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July 24 2014, 6AM

The concept of “soul freedom” (sometimes referred to by other terms, such as “soul competency” and “freedom of conscience”) is an important one in the Baptist tradition (although we see it neglected or even rejected at... [Christianity] [music] [Baptist] [Songs] [soul freedom]
Contemporary students of the Bible often ignore or disparage older commentators and commentaries. But I try to make them a regular part of my study. While these older works may be bereft of the latest research, they are often rich sources of pastoral wisd... [commentaries] [Jude] [New Testament]
If we define faith as “confidence” or “conviction” based on the evidence presented, and once we recognize that there is no such thing as “degrees of faith,” then this leads to the truth that faith is not a work. Faith ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith]


Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The quote from Chris Keith is taken from his contribution to Pete Enns’ series about Biblical scholars’ “aha” moments. In almost but not entirely unrelated news, see Hemant Mehta’s post about a Kickstarter project to make a l... [Inerrancy] [Bible] [Chris Keith] [honesty] [inerrantists] [Peter Enns] [quote]


It can sink no lower. Inside Higher Ed has a story about an Illinois university which has decided to make ‘League of Legends’ a varsity sport and award a number of scholarships to boot: In the latest blow to the nerd-jock distinction, an Illinois univ... [mockery] [Modern Culture]
Although I've said some things repeatedly in the past, it's worth repeating some of them every once and a while. I consider the following claims more or less beyond reasonable dispute:1. All of us see the world from "within our heads." That is to say, we ... [hermeneutics]
Michele has been posting pictures of the papers at SOTS.  Take a look.Filed under: SOTS [SOTS]


In earlier postings I’ve mentioned that I’d agreed to review N.T. Wright’s massive opus, Paul and the Faithfulness of God (earlier postings here, here, and here).  The review has just appeared as a featured review-essay in the journal T... [Uncategorized] [Important publications] [Paul]
Mary Schweitzer is a paleontologist who specializes in molecular paleontology, that is in the detection and interpretation of original molecular fragments in well-preserved fossil specimens. She is best known for discovering what appears to be biomolecule... [Science and Faith]


BOOK REVIEW: Between Pagan and Christian, by Christopher P. Jones, by Candida Moss in the Times Higher. Excerpt:This is important subject matter and a worthwhile read, and Jones is peerless in his discussions of the 4th century and beyond. For those int...
ARAMAIC WATCH: Purged by ISIS, Iraq's Christians appeal to world for help (Fox).Iraqi Christians are begging for help from the civilized world after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims b...


“There ain’t no use in complaining,” Bryan Adams once wrote, “when you got a job to do.” If I may be pardoned from removing rock and roll from its love song context. As a guy who’s suffered unemployment several times, I have to agree that ha... [higher education] [Holidays] [Memoirs] [Posts] [Travel] [Bryan Adams] [capitalism] [New York City] [Transcendentalist]

July 23, 11PM

Addison Hodges Hart Strangers and Pilgrims Once More: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Available at Pilgrims, but what do we leave behind? A review of Strangers and Pilgrims Once More, Addi... [Uncategorized]
More great material from Losurdo’s book on Stalin. In his long demolition of the myth of Stalin’s anti-Semitism, Losurdo also makes a few observations on Winston Churchill’s racist views. To begin with, in the famous ‘iron curtain&... [politics] [Total Depravity] [racism] [reading Stalin] [Winston Churchill]


Dead Sea Discoveries 21:2 (2014)Jonathan Ben-Dov / Daniel Stökl Ben-Ezra, "4Q249 Midrash Moshe: A New Reading and Some Implications,". 131-149Tucker S Ferda, "Naming the Messiah: A Contribution to the 4Q246 ‘Son of God’ Debate," 150-175Dennis Duke / ... [DSD] [Κουμράν] [Μεσσίας]
The big three sites to go see among the seven churches of revelation are Ephesus, Pergamon, Sardis, to which one must now add a fourth, Laodicea, because of the amazing archaeological work done there in the last five years. In this blog post and the next ... [Uncategorized]
Earlier this year there was an annual arts festival here in Perth. When the catalogue came out, showing all of the plays and films and music and other events, I predicted to myself before reading it, “I bet there will be no productions of Shakespear... [art]
Whatever other meanderings are in this post, be sure to read the music here. This is a very amusing chapter containing David's hobnob with the priest Ahimelek over bread, girls, and Goliath's sword. Et qui rit des curés d'Oc.  Let no one laugh (too muc... [Singing the Bible]
In Luke's Gospel Jesus tells an expert in the law to do what the law says if he wants to inherit eternal life (Luke 10:25). But in Acts Peter declares, "through the grace of the Lord Jesus we believe to be saved" (Acts 15:11). Explaining the relationship ... [Law] [Luke-Acts] [salvation]
If you believe in the immortality of the soul, so it would seem, you would have to believe in endless punishment of the wicked or universalism. In the history of the church, belief in the immortality of the soul has been a constant. Not all, but most have... [hell]


I'm figuring out the best ways to create short (but perhaps up to 20 minute) videos using PowerPoint. I've started using Microsoft's Office Mix, but I'm still practicing with it. It does allow me to record videos with inset webcam video of myself plus nar... [Greek] [greek instruction] [powerpoint]


Are Mormons Christian? Depends. Give me your definition of Christian and I will give you my answer. Are Mormons Christian? This is the type of question that can easily get conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists riled up, especially if you answer, &... [Uncategorized]


A sickening (because true) report on Hagee’s gathering of heretical hatemongers ends this way: What the IDF needed was a total victory. “Rocket factories can be destroyed,” said Anthony. “Weapon factories can be destroyed. Terrorists can be e... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
This is disgusting.  Do the people who make these signs not have any memory at all of the outrage committed against Jews just a few decades back stirred up by exactly this kind of hatred.  It’s sickening.  Jews aren’t to blame for what̵... [Total Depravity]


This weekend, I was on Twitter, and there it was again. Another hashtag, #EricGarner, #JusticeForEricGarner. Much like in the past #Justice4Trayvon, #JusticeForRenisha, #RememberRenisha. I saw the horrorifying, gory headlines, and I was afraid to click th... [Black theology] [empire] [Ethnicity] [liberation theology] [libertarianism] [racial harmony] [theology] [Eric Garner] [Prison-Industrial Complex] [War On Drugs] [white supremacy]


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Trinity Theological College in Perth is looking for an Academic Dean with administrative and lecturing responsibilities. See the college website here and job details here. [Uncategorized]
The main man himself, Jon Bennett, has been writing a fun multiple part review of Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul. You really do need to check those out and observe, among other things, his gifting for illustrations! The kind of discussion his pos...


I need to apologise for this horrendously self-promoting post. I’ll go and stub my toes a few times as punishment. But before that: a) Johnny Walker has written a very kind review here. He concludes: Tilling's defense of a divine Christology in Pau...
One of the features of the new Bible Odyssey website is that it lets you ask a scholar your questions. Someone submitted the question through the site, “Is the Gospel of John a Jewish mystic work?” I was invited to provide the answer, and here... [Gospel of John] [mystic] [mystical] [Mysticism] [Philo]


Pulpit Commentary Dan_1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim King of Judah. After the defeat and death of Josiah, the people of the land put on the throne Jehoahaz, or Shallum (Jer_22:11), one of the sons of their late monarch (2Ki_23:30). We see... [Bible] [Bible Commentary] [Bible study] [commentaries] [esword] [Quotes] [SBC] [sunday school notes] [bible lesson] [daniel 1:12-15] [daniel 1:17-19] [daniel 1:3-5] [daniel 1:8-10] [explore the bible] [lifeway] [sunday school lesson]
"A god that needs to be worshiped isn't much of a god."
I am removing all Patheos blogs from my reader. That includes Marcus Borg, Peter Enns, and James Mcgrath. While the content of these bloggers is very good and very interesting, the hosts are impolite: ads that start without permission, images of naked lad...

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I’ve been tied up with enough things over the past few weeks to manage to have missed this news until today. On July 5, 2014, Dr. Ronald Youngblood passed into glory. He taught Old Testament/Hebrew for Bethel Seminary at both the Saint Paul, MN and... [Biblical Scholars] [in memoriam]
It’s a perennial question and, believe it or not, I actually enjoyed this essay about it.  Usually such things are mere supposition but this is right interesting. (By the way, the right answer is – no, it wasn’t an apple).Filed under: B... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
So we made the move and are the Greenville, NC area.  We’re also internet-less for a time due to canceling in one place and setting up internet at the new place.  It’s a nice reprieve but I do miss reading the blogs and following along.  Ag... [Uncategorized]
MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine debate into sharp focus. Punished for her act of dissent with the c... [media]
Today the UN voted to investigate events in Israel/ Palestine – in terms of potential human rights violations.  The US is the only no vote.  Our government makes us so ‘proud’… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Last week, Lexham Bible Guide: Romans shipped to customers, completing the Paul’s Letters Collection. To celebrate, we’ve placed the entire collection on sale. For a limited time, you can get it for $100.00 off! If you’ve been waiting to dive into t... [Products]


GoPro Timelapse (July 14, 2014) of the change from ultra-low-tide to high-tide at Tutka Bay, Alaska. The post Timelapse of Tide Change at Tutka Bay, Alaska appeared first on Stay Curious. [Travel] [Alaska] [tide change] [timelapse]
The writer of Luke-Acts is committed to the idea that the Gospel is for all people. Like Paul, he insists that it is first of all for God’s people Israel, and like Paul he insists that God’s plan for the message of Jesus is world-wide. He embe... [Bible Thoughts] [Acts 2] [Luke 3] [mission] [narrative theology] [sarx]


Luka Ilic: »Theologian of Sin and Grace. The Process of Radicalization in the Theology of Matthias Flacius Illyricus« In this work, the author establishes that Flacius’ theology became increasingly radicalized with time and examines aspects of this pr... [Church History] [Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht]
Never be sorry to celebrate You should read Matt’s post. At the end, he asks several questions. I wanted to see if I can provide some answers from my perspective. If two people with irreconcilable views can both be said to occupy the middle, it̵... [United Methodist Church]


Here are some truths I’ll share, in no particular order: - In the 19th and early 20th centuries the Church was the geographical and municipal center of towns across America.  Life revolved around it. - In the middle of the 20th century sports becam... [Modern Culture]
Existentialism is an attempt to find meaning in life when there is cause to despair. Why would anyone believe that there is cause to despair?  The Cambridge Companion to Existentialism refers to reasons, as it interacts with the thoughts of such exi... [Family Ties] [philosophy] [politics] [religion] [Television]


The title of this blog, Threads from Henry’s Web, suggests that I’m the one producing the threads and hopefully drawing you in. But often the threads are leading me somewhere. Some things happened in just the last couple of weeks: A conversat... [Pensacola] [people]
I know- the title makes little sense.  But that’s fitting, since neither does the entire concept of Christian Rap which, like Christian ‘pop’ and ‘rock’, is a sort of music performed by persons who can’t make it in mai... [misery] [mockery] [Modern Culture] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Thus the British Museum- Our website will present for the first time an authoritative set of high resolution images of the entirety of the finds, integrated with all field notes, catalogue records, photos, reports, maps, letters and publications. Importan... [Archaeology]
Adamantius 19 (2013)D. KRUEGER, "The Internal Lives of Biblical Figures in the Hymns of Romanos the Melodist," 290-302H.I. NEWMAN, "Dating Sefer Zerubavel: Dehistoricizing and Rehistoricizing a Jewish Apocalypse of Late Antiquity," 324-336A. ALI... [Adamantius] [Rezeptionsgeschichte] [πρόσληψη]
I am standing at the pillar that was chipped away so a platform could be built on which Thomas Cranmer was sentenced to death under Mary Queen of Scots, and behind me is the pulpit where C.S. Lewis delivered his famous sermon, “The Weight of Glory.&... [Uncategorized]
And he’s french.  And his name is Jacques Renaud.  And he tweeted the most disgusting thing I’ve read in a while. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
And the essayist is none less than the inestimable Herman Selderhuis- Jean Cauvin (1509–1564), as his name originally was, was born in Noyon (Picardy, France). He can be regarded as the founder of Reformed spirituality. Although his father first destine... [Calvin] [Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception]
Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If you read or ... [reading] [Tags] [WordPress] [Writing] [best of wordpress] [longreads] [reading list]
Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If you read or ... [reading] [Tags] [WordPress] [Writing] [best of wordpress] [longreads] [reading list]


There’s something in EBR for everyone.  Even if not everything in it is for everyone. There’s loads of other stuff too in volume 9- Of Gaza we read Gaza (MT ʿAzzâ; LXX Γάζα; Arab. Ghazza) is the southern most major urban center on th... [Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception]