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January 28 2015, 10AM

I’ve been promoting the creation book set from my company, Energion Publications. The authors of this set of books all support the theory of evolution. In fact, the contribution made by these books, I think, is that they are talking about how we sho... [Christianity] [Creation and Evolution] [religion] [science] [Creation] [creationism] [evolution] [publishing]
Darrin Patrick: There are really two ditches that churches fall into when it comes to entering into and challenging the political climate—and culture, generally: Unrighteous Activism Some churches are tempted to think, “Jesus is gone, it’s all on us... [Uncategorized]


This perceived incongruity must be tempered by the realization that curses and blessings can be reciprocal. This means that when a person utters a curse against another, he or she simultaneously seeks an implied blessing for himself or herself at someone ... [Books] [Cursed Are You!]
In contrast to the emperor, the ultimate Lordship of Jesus Christ in Acts just is the Lordship of God. Indeed, the God of Israel and Jesus Christ do not stand in competition for the designation κύριος [Lord] but rather share this identity. In case t... [Books] [The Book of Acts] [theology]
There’s a big difference between regret and repentance—the actual turning away from our wrongs. Too often we have an awakening and regret the way things have turned out—but we won’t turn away from our part in it. We hate that someone found out. We... [AHA] [Books] [gospel] [Idle Musings] [theology]
[T]he lack of emphasis on the promises that come to the one fasting—Jesus only promises “reward”—means we need to avoid motivating people to fast by what they might gain. The obsession some have with marketing fasting because of its many b... [Books] [fasting] [Idle Musings] [sermon on the mount] [theology]
Son de especial interés estas óstracas porque en algunas de las Cartas de Lakís legibles contienen expresiones como: “¡Quiera Yahweh [יהוה] que mi señor oiga hoy buenas noticias!”. (Óstracon IV de Lakiš). Este hecho muestra que en aquel en... [Arqueología Bíblica] [I. Arqueologia Bíblica] [Las óstracas de Lakís y el nombre de Yahweh [יהוה]]
Paul writes a difficult statement in Romans 9:13: Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated. Scholars debate whether or not God actually hated Esau. There are two main opinions on this question. Option 1: Hate = “Love Less” Some argue that the... [Bible study] [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [election] [Esau] [Jacob] [Malachi 1] [Re-Justification of God] [reprobation] [Romans 9] [Tulip] [Unconditional Election]
I have discovered that God specializes in hopeless cases. If it were up to me, I never would have chosen Jacob. My choice would have been Esau. I find him to be a much better person than Jacob ever was. There was not really that much bad about Esau; it wa... [Books] [theology] [tozer]


Bobby from Hendrickson Publishers just sent me a link to a marvelous poem about snow by Emerson: Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,Seems nowhere to alight: the whited airHides hills and woods, the ri... [Idle Musings] [Just for Fun] [Snow]
This series is being crossposted from Women in Theology “Money promises value. It does not specify the form that such value will take. Used for consumption, money promises pleasure. Used for investment, money promises more money. The value of money, or ... [blog posts]


The episode begins with Charlie searching through Sawyer’s stash of stuff. Desmond asks Charlie and Hurley to come with him. Locke and Sayid break the news about Eko having died. Locke says, “The island killed him.” Suddenly Desmond sets... [LOST] [Charlie Pace] [Desmond Hume] [Eloise Hawking] [future] [past] [providence] [universe]


Κυκλοφόρησε από τον εκδοτικό οίκο Peeters ο συλλογικός τόμος με τις εισηγήσεις που διαβάστηκαν στην συνάντηση του Colloquium Oecumenicum Paulinum στη Ρώμη τ... [2 Θεσσαλονικείς] [Colloquium Oecumenicum Paulinum] [εσχατολογία]
Listen to it here. In this interview we discuss the life and work of Constantine Tischendorf — the man who discovered Codex Sinaiticus — with Professor Stanley E. Porter (McMaster Divinity College). The interview includes insights into Porter&... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [book review] [Books]
I just finished Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So Stop Trying by Drew Dyck.  Let me begin by saying that one should never review a book based on the Kindle version.  Though a more inexpensive alternative (and handy for reading at the gym... [Review]


V& R have just released two new publications from the series Research in Contemporary Religion:  Jan Peter Grevel: »Mit Gott im Grünen.« (A Practical Theology of the experience of nature) and Stine Holte: »Meaning and Melancholy in the Thought o... [book review] [Books]
This is the sixth and final sermon to go with my devotional book on the Sermon on the Mount: The Wisdom of Jesus. The devotional goes along with the background book, Jesus: Portraits from the Gospels.The sermon notes for the previous five weeks ... [Matthew] [sermon on the mount] [sermon starters]
For those who don't live locally -- here's the Rabbi Reflections column I wrote for the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of the Berkshire Jewish Voice. (I didn't come up with the title, though I quite like it.) Every winter, as we turn the page on the secular calend... [the solar year] [TuBiShvat]
Stay on budget and start using Logos 6 today: with a budget-friendly, interest-free payment plan, you can take up to 24 months to pay for Logos 6 and break up your cost into small, manageable payments. Introductory savings end February 2: take advantage o... [Products] [free gifts] [introductory offers] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [payment plans]
“Money promises value. It does not specify the form that such value will take. Used for consumption, money promises pleasure. Used for investment, money promises more money. The value of money, or the value that is promised, has no exact or fixed measur... [WIT Posts]


I found this Dilbert cartoon amusing. It relates to questions of the relationship of God and mammon, but also serves as a comical parable of the supposed issues that people come up with in relation to biological evolution. It is often hard to recognize w... [humor] [cartoon] [Dilbert] [God] [Money]
On this day in 1533 Luther wrote a friend A son was just born to me, and I am a father again. Please help the poor fellow get where he belongs.  He was born the first hour during the night of January 28 in the year 1533, and he was named Paul. I’ve had... [Church History]
Give a listen to this report from NPR this morning when you can.  It’s about prestigious scientific journals and how they only publish stuff that agrees with the ‘consensus’ most of the time.  It opens an intriguing window on the shady... [Modern Culture]
I arrived back from my Hong Kong lectures, the 2014 Josephine So Lectures given in China Graduate School of Theology, last Friday. As these lectures form some of the material that I aim to develop into a book across 2015, I’m not publishing the full... [Uncategorized] [Christian Origins] [Historical Context]


Himmel!I first referenced Daniel Maguire's work on ethics back in 2009, then posted a YouTube clip in 2011. At the time I was trying to rinse the taste of Reformed ethics out of my mouth, a legacy of taking a couple of very inadequate courses in that subj...
SPECIFICALLY, HILLEL THE ELDER: Talmudic Rabbis Were Totally Badass in Blizzards (Sigal Samuel, The Forward). Unfortunately, but all too typically, the specific Talmudic reference is not given.
by Adam Miller* This post originally appeared on the author’s blog.The French marxist Louis Althusser theorized interpellation as “the process by which ideology addresses the individual.” Or, put differently, interpellation is the way a domina... [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [South Asian Studies] [Theory & Religion Series] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Adam Miller] [dharma] [interpellation] [Louis Althusser] [Richard S. Cohen] [Sanskrit] [sūtra] [tathagata] [The Splendid Vision]


One of the coveted symbols of approval in my childhood was the star at the top of a paper. I watched in amazement (perhaps because they were so rare) when a teacher would inscribe a star without lifting her pencil from the paper. I thought I had never s... [Current Events] [Mesopotamia] [Posts] [Sects] [Christianity] [Jack T. Chick] [occult] [pentacle] [pentagram] [Satanism] [symbols] [tennessee] [Wicca]
O Tim Bulkeley έχει αρχίσει μία σειρά από ενδιαφέρουσες αναρτήσεις σχετικά με το χιούμορ στη Βίβλο:Humour in the Bible [Αγία Γραφή] [χιούμορ]
LARRY HURTADO: Early Manuscripts of Biblical Writings? What’s at Stake?Background here and links.
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Juliet’s Dilemma: Seduced Unmarried Minors Engaging in ‘Licentious Sexual Intercourse.’ Talmudic rabbis ask what agency young women have in determining their fate in sex, marriage, and divorce....
New article: Vito Mocella, Emmanuel Brun, Claudio Ferrero & Daniel Delattre, 'Revealing letters in rolled Herculaneum papyri by X-ray phase-contrast imaging' Nature Communications 6, Article number: 5895 doi:10.1038/ncomms6895 (20.1.2015). Abstra... [Herculaneum papyri] [Technology] [xray]


Το περιοδικό KERNOS: Revue internationale et pluridisciplinaire de religion grecque antique διαθέτει ελεύθερα στο διαδίκτυο τα τεύχη μέχρι πριν 2 χρόνια (1988-2012) : KERNOS: Revu... [αρχαιολογία] [ελληνορωμαϊκός κόσμος] [επιγραφές] [θρησκεία]
Unfortunately, it is still fashionable is some parts of the global Left to write off the USSR, especially the period under Stalin. So it is useful to remind ourselves of what was achieved. Here are some details from the report to the 16th congress in 1930... [another world is possible] [reading Stalin] [USSR]
I am one who likes to utilize a new devotional each year as I journey through Lent.  This year, I will be using Turning Around: Daily Lenten Reflections with The Message published by ACTA.  One of the things I like about a devotional l... [The Message]

12 AM

I’ve found myself listening to Plato in the car again. In Plato’s Apology of Socrates, at least three interesting hermeneutical issues are touched upon: A distinction between ‘truth’ and ‘sophistry,’ with the recognition that hearers/rea... [hermeneutics] [Plato]

January 27, 11PM

Can a scholarly book be (semi-)self-published, peer-reviewed, available near cost in print editions and free in pdf? Yes. Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies: An Introduction Edited by: Alessandro Bausi (General editor), Pier Giorgio Borbone, Fra... [Readings] [scholarship]
In a recent blog post, Greg Boyd, who endorsed my Kingdom Conspiracy, weighs in on why we dare not let kingdom of God be connected to politics. He provides 12 reasons and I endorse the thrust of his post — yet over and over we see folks using the e... [Kingdom of God]


Gita asked if the word for boots - מגפיים magafayim is related to the word for plague - מגפה magefa. Well, Gita, they aren't related. As you noted, magefa comes from the root נגף, meaning "to strike, smite." Magaf מגף (the singular of maga...


This should be my final post refuting Dr. David Marshall's “rebuttal” to my book The Outsider Test for Faith (OTF). Marshall's book, How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story,is really bad. In fact, it's so bad I'm using the... [Marshall's Book]
Just found out about this at the Coop today. Grand Marais could be the "coolest small town." Want to know more? Check it out here and vote. One vote per day, so vote often : ) [Just for Fun]


El artículo de Live Science sobre el supuesto descubrimiento de un fragmento de papiro del Evangelio de San Marcos ha causado una enorme sensación en todo el mundo. Sobre todo en los medios de lengua española, estamos leyendo principalmente artículos ... [Arqueología Bíblica] [arqueologia cristiana] [Jesus de Nazaret] [Nuevo Testamento] [Craig Evans] [Efe Craig Evans] [Evangelio de San Marcos] [la década de los 80] [la máscara] [San Marcos]
And why do people flock to the stupidity peddled by journalists and film-makers and other uninformed dilettantes who pretend to be interpreters of Scripture, history, and archaeology? David Friedrich Strauss, who’s birthday is, coincidentally, today... [theology]


While on the topic of tractors, we can’t forget Pasha Angelina (Praskovia Nikitichna Angelina). The story goes that after the first collectivisation wave, in 1933 Pasha organised an all-female tractor brigade in the Donetsk region. It exceeded its q... [another world is possible] [Pasha Angelina] [reading Stalin] [Soviet feminism]


Never before have I cried at the end of a book. I’ve cried at the end of movies, but a book never. That is until I finished reading Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. On the last page I was caught by surprise when Briggs shar... [book review] [Ministry Failure] [Pastoral Vocation]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


If the answer to the above question is"yes," then you might want to check out Brian Renshaw's helpful post here. [research] [Technology]
I have to say, if you have to pay $500 (or any $) to have your essay published, it must be real rubbish. What exactly are … [scientific] journals publishing and who is taking these journals to be credible sources of medical information? Shrime decid... [Pseudo-scholarship]
If so, you might enjoy this. [humor] [theology]


A Feminist Companion to Tobit and Judith extends the work of the hugely influential and respected Feminist Companion series, which continues to set the standard for feminist approaches to the Hebrew Bible and related texts. In the present volume Athalya B... [Books]
We’ve all encountered the hipster cool youth leader who has a bit of an addled brain: youth director: dont give in to peer pressure kids. 5 minutes later: youth director: I’m going to the Newsboy concert, you should too! Small wonder that kids... [Modern Culture]
Jephthah, much like Saul, can display all the signs of success, but because he could not rise above the scars of rejection, he will remain a troubled personality throughout. Opportunistic, he can grasp power although it is not his to have—but truth to t... [Books] [theology]
Οι εξορκισμοί είναι αφηγήσεις θαυμάτων, όπου περιγράφεται η εκδίωξη ενός ή περισσοτέρων δαιμονίων από κάποιο άνθρωπο που κατέχεται από αυ... [δαιμονολογία] [θαύματα] [συνοπτικοί]
Luke gives an ideal example of a member of the early Christian community in Jerusalem: Joseph the Levite, also known as Barnabas (4:36). Barnabas is a significant figure in the book of Acts, introduced here as a member of the community at Jerusalem. The i... [Luke / Acts] [Observations on Acts] [Acts] [Barnabas] [history]


Pulpit Bible by contemplativechristian Jeremiah’s third confession is a monologue, mainly (or all, depending where we think it starts) addressed to God. Complaint is the dominant tone, and Jeremiah asks for vengeance on his opponents. So this text r... [Complaint] [Jeremiah] [confession] [confessions of Jeremiah] [God] [Jeremiah] [scripture] [Word of God] [Yahweh] [Yhwh]
When setting off to war, beyond organizing a large and disciplined army and investing in decent spies, good generals consult the gods, sacrifice to them, and bring them along as talismans out to battle. More economical, however, is to petition a god with ... [ANE religion] [Books]


Στην ιστοσελίδα The Bible and Interpretation έχει αναρτηθεί ένα άρθρο της Claudia V. Camp σχετικά με τη στάση του συγγραφέα της Σοφίας Σειράχ απέναντι στις ... [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [γυναίκα] [σοφιολογία]
To βιβλίο Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies: An Introduction διατίθεται ελεύθερο στο διαδίκτυο σε μορφή pdf:Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies: An Introduction [Εγγύς Ανατολή] [χειρόγραφα] [ψηφιακή βιβλιοθήκη]
I think, as I’ve said before, that Calvin gets a bad rap for his view of predestination.  And I get why people dislike it.  But I also understand why he held it.  Ya see, to Calvin, who’s mind was always whizzing and whirring and thinking a... [Calvin]
You wouldn’t know just by looking at it, but Logos 6 represents a giant leap forward for Logos Bible Software. When we sat down to design Logos 6, we wanted it to be the same, but different. It’s always important in design to maintain a balanced tens... [Products] [delivering insight] [interactive media] [introductory offers] [last chance] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software] [media search] [visual copy]

12 PM

Over the years I have been able to visit some places that proved exhilarating. Others have left me somber and contemplative. None more than Auschwitz. Seventy years ago today Soviet troops entered the camp and liberated the survivors. The iconic sign at t... [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [Culture] [New Testament] [old testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Auschwitz] [Holocaust]
Many Christians constantly wrestle with questions around church: why to go, how to choose one, how to deal with the imperfections and brokenness we see, and whether or not to abandon the whole thing together. I’ll be a panelist next week during ... [Uncategorized]


Like the tendency to turn the most wicked of sinners into the sweetest of saints when they die.  Why do people do that?  To what end?  Is it just self deception or is it how they handle their own perversity? Furthermore, why do people obsess about the ... [Modern Culture]
Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.  And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”  And they began discussing with one another ... [understanding]
‘Love’ has taken on a multitude of faces in these times, hasn’t it.  And all of them legitimized hither and yon.Filed under: Modern Culture, Total Depravity [Modern Culture] [Total Depravity]
I had students reading some of the Hebrew prophets recently. I pointed out to them that they never threaten people with punishment in an afterlife. Instead it is always judgment within history. Plagues, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, war, and so on.D... [Bible] [afterlife] [Amos] [blizzard] [famine] [future] [judgment] [Micah] [New York City] [pestilence] [Plague] [prediction] [Prophecy] [Prophets] [Snow] [War]
“Since we have learned with the greatest chagrin that the greater part of the priests of our city and diocese when they are called to conduct the funeral services of nobles and other persons, give themselves up to gaming and drunkenness, so that many of... [Church History]