Daily Archives: 1 Aug 2011

Amidst The Wreckage we Call Congress…

A glimmer of light.  The Washington Post emails The House approved a bill Monday night that raises the federal debt limit and cuts discretionary spending by $1 trillion over the next 10 years, a key step toward averting a government … Continue reading

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It’s Time To Quit

That’s the conclusion that Heinrich Bullinger came to on the 1st of August in 1575.  He had, since 1531, been Pastor of the chief church in Zurich, the Grossmunster.  That’s a total of an amazing 44 years! Bullinger was ill … Continue reading

Posted in Bullinger, Church History

Jeremiah 14:7-12

7 “Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you. 8 O you hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be … Continue reading

Posted in Theology

Sadness: The Death of Celina Cass

Authorities say the body of an 11-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared nearly a week ago has been found in a river less than half a mile from her home.  Divers found Celina Cass’s body Monday morning near a hydroelectric dam that … Continue reading

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Richard Elliott Friedman: The Biblical Laws on Homosexuality

This is one of those pieces that you’ll just have to read for yourself.  It’s too dense to abstract fairly in the usual brief space and you’ll want to read it all anyway. I’ll only say, I think he’s wrong … Continue reading

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August 2011 Biblical Studies Carnival

Daniel has done a superb job. Well done sir, well done. This month’s theme is carnie-mentalism, which is the emphasis on a return to the carnie-mentals. Carnie-mentalism dates to the early twentieth century with the publication of The Carnie-mentals, which … Continue reading

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H.G.M. Williamson: On Reading the Old Testament

The Christian Post has a nice piece on Prof. Williamson much worth reading.  It concludes What the writer was trying to emphasise was not historical details of the event. “The important point is the lesson to be learned,” said Professor … Continue reading

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We Won’t Be Reading from the Quran Sunday

Dozens of Christian churches, from Park Hill Congregational in Denver to Hillview United Methodist in Boise, Idaho, and First United Lutheran in San Francisco to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu, are planning to send “a message both here at … Continue reading

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‘He Lived For His XBox’

Not exactly a good reason to live.  And certainly a very bad reason to die. In the latest example of “everything in moderation,” too much Xbox-playing may have led to a young British man’s death.  Twenty-year-old Chris Staniforth, who reportedly played … Continue reading

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One of the World’s Most Vile Scientists

A scientist at one of the world’s leading medical research institutions smuggled a young woman from Africa to work in the UK as her house slave, a court heard yesterday. Odd that a Black woman would enslave a black woman… … Continue reading

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A Huge Backlist From Eerdmans

Saw this and felt like I was morally obliged to pass it along. Wow! – @eerdmansbooks just added a HUGE backlist catalog with 1100+ titles! There’s something for everyone.

Posted in Biblical Studies Resources, Books

On Hell: An Observation

Sometimes folk suggest that Hell can’t be real because God is love and he would never punish eternally for a temporal transgression.  Indeed, who hasn’t thought that very thought? Herman Bavinck offers something of an insight when he observes … … Continue reading

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My Favorite Quote from the Debt Debate

Because it can be used in so many contexts. Indeed, it can even be used of the entire Congress! ‘a sugar-coated satan sandwich’ There are more. Enjoy. Related articles Powerful: Marco Rubio Speaks the Truth on Debt (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)

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We Cannot Endure Syria’s Murdering its Own People

The United Nations MUST intervene.  If we stand by while thousands are being slaughtered history will rightly condemn us. This MUST end. It MUST. President Assad, the good people of the world adjure you, stop this!

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Oh Those Methodists and their Focus on the Flesh

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Larry Hurtado at the Scottish Evangelical Theology Society

Whose lecture is titled Thinking About Differences Biblically: You’ve Got to Accentuate the Positive At the same link you’ll find other interesting lectures as well from the 2011 meeting.

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The Bill Raising the Debt Ceiling

Here it is, should you be interested in reading all 74 pages of it.  Via Steve Inskeep on the Twitter.

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How Should Youngsters be Raised?

That’s the question which Huldrych Zwingli addresses in his book Quo pacto ingenui adolescentes formandi sint, published on the first of August, 1523 and dedicated to his step-son.  It’s even available in English! So influential was the volume in its … Continue reading

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Remembering Walther Eichrodt

Walther Eichrodt was born on the 1st of August in 1890.  As Brittanica notes After studying theology at Bethel, Greifswald, Heidelberg, and Erlangen, Eichrodt taught at Bethel and Erlangen, then became professor of Old Testament at the University of Basel … Continue reading

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Turning Gays Straight: The Jury is Still Out

NPR had an interesting report this morning on ‘conversion therapy’. The debate about the value of conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, has been raging in psychological circles for more than a decade.  About three years ago, the American … Continue reading

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