Monthly Archives: March 2012

The World’s Best Letter from a Tax Official

Via Chris Tilling: Apparently, this is a real reply from the UK Inland Revenue. The Guardian newspaper had to ask for special permission to print it.  The funniest part of this is imagining the content of the letter sent to … Continue reading

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PRDL’s Latest Interesting Addition

Christenliche Ordnung und Gebrauch, antreffend die offentliche übung des Catechismi, bey der lehr und underweisung der lieben Jugend in den Kilchen der Statt und Landtschaft Zürich, 1637. Something useful in instructing the young indeed!

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Following Up on the Legacy of W.G. Lambert

From Tony Watkins: Dear former colleagues, students, friends, relatives, associates etc. of Wilfred G. Lambert. I wish to repeat my thanks to everyone who contributed to Wilfred’s memorial fund and especially to Dr. Alasdair Livingstone of the University of Birmingham … Continue reading

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International Seminar on Bible Translation

Lydie Kucova and Alec Gilmore are planning an International Seminar on Bible Translation, with particular reference to Eastern Europe, in February 2013, at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. The main item on the agenda is the way in … Continue reading

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Following Up on the Doctrine of Prayer

The previous post on the Archbishop’s call for children to be taught the Lord’s Prayer seemed to strike a chord- so, as a little followup, let me direct folk to the fullest treatment of the ‘theology’ of prayer in the … Continue reading

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Luther: On Clandestine and Illegitimate Preachers

What a fine model I imagine that would be, for anyone to have the right to interrupt the preacher and begin to argue with him! Soon another would join in and tell the other two to hush up. Perchance a … Continue reading

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Racism is Vile

It doesn’t matter if the racist is a defender of George Zimmerman or a gang of 7 black kids beating a Latino boy senseless:  racism is vile. Seven black teens have been arrested on suspicion that they committed a hate … Continue reading

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The Cowardice of Anonymity: An Observation

Attempting to leave comments anonymously is the equivalent of cowering behind a wall and throwing rocks at others.  If you can’t own your words, you don’t deserve to have them heard.

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There Are Only a Few Hours Left…

Till the March edition of the Biblical Studies Carnival goes live (at 1 minute past midnight, April 1). I’ve received a goodly number of fine suggestions and they’ve been included.  The not-so-good or irrelevant ones, not.  Come on people, pimping … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture

No, Archbishop, They Don’t

The Archbishop of Canterbury thinks children should be taught the Lord’s Prayer.  No, Archbishop, they shouldn’t.  The Lord’s Prayer isn’t a magical talisman that will somehow or other lead children to live good and moral lives.  Teaching it to children … Continue reading

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Total Depravity: The Human Sacrifice Edition

Down in Mexico Eight people have been arrested for allegedly killing two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman in ritual sacrifices by the cult of La Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, prosecutors in northern Mexico said Friday.  Jose Larrinaga, spokesman … Continue reading

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What’s The Latest from George Zimmerman’s Defenders? The Trayvon Martin Smear Campaign

It was inevitable that the media blitz on the killing of Treyvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, would breed skepticism in some circles. No story that seems so open-and-shut—that seems like such a textbook example of criminalized walking-while-black—can, or should, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

But is it not true that of this [i.e., Christian suffering] there is very little to be seen among us? Why? Quite simply because we still take much too lightly our service to Christ. If a farmer stays at home, … Continue reading

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If America Supports Gay Marriage, Why is Obama Afraid to Push It?

President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting an explosive social issue in the midst of … Continue reading

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Real Evidence From Real Archaeology

Matti Friedman’s latest contribution to his continuing series on objects in the Israel Museum is grand! In Jerusalem around 2,000 years ago a Jew named Yehohanan, who was in his mid-twenties, committed a crime against Roman authority. The nature of … Continue reading

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Buy the Book, Watch the Movie, Suit Yourself: But Know the Truth Before you Do

On April 12th (just at the Easter Season passes) the Discovery Channel will air a program called ‘The Jesus Discovery’.  Watch it if you must.  Buy the book if you must.  But before you do there’s something you need to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Biblical Theology

You may not know this, but today’s an important day in the history of Biblical scholarship.  It’s the ‘birthday’ of Biblical Theology.  Yes, it was on the 30th of March, 1787, that Gabler delivered his epoch making speech „De iusto … Continue reading

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Easter Evidence from Tyndale House

And And finally Enjoy all three. Show them to your church or church group. Or even, if you’re the bold and brave sort, your classes!

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How Atheists and Cats are Similar

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The Headline Led Me To Think It Was a Story about Oded Golan

From the AP‘s twitter feed this gem- April Fools’ Day exhibit puts prolific forger’s works on display at Cincinnati museum So naturally I thought it was a story about Oded Golan. Alas, no. But oh well. Could have been and … Continue reading

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