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August 29 2014, 10PM

On July 24, 2014, The New York Times published an article in which it detailed the removal of crosses from Christian churches in China. Below is an excerpt from the article: In another sign of the authorities’ efforts to contain … Continue reading... [china] [Cross] [news] [Christian Pe]


Blink from the movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past Image from i09 The X-Men has long since been my favorite group of super heroes. I have often wondered what it was during my childhood that attracted me to the X-Men more than any other group of super heroes... [politics] [racism] [Giorgi Agamben] [Marvel Comics] [Trayvon Martin] [X-Men] [X-Men: Days of Future Past]


Paris is known as the City of Light. From the roof of our hotel in the St. Michel area we could see some of the significant monuments. This photo, made without tripod, shows the Eiffel Tower. I think the building to the left is the Hotel des Invalides whi... [Archaeology] [Bible Lands] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Culture] [Egypt] [greece] [israel] [Jordan] [Photography] [Travel] [china] [Louvre] [Museums] [Paris] [West Bank]


I’m exhausted.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


I have been very appreciative of a short work from 1992 by my Doktorvater Stephen C. Barton called The Spirituality of the Gospels. Barton does a lot of thinking and exploring out loud in this book. I found this canonical consideration very interesting.... [Uncategorized]


The history of Markan studies up until the current period can be sketched in five eras: (1) the clumsy Mark (the church fathers until the rise of modern critical study), (2) the chronicler Mark (the source critics), (3) the compiler Mark (the form critics... [Uncategorized]


Brian Fulthorp:chance to win a UBS5 GNT with a Dictionary. Originally posted on Words on the Word: By now many of you Words on the Word readers will have heard that the UBS edition of the Greek New Testament has recently been published in its fifth re... [Uncategorized]
Posted by Allen Dexter on FB with the comment: Exactly! I didn't have the stomach for it!While I don't apply the "A word" to myself, I absolutely know what he means. There are good, decent Christian ministers out there, individuals who live lives of ...


Cui prodest scelus, is fecit - Aquele a quem o crime aproveita foi quem o cometeu. Marina abre o jogo e diz a que veio - Emir Sader: Blog do Emir 29/08/2014Significativo o silêncio dos candidatos da oposição sobre política exterior, do Merco... [politica]
In DC by Jim via Zwinglius Redivivus (#39201)
So home soon. Once again, to the folk at IRG Zurich and the helpful folk at theZB who helped me track down and get scans of two of Zwingli’s early letters- thank you for a fantastic week.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

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Russia’s president, speaking at a pro-Kremlin youth camp at a lake near Moscow, said “it’s best not to mess with us,” adding “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers” Well, there you have &... [church] [Culture] [Defence] [news] [Nuclear] [Russia] [Vladimir Putin] [War]
Stand for Israel has been reporting on the developments across Israel’s border with Syria – of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters doing battle with Syrian forces. Israel is well aware of what is going on, and the IDF … Conti... [church] [Defence] [Golan Heights] [IDF] [Isis] [Islam] [israel] [news] [Syria] [Terror]
Theology and Society: Boko Haram militants claim that they are turning Nigeria into an Islamic caliphate. The Muslim extremist organization is in control of three Nigerian towns, and continues to gain power and influence in the region, the Christian Headl... [church] [Boko Haram] [Christianity] [evil] [Falleness] [Islam] [news] [Nigeria] [persecution] [Terror]
In today’s church, many are called to teach the Bible, but not all are office-holding church leaders. Perhaps you lead a small group, teach a Sunday school class, preach a Wednesday-evening service, or teach your children around the dinner table. No mat... [Products] [douglas moo] [logos mobile ed] [mobile ed] [New Testament] [teaching] [theology]


It’s hard to act mature all of the time… even for the Son of God.  The gospels contain a number of incidents in which Jesus gets annoyed or angry.  Today, we are going to look at two versions of a story about how Jesus gets pissed off and kills a fi... [j. m. green] [Jesus Behaving Badly]


Amity Shlaes.  The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.  HarperCollins, 2007. I enjoyed Amity Shlaes’ The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.  Whereas her biography of Calvin Coolidge was rather heavy, h... [Economics] [history] [Political Philosophy] [politics] [Regulation]


Recently I did a blog post for Missio Alliance called “Did St. Paul Believe in Unity?” Check it out. Missio Alliance is doing a great series for the next few months on unity amongst the people of God. [Uncategorized]


From S.J. Creek at Religious News Services (see the full story at the site): Media coverage of Ferguson paints a picture of spontaneous, emotionally charged crowds. But my observations on the ground suggest a different story. Since day one, local churches... [Uncategorized]
Biblical Interpretation 22:4/5 (2014)Jennifer L. Koosed / Stephen D. Moore, "Introduction: From Affect to Exegesis
," 381-387 (abstract)Jennifer Knust, "Who’s Afraid of Canaan’s Curse?
 Genesis 9:18–29 and the Challenge of Reparative Readin... [Biblical Interpretation] [Αποκάλυψη] [Παλαιά Διαθήκη] [ερμηνευτική] [κατά Μάρκον] [συναισθήματα]


Source: (HT: RJS) A class of bacteria commonly found in the guts of people—and rodents—appears to keep mice safe from food allergies, a study suggests. The same bacteria are among those reduced by antibiotic use in early childhood. The research fits n... [Uncategorized]
A review of the book The Future of Biblical Interpretation: Responsible Plurality in Biblical Hermeneutics has appeared in the September edition of the journal Theological Studies, by LJ Topel. The review comes from a decidedly Roman Catholic perspective,... [Books] [hermeneutics] [Reviews]
[This is the latest in a series of posts on texts to be featured in New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures edited by Brent Landau and I. The material here is incorporated also into the information on the texts provided on my More Christian ... [Death of Judas by Papias] [More Christian Apocrypha]


The latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature is out. Reviews can be accessed by clicking the links below. Scott A. AshmonBirth Annunciations in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East: A Literary Analysis of the Forms and Functions of the Heavenl... [Book Reviews] [Review of Biblical literature]
Yesterday we briefly looked at the Calvinistic understanding of Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21, and how they use these verses to defend the doctrine of Total Depravity. In this post I want to look at how these verses can be understood differently. Learning ... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [flood] [Genesis 6-8] [Genesis 6:5] [Genesis 8:21] [Total Depravity] [total inability]


When we put it plainly like this—as a direct choice between God and our stuff—most of us hope we would choose God. But we need to realize that how we spend our time, what our money goes toward, and where we will invest our energy is equivalent to choo... [Books] [gospel]
[T]hough I do not wish to deny the mental aspect of being wise, the latter part of Proverbs depicts wisdom at least as much as wise living as wise thinking. This means that in order to experience God’s presence in one’s life it is inevitable not only ... [Books] [Idle Musings] [Proverbs] [theology]


There is some exciting stuff on the horizon. That’s all I’ll say about that. Just stay tuned.  B’HFiled under: Blog Stuff [Blog Stuff]
Reality seems more and more intangible all the time. Perhaps this is because I can remember a time, not so long ago, when sitting in front of a computer all day would have been unthinkable. Or maybe it is because when I stepped outside to go for a jog, ... [Consciousness] [Current Events] [Memoirs] [Posts] [Covenant] [Ichabod Crane] [philatelist] [post office] [Sleepy Hollow]
Even though this is filed under humor, it’s actually serious business, and Cosby’s response is completely appropriate! B”HFiled under: Humor, Theology [humor] [theology]
I don't often agree with Ted Johnston over at The Surprising God blog.In fact, I don't think I've ever found anything Ted has written that I cared to take seriously.But here's the exception that proves the rule. The dumb idea that Christians must be eithe...
Recently I was writing up some material introducing 'Patristic Greek' which is not helped by the fact that there is no such entity. This lead me to reflect a little on idiolects and 'languages'.Many years ago when I was studying for my first degree I took... [Friday Fun]
BLESS (ELUL 3)What         do we blessI ask        and you point:first flames    then gobletsthen bread        braided smoothmy lips        brush your forehead d'var acher        another view:Blessed is        the On... [Elul] [poetry]
ACCEPT (ELUL 4)The leaves will turnthen let go.The days will flickerlike candle stubs.The woman tetheredto a toxic dripwill get betteror she won't.The child in me shoutsit isn't fair --as though I could changeGod's mind, rewindthe fallen leavesto spring c... [Elul] [poetry]
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Do not fret because of the wicked;do not be envious of wrongdoers,for they will soon fade like the grass,and wither like the green herb.Trust in the Lord, and do good;so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.Take delight in the Lord,and he will gi...


ARAMAIC WATCH: ‘As Above, So Below’ Review: Deserves a Swift Burial (Dan Callahan, The Wrap). Excerpt:Director John Erick Dowdle and cinematographer Léo Hinstin keep their handheld camera style shaky, rattling and rolling throughout, even though mo...
Being Ted Haggard (by John Frye) Much misunderstanding reigns in and damage inflicted by the act of judging others. Scot McKnight helps us land on our feet about this volatile issue as he explores Matthew 7:1-5 in his SGBC: The Sermon on the Mount. An eas... [sermon on the mount]


ARASH ZEINI has a predominantly bibliographic blog for Iranian Studies. Some of his posts also pertain to ancient Judaism. Two of the latter (for now) are: Zoroastrian exegetical parables and To convert a Persian.

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I was born 29 August, 1960. You’re welcome, world. You’re welcome (though you probably ought give the credit to God).Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Well that’s very rude!!!!! A Genève, en Suisse, le Mur des Réformateurs a été vandalisé le 25 août dans l’après-midi par un homme de 26 ans originaire du Bangladesh. Il a été surpris en pleine action par des touristes qui se promenaie... [Modern Culture]
Otherwise how could anyone put up with a single sermon like this? “We need to rediscover how great and how awesome our God is,” megachurch preacher Ed Young says in the second of an August lecture series posted to YouTube. “So I thought ... [Modern Culture]
Domenico Losurdo well-reasoned and elaborately researched book, Stalin: The History and Critique of a Black Legend, has not as yet been translated into English. Originally published in Italian in 2008, it has been translated into French, Spanish and Germa... [Stalin] [book review] [Domenico Losurdo] [reading Stalin]
Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]