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November 2 2014, 5AM

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church2nd November 2014 11.00Living Wage SundayMatthew 23:1-12  Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,  2 "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;  3 therefore, do whatever they teach you an... [sermon]

October 31, 7PM

Well, it's time for a change and time for a move. After 6 years, 648 posts, around 195,000 pageviews, I have decided this blog should move on. If you are a regular reader I strongly encourage and urge you to head over to and check out t...


It really is an exciting time. Inspired by bell hooks, as I wrote at ecclesio, excitement can be the source of transgression, and ultimately resistance versus White Supremacist Kyriarchy. It is my hope that emergence of the Killjoy Prophets and AnaBlackti... [ethics] [random] [anablacktivism] [anablacktivist] [Community] [KillJoy Prophets]


I’ve just finished my Romans commentary for the SGBC series. Had lots of fun, learned a bunch, and it made me think a heap about application in places like Romans 14. FYI, should be out Jan 2016, so don’t wait up for it! So it is Halloween ri... [Uncategorized]
Jonathan Huggins Living Justification: A Historical-Theological Study of the Reformed Doctrine of Justification in the Writings of John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and N.T. Wright Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013. Available at Calvin, Edwards, ... [Uncategorized]



A projeção triunfalista de que Aécio ganharia as eleições presidenciais com grande folga em Minas acabou se transformando na principal debilidade do PSDB. Ao contrário dos piores prognósticos tucanos, o candidato perdeu na sua terra natal por mais ... [politica]
When Jesus condemns the Temple as a “den of thieves,” is he launching an attack on the aristocratic priests who ran the Temple? Were the priests actually corrupt in the Second Temple Period? The commentary on Habakkuk from the Qumran Community refers ... [gospels] [historical Jesus] [fig tree] [jesus]


Yup- exactly right- Filed under: Zwingli [Zwingli]
He observes It may be that some young people will find their way to genuine faith through such ghoulish shenanigans, but their overall import is a distortion of the Gospel. Those who indulge in such displays are taking something serious, eternal, and cons... [theology]
via Filed under: Church History [Church History]


Joel Pett is our local pundit cum political cartoonist in the Lexington newspaper…… [Uncategorized]
Free audio from the 2014 Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop focusing on the book of Jonah has just been posted. You can access the audio page here or click the individual messages below.Jonah 1 – David Allen Jonah 2 – Steven Smith Jonah 3 – Vern... [Audio] [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching] [Jonah] [Minor Prophets] [old testament] [Preaching] [Prophets]
Despite my supervisor's encouragement, I never submitted the Ph.D. thesis that I defended 10 years ago this month for publication as a monograph. While the topic of prophecy in early Christianity and early Judaism remains an ongoing research interest, a... [Luke-Acts] [Prophecy] [Writing]

12 PM

‪#‎ReformationDay‬ is trending on twitter – above trick or treat and above Martin Luther!!!! I’ve WON! Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
The Christian Post reports The Seattle-based megachurch Mars Hill, once led by pastor Mark Driscoll, has begun the process of dissolving, and its 13 regional congregations have been asked to either go independent, merge with another church, or disband ent... [theology]
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. [Source] If you're a Star Trek fa... [media] [Torah]
Tim Henderson has posted his summary of the next essay in Martin Hengel’s Between Jesus and Paul: “‘Christos’ in Paul.” [New Testament] [theology] [Christology] [Martin Hengel] [Paul]
Charlotte v. Kirschbaum- Barth’s Secretary (and author of a good chunk of the KD) Via Little wonder old Karl spent so much time admiring the beauty of the Bergli…  Barth wrote so much because it was penance for his Bergli visits.Filed under: ... [Barth]
via Jeff Carter Filed under: Church History [Church History]
The fourth essay in Martin Hengel’s Between Jesus and Paul examines Paul’s use of the term “Christos” (Χριστός). Even more than in the previous articles this one has a disjointed feel, as Hengel frequently jumps from one topic t... [Books: Reviews and Notes] [early christology] [Hengel, Martin] [Paul] [Uncategorized]
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saint’s Church in Wittenberg: the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. What better way to commemorate that day than with a bundle of 95 books that explore the history and doc... [Products] [crossway] [Fortress Press] [j. i. packer] [Joel Beeke] [Jonathan Edwards] [logos 6] [Martin Luther] [martyn lloyd-jones] [Oxford University Press] [Reformation Day] [Reformation Day Bundle] [Reformation Day sale]


What are you doing in Winnipeg? Visiting grandson Oliver and translating when not busy, and watching Raonic beat Federer - good game! Here's my first cut at Isaiah 53:2 He grew up as a sapling, in his presence as a root from arid earth. Neither handsome... [Isaiah] [translation]


Sirach 32:17 states: “The sinner will shun reproof, and will find a decision according to his liking” (NRSV). When I read this verse yesterday, it got me thinking about Christian reproof. Here’s my problem with it: A lot of time, it amounts to Chris... [religion] [Sirach]
This is how we dress for meetings on October 31th at Butler University. I liked that the redshirt t-shirt had a warning label on the back: [Star Trek] [Butler University] [Elizabeth Mix] [halloween] [James McGrath] [redshirt] [Starfleet]
From T&T Clark- In this podcast Dominic Mattos, Publisher for T&T Clark, talks to Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou about her books Land of Our Fathers (T&T Clark, 2010) and Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah (T&T Clark, 2... [media] [Modern Culture]


One of the more unique books that I have had the pleasure of receiving arrived on my doorstep this week. The Acts of the Apostles: A Newly Discovered Commentary (IVP Academic) by the legendary J.B. Lightfoot, has been compiled and edited by the capab... [Book Notice; InterVarsitypress]
This volume provides the most comprehensive documentation of German controversies about pictorial images in the 16th century. It includes texts by 47 authors from different religious denominations along with commentary, an afterword, and detailed name and... [Books] [Church History]


So, thought I to myself, I’ll go look… with trepidation.  And alas, that fear was justified for once more it isn’t at all the case that the Reformation in its fullness is presented: it’s the reforming efforts of just Calvin and Lu... [Pseudo-scholarship]
A German essayist writes Halloween – einer der dümmsten Importe aus den USA. And then it gets really good- Plärrende Kinder, doofe Drohungen und dämliche Dekoration – Halloween zählt zu den dümmsten Importen, die je den Großen Teich überwunden ... [Modern Culture]
As I continue my series on Calvinism, it is important to state what I believe about free will. Here is my best attempt at explaining my beliefs on this controversial and difficult subject. What are your beliefs about free will? Does it exist? Is it a myth... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Man] [Theology of Salvation] [Theology of Sin] [Calvinism] [free will] [Total Depravity] [Tulip]


In evidence that Zwingli was a nicer person than Luther (in the same way that I’m nicer than anyone you know) - Allusions to Luther in the Zwingli correspondence in 1519 in chronological order: February 22, 1519. Zwingli to Rhenanus: “Thanks for w... [Church History] [Zwingli]
Mind you, not a fatal nail- just a roofing nail or a railroad spike, for the effrontery perpetrated against the sainted memory of the greatest of the Reformers, Zwingli, by lumping him in with new age pseudo-Christians and pentebabbleists.  For shame, Jo... [Friends] [Heresy and Heretics] [humor]
“Abiding is more than drawing upon resources outside of ourselves. To abide is to commune with our personal, living Lord. Without ceasing, we seek His care and wisdom and strength in the trenches of life. We engage Him in sweet fellowship, expressing to... [Books] [Idle Musings] [Vine Ripened Life]
If you tell those rushing to war that their hatred of enemies and their plan for the organized killing of enemies is evil, the crowd will hate you. War is sacred. It lies beyond critique. To critique it is blasphemy. The crowd hates blasphemy. The crowd w... [Books] [Farewell to Mars] [Idle Musings] [pacifism] [theology]


Happy Reformation Day!  On October 31, 1517, Luther nailed 95 debate points on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral, and the rest is history.Wittenberg Door, October 2011However, it would not befit the spirit of the Reformation if we took the develop... [Luther] [Protestant Reformation] [quadrilateral] [sola fide] [sola scriptura]
Many, unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. They seem even to enjoy peace of mind when things happen according to their wish and liking, but if otherwise than they desire, they are soon disturbed and saddened.—Thomas à Kempis [Thomas à Kempis]
It seems strange that there were vendors set up in the Temple courts selling animals.  Usually Christians think of these people in a very negative light, since Jesus does run them out of the place and calls then a bunch of thieves.  Christian preachers ... [gospels] [historical Jesus] [Diaspora] [jesus] [moneychangers] [Passover] [temple]
These are answers to an online interview forthcoming with Seumas Macdonald.   1. Randall, I wonder if you’d share a little about the environment and methods you were exposed to when first learning the biblical languages yourself? Before the bib... [blog] [Greek immersion] [Greek Pedagogy] [Hebrew alive] [Hebrew as second language] [Koine Greek] [Koine pronunciation] [Living Koine] [Modern Hebrew] [Reading biblical languages] [Uncategorized]
What are your expectations/hopes for the Didache Bible? [Didache Bible]


By 1506 he [Zwingli] had earned a Master of Arts at Basel’s famous University and then shortly after celebrated his first Mass at his hometown before moving to Glarus to take up his priestly office. It was while he was in that picturesque village that Z... [Zwingli]
My chapel team has been doing services at the Seminary this week, and my sermon Wednesday, 10/29/14, was on Deuteronomy 34, the Death of Moses. It is about ten minutes long. To listen, or to download the MP3 file, click here. Enjoy!
(Post by A.D. Riddle)I recently discovered a mapping resource hosted by the University of Arkansas, the CORONA Atlas of the Middle East. The CORONA Atlas is not a brand new website (it was reviewed in 2012), but it says it is still in BETA stage. Sim... [Resources]
Wolfgang (d. 994) + Bishop and reformer. Born in Swabia, Germany, he studied at Reichenau under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg before serving as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier. He soon entered the Benedictines at Einsiedeln (964) and was app... [Church History]
Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha September 2014; Vol. 24, No. 1 Articles -----------------------------------------------------------------...
For Reformation Day, some of my photos from the Wittenberg Castle Church, Luther’s house in Wittenberg,  Schloss Wartburg in Eisenach and the city of Worms. Related: Reformation Day A Catholic Spirit and the Reformation Classical P... [Church and Theology]


Ein schöner Band, nicht nur zum Reformationstag ist Luthers Schrift “Wie man beten soll“.  Martin Luthers Schrift »Wie man beten soll« ermöglicht einen Blick in die persönliche Spiritualität des Reformators wie nur wenige andere seiner ... [Luther]
The white middle class family in America has grown ever more paranoid over the course of my lifetime. Children once roamed free after school, but now it’s virtually a crime to leave a child unattended in public. It’s not clear to me that the... [family values]
Logos 6 is the most exciting, innovative software we’ve ever created. It boasts more coherent and centralized information than ever before, offers dozens of interactive and visual tools to give you new ways to learn, and helps you share your insights in... [Products] [base packages] [delivering insight] [logos 6] [Logos Bible Software]


Saving My Dog, by John Frye Let’s have a little fun on All Saints’ Eve. The other day I was reading the grand vision of the renovated cosmos (cf. Revelation 21-22) to Mia, my Shi Tzu Maltese. Mia listened intently and with some amount of awe at the sp... [Uncategorized]
Een van de bekendste teksten in het Oude Testament is “En dat bloed zal ulieden tot een teken zijn aan de huizen, waarin gij zijt; wanneer Ik het bloed zie, zal Ik ulieden voorbijgaan; en er zal geen plaag onder ulieden ten verderve zijn, wanneer ... [Bijbelstudie] [Numeri] [Zoenoffer]
This one's not as long as earlier chapters. I decided not to get into uncles and aunts at this stage, is the main reason. Anyway, enjoy! Chapter 4 coming: whenever it's ready.All three chapters are in one pdf: Greek Natural method.I made a few corrections...


Another wonderful snippet from our good friend, Comrade Joseph. Now it is Lenin and the ‘rock of salvation’ of Christianity: The fact that Russia, which was formerly regarded by the oppressed nationalities as a symbol of oppression, has now, a... [Lenin] [Stalin] [jesus] [reading Stalin]
I'm making myself finish a novel on Fridays.Excerpt from chapter 1Excerpt from chapter 2_____________________________Like I said, I grew up dreaming about superheroes. Several novels fell into that category. "The Year of Jubilee" was about two kids that b... [novel]
One of Weber’s key theological mistakes concerns the doctrine of election. I know this point has been made before, but it is worth repeating – not least since I keep coming across it in other works as though it were a self-evident truth. Weber suggest... [theology] [Calvin] [doubt] [Weber]
TIMOTHY MICHAEL LAW: Visiting Fellowships in Oxford: Israel in Egypt / Egypt in Israel: An investigation of the land of Egypt as concept and reality for Jews in Antiquity and the early medieval period.For Jews in ancient and medieval Palestine and the Di...


TALES RETOLD: Elijah's women (Caren Schnur Neile, Florida Jewish Journal).The Talmud is the written record of the spoken conversations and questions, teachings and stories of the Sages. It documents a Jewish oral tradition that continues in one form or a...
CULTURAL ICON WATCH: Don't go breaking my heart - Taylor Swift opens up. The Dead Sea Scrolls come up in the most unexpected places:Taylor Swift, however, is very much a big deal. Her every utterance and action is world news or at least trending on Twi...
THE JOURNAL BIBLICA, a longstanding staple of biblical studies, is online for free (for reading but not downloading) and archived back to 1979. I haven't mentioned it in years. Thanks to AWOL for the reminder.
Halloween, when you think about it, is an odd holiday. I know many who claim it as their favorite although you get no presents and not even a day off work. I suspect that part of the mystique comes in the form of Halloween representing autumn in miniatu... [Books] [Holidays] [Monsters] [popular culture] [Posts] [Bob Powers] [Christmas] [halloween] [Rich Duncan] [The Werewolf’s Guide to Life] [werewolf]

October 30, 10PM

The Kunst Museum in Vienna in fact houses several museums, including the papyrus museum in a small room in the basement, and the Ephesos museum in one of the upstairs great halls. Despite both being rather small, there were some very important items in ea... [Uncategorized]
From Claire Bonner, in Mutuality (Autumn, 2014): 15-17. Mutuality is a publication of the Christians for Biblical Equality. Follow @CBEInt and and I became curious about how single adults were b... [church]
As all Dr Seuss fans, past and present, know; it was the Grinch who stole Christmas.But there have always been oddball Christians, usually inheritors of thin-lipped, bloodless Puritanism, who have condemned the seasonal frivolities. Then there are literal...


‘Reformation Day’  Nope!’ ‘The Reformation’ is a misnomer if ever there were one, for in fact there was no ‘one’ Reformation any more than there was just one Reformer. ‘The Reformation’, when used by students and the general... [Church History]
Or as I like to call it- Second Reformation Day Initiated by the Third Reformer, Luther, Who Wasn’t the First Reformer (That Was Zwingli, Already in 1515) or the Brightest Reformer (That Was Calvin).  But that’s an awfully long title and it hasn’t ... [Church History]


Other reviews of "Christianity is Not Great" have appeared. Here is one written by Andrew Atkinson: LINK.
Torrey Seland mentioned on his blog that the app for the upcoming AAR/SBL conference is available on the Apple store. There is a notice in the app that it is not yet in its final form, as data is still being added. So it is up to you whether to download ... [American Academy of Religion] [Society of Biblical Literature] [#AARSBL] [#sblaar] [AAR] [App] [mobile] [SBL]