):The Scandal of Silence – By Sarah Coakley [αρχέγονος Χριστιανισμός]


This is becoming more and more important.  Churches should pay attention and act accordingly: We recognize no other pastors in the Church than faithful pastors of the Word of God, feeding the sheep of Jesus Christ on the one hand with instruction, admoni... [Calvin] [Church History] [theology]
Via Jim Linville- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Following the clear bias of the preacher's attitude concerning women at the end of chapter 7, there is in the beginning of this chapter some political advice concerning the king and his relationship to the oath of God. Which is the antecedent of the prono... [Ecclesiastes] [personal theology] [politics] [recurring words]
Remarks Luther- “When I have nothing more to say I stop talking.” Then he told the story of a certain monk who was a beginner as a preacher. “When he had practiced his sermon and had memorized eight pages of manuscript, he delivered it rapidly w... [Luther]
A pastor in Cleveland County is taking a stand to put God first before his country. Pastor Rit Varriale and members of the Elizabeth Baptist Church decided to fly the Christian flag above the American flag outside the building in Shelby. He strongly bel... [Modern Culture]


A teenager in Texas has been arrested and now faces a felony charge for allegedly plotting a massacre on a local church. Nicholas Amrine, 19, posted a series of threats on Facebook last month, warning some not to attend Convergence Church’s upcoming yo... [Total Depravity]
A number of years back, I highlighted the thinline qualities of an Oxford RSV-CE readers edition, which is now out-of-print.  Because it didn't have cross-references, I copied a page of the "Old Testament references in the New Testament" chart and ad... [contest] [leonards] [Oxford University Press] [RSV-CE]
What if the purpose of Santa Claus is to get children used to the idea of complicity with a lie? Children who discover Santa Claus’s non-existence are normally exhorted to keep that truth from younger children. If they obey, they gain the satisfac... [family values]
In this week’s edition of the #LectioCast podcast, Bo Sanders and I run through a handful of passages that depict kingship. I’d like to say we came up with a description of kingship that is as pithy as what Monty Python gave us, but alas, our ... [Bible Thoughts] [LectioCast] [#LectioCast] [2 Samuel 6] [Bo Sanders] [Ephesians 1] [Kingship] [Mark 6] [Psalm 24]
It is common in Christian circles to hear admonitions to “Love the Sinner; hate the sin.”More and more I hear this said in the context of LGBT people and gay marriage.“Oh, I don’t hate gay people, I just hate the gay lifestyle. ... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Theology] [z] [forgiveness] [homosexuality] [looks like Jesus] [love] [love like Jesus] [Theology of Sin]


1. Retracing a Remembered Past Daniel Pioske. Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 291 - 315, 2015 2. Recrafting Israel Nathan Dwight Frank. Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 316 - 339, 2015
Pride and arrogance, which often accompany theological discussion, are not simply the temptation of the domineering pastor or condescending professor; they are a temptation for all of us. When we speak of God, a strange enticement can occur. In subtle way... [Books] [theology]
The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below.Bob Becking, ed.Reflections on the Silence of God: A Discussion with Marjo Korpel and Johannes de Moor [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]
I overlooked harvesting three parsnips last fall. They overwintered and began to grow...and grow...and grow. I was going to pull them and compost them, but Debbie said to let them grow; she thought they looked kind of neat. So I did. They are now over 6 f... [Garden] [Just for Fun]
David Brooks: Put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations from any consideration of religion or belief. Put aside an effort that has been a communications disaster, reducing a rich, complex and beautiful faith into a public... [Uncategorized]


I recently had a mythicist troll ask for evidence that Jesus is taught as a historical figure at any secular university. I could have merely offered Butler University and been done with it – and perhaps added the University of North Carolina for go... [mythicism] [ancient] [historian] [historians] [historical] [history] [jesus] [secular] [universities] [university]


The destruction of Sodom as illustrated by Sebastian Münster (1564) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak (a  lay person can’t preach unless they are approved, licensed, and knighted by the Queen I guess) at Victory... [Sermon Notes]
Great care is needed by those who are under-shepherds of God’s flock  to balance pride and humility.  The below, from a paper entitled “Duties of the Pastor: Expectations and Evaluations” recently presented by Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller, addres... [overseers] [pastor]


Third post in my series on the importance of the liberal arts for civilization. Previous posts include:A Vision for the Liberal ArtsThe Value of Philosophy1. If you think about it, every single bit of knowledge and experience is part of history. Every tru... [history] [liberal arts]
Most Christians would agree that a biblical sermon is a good thing, but how many would actually be able to define what makes a biblical sermon biblical? “The fact is, most people think biblical communication is a style,” says Dr. J. Kent Edwards, tenu... [Misc.] [Products] [expositional preaching] [homiletics] [kent edwards] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [mobile ed] [mobile ed summer session] [Preaching]


Matthew R. Malcolm:Looks worthwhile if you’re in Melbourne… Originally posted on Sean F. Winter: I will be speaking to the Victorian branch of the Council for Christians and Jews early next month on the topic ‘”To the Jew First?” New Per... [Uncategorized]
On 7 July 1522, while Zwingli was preparing his little booklet on the freedom of priests to marry, his friend in Lucerne, one Johannes Xylotectus, sent him a note with a tiny story to help Zwimgli make his point. Xylotectus writes Ioannes Xylotectus Huldr... [Church History] [Zwingli] [Johannes Xylotectus]
I had the privilege last week of attending the first public conference held by BioLogos. This was in Grand Rapids and featured a number of fascinating speakers – Scot McKnight, John Walton, Ard Louis, Ted Davis, Len Vander Zee … a New Testamen... [Uncategorized]
Here the QB of the Florida State is practicing his NFL skills- [NB- the Florida State team, to its credit, has dismissed the slugger]Filed under: NFL [nfl]
Kim Fabricius considers a number of possible and oft-proposed identifications for the opposite of faith, and proposes that the real opposite of faith is fear. He writes:There is a lot of fear around in the church today. Fundamentalists are afraid of sch... [Progressive Christianity] [Brandon Wallace] [doubt] [education] [faith] [fear] [growth] [Kim Fabricius] [reason]
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Is It Fair To Charge Fees for Religious Education? This week’s Talmudic debate is centered on the perceived and real benefits of study, teaching, and sacrifice.As summer rolls on, Jewish parents eve...


BIBLIOGRAPHIA IRANICA: Studies on Aramaic Magic Bowls and Related Subjects. A special issue of the Journal Aramaic Studies.
THE BIBLE AND INTERPRETATION:Reconstructing 4Q208–4Q209 as an Astronomical ArtefactIt is probable that 4QZodiac Calendar may be a Jewish-Aramaic descendant of similar late Babylonian zodiacal calendar texts with which it bears close structural similarit...
PROFILE: Dr. Eilat Mazar: Biblical Archaeologist (Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson, The Jewish Press).Past posts on Dr. Mazar are here and here. She has been mentioned often at PaleoJudaica.
TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: CNN is coming under severe criticism for including the Old City of Jerusalem (with mention of the Dome of the Rock) at the top of its list of endangered historical sites, while leaving out another obvious one. It does seem like an odd ...


Just as I was awaking from a night of loud fireworks and multicultural bonhomie, my wife showed me a full-page ad in the New Jersey Star-Ledger. A red, white, and blue page entitled “In God We Trust,” the ad wants nothing more than to convert... [Bible] [Bibliolatry] [civil religion] [Holidays] [Posts] [Psalms] [Sects] ["Founding Fathers"] [Christian nation] [Deism] [Hobby Lobby] [In God we trust] [New Jersey Star-Ledger] [Psalm 33]

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I have just edited my chapter for a forthcoming volume from Lion Hudson on reconciliation, due out in the Autumn. The first part explores the language of reconciliation in Paul, and its importance in his theology. The middle section looks at reconciliati... [Biblical Studies] [Alan Spence] [conflict] [disagreement] [Michael Gorman] [Paul] [peace] [reconciliation] [Tom Wright]