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July 28 2015, 8PM

China continues to accumulate an eye-watering sovereign fund (now over four trillion dollars), which still confounds those who work within the assumptions of neoliberal economics. Even though the situation in China today is much more developed that in the... [china] [socialism] [reading Stalin] [reserves] [sovereign fund]


I’ve twice attempted to publish the same little nugget of insight that I’ve gained in a recent study—first on Twitter and just now on my blog—and I’ve not been able to bring myself to do it. My church has been doing a series on the f... [theology]
This is one of my favourites. It’s impossible to capture it all in a sentence, but here’s a key thing I take away from it… Rhetoric may be allowed in the service of truth, but true knowledge comes from dialogue with the wise. [Plato]


This is beyond despicable.  It must be the price Obama was willing to pay to silence Israeli complaints about the Iran nuclear inspection treaty.  You can almost see the hunched over the table smoke filled back room maneuverings- ‘Well, we wonR... [Modern Culture] [Total Depravity]


敬虔なクリスチャンである職場の同僚から賃貸を吉祥寺に探したいのだけど、 いい不動産屋さんを知らない?を聞かれたんです。 彼女にはいろいろお世話になっているので良いところを紹... [福音書]
David Allen has been posting excerpts from Marvin R. Vincent's 1884 volume, The Expositor in the Pulpit. This has been particularly valuable since this volume appears to be very difficult to find. And if you haven't been following along you would miss som... [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [Preaching] [Sermons]


Why, Lord, why?  It’s another ‘End of the World‘ predictor.  This time it’s Oct 7 2105.  What it is about October that these nutters love so much?  I only know of this because they’re following me on the twitter (till the... [Dilettante] [Dilly the Dilettante Award] [Heresy and Heretics] [pseudo-christianity] [Pseudo-scholarship] [pseudo-theology]
As one of the editors of TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism, it is my pleasure to announce that some articles and reviews have been published in the current issue, vol. 20 (2015), and that more is to come.ArticlesRebekka Schirner, Augustine’s E... [augustine] [Charles Quarles] [explicit references to variant readings] [Matt 27:53] [Rebekka Schirner] [TC Journal]
Kelly Hunt, who's in my Bible as Scripture class this week at Wesley Seminary, suggested I put together a little booklet with quick answers a pastor can give when they get a predictable question from someone in their church. So the next thought was, what ... [translations]


Rev. Dr. Owen Chadwick passed away on July 17, 2015. He leaves behind a broad, deep, and long legacy that continues to have an influence on the academic world, the church, and the state. Chadwick was a humble man with a sharp intellect and the heart of a ... [Misc.] [Cambridge] [Church History] [owen chadwick] [oxford history of the church] [victorian church]


Are you one of those who finds it difficult to reconcile many of the acts attributed to God within the Hebrew scriptures with the dominant picture of God painted by the life and teachings of Jesus? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve talked about ... [Reformed theology] [scripture] [The Fall] [Augustine of Hippo] [christian ethics] [divine command theory] [empathy] [fallen will] [Golden Rule] [goodness of God] [Inerrancy] [Justice] [law of love] [morality] [Total Depravity]
There was a person who was so angry about a disagreement with me that he undertook a letter writing campaign in an attempt to have me removed from various positions.  Aside from these efforts being ineffective and childish, he only displayed himself to b... [Modern Culture]
Roberta Kells Dorr.  The Sons of Isaac.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1995, 2014.  See here to buy the book. The Sons of Isaac is Roberta Kells Dorr’s retelling of the stories of the biblical characters Isaac and Jacob.  A while back, ... [Bible] [religion]

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An interesting call for papers (via Religion CFP and ACLA):Sacred Troubling Topics in Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an.Organizer: Roberta Sabbath, University of Nevada, Las VegasContact the Seminar OrganizersAbrahamic sacred texts continue to ins... [Call for Papers] [Bible] [Call for Papers] [CFP] [Controversy] [Qur'an]
This paper should come in handy: Jeremiah’s Scriptures in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Growth of a Tradition, by Eibert Tigchelaar. It opens this way: In Jeremiah research there are widely diverging opinions about the composition of the book of Jeremiah... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]


From Bible and Interpretation: In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul faces disagreements on a wide range of issues such as factions over leadership according to who baptized whom, women’s leadership in prophecy and prayer, eating meat purchased f... [Modern Culture]


Het is altijd leuk als je weblog wordt gelezen en vooral als je daar veel reacties op krijgt. De afgelopen tien jaar dat ik aan het bloggen ben waren dat er enige duizenden, naast nog veel mailtjes met allerlei vragen en de vele gesprekken die ik heb geha... [Website news] [website]
There are so many things that might be said about this cartoon. It makes the point that things have become commonplace in our time which would have seemed miraculous a few hundred years ago, never mind several thousand. And it asks us to imagine how we mi... [humor] [cartoon] [Chris Madden] [tablets] [Ten Commandments]


As if on cue, yesterday’s “Neighbor Love” post is accompanied by a Neighbor Love rendition of the LectioCast! The story of David raises the vexing question: do we really want to say we have sinned against God alone, when we have sinned a... [Bible Thoughts] [LectioCast] [2 Samuel 11] [2 Samuel 12] [Ephesians 4] [John 6] [Psalm 51]
Yet another papal conclave resulting in the execution of a Reformer- via Grumpy Eleanor of Aquitaine on FBFiled under: Church History [Church History]
Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to suppo... [Better Blogging] [Community] [blogging u.] [blogging101]


This volume makes a distinctive contribution to the upcoming 500th anniversary of Luther’s reformation by looking back to the previous centennial in 1917. The great flourishing of interest in Luther’s religious experience and thought in Berlin at the ... [Books] [Church History] [Luther]
The more I study Genesis, the more profound it becomes. I am not an OT or a Hebrew guy, but digging deep into Genesis has almost made me wish I was. Genesis […] The post Paraphrasing Genesis appeared first on Unsettled Christianity. My books are n... [Genesis]
That’s the forthcoming volume by Eric Cline for which he was awarded an NEH research grant: The Public Scholar program, a major new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is designed to promote the publication of scholarly nonf... [Archaeology] [Books]
The first six verses of the Psalm described God’s continuous silent revelation of his existence and attributes to the whole world. Despite the testimony of creation, not all people recognize the God of creation and fail to give him his proper glory. He ... [Psalms] [meditation] [old testament] [wisdom]
Christopher Ingraham: You’ve heard the news about honeybees. “Beepocalypse,” they’ve called it.Beemageddon. America’s honeybees are dying, putting honey production and$15 billion worth of pollinated food crops in jeopardy. T... [Uncategorized]
In Ephesians 3:17, Paul prays that Christ might “dwell in your hearts through faith,” being “rooted” and “founded” in love. Within the sentence structure, “in your hearts” is parallel to “in the inner person” in the pre... [Reflections] [Paul]
Note: This post is part of the July 2015 Synchroblog.In the past, I have taught that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality.But a few weeks ago, after the Supreme Court of the United Stated ruled that gay couples could get legally married, a guy came up to m... [Redeeming Life] [Redeeming Scripture] [z] [Bible study] [gay marriage] [homosexual] [homosexuality] [jesus] [lgbt] [Luke 17:34-35]


The SNTS is meeting in Amsterdam this week. Interesting papers include:Main Paper IV (Aula) – Prof. Tobias Nicklas (Regensburg), “Neutestamentlicher Kanon, christliche Apokryphen und antik-christliche Erinnerungskulturen.” Seminar 7 [...


As I have begun to wrap up my work on The Prince of This World, I have been thinking about which direction to go next. A project on the Trinity seems like the most compelling option to me currently, and though I plan to take it easy writing-wise for a wh... [Christian Theology] [help]
This story illustrates the ways that Obama has manipulated public opinion through his Comedy Central friend. You and I have no such political access because we can’t color public perceptions of a corrupt government.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Rev. Dale Bronner posted the above picture on Facebook with the following comment:Train yourself to see Jesus in the ordinary things of life! He is there even when you cannot see, hear or feel Him! Oh taste and see that the Lord is good…!The interne... [The Hobbit] [cappuccino] [coffee] [J. R. R. Tolkien] [jesus] [Thorin Oakenshield]
Watch it here- and if you can still buy the lie they’re peddling that it’s all just a scheme to paint them in a bad light go ahead- be wilfully ignorant and blind.Filed under: Mod... [Modern Culture]
Robert Miller wrote me saying, The Internet has more Christian apologists than a horse has hairs and many blogs by atheists or skeptics, but I have found only two blogs that focus on debunking Christianity or Christian apologetics. Yours and Cross-Examine...
“It is good that for greater exercise in praying each of us should establish for himself certain hours which may not pass without prayer, and that in these hours all our heart’s affection may be entirely applied to that praying. These are such... [Modern Culture]


I feel like scraping Roman numerals on the wall of my cave with a sharp rock. One for each day I have to spend without my laptop. I’ve been working on this blog, born in this very cabin in which I sit, for six years now. With some exceptions, I&#... [Bible] [Current Events] [environment] [Just for Fun] [Memoirs] [Mesopotamia] [Posts] [Travel] [cuneiform] [Papyrus] [parchment] [printing press] [printing technology] [scrolls] [vellum]
V&R are at it again- producing great scholarship,Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The monthly sale is the perfect chance to build your library with volumes from popular commentary series. Whether you’re looking to expand your collection, try out a new series, or study a specific book of the Bible, you’ll find great savings. Feature... [Misc.] [Products] [commentaries] [NICNT] [nicot] [sale] [top products]


So James McGrath pointed out a recent article in the Huffington Post called, "Earth 2.0: Bad News for God." I found the point and the tone of the article bizarre.For one, I am always taken aback at this kind of tone. It's like the person who com... [extraterrestrial life]
OMINOUS: Fossil fuel emissions are making carbon dating more difficult (Sarah Kaplan, WaPo).Carbon dating had never been, and likely never again will be, quite so glamorous — or so controversial [as when dating the Shroud of Turin]. And, thanks to atmos...
 Peter Hess has published an essay in God and Nature magazine, in which he shares reflections on the task of theology which occurred to him as he climbed a mountain. Here’s a sample:There is no single right way to scale a mountain: on a team cl... [theology] [doubt] [Frank D. Rees] [mountain] [Peter Hess]
Chapter 4 of Walter Moberly’s book Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture is, for many of us, a challenging read. This chapter addresses the title question of this post – does God change?  More specifically, d... [Uncategorized]


There are a lot of animated re-tellings of the story of Moses. More even, perhaps, that there are about Jesus. As a result, I've never really tried to track them all down,nevertheless, when I come across one, I'm usually pretty happy to take a look. This ... [children]
THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Do Torah Scholars Have the Right Not To Be Drafted by the Government? In rabbinic Judaism, learning replaces noble birth as a source of power and status—including the power to avoid state responsibi...
TEMPLE MOUNT WATCH: Arab parliament member denies Jewish claim to Temple Mount, sparking Israeli outrage (Michele Chabin, Religion News Service).JERUSALEM (RNS) An Arab-Israeli parliament member drew harsh criticism from Jewish Israelis on Monday (July 27...


FOR TU B'AV: Loving A Potato, Loving A Woman (Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, The Jewish Week). Rabbi Steinsaltz illustrates the difference with the touching Talmudic story of Rabbi Akiva and his wife. More on her story here and (with textual references) her...
A VISIT TO THE HEAD OF STATE: PM reads from ancient Bible scroll in honor of Tisha B'Av (Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff).Found in the Qumran Caves beside the Dead Sea, the 2,000-year-old scroll is the earliest known example of the Book of Lamentatio...

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Don't you love it when a new Catholic translation of the Bible is published, yet you don't know much about it.  (Thank you to a comment from a reader who alerted me to this.)  Well, Catholic Book Publishing produced the NCV Psalms a decade ago. ... [Catholic Book Publishing] [NCV]

July 27, 11PM

[CN: War, starvation, genocide] The legacy of WWII is a much bigger deal in the former Soviet Union than can be imagined in many other countries. The Victory Day celebrations of May 9th are a major international event in Moscow (although this year’s... [Atrocities and Oppression] [Biases and Fallacies] [history]


Mark Sheridan Language for God in Patristic Tradition: Wrestling with Anthropomorphism Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2015. Available at In this volume, Mark Sheridan wrestles with biblical anthropomorphism, the depiction of God as a human fi... [Uncategorized]
From Steve Cuss, a well-timed word, and my questions: What has your church done to examine it’s expenditures or what has it done to increase giving at the expense of local expenditures? I think our marketing budgets and production budgets have too m... [Uncategorized]
peirasmos and its cognates are interesting words. The noun form can refer to trials or temptations, ordeals or enticements. In other words, it can refer to something that could possibly strengthen your character or alternately in other contexts refer to s... [Uncategorized]