By Ben Witherington You can see most anything in NY, even on Fifth Avenue itself. So lets take a stroll and check out the good the bad, and everything else….. Of course there are the skyscrapers… which give you neck pains…. And of course there are the shops for your essential computer and …read more
Monthly Archives: October 2015
By Ben Isaiah 40:22″It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers…”I think it would be really cool if the above verse was a supernatural scientific revelation that set Israel apart from the rest of the ancient word with respect to cosmology. My …read more
By Mike Skinner Forget the War on Christmas.
Do you really want to know a red-blooded, traditional, American-Christian practice that is being destroyed in front of our eyes?The sinner’s prayer.
For so many, this has been seen as (and still is seen as) the first step into Christianity. The moment of decision. It’s a simple …read more
By Mike Skinner  Jesus’ Direct Teaching
In the 4 Gospels, Jesus explicitly teaches an ethic of non-violence:Matthew 5:38-48Luke 6:27-36
“Nonviolent resistance” might be a more accurate term for Jesus’ teachings: he commands a “third way” between doing nothing and responding to violence with violence, namely, returning evil with good; resisting with love.
Jesus clearly expects …read more
By James Pate Angela H. Reed, Richard R. Osmer, and Marcus G. Smucker. Spiritual Companioning: A Guide to Protestant Theology and Practice. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015. See here to purchase the book.Spiritual Companioning is about both one-on-one spiritual relationships and also small groups. The purpose of having …read more
By Anthony Le Donne Portrait by Luca Del BaldoIn his 2000 electoral campaign, President Bush named the most important person in his life as being Jesus Christ. Now he has a unique chance to prove that he was serious: for him, as for all Americans today, ‘Love thy neighbour!’ means ‘Love the Muslims!’, or …read more
By Mike Skinner This morning I read Reading For Preaching: The preacher in conversation with storytellers, biographers, poets, and journalists by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. I ordered the book this summer after it was highly recommended to me and was finally able enjoy it this morning because of some unexpected free time.
It is one …read more
By Todd Bolen A new study claims that an Egyptian text is the oldest known abecedary. Haaretz’s report on Gabriel Barkay’s Temple Mount sifting project include several pictures of findings. A UNESCO resolution that claimed the Western Wall prayer plaza as an Islamic shrine has made some people unhappy. German …read more
By Micheal W. Palmer Almost a year ago Jonathan Robie and I did a presentation at SBL on the use of XML for structuring databases for the Greek text of the New Testament. Since that time we have been discussing the ways our work can support the creation of materials for teaching Ancient Greek …read more
By Alistair C. Stewart Through the kindness of the author, I have received a copy of Paul F. Bradshaw, Ancient church orders (Alcuin/GROW JLS 80; Norwich: Hymns Ancient and Modern, 2015).
A brief introduction describes the modern rediscovery of the ancient church orders, and engages with the question of whether these even compose a genre, …read more
By Eerdmans We’ve got some pretty good books coming out these days — and you don’t have to take our word for it. In our new “Blurb of the Week” posts we’ll be sharing the really nice things other people are saying about Eerdmans books.
To read these and other superlative blurbs throughout …read more
By Tony The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies is pleased to announce its conference for the summer of 2016: Son of God: Divine Sonship in Jewish and Christian Antiquity. The conference will be held 6-8 June 2016 at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The conference is organized …read more
By Ken Schenck Because some of my Romans students are taking the class as part of a new residential MA program, I’ve been feeding them some articles and sources. Here are a few:The Context of RomansKrister Stendahl, “Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West”Peter Lampe, “The Roman Christians of Romans 16,” although …read more