“War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.” ― Quoted by Erasmus in his Adages

While in college in the early 2000’s I worked at a grocery store with a rather rough, calloused, and quiet individual.  He had every habit that a good Christian college student was told to avoid.  I tried to strike up conversation with him, but to no avail.  My only clue to his backstory was his black leather jacket with the POW/MIA emblem on the back.  One day I stopped him and timidly said “I want to thank you for your service in Vietnam.”  I stood amazed as he told me through tears that in the 30 years since he came home from Vietnam, I was the first person to ever say that to him.  He immediately added, “The ones who really deserve your thanks never came home.”

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She Should Have Gotten Jail Time

Dani Mathers earned fame posing as a nude model. She gained notoriety on the other side of the camera when she snapped a photo of an unwitting and unwilling subject — a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room.

The firestorm of criticism that erupted after the Playboy model posted the pic online to mock the woman’s body drew more attention than any centerfold of Mathers and led a judge Wednesday to order her to spend 30 days cleaning up graffiti on Los Angeles streets as punishment.

Mathers, 30, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor invasion of privacy in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the so-called body shaming case. Although she didn’t admit guilt, the plea is recorded as a conviction.

The victim, who was not in court, was humiliated by the cruel act, prosecutors said.

“Body shaming can devastate its subject,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “People are mocked, they’re humiliated and in ways they can never fully get back.”

Mathers, a petite blonde, had apologized for taking the photo at an LA Fitness club in July and posting it on Snapchat with the caption: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

Your apology is meaningless.  You’re an ugly person.

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The Depths of Racist Vileness

Are enfleshed in this person.

A “shabby racist” who kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach, causing her to lose her baby, has been jailed for more than three years.  As Samsam Haji-Ali shouted “I’m pregnant”, David Gallacher continued his sustained attack on her outside a Co-op in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury Crown Court heard.  The 34-year-old was left bleeding and rolling on the floor after the assault and miscarried her twins several weeks later. Her husband Abdullah Sulamain, 40, was also left needing stitches after he was hit with a wine bottle during the attack.

Three years isn’t long enough.  He’s a murderer.  He should be imprisoned for life.

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The Look on the Pope’s Face As He Turns Towards Trump…

Is utter disdain.  Watch.

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Shifting Patterns of Reformed Tradition

978-3-525-55065-6The thirteen essays in this volume were all originally presented at international conferences or in public lectures.They address three main areas of inquiry, all of which, in one way or another, are of key importance in early modern historical discourse and theological thinking: (1) the theological diversity and debates within the Reformed tradition in the sixteenth century and beyond; (2) Peter Martyr Vermigli’s noteworthy contribution to Reformed ecclesiology and biblical exegesis; and (3) the later development and enrichment of Reformed thought on both sides of the Atlantic. They show that the Reformed tradition was neither monolithic, nor monochrome, nor immutable, but evolved in different, if interrelated, patterns and directions.

I’ve reviewed the essays in this collection from the extraordinarily learned Emidio Campi and can honestly say that they are exceptionally interesting.  My review will appear in Zwingliana soon.  Look for it there.

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‘Mein Zwingli’

Wie viel Zwingli steckt heute noch in unseren Köpfen? Das neue UZH Magazin beleuchtet anlässlich des 500-Jahre-Jubiläums die Reformation und ihre Folgen. UZH News hat zudem bei Studierenden nachgefragt, welches Bild von Zwingli sie heute haben.

And more. And be sure to watch the video- it features Peter Opitz.

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Zahl on Luther

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Signs of the Times

Oh Carl, in fact, absence of evidence is evidence of nothing.  As I’ve said for many years.

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Signs of the Times

It’s hard for righteous people to endure the presence of sin-

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Hebräische Wortforschung: Festschrift zum 80. Geburtstag von W. Baumgartner

As of this morning no information is available about the volume except that it is to appear in 2017.  Keep your eyes open, it honors a remarkable scholar.

(This is an ebook edition of the previously appearing – in the late 60’s – hard copy).

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Reading Catechisms, Teaching Religion

This new work by Lee Palmer Wandel has just been published-

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News From EABS


The deadline for the European Association of Biblical Studies Student Prize has been extended until 25th May.  The prize is worth 300EUR, and details can be found here:

There are two prizes, one of which is for research in New Testament and related areas.
Applicants must be members of EABS; membership is 10EUR. (EABS is often held jointly with ISBL)

Best wishes,

Dr Paul Middleton
Secretary, The British New Testament Society

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Luther Underfoot Loyola

Yay Loyola!  We’ve all been there, what with wanting to jump on Luther’s back and beat him down with the love of Jesus in our hearts like you had….

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Basel 1516: Erasmus’ Edition of the New Testament

Kaspar von Greyerz/Silvana Seidel Menchi/Martin Wallraff: Preface

The Novum Instrumentum 1516 and its Philological Background
Mark Vessey: Basel 1514: Erasmus’ Critical Turn – Erika Rummel: Biblical Humanism – August den Hollander: Late Medieval Vernacular Bible Production in the Low Countries – Ignacio García Pinilla:Reconsidering the Relationship between the Complutensian Polyglot Bible and Erasmus’ Novum Testamentum

The Text of the New Testament and its Additions
Patrick Andrist: Structure and History of the Biblical Manuscripts Used by Erasmus for His 1516 Edition – Andrew J. Brown: The Manuscript Sources and Textual Character of Erasmusʼ 1516 Greek New Testament – Martin Wallraff: Paratexte der Bibel: Was Erasmus edierte außer dem Neuen Testament – Miekske van Poll-van de Lisdonk: Die Annotationes in Novum Testamentum im Rahmen von Erasmus’ Werken zur Bibel – Jan Krans: Deconstructing the Vulgate: Erasmus’ Philological Work in the Capita and the SoloecismiSilvana Seidel Menchi: How to Domesticate the New Testament: Erasmus’ Dilemmas (1516–1535)

Communication and Reception
Valentina Sebastiani: The Impact of Erasmus’ New Testament on the European Market (1516–1527): Considerations Regarding the Production and Distribution of a Publishing Success – Marie Barral-Baron: Erasmus and the New Testament: Innovation and Subversion? – Greta Kroeker: Theological and Humanistic Legacies of Erasmus in the Age of Reform – SundarHenny: Unmittelbarkeit und Überlieferung: Erasmus und Beza zum Status des neutestamentlichen Textes – Christine Christ-von Wedel: Die Nachwirkung des Neuen Testamentes von Erasmus in den reformatorischen Kirchen

ISD (Mohr’s North American distributor) has provided a review copy.  More anon.

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The Church is Not in Crisis

The pretend church is.  And it should be.

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Jesus:  An Observation

‪The Jesus of the liberal left never existed. He is a product of their ideological imagination: a projection of their views into the past.‬

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Practical Guidance for Readers

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“Where is Jesus Now?”

A sermon by Gareth Jones, the Principal of Ming Hua Theological College.  Give it a listen.

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This Is Now Out in a Revised Second Edition

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#ICYMI – Doug Campbell’s Book is ‘altogether untenable at key points’

From the Tyndale Bulletin

Review Article: The Deliverance of God: an Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul by Douglas A. Campbell, reviewed by Bruce Clark (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge)

Campbell launches a sustained attack against traditional theological conceptions of justification and aims to free Romans 1–4 (on which these conceptions seemingly rest) from a widespread rationalistic, contractual, individualistic (mis)reading, which gains its plausibility only by the modernistic theological superstructure forced upon it. Campbell then presents an in-depth re-reading of Romans 1–4 (as well as parts of chs. 9–11, Gal. 2–3, Phil. 3), in which Paul engages in a highly complex, ‘subtle’ polemic, creatively employing ‘speech-in-character’ as a means of subverting a Jewish Christian ‘Teacher’ whose visit to Rome threatens to undermine the Roman Christians’ assurance of salvation. Campbell argues that justification is participatory and liberative: Christ’s death and resurrection constitute the ‘righteousness/deliverance of God’, by which he justifies, or delivers, an enslaved humanity from the power of sin. This article concentrates primarily on Campbell’s own exegesis, concluding that, while important aspects of Campbell’s critique of both “justification theory” and traditional readings of Romans 1–4 must be carefully considered, his own exegesis is not only ingenious, asking too much of Paul and the letter’s auditors, but altogether untenable at key points.

It certainly is no mistake to say that his reading of Romans 1-2 is more eisegesis than exegesis.

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