Daily Archives: 28 Aug 2011

My Question for Eric and Carol Meyers

Remember-

In a live webcast Thursday [Sept. 1] at noon, professors Carol and Eric Meyers will respond to viewer questions about the charged combination of biblical archeology, politics and media.

And

During a live, interactive “Office Hours” webcast Thursday, Sept. 1, at noon Eastern Time on the Duke Ustream channel, the Meyerses will answer your questions about their archeological work, Jewish history and controversies surrounding artifacts linked to biblical history.

To ask the Meyerses a question — in advance or during the show — send an email to live@duke.edu, tweet with the tag #dukelive or post to the Duke University Facebook page.

Tune in!

Here’s my question-

Hi Professors,

I’m wondering why you think it is that the sort of pseudo-archaeology made popular on shows on the Discovery Channel seems to capture the public’s attention to the extent that false information eclipses accurate and responsible scholarship.

Thanks very much.

Jim

Quote of the Day

“God expects of us only what He Himself has supplied.” — AW Tozer

Hurricane Irene Left a Scar on The Outer Banks

This is stunning video.

The Biblioblogger 100m Sprint and the Monthly Rankings

Once more, as August rolls to a close, I’ve again managed to top the rankings. But this month I thought I’d offer a race metaphor so that the simpler among the bibliobloggers can grasp the truth: you didn’t surpass either myself or Joel.

That’s me in the yellow at the front and, hold on to your hat, Joel Watts in second place. Who came in last? Well the sad and lonely soul at the bottom of the Alexa (the only meaningful) ranking system – Chris Tilling…

If you want to see how you did, just go to Alexa.com and plug in your URL.

Hurricane Irene’s History: Is It ‘Historie’ or ‘Geschichte’?

Some of you will ‘get it’ about the post title.  But whether you do or not isn’t important.  What’s important is that the weather channel has a good retrospective on the storm and its history.

The New Perspective on Paul: What was the Old Perspective?

Good work by Phillip. Very nice indeed.

The New Perspective on Paul: What was the Old Perspective?  Before examining the challenge of the new Perspective on Paul, it is important to have some understanding of what the traditional on Paul view is.  At the foundation of Sanders’ critique of the standard view of Paul is that Luther read Paul through the lens of his own struggle with sin and his battle with the Pelagian / semi-Pelagian Roman Catholic church which claimed one could earn merit before God by preforming good deeds. I will start with th … Read More

via Reading Acts

David Lamb’s Gripping Hurricane Report…

Not from the heart of the storm, but from the left little toe…

Reporting live from Hatfield on Hurricane Irene This is Dave Lamb reporting from Hatfield, PA on the extensive damage from Hurricane Irene.  As I braved the 12 mph winds (with gusts up to 15 mph), I was devastated to discover that our mailbox back door had blown open.  It’s a good thing I caught that before Monday.  Can you imagine what could have happened if the mail had come out the back side? Horrors piled upon horrors, as I walked to the side of the house to find that our basketball backbo … Read More

via David T. Lamb

Huldrych Zwingli’s (Unsent) Letter to Johannes Eck

On the 28th of August, 1524 Zwingli composed a letter to his arch-nemesis Johannes Eck.  He never sent it.  But you can still read the best parts of it.  Right here.

He pulls no punches, that’s for certain.

Passage of the Day

Die Liebe sei nicht falsch. Hasset das Arge, hanget dem Guten an. Die brüderliche Liebe untereinander sei herzlich. Einer komme dem andern mit Ehrerbietung zuvor. Seid nicht träge, was ihr tun sollt. Seid brünstig im Geiste. Schicket euch in die Zeit. Seid fröhlich in Hoffnung; geduldig in Trübsal, haltet an am Gebet. Nehmet euch der Heiligen Notdurft an. Herberget gern. Segnet, die euch verfolgen; segnet, und fluchet nicht. Freuet euch mit den Fröhlichen und weinet mit den Weinenden. — (Rom 12:9ff).

Divorcing? Your Children May Suffer Most

The Telegraph says

Children with parents who divorce or separate before they are five are more likely to become binge drinkers when they reach 16 than children with parents who remain together, a major new study has found.

No act is an independent act. No not one. Every act, indeed, every sin is like a pebble tossed in a pond with ripples extending all around out from it.

Demos, the thinktank, has analysed the drinking habits of almost 32,000 people over three decades. It found that the style of a child’s upbringing has a marked impact on his or her alcohol consumption as a teenager and adult. As well as finding that children whose parents divorce are more likely to have “problematic drinking behaviors”, the study found that 16-year-olds with “disengaged parents” are over eight times more likely to drink excessively than children with parents who are more engaged. Conversely, high levels of parental warmth when a child is under five significantly reduce the chances that the child will drink excessively at the age of 16, Demos says.

If You See Adverts Here…

Please rest assured that they haven’t been placed by me.  Indeed, I don’t, and won’t festoon my blog with adverts, now or ever.  I mention it because a reader informed me that when he logged on he saw adverts by some scoundrels called ‘Millenial Media’.  They haven’t been placed here on this end and I really don’t know what they’re doing here anyway.

This isn’t a Beliefnet  or Patheos blog.  And adverts are not allowed.

An Amazing Photo from New York

From Chris Cuomo on the Twitter-

That’s high water!

Another Norwegian Terrorist

Norwegian police have arrested a man after recovering weapons and explosives at his home, but media reports of the incident said there was no immediate link with mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik. The suspect, known to police as a right-wing extremist, was arrested on Saturday after they discovered the weapons cache at his home near Oslo on Tuesday following an apparent threat from the man, who has not been named. “The police have no information linking him to Breivik but, after the terrorist attacks, they did not want to take any risks and made the resources available to find this person as quickly as possible,” the daily VG said.

They’re right to take extra precautions. But this raises a question: what’s going on in Norway and why is such hatred even possible?

Trees, Storms, and An Ax

Years ago we had 5 trees in our yard.  Then we were hit by a pretty robust thunderstorm.  One of the trees was, evidently, pretty rotten inside and several branches crashed down into the yard.  It was then that I decided we didn’t need trees in our yard at all, or within striking distance of our house and we had them removed.

If you’ve been paying attention to the news you’ll have heard the sad tales of several deaths due to – that’s right – falling trees and large limbs.

Maybe the best way to prepare for storms (which invariably include high winds) is to rid one’s yard of trees.  Take an ax, and commence to chopping.  It may save a life.

Turning Worship into a Circus

What profound absurdity, but I suppose that’s what we are to expect when Churches would rather entertain than worship.

One of Nashville’s best known churches has been looking around for a lion and a whole bunch of other African animals.  Members of Cornerstone Church in the Madison area won’t be surprised. “We often use God’s creatures to tell stories,” said Senior Pastor Maury Davis. Sunday services at Cornerstone sometimes look like a circus with Pastor Davis as the ringleader. From his office on the campus of the mega-church just off I-65, the often unconventional pastor listed all the wild beasts that have  served as props in his sermons. “Giraffes, pigs, parrots, zebras, parrots–even snakes,” smiled Davis. And the lion? “It really was just a thought. I told one of our staffers to look into African animals,” said the pastor. “We have just really started to explore what we might do,” he added, “hich may or may not include a lion.” Davis explained the animal idea compliments Cornerstone’s Family Month which is scheduled for October.  “We will do a service for the appropriate animal. The service we do determines what those animals are,” added Davis.

Truly does Scripture assert

The time is sure to come when people will not accept sound teaching, but their ears will be itching for anything new and they will collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes;  and then they will shut their ears to the truth and will turn to myths.  (2Ti 4:3-4).

Novelty, that’s what they want in Nashville.  And that’s what they want everywhere, those persons who would rather be entertained than worship God.  Michael is right to assert

Instead of looking for 1,000 skunks and two grizzly bears to fight behind your pulpit, your task, O preacher, is to make sure that you are faithful to the text, that you are faithful to the proclamation of that gospel, that you are faithful to set forth the whole counsel of God, and then step back and let it happen.   (HT).

Cornerstone Church, sadly, should change it’s name to Cornerstone Theater because it is nothing more than that.