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December 5 2017, 12 PM

Although nonviolent offenders get the most attention from reformers, they account for less than 20 percent of all prisoners.

April 4, 5AM

Very few professors become best-selling authors, but it happens.

February 22, 2AM

The Book of Jubilees. 1 Enoch. It’s been years since I’ve read these “apocryphal” books. I’m thinking about them today because of the concept of canon. If you’re like me—and I sincerely hope you’re not—you never heard the word “can... [Bible] [higher education] [Posts] [Sects] [1 Enoch] [Deutero-canonical books] [Ethiopia] [Ethiopic Orthodox] [Jubilees] [Tewahedo] [the Apocrypha]

February 21, 11PM

p. 422- Romans says little about Christ’s return or res. Of the dead. But see Rom. 6.5; 8.18-30; 13.11-12— the latter clearly envisions decisive events lie in the near future. He thinks Rom. 6.5 refers to participation in Christ’s death through ... [Uncategorized]
Apologetics in a postmodern world is looking less for historical proof, scientific demonstration, and systematic omniscience. Rather, it is looking for honest, open, and genuine probings that have less certitude while holding firm to belief in a good God ... [Uncategorized]




This chapter is called an Appendix in my old JB. Really! It is a summary of the destruction and a reflection of all the items of cultic value that were ruined for their precious metals. It reads and sings like a lament for a lost culture. Verse 18, anothe... [Jeremiah]


Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Anyone with a brain knows that ‘god’ doesn’t exist. Science proves it. Pure reason and logic prove it. Neil Degrasse Tyson even said so on the Cosmos reboot. And that’s why I have devoted my life to one purpose and one purpose only: absolutely des... [mockery]
Danielle Shroyer.  Original Blessing: Putting Sin In Its Rightful Place.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.  See here to purchase the book. The “About the Author” page on Amazon says: “Danielle Shroyer is a sought-after speaker, res... [Bible] [religion]
I spent much of the President’s Day holiday reading George Washington’s military correspondence,  written as a regimental commander in the French and Indian War (the American theater of the Seven Years War) and then as the commanding general of all ... [god and country] [Chaplaincy]


This essay is SPOT ON. Milo’s ascent over the last year was, to a tragic extent, enabled by the willingness of some evangelical leaders to offer their endorsement for the very behavior on display today. In 2016, there was a lot of discussion about evang... [Modern Culture]


The 1st century CE Jewish historian Titus Flavius Josephus, known today as Josephus, was born Yosef ben Matityahu /יוסף בן מתתיהו in the year 37 CE. He began his career as commander of the Jewish forces in the Galilee in the 1st Jewish Revolt ... [2nd Temple Judaism] [Christian Origins] [historical Jesus] [James Brother of Jesus] [John the Baptist] [Judaism]
I disputed with complete sincerity until I realized that our [Papist] professors are idiots and swine. Since then, as Latomus himself admits, I have not claimed that I was engaging in scholarly discussion, but rather was ready to expose myself to the fir... [Luther]


Speaking at a Vatican international forum on migrants, Pope Francis condemns "populist rhetoric" and calls for a "change of attitude" in welcoming migrants.
Immigration officials “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” and “have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of ...
Cuneiform tablets changed my life. I’m not kidding. As I look back on my 15 years of graduate school in biblical studies, the turning point in how I view the Bible was my course in Ugaritic, a cuneiform language very similar to biblical Hebrew. This cla... [Misc.]

12 PM

El sistema de libre empresa es compatible con nuestra preocupación por los desfavorecidos, escribe un economista y católico converso.
  Urge, pois, uma teologia profética, que dessacralize os falsos deusesDeclaração do Primeiro Encontro Ibero-Americano de Teologia Durante vários dias, teólogas e teólogos católicos de Ibero-América nos reunimos em Boston, Estados Unidos da A... [teologia]


The church I'm part of are discussing issues around admitting children to communion at the moment. Unconnected to that, a friend asked me what the Bible said about it, so I spent a bit of time and came up with the following. I was trying to write a fairly...
Michael Vlach has a good  post here on the three phases of the Jerusalem temple in Daniel 9:24-27. [Daniel] [Jerusalem Temple] [old testament] [Prophecy]
Some time ago in the last 6 months, I noticed confusion between אישׁ and אנושׁ in the various dictionaries I use. The Hebrew Latin concordance clearly distinguishes the plural of the first as אנשׁים. Some online resources confuse this with ... [translation]


According to sources close to author and speaker Rob Bell, the ex-pastor has finally denied the last remaining doctrine of the Christian faith he had not already mounted an all-out assault against. Bell had been scraping the bottom of the barrel of doctri... [mockery] [Modern Culture] [pseudo-christianity]
The pope's emphasis on protecting undocumented workers is particularly significant for Europe and the United States, where the treatment of refugees and migrants has been a consistent challenge.
The NT vision is for a “fellowship of differents.” Here it is: Transformation Church. [Uncategorized]
I’ve mentioned before “Paul’s Walk from Troas to Assos” tour that is being led by Mark Wilson and Meg Ramey. I think it will be a fantastic trip because not only will you see many important sites in western Turkey, but it is rare to have the oppor... [Tourism] [Turkey]
Joelyn: Part of the problem with Evangelical religious beliefs is that some want to make parts of it public policy (e.g., eliminate marriage equality, reproductive rights, etc.)Frankly, I couldn't care less about any one's religious delusion as long as th...


The Sea of Galilee Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Uncategorized]
This book provides a new reading of the biblical book of Numbers in a commentary form. Mainstream readings have tended to see the book as a haphazard junkyard of material that connects Genesis-Leviticus with Deuteronomy (and Joshua) and that has been comp... [Bible] [Books]
God’s offer of eternal life is simple … but it is not easy to believe. The simple offer of eternal life in the Gospel is that God gives eternal life to anyone who simply believes in Jesus Christ for it. Simple, right? But not easy to believe. ... [Redeeming Theology] [z] [eternal life] [free grace] [gospel] [grace] [sin] [Soteriology] [Theology of Salvation]


There is now a database available online for angels, demons, and ghosts in the Babylonian Talmud. HT [Talmud]
The often-used phrase “pay attention” is apt: you dispose of a limited budget of attention that you can allocate to activities, and if you try to go beyond that budget, you will fail. It is the mark of effortful activities that they interfere with eac... [Books] [Thinking: Fast & Slow]


So, for starters, read this: Wer die Diskussion und Beiträge zum Reformationsjubiläum 2017 verfolgt, könnte bei flüchtiger Betrachtung den Eindruck haben, die Reformation hätten allein Männer vor 500 Jahren geprägt. Allenfalls Katharina von Bora, d... [Church History] [Reformation]
With his 5,800-word manifesto on “Building Global Community,” the Facebook C.E.O. seems to be easing ever more into his role as benevolent dictator of the media universe.
An official said that green-card holders and dual citizens of the U.S. and any of those countries are exempt. The new draft also no longer directs authorities to single out—and reject—Syrian refugees when processing new visa applications.
Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  (Mt 6:9)This is, indeed, somewhat obscure, and not expressed in good German, for in our mother-tongue we would say: Heavenly Father, help that by all means Your name may be holy. ... [Holiness] [Prayer]


Two fantasies have arisen in the wake of Trump’s unexpected ascension to the White House. The first is that the Deep State will save us. The second is that the media, fighting for its survival, will finally grow a spine and a conscience and, well, s... [politics]
I love this analogy. Certainly Facebook is the place in our time where one’s so-called friends aggrivate a person’s suffering by commenting on it at length in “conversations” that are in fact more like independent monologues, or in... [Book of Job] [Facebook] [Friends] [Ken Schenck]
Ich bin noch einmal kurz auf dem Crosstrainer Sätze wie diese hallen immer häufiger allabendlich durch deutsche Haushalte. Immer mehr Couchpotatoes mutieren zu regelrechten Sportskanonen und freuen sich darauf, sich nach einem anstrengenden Arbeitstag a... [Uncategorized] [Crosstrainer]


Through February 28, you can get two books from celebrated New Testament scholar N.T. Wright for just $1.99. Plus, don’t miss your chance to enter to win 52 volumes by Wright! This month’s free book Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Christian D... [Products]


While tens of millions of Americans attend church each weekend, the practice has declined in recent years. According to Barna Group’s 2014 tracking data, overall church attendance has dipped from 43% in 2004 to 36% today. But beyond a dip in attendance ... [Modern Culture]
Matthew anchors the story of Jesus in Israel’s history. If we are unfamiliar with the Old Testament Scriptures and this history, we will miss important parts of the message.  This is especially true in the prelude to Jesus’ public ministry in... [Uncategorized]
In 1538 Calvin was beset all around by difficulties.  Indeed… Calvin was fettered not only in his preaching but still more in the discharge of his pastoral duties. ‘In general,’ he wrote to Bullinger, February 21, ‘we are looked on here as pr... [Calvin] [Church History]
TRANSLATION FAIL? How a translation mistake ended up making India a part of the Bible. Whether medieval Christians saw India as a symbol of evil or as the home of saints, the Subcontinent remained a source of fascination ( error in trans...


The entirety of Schoenberg’s “Moses und Aron” is on YouTube (just the music, not a staged version of the opera): So too is his Jacobsleiter (Jacob’s Ladder): Both are fascinating works in terms of both their relationship to Schoenb... [Exodus] [Genesis] [music] [aaron] [Arnold Schoenberg] [Aron] [atonality] [Jacob] [Jacob's Ladder] [Moses]