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October 24 2014, 2PM

What was it like to be among the first Christians? The book of Acts documents this dynamic and monumental period of our history, the implications of which are far reaching for life and ministry. What were the issues which drove the early Church? What role... [Products] [Acts] [craig keener] [Darrell Bock] [logos mobile ed] [logos mobile education] [Lynn Cohick] [mobile ed] [New Testament] [Pre-Pub]


Imperfect forms of λέγω characteristically are used either to introduce an initial speech that is more of a monologue than a dialogue or to record the responses of multiple groups to one thing.35 They can also be used in the expected imperfective sens... [grammar] [Greek]
A grande imprensa brasileira foi indispensável para que o neoliberalismo tenha sido construído da forma que o foi. A Veja diz ser indispensável para o país que queremos ser. A pergunta é: quem está incluído nesse “nós” oculto? A classe trabalh... [politica]
I prefer to bury the sensible under layers of provocation. –  Chris GreenFiled under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]

12 PM

But how does anyone write an essay about the Reformation and ignore the great man?  That’s like talking about space exploration without talking about the Apollo program. So anyway, because they ignored Zwingli, I’ll point out that the date is... [Church History]
He’s managed to stay out of trouble for a few weeks… but today… French police were called out to a bizarre incident this week when they received calls from scared residents in villages in central France alerting them to the presence of a... [Friends]
It’s been a good while since I’ve both laughed and cried at a movie. But somehow, some way, St. Vincent did produce that effect. Bill Murray has not played any good comedic roles in many moons, but he really sinks his teeth into this one. Mind... [Uncategorized]


I see that the city of Anderson is dropping the private company they hired to do their busing. I also remembered that the company Mitch Daniels contracted with to run the northern Indiana tolls is going bankrupt.Here was my thought. There are certain... [social contract] [social philosophy]
In Mark 7:1-5 the Pharisees question Jesus over his lack of attention to the tradition of “hand washing” before meals. Jesus’ disciples do not wash their hands before a meal in order to avoid ritual purity, presumably the question directed at Jesus ... [gospels] [historical Jesus] [jesus] [Miracles] [Synoptic Gospels]
Sirach 16:17 states (in the NRSV): “Do not say, “I am hidden from the Lord, and who from on high has me in mind? Among so many people I am unknown, for what am I in a boundless creation?” The point of this passage, of course, is that sinners shoul... [Bible] [church] [Daily Quiet Time] [Job] [Psalms] [religion] [Sirach]
Lexham Press is proud to announce our new Transformative Word series—and the first volume, When You Want to Yell at God: The Book of Job, is now available on Pre-Pub! The Bible is read and experienced diversely around the world. The New Testament has b... [Products] [Job] [lexham press] [Pre-Pub] [transformative word series] [when you want to yell at god]


As with the other prominence markers, HPs tend to highlight some kind of discontinuity in the discourse. Usage of the HP at a boundary attracts extra attention to it, helping the reader process the transition to a new topic or pericope. Usage before a sig... [grammar] [Greek]
I have, in the past, had nothing but the highest regard for Prof. Gushee.  Big fan of his work.  Till now- when he’s decided to stick his finger in the wind to find his ethical/theological compass. At a moment when American churches and politicia... [Modern Culture]
Helmut Thielicke, perhaps Germany’s post influential-in-America pastor-theologian of the 20th Century, when shuffled to an area for pastoring for which he was not prepared — he was an academic sort who suddenly had to start communicating with ... [Uncategorized]
A student pointed out to me that, if you ask Google “Who wrote the Pentateuch?” you get the answer, in big, bold letters, “Moses.”I decided to click the “feedback” button and indicate that this is incorrect. Here’... [Deuteronomy] [Exodus] [Genesis] [Leviticus] [Numbers] [author] [Authorship] [Google] [information literacy] [Moses] [Pentateuch]


Originally posted by nisibin at Изданы "Книги Маккавеев" в новом научном переводе с подробным комментариемАннотация, избранные страницы и координа...
I love this cartoon from the New Yorker. This is precisely the problem with predictive prophecy. If it were to be specific about the distant future, it would be incomprehensible. But because it consistently lacks such information, it is unimpressively vag... [humor] [candidate] [cartoon] [Hilary Clinton] [Moses] [New Yorker] [president] [presidential] [Prophecy] [prophet]
Jay Sklar has a nice post on "4 Things That Happen When You Study Leviticus More Than 10 Years" here.Sklar also has the helpful article "Suggestions for a Sermon/Teaching series on Leviticus" here and some audio here.HT: David Murray [Leviticus] [old testament]
November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great eve... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Events] [NaBloPoMo] [NaNoWriMo]
November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great eve... [Better Blogging] [Community] [Events] [NaBloPoMo] [NaNoWriMo]


[I]t is important to recognize that the use of the present form in a past-tense setting represents the choice to break with expected usage. The identification of a “historical present” is based on not following the expected rules. Randall Buth notes t... [grammar] [Greek]
My recent travels have revolved around my new book Kingdom Conspiracy, including some of my speaking to the American Baptist pastors network of northern California (Growing Healthy Churches) and an event with the Churches of God, General Conference event... [Uncategorized]
We're getting near the end of the season here, but that's not what the title of this post is about. It's about apples. Lots of apples. Bushels of apples. I told you that I picked four bushels of apples the other day. And I managed to process 18 pints that... [Apples] [Garden] [Idle Musings] [MacArthur House Cabins]
And believe it or not, it’s not because of the appearance of some crazy gnostic pseudo gospel discovered in a back alley in Istanbul at the shop of a dark and swarthy thick accented Arab antiquarian and given to a Harvard Prof for his personal publi... [Modern Culture]
“Pride promotes foolish independence. Humility draws deeply upon the grace of God in communion with Him. James says that God opposes the proud—pride pits us against God. But humility opens us to Him for spiritual health and vitality in function. As th... [Books] [Vine Ripened Life]
Because God loves us, we don’t have to be afraid. Because God loves us, we are free to love others—even our enemies. And after all, once you take fear off the table, how many enemies do you really have? We don’t need to blame. We don’t need to mul... [Books] [Farewell to Mars] [gospel] [Idle Musings] [pacifism]
I read a book this past week (I’m not going to say which one) where the author (Author A) clearly, consistently, and blatantly plagiarized the ideas of another author (Author B) without giving due credit. I guess it wasn’t “blatant.” I... [Books by Jeremy Myers] [Books I'm Reading] [blogging] [footnotes] [theology] [Writing]


This looks really interesting and worth checking out. You can access the first issue here, download individual articles, and participate in a forum. Introducing, the Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting (JJMJS) -  FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE... [Christian Origins] [Dead Sea Scrolls] [Greco-Roman Culture] [Jesus Dynasty] [Jewish Christianity] [John the Baptist] [Judaism] [messianism]
If men used as much care in uprooting vices and implanting virtues as they do in discussing problems, there would not be so much evil and scandal in the world, or such laxity in religious organizations. On the day of judgment, surely, we shall not be aske... [Thomas à Kempis]
IO9 featured some Star Wars fan theories from 1980. It is interesting to see the role that religion played in some of them. A popular theory was that Obi-Wan was a clone name – O.B.1. One person suggested that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a thousand years rem... [religion] [Star Wars] [comic book] [draft] [fans] [graphic novel] [Jedi] [jesus] [Obi-Wan Kenobi] [theories]
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Mother of three, Priscilla Dray was admitted to the maternity unit of Bordeaux University Hospital for the abortion in the summer of 2011,Sud Ouest reported.  The operation lasted a few hours and on the Friday evening the 36-year-old shopkeeper was able ... [Modern Culture]


Assoc. prof., Ph.D., Per Jarle Bekken, University of Nordland, has been evaluated by an independent committee, and the committee has recommended that he get a personal promotion to full professor! This procedure is a part of the Norwegian system; you R... [Uncategorized] [Books] [Personal] [Philo]


There has been quite a lot of interest in my previous post on How to Save a Diocese (great to see that mission can excite as much interest as sexuality!) and some really interesting things coming out in the comments. I offer here some further thoughts on ... [Life & Ministry] [Church of England] [evangelism] [Ministry] [mission]
Claire returns but doesn’t remember anything after getting on the plane. Ethan finds Charlie and threatens to kill one person every night until he brings Claire to him. And so they set traps and post sentries. But someone named Scott Jackson is kill... [LOST] [addiction] [Charlie] [Claire] [Ethan Rom]
On 24 October, 1529, Zwingli published his edition of the Marburg Articles – along with marginal notes of his own. It’s intriguing in that it allows readers to see what Zwingli thought of each article, in his own words along with the finalized... [Church History] [Zwingli]
Tonight at sundown, when we enter into Shabbat, we will also enter into a new lunar month. On the Jewish calendar, we're about to begin the month of Cheshvan. Cheshvan is an empty month. A blank slate. An open expanse. It is the only month which contai... [rosh chodesh] [the daily round]
It’s Sunday morning. You worked on your sermon all week, and today is the day. You read countless commentaries, listened to other sermons, and even rewrote the whole sermon Saturday night. It feels like a really great Sunday. Before the service, youR... [Products] [Proclaim] [proclaim church presentation software] [sermon prep]


I saw this on the twitter and like it very much.  I agree with one chap- it’s brilliant. Filed under: media, Theology, twitter [media] [theology] [Twitter]
This post is by John Frye. What John is talking about in this first paragraph was a long-time coming and I’m grateful to pastor after pastor who has helped me “get it.” Thanks John. I have often felt in Scot McKnight’s writings that he... [Prayer and Formation]
At the end of 2007 I graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity, and at that time I had some consideration of immediately entering a doctoral program. I decided not to, for a variety of reasons. I suppose that if I had, I might have completed in 2010 and be 4 ...


As a discipline, a novel exerpt from this past week (meaning, last night ;-)Excerpt from chapter 1_____________________________"We've got to do something," John said to Brad. "He's headed straight for Sarah." Sarah was right behind a corner pillar, w... [novels (mine)]
TWO IMPORTANT NEW BOOKS ON THE STUDY OF ANCIENT GREEK:First, from Brill:Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics (3 vols)General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis (Thessaloniki)The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics (EAGLL) b...
IT'S HARD: Biblical-Era Collections Suffer in a New World of Archaeology (Geraldine Fabrikant, NYT)In recent decades, countries that house remains of the ancient world have become determined to keep archaeological finds within their borders. Partly as a ...
by Justin K.H. Tse and Matt SheedyJustin Tse: The shooting in Ottawa on 22 October 2014 has uncovered the remarkable way that the Canadian state remains theologically constituted. In some ways, this is a relatively uncontroversial argument. The White Hous... [Matt Sheedy] [Politics and Religion] [Religion and Society] [Religion and Theory] [Theory and Method] [Uncategorized] [Giovana Boradorri] [Jacques Derrida] [Jamie Scott] [Justin Trudeau] [Martin Couture-Rouleau] [Michael Zehaf-Bibeau] [Nathan Cirllo] [Patrice Vincent] [Stephen Harper] [Tom Mulcair]


The word “refugee,” I recently learned, was originally coined to refer to the Huguenots. As the Reformation began to take hold in Europe, although mostly associated with Germany and Switzerland, many French believers left Catholicism and became known... [Posts] [Religious Violence] [Sects] [Social Consciousness] [Catholic Church] [Christianity] [France] [Huguenots] [refugee] [religious tolerance]

12 AM

Observing the contemporary theoretical terrain, there’s a certain operation that I find rather striking — both in its valorization and in its predominance. We might call this an operation of resuscitation, revival, or rejuvenation (though, for... [blog posts]

October 23, 10PM

Mention the issue of textual criticism and some people think you’re actually talking about criticizing the text of the Bible. Nope. Text criticism is the attempt to reconstruct the earliest form of the Biblical text possible, based on the thousands ... [Uncategorized]
Ben Myers gives an overview of his course on christology and includes 12 Grammatical Rules on Christology. Well worth checking out. We should start a petition to convince Ben to turn this into a book. Unless some publisher wants to offer him a contract be... [Uncategorized]
At the heart of European Protestant theology’s revolutionary developments in the 20th Century was the rediscovery of the transcendence of God that challenged and replaced the identification of historical processes and progressivism (liberal theology... [Christianity] [church] [Church History] [theology]


Michael Yankoski.  The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice—-How Contemplating Applies, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life.  Nashville: W Publishing Group (An Imprint of Thomas Nelson), 2014. ... [religion]
Hadrian has been in the news this week because of the recently discovered inscription found north of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. In the Israel Museum there is an inscription that reads, The August emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian made [the aqueduct] by [mea... [Archaeology] [Bible Places] [Bible study] [Book of Acts] [israel] [New Testament] [Photography] [Travel] [Apostle Paul] [Apostle Peter] [Aqueduct] [Caesarea] [Caesarea Maritima] [Hadrian] [Israel Museum] [Roman Emperor]


I would like to think this is what Paul meant when he said, "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt":When I met Charles Williams I had read none of his books; our meetings were few and on business, yet I count them among my most unforgetta...
If the NRA thinks armed citizens would prevent gun violence then wouldn’t ebola infected NRA members prevent ebola?Filed under: Modern Culture [Modern Culture]


It’s always nice to come home from work and discover a package from one of your favorite publishers. Tonight I opened a box from Mohr Siebeck that contained a copy ofCharles E. Carlston & Craig A. Evans’ From Synagogue to Ecclesia: Matthe... [In the Mail] [Review Books]
Professor Gerstenberger is lecturing at NYU (which causes me tremendous envy, he’s a fantastic presenter and so very interesting). Old Testament scholars diverge considerably on the historical date of the formation of the Yahweh-community based on T... [Erhard Gerstenberger]


In continuing with this month-long series on the demonic, it would not be quite complete without considering the role of the demonic on the ecological – our oikos- our household. We are reminded in the scriptures, afterall, that Satan is the ‘... [liberation] [angelology] [Demonology] [ecology] [environmental racism] [Japan]