Daily Archives: 11 Aug 2011

I’ve Added Another Link: Luthers Werke, Weimar Ausgabe

The older link pointed to the Calvin College website which is extremely useful of course.  But the new link takes readers directly to the most useful and authoritative edition of Luther, the rightly famed Weimar Ausgabe (complete!!!!). Once someone asked … Continue reading

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And Still Another Recommendation

Popular Culture and Popular Movements in Reformation Germany, by RW Scribner. The Reformation has traditionally been explained in terms of theology, the corruption of the church and the role of princes. R.W. Scribner, while not denying the importance of these, … Continue reading

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The Way the Credit Rating Agencies Work Is Just the Way Accrediting Agencies Work

When you watch this clip from the Daily Show just substitute accreditation for rating agencies and you’ll understand exactly how the system works, mutatis mutandis. It’s all about the money.

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More Pastoral Misconduct

A 28-year-old youth pastor in California has been arrested for sex crimes against young girls in his congregation and for possession of child pornography. Police said they have confirmed one victim, a 15-year-old girl with whom Demetrius Allen allegedly had … Continue reading

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Zwingli and Mary: A Book Recommendation

This is a very useful volume indeed for those intrigued by Zwingli’s view of Mary.  The fact that he understood her to be a lifelong virgin,  never having any other children, remains, to me, utterly unbelievable. But I suppose that … Continue reading

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Ok, Ewww

People are depraved. And this guy is really depraved. Police in Spring Hill arrested a local music teacher Thursday morning after he was caught engaging in a sex act with a doll outside a local elementary school. Officers were called … Continue reading

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When There Are No Consequences For Bad Behavior, There Will Be More Bad Behavior

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Aww Poor Thing, She Has to Quit Her Ark Hunt…

The Guardian informs us of the tragic news that The former Playboy Playmate and Baywatch star Donna D’Errico has had to cancel plans to discover the remains of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat… Lost in Showbiz has long been an … Continue reading

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16th Century Propaganda

One of the more fascinating aspects of life in the 16th century was the willingness of all sides of debates to use broadsheets and ‘comic strips’ and illustrated panels to inform the wider (largely illiterate) population of their various positions. … Continue reading

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Although I’m Perfectly Aware that Lust is Wicked…

I just can’t help myself desiring this: Bewegung und Beharrung: Aspekte des reformierten Protestantismus, 1520-1650, Herausgegeben von Christian Moser und Peter Opitz, unter Mitwirkung von Hans Ulrich Bächtold, Luca Baschera und Alexandra Kess. Wer sich der Erforschung des reformierten Protestantismus … Continue reading

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Dom Crossan: Paul and Women

John Dominic Crossan has an essay in the HuffPo which is worth reading on the subject of Paul’s ‘real’ attitude towards women.  At least the HuffPo has sought out actual scholars and isn’t leaving the subject of biblical interpretation to … Continue reading

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Here’s An Interesting Application of Google+

Via Inside Google Books Say you’ve found a hidden gem on auto mechanics for your greasemonkey friends or want to hop down memory lane with Peter Rabbit and your family. Good news for monkeys and rabbits alike: you can now … Continue reading

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 Tiger Woods has shot his worst round ever at the PGA Championship.  After playing the first five holes Thursday at 3 under, Woods fell apart on his way to a 7-over 77. He knocked two balls in the water, spent … Continue reading

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The Biblical Scrolls From Qumran and the Masoretic Text

By Ian Young.  Enjoy.

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Explaining the Mystery of Iniquity

How are we to explain the apparent ‘free reign’ of evil? The author of 2 Thess. gives it a go, writing For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until … Continue reading

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More Political Dirtbaggery: The Hypocritical Republican

Stories like these ENRAGE me. Last year, political neophyte Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money to bring the tea party’s anti-government, pro-privatization agenda to the Florida governor’s office. Today, the former executive pays just $30 a month … Continue reading

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Prophecy and Politics: Conference Announcement

Prophecy and Politics in Ancient Israel and in Ancient Cultures University of Haifa, 28-31.5.2012 The Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa is holding an international conference: “Prophecy and Politics in Ancient Israel and in Ancient Cultures”. The … Continue reading

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Having Fits and Going Insane: Installing User Modules for BibleWorks 9 in Windows 7

Here’s the tale: 1- I downloaded a number of the cool user modules available for BibleWorks.  They’ve got some awesome free stuff. 2- I’ve followed the instructions for installation. 3-  Step 3 was a little confusing: Step 3. Right click … Continue reading

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Don’t Conflicting Scholarly Opinions Confuse the Laity?

Bishop Hugo of Constance asked Huldrych Zwingli that question in May of 1522, expressing (feigned) concern for the laity in face of Zwingli’s reformatory innovations.  Here it is in the Bishop’s own words- To what opinion meanwhile is the simple-minded … Continue reading

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How Late Do People Sleep in Over in Grand Rapids????

I’ve been up since 4, eagerly awaiting the big news from Eerdmans about who won the photo contest!  It’s 8:25 over here in the Eastern zone.  Why aren’t they up yet in Grand Rapids?  I’ve been at it for 4.5 … Continue reading

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