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July 23 2014, 11PM

Addison Hodges Hart Strangers and Pilgrims Once More: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Available at Pilgrims, but what do we leave behind? A review of Strangers and Pilgrims Once More, Addi... [Uncategorized]
More great material from Losurdo’s book on Stalin. In his long demolition of the myth of Stalin’s anti-Semitism, Losurdo also makes a few observations on Winston Churchill’s racist views. To begin with, in the famous ‘iron curtain&... [politics] [Total Depravity] [racism] [reading Stalin] [Winston Churchill]


Dead Sea Discoveries 21:2 (2014)Jonathan Ben-Dov / Daniel Stökl Ben-Ezra, "4Q249 Midrash Moshe: A New Reading and Some Implications,". 131-149Tucker S Ferda, "Naming the Messiah: A Contribution to the 4Q246 ‘Son of God’ Debate," 150-175Dennis Duke / ... [DSD] [Κουμράν] [Μεσσίας]
The big three sites to go see among the seven churches of revelation are Ephesus, Pergamon, Sardis, to which one must now add a fourth, Laodicea, because of the amazing archaeological work done there in the last five years. In this blog post and the next ... [Uncategorized]
Earlier this year there was an annual arts festival here in Perth. When the catalogue came out, showing all of the plays and films and music and other events, I predicted to myself before reading it, “I bet there will be no productions of Shakespear... [art]
Whatever other meanderings are in this post, be sure to read the music here. This is a very amusing chapter containing David's hobnob with the priest Ahimelek over bread, girls, and Goliath's sword. Et qui rit des curés d'Oc.  Let no one laugh (too muc... [Singing the Bible]
In Luke's Gospel Jesus tells an expert in the law to do what the law says if he wants to inherit eternal life (Luke 10:25). But in Acts Peter declares, "through the grace of the Lord Jesus we believe to be saved" (Acts 15:11). Explaining the relationship ... [Law] [Luke-Acts] [salvation]
If you believe in the immortality of the soul, so it would seem, you would have to believe in endless punishment of the wicked or universalism. In the history of the church, belief in the immortality of the soul has been a constant. Not all, but most have... [hell]


I'm figuring out the best ways to create short (but perhaps up to 20 minute) videos using PowerPoint. I've started using Microsoft's Office Mix, but I'm still practicing with it. It does allow me to record videos with inset webcam video of myself plus nar... [Greek] [greek instruction] [powerpoint]


Are Mormons Christian? Depends. Give me your definition of Christian and I will give you my answer. Are Mormons Christian? This is the type of question that can easily get conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists riled up, especially if you answer, &... [Uncategorized]


A sickening (because true) report on Hagee’s gathering of heretical hatemongers ends this way: What the IDF needed was a total victory. “Rocket factories can be destroyed,” said Anthony. “Weapon factories can be destroyed. Terrorists can be e... [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
This is disgusting.  Do the people who make these signs not have any memory at all of the outrage committed against Jews just a few decades back stirred up by exactly this kind of hatred.  It’s sickening.  Jews aren’t to blame for what̵... [Total Depravity]


This weekend, I was on Twitter, and there it was again. Another hashtag, #EricGarner, #JusticeForEricGarner. Much like in the past #Justice4Trayvon, #JusticeForRenisha, #RememberRenisha. I saw the horrorifying, gory headlines, and I was afraid to click th... [Black theology] [empire] [Ethnicity] [liberation theology] [libertarianism] [racial harmony] [theology] [Eric Garner] [Prison-Industrial Complex] [War On Drugs] [white supremacy]


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Trinity Theological College in Perth is looking for an Academic Dean with administrative and lecturing responsibilities. See the college website here and job details here. [Uncategorized]
The main man himself, Jon Bennett, has been writing a fun multiple part review of Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul. You really do need to check those out and observe, among other things, his gifting for illustrations! The kind of discussion his pos...


I need to apologise for this horrendously self-promoting post. I’ll go and stub my toes a few times as punishment. But before that: a) Johnny Walker has written a very kind review here. He concludes: Tilling's defense of a divine Christology in Pau...
One of the features of the new Bible Odyssey website is that it lets you ask a scholar your questions. Someone submitted the question through the site, “Is the Gospel of John a Jewish mystic work?” I was invited to provide the answer, and here... [Gospel of John] [mystic] [mystical] [Mysticism] [Philo]


Pulpit Commentary Dan_1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim King of Judah. After the defeat and death of Josiah, the people of the land put on the throne Jehoahaz, or Shallum (Jer_22:11), one of the sons of their late monarch (2Ki_23:30). We see... [Bible] [Bible Commentary] [Bible study] [commentaries] [esword] [Quotes] [SBC] [sunday school notes] [bible lesson] [daniel 1:12-15] [daniel 1:17-19] [daniel 1:3-5] [daniel 1:8-10] [explore the bible] [lifeway] [sunday school lesson]
"A god that needs to be worshiped isn't much of a god."
I am removing all Patheos blogs from my reader. That includes Marcus Borg, Peter Enns, and James Mcgrath. While the content of these bloggers is very good and very interesting, the hosts are impolite: ads that start without permission, images of naked lad...

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I’ve been tied up with enough things over the past few weeks to manage to have missed this news until today. On July 5, 2014, Dr. Ronald Youngblood passed into glory. He taught Old Testament/Hebrew for Bethel Seminary at both the Saint Paul, MN and... [Biblical Scholars] [in memoriam]
It’s a perennial question and, believe it or not, I actually enjoyed this essay about it.  Usually such things are mere supposition but this is right interesting. (By the way, the right answer is – no, it wasn’t an apple).Filed under: B... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources]
So we made the move and are the Greenville, NC area.  We’re also internet-less for a time due to canceling in one place and setting up internet at the new place.  It’s a nice reprieve but I do miss reading the blogs and following along.  Ag... [Uncategorized]
MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine debate into sharp focus. Punished for her act of dissent with the c... [media]
Today the UN voted to investigate events in Israel/ Palestine – in terms of potential human rights violations.  The US is the only no vote.  Our government makes us so ‘proud’… Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Last week, Lexham Bible Guide: Romans shipped to customers, completing the Paul’s Letters Collection. To celebrate, we’ve placed the entire collection on sale. For a limited time, you can get it for $100.00 off! If you’ve been waiting to dive into t... [Products]


GoPro Timelapse (July 14, 2014) of the change from ultra-low-tide to high-tide at Tutka Bay, Alaska. The post Timelapse of Tide Change at Tutka Bay, Alaska appeared first on Stay Curious. [Travel] [Alaska] [tide change] [timelapse]
The writer of Luke-Acts is committed to the idea that the Gospel is for all people. Like Paul, he insists that it is first of all for God’s people Israel, and like Paul he insists that God’s plan for the message of Jesus is world-wide. He embe... [Bible Thoughts] [Acts 2] [Luke 3] [mission] [narrative theology] [sarx]


Luka Ilic: »Theologian of Sin and Grace. The Process of Radicalization in the Theology of Matthias Flacius Illyricus« In this work, the author establishes that Flacius’ theology became increasingly radicalized with time and examines aspects of this pr... [Church History] [Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht]
Never be sorry to celebrate You should read Matt’s post. At the end, he asks several questions. I wanted to see if I can provide some answers from my perspective. If two people with irreconcilable views can both be said to occupy the middle, it̵... [United Methodist Church]


Here are some truths I’ll share, in no particular order: - In the 19th and early 20th centuries the Church was the geographical and municipal center of towns across America.  Life revolved around it. - In the middle of the 20th century sports becam... [Modern Culture]
Existentialism is an attempt to find meaning in life when there is cause to despair. Why would anyone believe that there is cause to despair?  The Cambridge Companion to Existentialism refers to reasons, as it interacts with the thoughts of such exi... [Family Ties] [philosophy] [politics] [religion] [Television]


The title of this blog, Threads from Henry’s Web, suggests that I’m the one producing the threads and hopefully drawing you in. But often the threads are leading me somewhere. Some things happened in just the last couple of weeks: A conversat... [Pensacola] [people]
I know- the title makes little sense.  But that’s fitting, since neither does the entire concept of Christian Rap which, like Christian ‘pop’ and ‘rock’, is a sort of music performed by persons who can’t make it in mai... [misery] [mockery] [Modern Culture] [Pentebabbleism] [Pentebabbleists] [pseudo-christianity] [pseudo-theology]
Thus the British Museum- Our website will present for the first time an authoritative set of high resolution images of the entirety of the finds, integrated with all field notes, catalogue records, photos, reports, maps, letters and publications. Importan... [Archaeology]
Adamantius 19 (2013)D. KRUEGER, "The Internal Lives of Biblical Figures in the Hymns of Romanos the Melodist," 290-302H.I. NEWMAN, "Dating Sefer Zerubavel: Dehistoricizing and Rehistoricizing a Jewish Apocalypse of Late Antiquity," 324-336A. ALI... [Adamantius] [Rezeptionsgeschichte] [πρόσληψη]
I am standing at the pillar that was chipped away so a platform could be built on which Thomas Cranmer was sentenced to death under Mary Queen of Scots, and behind me is the pulpit where C.S. Lewis delivered his famous sermon, “The Weight of Glory.&... [Uncategorized]
And he’s french.  And his name is Jacques Renaud.  And he tweeted the most disgusting thing I’ve read in a while. Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
And the essayist is none less than the inestimable Herman Selderhuis- Jean Cauvin (1509–1564), as his name originally was, was born in Noyon (Picardy, France). He can be regarded as the founder of Reformed spirituality. Although his father first destine... [Calvin] [Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception]
Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If you read or ... [reading] [Tags] [WordPress] [Writing] [best of wordpress] [longreads] [reading list]
Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If you read or ... [reading] [Tags] [WordPress] [Writing] [best of wordpress] [longreads] [reading list]


There’s something in EBR for everyone.  Even if not everything in it is for everyone. There’s loads of other stuff too in volume 9- Of Gaza we read Gaza (MT ʿAzzâ; LXX Γάζα; Arab. Ghazza) is the southern most major urban center on th... [Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception]
For a moment can we put aside images of a god who would sacrifice a child to save the world or destroy the world save for one family? Whatever one makes of such images, we cease to be human if their imagery fails to haunt us. [Culture] [religion] [Bible] [Bob Dylan] [Facebook] [israel] [Lincoln] [melville] [Moby Dick] [news] [Palestine] [scripture]
Portraying God’s kenotic descent in Christ, and his acting in what can be seen as a shockingly ungodly manner for the common human perception of divinity, Paul elevates the significance of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection, and proclaims Chr... [Books] [Idle Musings] [theology] [theosis]


Now, who would be the perfect ruler, and what would he be like? The Old Testament offers many snapshots in order to create a composite picture for them so they can conceive of who the perfect ruler and the perfect mediator would be. For instance, there is... [Books] [Idle Musings] [Kinlaw] [Prayer] [theology]
It seems every word in Philippians 2:5-11 is theologically important . That Jesus “emptied himself” is one of the most discussed since it is not immediately clear what it means to become empty when one is “the form of God.” The meaning of “empti... [Evening Service Notes] [Philippians] [Bible study] [Paul]
The newest issue of Bibliotheca Sacra has a fascinating article entitled, "Pyrotechnics on Mount Carmel." The author begins by noting that,"Three biblical fire miracles involve the prophet Elijah: fire from heaven  that consumed a water-soaked sacrif... [2 Kings] [Elijah] [Old Testament. 1 Kings]
This was a final video for my summer Greek for ministry class. Its aim was to capture the benefit of the class for interpretation. The webpage used is on [Greek for Ministry]
The ninth volume of EBR has been published (as noted a day or so ago).  I thought it might be worthwhile to grab an extract from it to demonstrate, or illustrate, the meticulous care taken in the preparation of articles and the extraordinarily high level... [Bible] [Biblical Studies Resources] [Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception]
With thanks to Alexander Fantalkin for mentioning this- בעתיד נוכל ללבוש משקפי תלת ממד, לסייר באתר עתיק, ולחוש כיצד הוא נראה בתקופת גדולתו. ד”ר פיליפ ספירשטיין, חוק... [Archaeology]
Ovda, a military airfield, has opened after the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency temporarily canceled all flights to Israel due to a Hamas rocket attack on Tuesday. Haaretz is reporting: Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced on Wednes... [Culture] [Ben-Gurion Airport] [israel] [news] [Safety] [Tourism] [Travel] [War]
Yesterday we defined faith as confidence or conviction. One of the problem people sometimes have with this sort of definition, however, is that we think that there are degrees of faith, or (to put it another way), faith is on a sliding scale, where one en... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Theology of Salvation] [Calvinism] [faith] [hope] [trust]


Rachel Portnoy Bradley shared the following in a comment on Facebook, in response to my post about JEPD as four-part harmony: In my intro to OT class, we were required to do an “art project” — something creative about what we’d lea... [Deuteronomy] [Exodus] [Genesis] [Leviticus] [Numbers] [documentary hypothesis] [harmony] [music] [parody] [Pentateuch] [sources]
We spoke about Study Bibles yesterday, and here is yet another one for the Reformed (Anglican?) folk coming out this year: Reformation Heritage KJV (King James Version) Study. The sampler is here. The notes – as would be expected - seem to be co... [church] [Bible] [Bible Translation] [Bible Version] [Biblical] [Christianity] [KJV] [Reformation] [Reformation Heritage Study Bible] [Study Bible]


Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: Hear the word of the Lord!  (Ezek 13:2)Just as he who was ordered to say these things had need of the Holy Spirit, so also ... [heresy] [origen]
Learn to be patient. You’ll be subjected to harassment all your life. When you hold important offices in the future, burghers, peasants, nobles, and your wives will harass you with various vexations. When this happens, don’t go to pieces. Bear your cr... [Luther]
An upgrade to Logos 5 is the best way to get all the resources that make Logos 5 powerful, while getting the best deal on a new library. But don’t wait—upgrade discounts end August 5. Check out your custom discount before it’s gone! Open doors you d... [Products] [Logos 5] [upgrade sale]
Text13 Καὶ τίς ὁ κακώσων ὑμᾶς ἐὰν τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ ζηλωταὶ γένησθε; 14 ἀλλʼ εἰ καὶ πάσχοιτε διὰ δικαιοσύνην, μακάριοι. τὸν δὲ φόβον αὐτῶν μὴ ... [1 Peter] [exegesis] [Greek]
One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.  To the British, Americans were terrorists who had no respect for the proper conduct of war and who even went so far as to use guerrilla tactics and attack troops unannounced … Wheth... [Modern Culture]


Below are reading notes on Genesis, an 18 day read through the book. For my reading notes on the New Testament, see here.1. Genesis 1:1-2:3 (Creation)2. Genesis 2:4-3:24 (The Fall)3. Genesis 4-5 (Cain and Abel)4. Genesis... [Genesis notes]
And now, the final post of Genesis, for Genesis 47:27-50:26.In these chapters:As Jacob is about to die, he has Joseph swear he will bury him back in Canaan. Genesis 47:31 sounds like Jacob dies, but then he is still alive in Genesis 48.In Genesis 48, Jaco... [Genesis notes]


Confessions from a Local Pastor There’s something addictive about a stage and a microphone and the status that often comes with it. It is a gift from God, but power and authority can easily be abused. So, maybe it’s time for a little confession fr... [Pastoring and Leading] [Pastoring and Preaching]


THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Is the Book of Esther—a Story Told In Human Terms, Not Miracles—a Holy Book? Talmudic rabbis, like us, can only study the course of history for the elusive signs of God’s intentions.This week, ...
The original pentalogy of the Planet of the Apes franchise began a slow decline with Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Producing a movie per year from 1970 to 1973, the series died with Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Given that Dawn of the Planet of t... [Animals] [movies] [popular culture] [Posts] [Battle for the Planet of the Apes] [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes] [Pentateuch] [Planet of the Apes] [prejudice] [science fiction] [Star Wars]
NEWS YOU CAN USE: Talking to a dog in Aramaic (Adam McCollum).As good as pirate Aramaic.