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April 19 2015, 7AM

BTW, this comes from @PHDComics. It is a follow-up to another cartoon from there which I shared recently. See also a recent article suggesting that emoticons are not ruining language but revolutionizing it. [education] [humor] [abbreviations] [cartoon] [classroom] [comics] [homework] [PhD]


John Beck is a guest on Our Daily Bread: Exploring the Land of the Story: Unlocking Biblical Geography. Beck’s Discovery House Bible Atlas has just been released. Beck is interviewed about his atlas on the Good Book Blog. The Museum of the Bible is hos... [10th Century] [Excavations] [Lectures] [Photo Resources] [Resources] [Turkey] [Weekend Roundup]
or mission of the church? consider this…. Fundamentally, our mission (if it is biblically informed and validated) means our committed participation as God’s people, at God’s invitation and command, in God’s own mission within the history of Go... [Uncategorized]
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 doe... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]
The episode begins with Ben Linus running through the jungle. He catches up with Ilana and the others who had escaped the temple, and they head to the beach. Ilana gives Miles the ashes of Jacob’s body and asks how he died. Miles says that Linus kil... [LOST] [Alex] [Benjamin Linus] [forgiveness] [Ilana] [redemption] [Rousseau]
Philipp Melanchthon, died on April 19, 1560. Melanchthon was a popular lecturer at the University of Wittenberg who worked tirelessly with Luther in the work of the Reformation. His home was very close to the Black Cloister in Wittenberg and the Melanchth... [Melanchthon]


Qual è l’attendibilità storica dei vangeli? Come si sono formati e su quali informazioni si basavano? Come si è arrivati ai diversi racconti orali e scritti della straordinaria vicenda di Gesù? Per rispondere a queste domande, nella prima parte del... [Biblical Studies Resources]
None of the synoptic gospels say Jesus wept. The sophisticated Luke, writing latest of the three-in-agreement, does have him sweating in agony in the garden drops of blood. But the sophisticated Greek gospel writer reserves tears for some strange women (i... [Series: Odd Gospel Greek]
Sion, Switzerland- Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
This is a continuation of my lecture given at the Cornell Graduate Christian Fellowship and Chesterton House in early April. My title was “My God, my God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? A Biblical Response to Loss and Catastrophe.” I have a recording o... [academics] [Bible] [Christianity] [death] [grief] [Lament] [Mack] [Psalm] [religion] [Theodicy] [theology] [Lamentations]
A major rescue operation is under way in the Mediterranean after as many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned just outside Libyan waters, in what could prove to be the worst disaster yet involving migrants being smuggled to Europe. Italian coastguar... [Modern Culture]
Chris has been branching out a bit and has taken on a couple of new jobs (neither of which he worked very long).  First he became a sign maker.  It turned out badly.  Then, he dabbled in construction.  That didn’t work out well either.  Chris a... [Modern Culture]


Let no man think to kill sin with few, easy, or gentle strokes. He who has once smitten a serpent, if he does not follow on his blow until he be slain, may repent that ever he began the quarrel. And so will he who undertakes to deal with sin and pursues i... [Modern Culture]
O God, Whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, That we may behold him in all his redeeming work; Who lives and reigns with you, In the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, now and for ever... [Uncategorized]
Singers and other musicians often remember musical intervals by reference to famous examples of them – for instance, many of us, if we need to sing a perfect 4th, think “Here Comes the Bride.”It struck me recently to look into whether o... [music] [Star Wars] [film scores] [intervals] [John Williams] [musical]
DAY 15: FIFTEENA hidden name of God.    Steps ascending to the Temple,        each with its own psalm.Words in the blessing    which places God's Name        on the people, opening channels.Morning thank-yous, each     hinting at the ... [NaPoWriMo2015] [Omer] [Omer poems] [poetry]


Pacific Rim is a movie that once again brings monsters and religion together in the cinema. Since I’m generally late seeing movies, I won’t worry too much about spoilers here, but in case you’re even later than me here’s the gist of it: giant mon... [Deities] [Holidays] [Monsters] [movies] [popular culture] [Posts] [Robotics] [science] [Cthulhu] [dinosaurs] [Guillermo Del Toro] [H P Lovecraft] [Jaeger] [Kaiju] [old gods] [Pacific Rim] [Pentecost] [science fiction]


Early Christianity 5:4 (2014)Hans Förster, "Schrift und Schriftverständnis in Joh 20,8f," 419-440 (abstract)Richard Last / Sarah E. Rollens, "Accounting Practices in P. Tebt. III/2 894 and Pauline Groups," 441-474 (abstract)Markus Ö... [early christianity] [ελληνορωμαϊκός κόσμος] [πάπυροι]


ETC: New Book on Codex Sinaiticus (Peter M. Head). The 2009 conference that produced the papers was noted here.
BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW:C. T. Hadavas, Lucian, On the Death of Peregrinus: An Intermediate Ancient Greek Reader. [Beloit, WI]: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Pp. xxviii, 154. ISBN 9781500303099. $12.95 (pb). Reviewed by Serena...
The CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest, most powerful, and (at $10 Billion) most expensive particle accelerator. Or is it? Mike from around the world suggests otherwise. In an interview with Paul Begley, Mike from around the world c... [Biblical Giants] [Conspiracy theorists] [Nephilim] [science] [CERN] [dark matter] [Large Hadron Collider] [Mike from around the world] [particle accelerator] [Paul Begley] [scientist guys don't really want to go there]

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I’ve previously thought that Eegah (1962) was the worst ever movie made about a giant. But in 2013, along came… Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan. If the trailer is anything to go by, this would provide Eegah with some stiff competition. Al... [film] [Axe Giant] [Eegah!] [Paul Bunyon]
Loving God of living water, we come now to pray for ourselves and for your world. In Christ, you meet us in the everyday stuff of our lives. As you once entered the waters of the Jordan at your own baptism, so you continue to immerse yourself in... [Prayer]
Ormai sul mondo del gioco d’azzardo è stato detto quasi tutto: “demone od acquasanta” è a discrezione di ognuno che si appresti a sottoporre la propria attenzione a questo settore. Indubbiamente, gli spot sulla pubblicità del gioco non posson... [Uncategorized]
I have been working on the parable of the pearl for months, looking at the text in both Thomas and Matthew, reading what others have written about it, trying to get things into some kind of order and come to a position about the issues for myself. I have ... [Uncategorized]
To mark the 10th anniversary of the election of our beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict, I am very happy to announce a new monthly (bi-monthly?) column by Llanbedr.   Some of you may know him from interactions in the comment section of this blog. &nb... [BXVI] [Monthly Benedict] [Verbum Domini]

April 18, 10PM

I grow weary of the nonsense that has as its lead lament ‘there is no Trinity in the NT’. Actually there is. There is plenty on the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit being part of the divine identity in the NT, and The Shadow of the Almighty... [Uncategorized]


During the ministry of Jesus at Capernaum four men brought a paralyzed man to see Jesus, likely seeking healing, but there were so many people in the house that it was not possible to get in to see Jesus. And when they could not get near him because of th... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Construction] [Housing] [Ministry of Jesus]


I must admit that I have given in to buying an air cleaner for my apartment in Beijing. In general, the air is improving here, with weeks at a time having clear skies. On these days I go for a run outside, and use some outdoor exercise equipment. But the ... [china] [air cleaner] [Beijing]
I realise that the question of socialist exploitation may seem like an oxymoron, since socialism is supposed to abolish exploitation of one person or group by another. But I am interested in whether socialist exploitation is possible and perhaps necessary... [socialism] [exploitation] [modes of production] [synchronicity of non-synchronicity]


Click here to view the embedded video.I’m sure everyone has already seen the above trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. But I still wanted to share it, just to join in the excitement, and to give regular readers a place to talk abou... [Star Wars] [action figure] [awakens] [Battlefront] [episode] [Force] [trailer] [video game]


And you can’t get good theological advice from a journalist.  And you can’t get good parenting advice from Gwenyth Paltrow.  These are three facts you need to keep in mind.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


I lose my faith many times, each and every day. Or you could say, I confess my faith many times, each and every day.   [Christianity] [faith]


As he prepares to leave to take up a new position at Vanderbilt (so he could be nearer to me I imagine), Princeton celebrates his many decades of fantastic teaching and research. Princeton’s loss is our region’s gain.Filed under: Modern Cultur... [Modern Culture]
Here– on the ASOR blog.Filed under: Biblical Studies Resources [Biblical Studies Resources]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will eliminate about 400 positions, most of them vacant, and will close or restructure several academic programs across campus over the next two years in response to anticipated state budget cuts, Chancellor Rebecca Bla... [misery] [mockery] [Modern Culture]


Here’s a photo of the blogger get together last year in San Diego.  It was a blast.  We hope you can join us this year in Atlanta.  Contact Joel Watts for all the details. Filed under: biblioblogs, Conferences [Biblioblogs] [Conferences]
STEVE CARUSO: How to Know When You Shouldn’t Publish Your Own “Translation.” Also a cautionary tale about Google Image searches. Cross-file under Aramaic Watch (sort of).


Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Contrary to the theses of this morning's Globe and Mail editorial on the end of prayer at the start of government working sessions, I think the end of prayer, both its terminus and its purpose (for in case you didn't notice, end is ambiguous) was announce... [Links] [politics]


Leen Ritmeyer comments on the report that the stone floor inside the Dome of the Rock is being removed. The Temple Mount Sifting Project posts a recent photo with a note that more details will be posted soon. A shrine from the 30th Dynasty Pharaoh Nectan... [Discoveries] [Egypt] [Galilee] [Jerusalem] [Mesopotamia] [Resources] [Temple Mount] [Weekend Roundup]
At the CNN piece by Baden/Moss/Goodacre.  Concerning the observations made in the CNN essay, T. writes … they proceed to go through these “pieces” of evidence, one-by-one, seven in all, asserting that not a single one of them hold up. The Bade... [Modern Culture]
Vom freien Willen wird gelehret, daß der Mensch etlichermaßen einen freien Willen hat, äußerlich ehrbar zu leben und zu wählen unter denen Dingen, so die Vernunft begreift; aber ohne Gnad, Hilfe und Wirkung des heiligen Geistes vermag der Mensch nich... [Melanchthon]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
I just saw the funniest tweet!  It used the phrase ‘millenials and their church commitments’!  That right there is a precious oxymoron!!!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Miscellany by Bob MacDonald via Dust (#53648)
From younger selves who were nevertheless the same self though different, Kurk vs Ker, from glory days. This post from BLT is a carnival in itself, and some of the ancient links, treasure. Here is a guest post on a recent trip to Israel - pomegranate in ... [carnival] [Links]


At the end of a letter that Bullinger composed on the 18th of April, 1534, he remarks of Luther: De Lutheri impudentia nuper libellis quibusdam de privata missa et in Erasmum scriptis (15) vehementer doleo. Video enim hunc hominem ecclesiae dei plus incom... [Bullinger]
These people aren’t simply inhuman- they are demonic. A 17-year-old daughter of a Ugandan Christian pastor was allegedly gang-raped by five Muslim men after her father ignored the men’s threats warning him to stop having worship services at h... [Modern Culture]


continued from Wednesday... There is another intuition underlying this most fundamental one. This is the sense that God is more interested in who we are--our motivations and intentions--than even in what we believe or what we do. This is a theme we find i... [hermeneutics]
Solchen Glauben zu erlangen hat Gott das Predigtamt eingesetzt, Evangelium und Sacrament gegeben, dadurch er, als durch Mittel, den heiligen Geist gibt, welcher den Glauben, wo und wann er will, in denen, so das Evangelium hören, wirket, welches da lehre... [Melanchthon]