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September 1 2015, 8AM

This week’s LectioCast is one of the best yet. Danielle Shroyer makes her fourth appearance, and we talk through justice, generosity, and the abundance of the kingdom of God. These commentaries unfold and evolve through the conversation we have to... [Bible Thoughts] [LectioCast] [James 2] [Mark 7] [Proverbs 22] [Psalm 125]
“Perhaps no single factor is more detrimental to Biblical exposition in our day than a widespread failure to recognize that the Bible is a unity and in order to be adequately interpreted must be treated as such. In many circles this unity is lost sight ... [Bible] [Bible Exposition] [Expository Preaching]


Bob MacDonald has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival. One of the things he includes is my post about the bloggers’ dinner at SBL and AAR this year. We have a proposed day and time, but still need a venue. Anyone know downtown Atlanta well ... [American Academy of Religion] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [biblioblogging] [Society of Biblical Literature] [AAR] [bibliobloggers] [bloggers] [blogging] [blogs] [Bob MacDonald] [SBL]
About real and imagined sins, Luther, tired of Melanchthon’s snivelling, told him If you are a preacher of grace, then preach a true and not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save peopl... [Luther] [Melanchthon] [forgiveness] [grace] [sin]
I wasn’t really paying attention, but when I got to my office, had sent me a “Happy Anniversary” message. Six years ago today, unemployed with a PhD in hand (and living with a wife and three kids in my in-laws’ home),... [anniversary] [blogging] [Crux Sola] [Nijay Gupta] [PEJE IESOUS]
Next, I appeal to Paul in Galatians 6:10: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Notice the order: first the church and kingdom, and then society and culture and wo... [Books] [church] [gospel] [Kingdom Conspiracy]


Click here to view the embedded video.Michael Kruger has made a video which describes his own experience of having taken classes with Bart Ehrman, who he depicts as attacking Christianity. He complains that youth groups do not prepare student intellect... [education] [Fundamentalism] [Bart Ehrman] [classroom] [Evangelicals] [fundamentalists] [Michael J. KRUGER] [secular] [students] [university] [youth]
RC Sproul has confessed that he visited Ashley Madison and then did nothing about it.  It’s the first confession of nothing i’ve ever seen.   We live in odd times.  I guess, in the light of Sproul’s confession I will also ... [Modern Culture]
Christians may need to consider the viability of being employees of the State when the State legislates in such a way as to force them to act against conscience. If Christians do not wish to kill, the Army is probably a bad career choice.  If Christi... [Modern Culture]


I’m giving away a copy of Hendrickson’s Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity: Volume 2, De–H. Remember, all you have to do to for a chance to win is comment below, so get to it! Contest ends this Friday, September 4... [Books] [Giveaways] [Dictionary of Daily LIfe in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity] [giveaway] [Hendrickson]
Apparently they just don’t care what the Supreme Court thinks up there in Kentucky- A defiant county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. On Tuesday mornin... [Modern Culture]
The final chapter of the book of Joshua is rather sad.  The godly leader gave a farewell address in which he recounts God’s hand in leading Israel from past history to that time.  At the end of this, Joshua admonished the people to be faithful... [repentance] [sin]


The future of ecumenism. (H/T: Michael F. Bird) [+Fellowship] [Tomfoolery]
An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17, faces a charge of capital murder of a person under age ... [Total Depravity]
Magdalene College in Cambridge is organizing a conference under the theme “The Ferrars of Little Gidding” at their venue in Cambridge, 5-7 September 2016.  All the details are here.Filed under: Refo500 [Refo500]
Via Filed under: Bible Tagged: Ming Hua [Bible] [Ming Hua]
We are deep in the dog days of summer, but August Biblical Studies Carnival is a breath of fresh air. Bob MacDonald has done a remarkable job collecting the best of the BiblioBlogs this month at at his blog Dust.  Click all the links, support the sch... [Biblioblogs] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblioblogs] [carnival] [Huzzah!]
It’s here! Dynamic Pricing and discounts are now available on all Zondervan and Thomas Nelson collections. Now is the perfect time to complete collections like Word Biblical Commentary, the John MacArthur Treasury, and the Zondervan Counterpoints Series... [Misc.]
You are the shofarcalling me to risefrom my slumber.You are the voiceof my belovedknocking at my heart.You are lovewashing over melike bright moonlight.You are melodyexpanding my chestwith healing tears.You are summer dawn,the morning I craveall winter lo... [Elul] [poetry]


God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? We’ve been looking at Walter Moberly’s book Old Testament Theology: Reading the ... [Uncategorized]
N. T. Wrong reminded me of this great quote from James Barr:In my opinion, it was a big mistake for many of the mainline religious organizations when they opposed the creationists by saying that the Bible should not be taken literally. This is not what th... [Bible] [James Barr] [literal] [literalism] [N. T. Wrong]
The kingdom trend is to think Jesus and the apostles mean one of two things when they use the expression. Either it means the dynamic rule or reign of God or it means social justice and peace. In my book Kingdom Conspiracy I call these two options the... [Kingdom of God]


IAA PRESS RELEASE: Has a 2,000 Year Old Podium Been Found in the City of David? (August 2015).An intriguing find consisting of an impressive pyramid-shaped staircase constructed of large ashlar stones was uncovered in an archaeological excavation currentl...
PALMYRA WATCH: UN: Satellite images show Temple of Bel in Syria 'destroyed' (AP). As noted yesterday, there were conflicting reports on how badly the Temple of Bel in Palmyra had been damaged. The current satellite-image evidence indicates that the temple...
THE BIRMINGHAM QUR'AN FRAGMENTS AGAIN: UK researchers say Quran fragments could predate Muhammad. Historians say carbon dating on recently discovered text could ‘destabilize’ views on who compiled the Islamic holy book, and when (Times of Israel).Frag...
INNOVATION: Boulder Rabbi Ordained as Hebrew Priestess. Kohenet Institute Ordains Nine Hebrew Priestesses. Graduating Class of 2015 Serve As Jewish Ritual Leaders and Educators (Boulder Jewish News).On Friday, July 24, 2015, the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess I...


STRANGE: Jerusalem Police Suspect Tunnel Dug Under Museum to Steal Antiquities. Entrance to the 30-meter long tunnel discovered at a private home near the Rockefeller Museum, but an antiquities authority official casts doubt that it was to be used to stea...
Everything we do is an investment in the future. Some times it’s intentional, and other times it’s purely accidental. My wife sent me a CNN story about what might be the oldest message in a bottle ever found. It’s difficult to conceive an idea mo... [Bible] [Current Events] [environment] [Posts] [science] [CNN] [Ecclesiastes] [George Parker Bidder III] [Guinness Book of World Records] [message in a bottle]

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All of us who live in the United States are looking forward to the arrival of Pope Francis next month for his first journey to America, which culminates at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The main organizer for this event is Bishop Jean Laf... [Book Reviews] [Image Books] [Jean Laffitte]

August 31, 11PM

I haven’t written about the ‘science vs religion’ thing for ages, but an article caught my attention –– first because I thought it was ridiculous and later because it did force me to think about using scientific metaphors, which is a... [Atheism and Religion] [philosophy] [Science and Skepticism]


From the good folks at Zondervan, this is just hilarious! I think this could be the future ecumenism!! [Uncategorized]
A man goes to see the Rabbi. “Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it.” The Rabbi asked, “What’s wrong?” The man replied, “My wife is going to poison me.” The Rabbi, very surprise... [Uncategorized]
More than 33,000 Americans have been shot already in 2015. More than 8500 have died from these gunshots. [Source] This week the horrific murdering of Alison Parker and Adam Ward gained all the attention, or I should say, the murder of Alison Parker gained... [Uncategorized]


This month’s Carnival will place its emphasis on the kinder and gentler side of academic biblical studies.  Away with the debates; begone, foul disagreements.  In what follows the only things you’ll find are those upon which everyone in bibl... [Archaeology] [Bible] [Biblical Studies Carnival] [Biblical Studies Resources] [LXX]
Prelude: Owen Chadwick (British clergyman, academic, writer, and prominent historian of Christianity) died on July 17th. His funeral was at Great St Mary's on August 3rd. He warned, citing Augustine, that we must befriend those whom we would study from t... [Biblical Studies] [carnival]


Jeremiah, Prophet of the Bible, Brought Back to Life Clay bullae from the City of David, Jerusalem, provide new evidence for Biblical figures Biblical Archaeology Society Staff   •  08/24/2015 This Bible History Daily feature was originally ... [Archaeology]


Substitute ‘libertinism’ whenever you see an Emergent use ‘grace’ and you’ll rightly grasp the true meaning of what’s written.Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


Kids in America are more familiar with this: Than they are with this: Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]
Is the lovely tale of his flight from Jerusalem during Absalom’s rebellion and his encounter with a certain cursing Benjaminite. As David was reaching Bahurim, out came a man of the same clan as Saul’s family. His name was Shimei son of Gera a... [Bible]
14 Years of Theology on the Web! Theology on the Web was launched 14 years ago this month. It is exciting to note that this anniversary coincides with three other major milestones in the development of the ministry. There are now over 25,000 free-to-down... [news]


Four Flags by Gavin R via Otagosh (#61262)
Not that it matters greatly beyond the shores of Aotearoa, but the four contenders for the new national flag of New Zealand have been selected, the winner to be determined by referendum, then a final choice between the pretender and the current flag.There...


Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. Ephesians is one of my favorite books ... [Misc.] [Training] [Ephesians] [how to use logos] [logos 6] [Morris Proctor] [search] [searching] [Trinity] [tutorial]


This made me cry. The ignorance is staggering.  The stupid… it burns…Filed under: pseudo-theology [pseudo-theology]
Mark 7:24-37 gives us Mark’s version of Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman. Mark 7:1-23 sets up this story by telling us that a dispute arose between Jesus and some Pharisees about ceremonial hand-washing. Jesus’ disciples, it seems, did not always ce... [Reflections]
Robert M. Price.  The Da Vinci Fraud: Why the Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction.  Amherst: Prometheus, 2005.  See here to buy the book. In The Da Vinci Fraud, atheist biblical scholar Robert M. Price challenges the claims of Dan Brown’s The ... [Bible] [religion]

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The following clip from "The Wrath of Khan" expresses my thoughts as I ponder the impact of my book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.Read more »
Let's do it this way. Consider the following five science related books (I could multiply them if needed). Now grant that what we find in them presents the required objective evidence to say religious faith is false and/or foolish. Okay? Grant it. Say it:... [Ending Philosophy of Religion]


The first headline I clicked on this morning when Haaretz arrived was the one reading “Second Temple-era Soapbox Found in City of David?” I located the IAA press release, and then a few hours later my inbox was loaded with links to various cov... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Ancient Coins] [Jewish Revolt]
This morning, Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media released a statementindicating it plans to keep operating as if nothing is wrong, despite being embroiled in a giant scandal over losing loads of user data to hackers. “This past week alon... [Total Depravity] [Ashley Madison]
Reformation Italy writes The Italian Reformer Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562) said that “Whatsoever things are contained in the holy Scriptures should be referred unto two principal heads, the law and the gospel.” (Commentary on the book of Judges, ... [Vermigli]


1. We have set up a circle of chairs behind the synagogue, surrounded by mountains and wetland and field. At the beginning of morning prayer the air is chill, but by the time we reach the bar'chu, the formal call to prayer, some of our folks have scooted... [congregation] [Jewish Renewal] [Prayer] [Shabbat]
To celebrate the happiest time of the year (the beginning of school), I am going to give away a few books on Reading Acts. I gave Jake Bodet (@JakeBodet) a copy of The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts (Grand Rapids. M... [Book Notices] [Book Reviews] [Acts] [book review] [free book] [Giveway] [Luke] [New Testament] [Zondervan]


Joe Sachs is the Official Aristotle Translator of Shimer College. I especially enjoy his rendering of the Poetics, which pushes back against traditional moralistic readings of Aristotle’s theory of tragedy. One element of such a reading is the view... [aristotle]
A couple weeks ago I posted about the connection between freedom and identity. Our experience of freedom, and ability to act freely, is inseparable from our sense of self. Do we know who we are? Are we able to move through the world with all of the streng... [Bible Thoughts] [Calling] [freedom] [Mark 1] [women in ministry] [Women's Ordination]