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Nihil salvum esse potest, donec rabies. – John Calvin

Revue de Qumran

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The new issue is online.  Enjoy.

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20 Sep 2018 at 5:37 am

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Christian Album Cover Fails…

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Look, folk know I am no fan of the ‘Christian music’ genre.  Most of the songs are gross.  And Hymns are just better theologically (for the most part).

But even the Christian music folk should know that their album covers need to be… more…  less creepy.

Creepy. Do better, terrible singers. Do better.

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20 Sep 2018 at 5:27 am

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It’s Going to be a Quiet Day…

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At least until around noon.  Stay tuned.

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20 Sep 2018 at 5:17 am

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A Word to Wall Street

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Lying on ivory beds and sprawling on their divans, they dine on lambs from the flock, and stall-fattened veal; they bawl to the sound of the lyre and, like David, they invent musical instruments; they drink wine by the bowlful, and lard themselves with the finest oils, but for the ruin of Joseph they care nothing. That is why they will now go into captivity, heading the column of captives. The sprawlers’ revelry is over. Lord Yahweh has sworn by his own self -declares Yahweh, God Sabaoth: I detest the pride of Jacob, I hate his palaces, I shall hand over the city and all in it. 

If ten people are left in a single house, they will die and a few will be left to carry the bones from the house, and they will say to anyone deep inside the house, ‘Any more there?’ and he will answer, ‘No.’ Then he will say, ‘Hush!-Yahweh’s name must not be mentioned.’ For look, Yahweh gives the command: as he strikes, the great house falls to pieces and the small house is in fragments. Can horses gallop over rocks? Can the sea be ploughed with oxen? Yet you have changed justice into poison, and the fruit of uprightness into wormwood. (Amos 6:4-12)

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19 Sep 2018 at 8:43 pm

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Franklin Graham is Amoral and Godless

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He said recently that even if Kavanaugh assaulted Ford, it doesn’t matter.

Graham is no Christian.

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19 Sep 2018 at 5:27 pm

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Is He Insane?

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This is not the Onion… Trump has urged Spain to build a wall… across the Sahara… in order to stem migration from Africa…

Yeah… can’t even… respond…

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19 Sep 2018 at 5:12 pm

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Wednesday Book Notes: The Commentary

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Everyone needs a commentary on the Bible that they can understand and that answers their questions about the meaning of the text.  So I wrote one for lay people on the whole Bible.

The set runs $75.  This very low cost has been decided upon because I’m very keen to make it accessible to a lay audience.  At $75 it’s less than any other commentary on the entire Bible, so a bargain indeed.   Listen to Prof Dr Ralph Keen- ‘$75 is a mere fraction of its true value!’

So if you or someone you know has wanted to get a copy of the collection in PDF format, you can do so from yours truly for $75 by clicking my PayPal Link.

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19 Sep 2018 at 4:15 pm

New Series

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Via Matthew Coomber-

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19 Sep 2018 at 11:23 am

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Inspirational Thought for the Day

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‘You utter fraud, you impostor, you son of the devil, you enemy of all uprightness, will you not stop twisting the straightforward ways of the Lord?  Now watch how the hand of the Lord will strike you: you will be blind, and for a time you will not see the sun.’ (Acts 13:10-11)

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19 Sep 2018 at 9:49 am

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Long Awaited and Joyfully Anticipated: Stuhlmacher’s ‘Biblical Theology of the New Testament’ Has Been Published

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In English.

It’s one of the most important NT theology’s ever written (perhaps the most important since Bultmann’s) and it has no, after many years, appeared in translation so that a wider audience can benefit from its brilliance.

Since its original publication in German, Peter Stuhlmacher’s two-volume Biblische Theologie des Neuen Testaments has influenced an entire generation of biblical scholars and theologians. Now Daniel Bailey’s expert translation makes this important work of New Testament theology available in English for the first time.

Following an extended discussion of the task of writing a New Testament theology, Stuhlmacher explores the development of the Christian message across the pages of the Gospels, the writings of Paul, and the other canonical books of the New Testament. The second part of the book examines the biblical canon and its historical significance. A concluding essay by Bailey applies Stuhlmacher’s approach to specific texts in Romans and 4 Maccabees.

I’m keen to work through it, to see how faithful it is to the German original.  Eerdman’s have sent along a review copy, so, more anon.

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19 Sep 2018 at 8:56 am

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

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Oh Chris…  Banned from Burger King…   You’re so horrible.

A man who was trying to buy lunch at a Burger King called 911 and refused to leave the drive-thru lane after the worker refused to honor his coupon.  The 73-year-old customer was reportedly trying to pay for his order with a buy-one-get-one-free Whopper coupon Thursday, according to WJW.   The man told 911 the worker had taken his coupons but wouldn’t give him the free Whopper as stated on the coupon.  According to a police report, “he received the coupons in Texas and was advised that they are no good in Ohio. He was also advised he is not allowed to return to this Burger King.”

Oh Chris….  You’re making Britain look Bad Again.

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19 Sep 2018 at 5:22 am

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Peak Stupid

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Yes, it’s for real…  And yes, it’s not the Onion.

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19 Sep 2018 at 5:10 am

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Signs of the Times

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19 Sep 2018 at 5:03 am

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Luther- On What Makes a Theologian

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From his lectures on the Psalms from 1519-1521, WA 5,163.

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19 Sep 2018 at 4:59 am

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So Wrong

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I’m not sure the folk at Union know this but a chief characteristic of orthodox Christianity is its claim to exclusivity. You don’t have to like it, or agree with it. But if you jettison it you do in fact jettison Christianity.

‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me’- Jesus

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18 Sep 2018 at 9:21 pm

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Academic Publishers and their Paywalls…

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18 Sep 2018 at 8:33 pm

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Virtue Or The Lack Thereof…

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If America can’t find virtuous people to serve in elected and appointed office, it should close up shop.

If we are willing to continuously choose the most debased among us, then the American experiment should end.

And if Christians will get behind and support the immoral and unvirtuous, they should stop calling themselves Christians.

Virtue matters. We are where we are as a society because we have forgotten that.

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18 Sep 2018 at 6:16 pm

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Quote of the Day

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“Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology.”  — Terry Eagleton

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18 Sep 2018 at 5:07 pm

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The Most Important Post Policy Makers at Seminaries Will Read This Year

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Dan Wallace writes, in part,

Genuine study of the biblical languages is being replaced by “Greek/Hebrew appreciation” courses—a euphemism for anything but deep appreciation, or nothing at all. Bible software, which can be an absolutely amazing tool for profound study of the original languages, has too often become a crutch. Rely on it enough and it becomes a wheelchair. One really needs to get immersed in Greek for a couple of years before being able to profit fully from Bible software that deals with the Greek.

Evangelical churches are frequently seeking pastors who have amazing speaking abilities, but who can’t exegete their way out of a paper bag. This is hardly what the Reformers had in mind. Listen to Luther:

In proportion as we value the gospel, let us zealously hold to the languages. For it was not without purpose that God caused his Scriptures to be set down in these two languages alone—the Old Testament in Hebrew, the New in Greek. Now if God did not despise them but chose them above all others for his word, then we too ought to honor them above all others.

And let us be sure of this: we will not long preserve the gospel without the languages.

It is inevitable that unless the languages remain, the gospel must finally perish.

Melanchthon was more to the point:

Those who advise inexperienced young students, training for ministry, not to study the languages ought to have their tongues cut off.

More positively stated, Erasmus said this in the preface to his Novum Instrumentum—the Greek New Testament published in 1516:

These holy pages will… give you Christ… they will give him to you in an intimacy so close that he would be less visible to you if he stood before your eyes.

In a role reversal from the 16th century, Roman Catholic graduate schools are doing incredible work in the biblical languages. I applaud this endeavor at these institutes, but grieve for what is happening in the conservative Protestant tradition. MDiv and ThM programs are shrinking at an alarming rate. And those that are remaining strong have often sacrificed the biblical languages on the altar of student enrollment.

The Reformation deserves better than this. Our churches deserve better than this. And, above all, Jesus Christ deserves better than this.

READ IT ALL.  HE’S RIGHT!  I’ll add my own view-  if you aren’t at home in the Biblical languages, you have no business being in a pulpit.

Go read the rest of Dan’s post.  And get the languages back in your curriculum.  Or just shut down.

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18 Sep 2018 at 4:11 pm

Posted in Modern Culture

Influential to Whom?

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Neither I nor anyone I know has ever been influenced by anyone or anything springing from the pentebabbleist hinterlands.  Nor has anything produced by Willow ever influenced theological history or biblical interpretation.  So whilst there’s a Bultmannian approach to NT interpretation no one in academia ever speaks of a Willownian approach.

Who is it that assigns influence?  One would think that influence was measured not by the size of a ‘Church’ spewing heretical rubbish but by the lasting consequences of substantive contributions to theology.  That, at any rate, is what influences me.

Other influences are nothing more than the influence of the Kardashians.  I.e., idiotic.

So, no, RNS, Willow isn’t influential in any meaningful sense of the word.

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18 Sep 2018 at 1:07 pm

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