Daily Archives: 21 Jun 2012

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Philip and Jonathan Continue to Amaze Me

I hadn’t known formerly and learned just today that Philip Davies and Jonathan Stökl are committee members of the Palestine Exploration Fund.  Who knew…

Here are some of the events coming soon.  If you’re in London, you should go.-

04 October 2012
Set in Stone: Interpreting Funerary Sculpture at Petra
08 November 2012
Texts and Temples: on the Textual and Archaeological Architecture of Judean/Jewish Temples in the 7th-5th Centuries BCE
06 December 2012
Old-New Land: Victorian Britain, the Palestine Exploration Fund and the Re-Awakening of the Middle East

Reformation Texts Newly Online

The Post Reformation Digital Library continues to discover/ uncover valuable resources from primary sources.  Today, they’ve pointed out this one from Zwingli (his sermon on Divine Providence), and this one from Vermigli.  Useful stuff indeed.

No Matter How The Court, or Congress, Decide Concerning Health Care…

Just remember, they still have it.   –  Andy Borowitz

Indeed, and we’re paying for it.

On Ministry

A.T. Robertson remarked once-

Just as the scientist laboriously delves into the secrets of nature to learn her processes and plans, so the minister of God must learn the plan of God in Christ as unfolded in His Word and in His dealings with men. He must know the ways of the soul and of God’s spirit. In the work of rescuing men we can only follow the lead of God in Christ.

Wise words, for those who have ears to hear.

Quote of the Day

Tota fere sapientiae nostrae summa, quae vera demum ac solida sapientia censeri debeat, duabus partibus constat, Dei cognitione et nostri. — John Calvin (Inst. 1.1.1)

Must have!

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

Since you can’t have an excavation season without a shirt, needless to say, as in previous seasons, we will have a shirt out for the 2012 season. So as to give a promo of what it will look like, here is the design that will appear on the back of the shirt:

If any of you are interested in ordering the shirt, as soon as I’ll know the price I’ll post it as well.


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The Truth About the iPad

via Mark Stevens on FB

For Calvinism… Or Against Calvinism…

On the one hand-

Calvinist theology has been debated and promoted for centuries. But is it a theology that should last? Roger Olson suggests that “radical reformed theology,” also known as “high federal Calvinism,” holds an unwarranted place in our list of accepted theologies.  In Against Calvinism: Rescuing God’s Reputation from Radical Reformed Theology, readers will find scholarly arguments explaining why Calvinist theology is incorrect and how it affects God’s reputation. Olson draws on a variety of sources.

But on the other

Taking us beyond the caricatures, Michael Horton invites us to explore the teaching of Calvinism, also commonly known as Reformed theology, by showing us how it is biblical and God-centered, leading us to live our lives for the glory of God.

The folk at Zondervan have sent both for me to look at.  My review of Olson’s contribution is online here.  The review of Horton’s volume is uploaded here.

The SBC Wants to be More ‘Appealing’…

Messengers (that’s what they’re called) voted yesterday to permit those churches uncomfortable (because it’s all about what makes people feel comfortable) with the label ‘Southern Baptist’ to call themselves ‘Great Commission Baptists’.

Oddly, the irony of this name change seems lost on the theologically inept, for the Great Commission says nothing at all about ‘appealing’ to the masses.  It says ‘go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the father, son, and holy Spirit.’

But the SBC’s ‘wise’ voters have decided to ‘translate’ the verse as follows”  ‘go into all the world and be sure to be appealing, baptizing them in the name of whatever you feel like because it’s all about them and not about Christ…’

SBC- if you want to be ‘appealing’, just affirm gay marriage (that will make you appealing to 10% of the population), and take a pro-abortion stance (because 51% of the population are women and they all want, don’t they, ‘control’ over their own bodies).  If you just adopt those two stances – well heck fire- that will make you appealing to 61% of the population!!!!!

SBC, or rather, GCB, be appealing- because that’s what the Bible teaches you to be…  Abandon the gospel and scripture and theology, and just be popular.  That’s what you want.

Grotesque Scientism

Ron notes

Katrin Hummel hat in der FAZ einen Beitrag über das Thema „Sex in der Partnerschaft“ veröffentlicht. Darum geht es: Wenn einer häufiger Sex möchte als der andere, stürzt das manche Paare in eine schwere Krise. Oft sind es die Männer, die ihre Lust als normal darstellen und die Unlust ihrer Partnerin als therapiebedürftig einstufen.

Manche dürfte das Thema sehr interessieren, andere eher weniger. Ich hatte beim Lesen des letzten Abschnitts eine hohe Aufmerksamkeitsbindung. Denn dort treibt der neuzeitliche Szientismus, nach dem sich allein mit naturwissenschaftlichen Methoden alle sinnvollen Fragen beantworten lassen, doch recht seltsame Blüten. Zitat:

Dass ein sexuell erfülltes Leben auch bei betagten Paaren möglich ist und die Ehe keine „Institution zur Lähmung des Geschlechtstriebs“ ist, wie Gottfried Benn es formuliert hat, ist nun sogar bewiesen. Vor kurzem konnte im MRT erstmals nachgewiesen werden, dass es Paare gibt, die nach dreißig Jahren noch richtig verliebt ineinander sind.

Sense adrift on a sea of cultural lunacy.