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Monthly Archives: March 2016
By ZA Blog Almost anyone who has read the Bible has read the Apostle Paul. Here are four things you might not know about Paul’s letters:
1. Paul’s letters were long.
The average private letter in the Greco-Roman world was 90 words long, and the average literary letter was 200 words long. Typically, a …read more
By Ben Witherington John Calvin (1509-1564) was the exegete par excellence amongst the early Protestant divines, even though in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries he has been better known for his theological institutes. Calvin’s commentating was philologically and historically oriented, like some of his predecessors, and like those of a more Antiochian orientation, …read more
By Jeremy Bouma A few weeks ago, another volume in the landmark The Story of God Bible Commentary series was released. And by none other than the venerable Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman III.
Genesis offers pastors, students, and interested Christians a sturdy resource for hearing the voice of God in the text and …read more
By jps The Consumer Protection Act of 1972 prohibits the Consumer Protection Commission from examining the quality or safety of any gun or any piece of ammunition. Teddy bears, dolls, and toy guns must pass four sets of strict regulations before they can be sold.—America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose, page …read more
By Timothy From reader vladimir998Well, I don’t see the post about the OxUnivPress Leapday sale so I’m going to post this here. Their server was acting up and many people could not place orders. They decided to continue the sale until March 7th. The sale does not cover items that are under …read more
By Ted Johnston This post continues a review of key points in Ron Highfield’s book, God, Freedom & Human Dignity: Embracing a God-Centered Identity in a Me-Centered Culture. For other posts in the series, click a number: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.In this post we’ll continue Highfield’s exploration of how the God-centered self …read more
By Joel L. Watts As you know, I think Rule 44 is a control measure and is theologically bankrupt. While in some comments, it is called “Christian Conferencing” (it is neither Christian, nor conferencing), in other comments it is only a tool. This doublespeak is inherent in the system, I guess, but shameful. Further, …read more
Interview with Ryan Danker, Author of @IVPAcademic’s, “Wesley and the Anglicans: Political Division in Early Evangelicalism”
By Tyler Smith Even the best metaphors fail to capture the complexities of God’s being. In fact, when Christians attempt to explain the Trinity, they often stumble into metaphors that sound suspiciously like the very heresies Trinitarian theology was developed to counteract!
But even if you conquer the intimidating task of explaining the meaning …read more
By Deane Harvard University are offering a free online course (MOOC) entitled “Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures” (HDS 3221.1x), commencing March 1, 2016. Register online here. The course is run by Professor Diane L. Moore and Anna Mudd.
Religions have functioned throughout human history to inspire and justify the full range of …read more
By James Pate Luke Cawley. The Myth of the Non-Christian: Engaging Atheists, Nominal Christians, and the Spiritual But Not Religious. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2016. See here to buy the book.Evangelical Christians believe in sharing the Gospel with non-Christians, in hope that they will believe in Jesus Christ. …read more
By DavidLang The other day, someone on our forums suggested that we split the Accordance search entry box into two: one for searching by verses and the other for searching by words. He explained, “This would avoid having to drop down the ‘Verses/Words’ option each time, as I find myself about 50/50 …read more
By Ben Witherington As Childs point out, Calvin did not see a major difference between the intentions of the human author and the intentions of the Holy Spirit in inspiring the human author to say this or that. He acknowledges that the full personality and knowledge of the human author is in play …read more
By Ian Paul One of Justin Welby’s personal commitments for his time in office is to prioritise evangelism. With the Archbishop of York he set up the Evangelism Task Group as part of Archbishops’ Council, and it reported to Synod earlier this month. Introducing it, Welby emphasised the centrality of evangelism to the …read more
By mattsheedy by Steven RameyNote: This post originally appeared on the Studying Religion in Culture blog at the University of Alabama.Group identifications are not something inherent or automatic; they require work to construct and maintain, and that work only makes sense when those group identifications serve some interests, such as gaining access …read more
By Holly Marr The clash of the titans starts today! For the next 30 days, 64 theological all-stars will face off in an epic contest for your votes. For each author matchup, pick your favorite and rally your friends to vote your champions through. From scrappy challengers like A.W. Tozer and R.C. Sproul …read more
By Steve Bricker Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study. The Lᴏʀᴅ works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. (Ps 103:6)[T]he Lord performs mercies for them that hope in Him, and takes vengeance for all those who suffer wrong. Accordingly, none …read more
By womenscholars The following excerpts are from I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship (2015). Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Baylor University. Her chapter in the book is entitled “A Word of Gratitude.”
Where does the story begin, the story of …read more
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Charles Savelle) The free Logos “book” for March is not a book but it is free. The resource is over 100 videos by John Piper entitled “Look at the Book.” You can also purchase Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged for $1.99 and enter to …read more
By jps When all murders of civilians in all the developed countries of the world are tabulated, 86 percent occur in the United States.—America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose, page 160 In the United States, we register births, marriages, divorces, and deaths; we register cars, trucks, boats, trailers, bicycles, houses, lands, …read more
By Bart Jesus Before the Gospels is now the seventh book I’ve published with HarperOne; two of the others have also involved issues related to historical problems posed by the New Testament Gospels. And so I have been asked recently a very fair question: how does this book differ from the …read more
By Joel L. Watts You know me. You know I don’t like the PSA model. I do not disagree, wholly, with substitution but find that as a general heading, it fits. However, I cannot subscribe to the theory that we need to satisfy God’s honor. Nor do I believe atonement is a transactional process …read more
By Dave Banack A chatty post at the This Week in Mormons site, “Americanisms in a Global Mormon Church,” recounts a few of those Americanisms: Scouting, patriotic music in the LDS hymnal, women wearing (or not) pants to church. At a deeper level, the LDS Church has self-consciously embedded itself in the American …read more
By Timothy This link will take you to a new site which has the Clementine Vulgate, Douay-Rheims, and Knox in parallel columns with possible search functions. Looks like a great resource, which includes both the Douay and Knox notes. I wonder if Baronius is involved in this?UPDATE:Yes, it appears that …read more
By MSH Last year (September 26, 2015), I interviewed “Fern and Audrey,” a team of counselors whose focus was victims of ritual trauma and trauma-based spiritual-psychological captivity. For those who have read my novels (The Facade, The Portent), one of the characters (Fern) in the latter is based upon the “Fern” of …read more
By MSH Just a quick note (and perhaps an explanation for newcomers) to the progress on marrying my newly-approved (by the IRS) non-profit to everything I do online. Many readers are new or will have missed my post back in December 2015 explaining this. Here’s a brief summary, followed by my update.
What’s …read more
By Tyler Smith This is a guest post by Robert B. Chisholm, department chair and Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.
It’s easy to become confused while reading the prophets’ depictions of God. Malachi, for instance, warns that God is a powerful warrior who will consume all evildoers in the …read more
By Craig Benno I have been reading through Matthew. There is a sense that Jesus is getting rid from his disciples any attitude that they are able to do anything for him from their own resilience, and self ability.
You feed the crowds he tells them. Twice! You go ahead across the lake without …read more
By Joel L. Watts There are two quotes I want you to read over and digest. There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to …read more
By James Pate Vern Sheridan Poythress. Understanding Dispensationalists. 1986. Here is the version of the book that I will be engaging.Understanding Dispensationalists is Vern Poythress’ critique of dispensationalism. Not long ago, I blogged about a pro-dispensationalist book released by Moody Press in 2015: Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption. …read more
By Eerdmans Welcome once again to Eerdmans All Over, a Friday roundup of all the Eerdmans-related news, reviews, interviews, and other interesting online content we can gather in a given week.
Kierkegaard and the Paradox of Religious Diversity
By George B. Connell
The Samaritans: A Profile
By Reinhard Pummer
News from Eerdmans . . .
Congrats to …read more
By Todd Bolen A seven-year-old boy found a 3,400-year-old figurine at Tel Rehov. Archaeologists working at Timna in southern Israel found some remarkably well-preserved fabrics from the time of David. You may recall that for a long time scholars denied there was any activity at the site during the time of the …read more
By Eerdmans Throughout his decades of scholarship and in his work at The Gospel Coalition, D. A. Carson has earned recognition as an evangelical powerhouse. His latest work, The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, has been much anticipated.
In the interview below, Carson discusses the importance of the authority of Scripture and …read more
By Stephen Bedard A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 6:1-11.
Having moved back to St. Catharines, it has brought back a lot of memories of the way things used to be. What has changed is not so much the different location but rather the different time. One of the …read more
By Stephen Bedard One of the books that I came across in my research into John Wesley is John R. Tyson’s The Way of the Wesleys: A Short Introduction. Tyson does a fantastic job of gathering the teachings and writings of John and Charles Wesley and summarizing according to the theological themes. The …read more