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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 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]


The 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference in memory of Matthew Brown, held October 25th was an enormous success. It brought together many great minds who took various creative and insightful approaches to the topic of the ancient temple. I was very happy t... [Scholarly Conferences] [temple] [Christianity] [Deification] [Early Judaism] [gates] [Heavenly Ascent] [Hekhalot] [Initiation] [Jehovah] [passwords] [Psalm 24] [Psalms] [Two Powers] [Yahweh]


Of course, there are all sorts of factors, but here’s one: get better at systematics. I frequently encounter the view that it’s somehow more noble to stick with the messiness of biblical studies than to taint our analysis with systematic formu... [Uncategorized]
I was interviewed for a piece on the rise of Christian Domestic Discipline. Here is a part of it: Right. But where does CDD fit in here? Is CDD a particularly Fundamentalist thing? “Not all Fundamentalists use CDD,” says Watts. “I would wage... [Controversial] [domestic discipline]


We don’t need ‘allies’ with a mindset like this. Filed under: Total Depravity [Total Depravity]
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht aren’t troubled though, they have a German company to deliver their volumes- Bei Amazon wird wieder gestreikt.  Zeit also, auf unsere zuverlässige Verlagsauslieferung Brockhaus Commission hinzuweisen, die unsere Bücher ... [Books] [publishers]


An episode of Freaks and Geeks records the turning point. Mrs. Weir has lovingly prepared Halloween cookies, just like every year, and when the first group of trick-or-treaters show up, one of the moms shames her for her presumption. This more attentive... [boredom]
But in these troubled times, who are we to say what love is????  [That's the argument, right?] Jenna Louise Driscoll, 25, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday charged with trafficking, possession of a dangerous drug, two counts of possession ... [Total Depravity]


We’ve spent the last two days with the installation of carpet and linoleum and as those of you who have ever experienced such things know- it’s basically emptying the house to move and then moving back in. So, the explanation for my slight eng... [Modern Culture]
A while back, Shimer was planning to refurbish its classrooms, and they asked the faculty whether they preferred chalkboards or dry-erase boards. I put in an impassioned plea to retain chalkboards, though I was sadly overruled in the end. In my view, cha... [Academia] [teaching]


It was a privilege to travel down to Union Seminary in Richmond on Tuesday, to be part of a panel reviewing Sam Adam’s new book on society and economics in Judah, especially in the Second Temple era. The Forum was videotaped and is available free on...
Part 1, Proposition 4 – The Bible contains no new revelation about the workings and understanding of the material world Here Walton essentially argues that God did not give the Israelites advanced understanding of the natural world; rather, he communica... [Biblical Studies] [old testament] [John Walton] [The Lost World of Scripture]
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12 PM

The SBL/AAR Annual Meeting App for iphone/Ipads is now available on Apple’s AppStore (for free). It has not been announced on the SBL or AAR website yet, and I am not sure if it is quite finished yet. Mine froze … Continue reading → [conference] [iPhone] [software]
Encontro dos Movimentos Sociais com o Papa produz Carta dos Excluídos aos Excluídos - Cristina Fontenele: Adital 30/10/2014O histórico Encontro Mundial dos Movimentos Sociais (EMMS) com o Papa Francisco debateu três temas principais – pão, terra e ... [politica]


For reasons I can’t quite explain, I love horror films. The first movies I ever saw that scared me were Poltergeist and Friday the 13th, Part IV: The Final Chapter. Ever since, I’ve loved scary movies! Every year when summer’s brutal grip final... [Entertainment] [movies] [A Nightmare on Elm Street] [Eden Lake] [halloween] [horror movies] [Saw] [Silence of the Lambs] [Silver Bullet] [The Amityville Horror] [The Exorcist III] [The Omen] [The Ring]
When it is an app in iOS 8 apparently. I was skeptical when I first read the title of this article: “The New Health App on Apple’s iOS 8 is Literally Dangerous.” I was ready to pass right over it and move on, but then I realized the author had an e... [Apple] [health] [iOS] [Life]


I read a post by Arminian theologian Roger Olson this morning entitled, Is It Possible to Be Forgiven (Reconciled) but Not Born Again (Regenerated)?  It’s a long post, and that was daunting to me, at first.  But I am glad that I stuck with it.... [religion]
Starting in 2014, the EABS are making available two annually awarded research grants of 400 Euros each.The EABS Research Grants are intended to support well-defined research projects of high quality in Biblical Studies and related areas, by enabling their... [EABS] [συνέδρια]
David Allen has another helpful post on preaching. In this case, he makes some helpful comments and observations related to preaching the prophetic book of Amos. You can check it out here. [Amos] [Bible Exposition] [old testament] [Preaching] [Sermons]
Early Christianity 5:2 (2014)Hans Förster, "Patrick Sänger, Ist unsere Heimat im Himmel? Überlegungen zur Semantik von πολίτευμα in Phil 3,20," 149-177 (abstract)," Lorne R. Zelyck, "Recontextualizing Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 840," 179-198 (ab... [early christianity] [Φιλιππησίους] [απόκρυφα] [πάπυροι]
In Mark, the Temple incident is framed by the curse of the Fig Tree and provides the clues we need to fully interpret that parabolic action. In fact, this action is also symbolic. Jesus arrives at the Temple as the messiah, inspects the Temple and finds ... [gospels] [historical Jesus] [fig tree] [jesus]


Sometimes I get the impression from students, and also sometimes from certain scholars and publishers, that reference works are treated as especially trustworthy because they are “objective.” For example, students (and even scholars) will appe... [Uncategorized]
“Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” —Galatians 6:6 The anticipation has been building all month long: all 23 Pastor Appreciation Month deals are now live! But October is coming to a close—you only ... [Products] [Baker Academic] [free book] [George Whitefield] [John Piper] [N. T. Wright] [New Daily Study Bible] [new testament for everyone] [pastor appreciation month] [William Barclay]


Die Emder Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek hat den ersten Schritt eines bedeutsamen Projektes zur Erforschung der weltweiten Kirchengeschichte gemacht. Sie stellte gestern (29.10.) den ersten Band einer kritischen Ausgabe der Akten und Dokumente der Synode von... [Church History]
In a previous post I explained what Calvinists believe about total inability. Here is what I believe about total inability as it relates to faith. While I would agree that people cannot take the first step toward God, I believe that God has taken steps to... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [believe] [Calvinism] [faith] [Total Depravity] [total inability] [Tulip]


“We need to learn to abide—to rest in, remain, and regard our Lord in all things, at all times. We want to sit at His feet to learn both what He says and the heart by which He says it. We want to grow in submission to Him, dependence upon Him, and del... [Books] [gospel] [Vine Ripened Life]
The cross is shock therapy for a world addicted to solving its problems through violence. The cross shocks us into the devastating realization that our system of violence murdered God!— A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the ... [Books] [Farewell to Mars] [Idle Musings]
If God were the sole object of our desire, we should not be disturbed so easily by opposition to our opinions. But often something lurks within or happens from without to draw us along with it.—Thomas à Kempis [Thomas à Kempis]


Though I’m not sure why, since I love them.  Anyway, Bryan Bibb was surfing at his local Chik and when he tried to visit this lovely patch of internet brilliance he got this warning message: Bryan then adds in explanation- On a serious note, IR... [humor]


In my last post, I wrote about why the church needs a theology of pop culture. Today I want to discuss a part of a theology of pop culture, political theology. Specifically, I will be discussing US Politics as it relates to political theology. Some might ... [Christianity] [politics] [theology] [Political Theology] [religion]


I’d add one to Brian’s fine list (a list, I have to tell you, which is just -fantastic). #11- It’s a stupid holiday. Go see Brian’s 10 reasons why he doesn’t celebrate the stupid holiday.Filed under: mockery, Modern Culture [mockery] [Modern Culture]
I appreciated the reading and comments of my previous post, and wanted to respond a bit more formally — though also perhaps too tangentially. The operation that my criticism tried to indicate is one that often seems to be associated with the need fo... [blog posts]
Here they are in their costumes… Filed under: biblioblogs [Biblioblogs]
John Piper in 2012 takes the remarkable and certainly very difficult position, that the scholars are probably right, that the passage doesn't belong in John's gospel, but was probably added later, and yet, he finds that the passage is entirely consisten... [John 7:53-8:11] [John 8:1-11] [John Piper] [Pericope adulterae] [Pericope de Adultera] [Textual Criticism] [Woman Taken in Adultery]
So, take note! EABS Annual Conference Research Grants   If you have a well-defined research project, and would like to present a paper at the European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference in Cordoba (12-15 July 2015), but do not have access ... [Conferences] [EABS]
Just in time for SBL!!!!  What. A. Coincidence! In a startling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb, a historical detective story that unravels a newly translated document filled with startling revelations and fascinating deta... [pseudo-archaeology] [Pseudo-scholarship]
My world … and welcome to it. (HT James Thurber) I’m not churchless or secular, but by far the majority of my friends, peers, and coworkers are. Although my university community is not yet the norm for the country as a whole, it may reflect a ... [Uncategorized]
Paraphrasing Wesley's sermon, "Means of Grace" in contemporary English.Part 1Part 2___________________...6. Experience shows how easily this idea spreads and insinuates itself into the minds of people. And it happens especially to those who have been awak... [John Wesley] [sacraments] [sermons of John Wesley]


What a glorious day!!!!Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
PUNIC WATCH: Archaeologists Recover Artifacts from 2,200-Year-Old Roman Shipwreck ( archaeologists and divers from a Florida-based group called Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) have recovered a wide range of artifacts from an ancien...
POLITICS: Israel Antiquities Authority taps politician with ties to rightist NGOKadima’s Israel Hasson has links to Elad, which administers the City of David archaeological site in Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood. (Nir Hasson, Haaretz). The Israel Ant...
The Studia Philonica Annual, Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, Vol XXVI (2014) is about to be published! As usual the editors are David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling, now with Sarah J.K. Pearce as Associate editor, and Ronald Fox being … Continue r... [bibliography] [book] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Philo]


EXHIBITION: Hong Kong to get a glimpse of largest of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls (Elizabeth Cheung, South China Morning Post).A copy of the largest of the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of the oldest and most significant texts ever discovered, will go on displ...