Daily Archives: 23 Jan 2010

An Interesting and Useful Resource

This site (which I’ve linked to on the right under ‘Confessions of Faith’) contains Creeds from the Bible to the present.  And if you hunt around on the site, you’ll discover loads of other interesting things too.

Posted in Church History

Hope Hopes

On the 11th day after the Haiti quake a survivor was found in the depths of rubble.  And another miracle was observed.  Who would have hoped such a thing could happen- except those who hope in the face of all … Continue reading

Posted in Theology | 1 Comment

Not Exactly The Sort of Person You’d Want Around Your Friends…

Is he?  Vulgar, crude, and interested, evidently, in just one thing.

Posted in Total Depravity | 3 Comments

The Legend of the Nearly Burned Letter

Students of the Zurich Reformation will know of the story of the letter in which Zwingli confesses his tryst with the Einsiedeln strumpet; and Schulthess’s supposedly nearly tossing it in the fire and ridding the world of the story that … Continue reading

Posted in Church History, Zwingli

Zwingli: On the True Church

This [i.e., the true] church is known to God alone, for he alone knows the hearts of the children of men. But, nevertheless, those who are members of this church, since they have faith, know that they themselves are elect … Continue reading

Posted in Theology, Zwingli

Kids, It’s Just A Game…

It’s not life and death.  It’s not important.  It’s certainly not worth getting into a big old brawl over.  It’s just a game.  Nothing more. Except to these 9 year olds who haven’t been taught such self evident truths. Oh … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture

Calvin’s Influence on Reformed-Catholic Dialogue?

Really, Vatican? William Henn is a Capuchin Franciscan Friar and Professor of Ecclesiology at Rome’s Gregorian University and a member of the Catholic Reformed Dialogue Commission. He spoke about how much the theologian John Calvin has been an influence on … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin, Church History

The Pope Wants Priests To Blog…

The Telegraph’s’ headline says so: Pope tells priests to get blogging. And so, evidently, it’s true. The Pope had told priests that they should write blogs and use the internet more, saying they must learn to use new forms of … Continue reading

Posted in Church History, Zwingli | 3 Comments

What Do People Think About Sermons?

Recent research in Great Britain resulted in some interesting results. For instance, Eighty-four per cent [surveyed] agreed that sermons should be closely con­nected with the Bible. Ninety-seven per cent said that they looked for­ward to the sermon every week. Overall, … Continue reading

Posted in Church History

A Few More Reviews

Rainer Kessler, A Social History of Ancient Israel, part one and part two. James Dunn, Christianity in the Making: Beginning From Jerusalem, part one, two and three.

Posted in Bible

‘Vengeance Is Mine…’

Says the angry scorned and spurned mistress… On first glance, it could be the ultimate Valentine’s Day card — a gigantic billboard that towers over New York’s Times Square, featuring a happy couple with the text: “You are my soulmate … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture, Total Depravity | 6 Comments

A Few Reviews

Anthony LeDonne’s ‘The Historigraphical Jesus‘, parts one and two. Jack Levison’s Filled With the Spirit, parts one, two, and three. Jeremy Corley’s New Perspectives on the Nativity. James Edwards’ The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition. Philip … Continue reading

Posted in Bible

Another Quote Worth Considering

God does not offer Himself to be contemplated directly and up close except in the face of His Christ, who can only be seen with the eyes of faith.  — John Calvin

Posted in Calvin, Theology

Good For Him

As a top prospect for the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Grant Desme might’ve gotten the call every minor leaguer wants this spring. Instead, he believed he had another, higher calling. Desme announced Friday that he was leaving baseball to enter the … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture

James Tabor: What Kind of Jew Was Jesus?

A public lecture to be held at UNC Asheville- What Kind of a Jew Was Jesus? How Texts and Archaeology Tell Us a New Story Thursday, February 11, 2010, 7 p.m. The Reuter, UNC Asheville. Free and Open to the … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Bible, Conferences

Quote of the Day

The Church is always at war.  — Heinrich Bullinger

Posted in Bullinger, Theology