Where Your Tax Dollars Go…

That is, if you actually pay taxes….   In our country we have things turned upside down.  Education should get what the military does and the military should get no more than 2cents of each dollar.


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The Call For Papers Closes Friday

The Annual Meeting of the British New Testament Society will take place at the University of Edinburgh from Thursday 3rdto Saturday 5th September 2015.  Proposals for papers are invited for any of the ten seminar groups and the simultaneous short paper section.  See the website for details of the seminar groups and email addresses of seminar chairs (http://bnts.org.uk/groups).

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to the seminar chairs no later than Friday 17th April 2015.  Additional information and individual calls for papers for some of the seminar groups are below.  If you have any further questions, please contact the relevant seminar group chairs directly.

Information and Booking: http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=3&prodid=1860

Dr Paul Middleton

(Secretary, British New Testament Society)

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‘Sea Peoples’? Maybe Not After All

This is a very interesting essay.

Professor Jens Kamlah, emphasizes the significance of disproving the “sea peoples” theory. He says, “The goal of our research is to disprove the evidence supporting this old, extremely simplified, model. Mr. Millek’s work represents a significant contribution to this effect. The time period we are investigating is crucial for the rise of the Israel we know from the Old Testament of the Bible. Demonstrating the different reasons and complex economic relationships behind the decline in trade can provide new insights into this key epoch.”

Read the piece.

It’s Surprising How Often People Who Talk About God Ignore Scripture

Take the widely known John Piper-


Sounds nice and appealing doesn’t it.  It’s a shame, for Piper anyway, that the Bible doesn’t say it.  Indeed, the Bible says something quite other than that.  Take a look at John 12:32 – κἀγὼ ἐὰν ὑψωθῶ ἐκ τῆς γῆς, πάντας ἑλκύσω πρὸς ἐμαυτόν.

Christ is known precisely in his moment of death.  Christ is known when Christ is exalted.  There’s not a word in Scripture about Christ being known in culture when the local Rotarian Church give out glasses to the homeless.  Piper’s humanism is admirable, I suppose, to a group of people unfamiliar with Christian theology and Christian scripture.  But just to them.

Dear Christians… Election Season Has Begun…

So, please, for the love of God (literally) please don’t act like your favorite politician is the Messiah.  Not only is it annoying – it is a lie.  Please, kindly refrain from slathering on them about them to them of them.  Keep in mind instead the sage word of Scripture- It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man. (Psa 118:8).

How about you try doing that this time around?  Hmmmm?

What?  What’s that?  You don’t like that one?  Try this one on for size then – Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. (Psa 146:3).

Answering My Mail

Dear Jim,

What commentary do you recommend for people who are just beginning the read the Bible or who have been reading the Bible their whole lives and still want to know more but haven’t had the chance to go to grad school or anything like that?


Thanks for your note Jim.  Here’s my answer-  My Commentary.


Individual books can still be obtained here but the entire series in pdf can only be acquired directly from me. And the procedure is simple:

1- Drop me an email at jwest@highland.net telling me you’d like it.
2- Paypal the cost of the volumes.
3- I will then send them to you without delay.
4- When Samuel and Kings are done, the pdfs will be sent to all who have obtained the series.

But do please note, the purchase entitles you to make use of the volumes for your personal use but they may not be shared or given or sold to second parties under any circumstances.  Of course there’s no way to monitor your honesty in this matter, but you’ll know.  And so will God.

Mind you, I’m not a marketer and I know nothing about business or the business of selling things. I’ve never been in biblical studies for the money and I’m not aiming to make a fortune with the complete series in pdf.

But, that said, all the hours put into these volumes are worth something, so I’m selling the lot for $199.

That’s my answer.  Tell your friends.  I’m old and will be retiring soon.  And sooner if you buy them.  Sooner.  Much sooner.

As Summer Vacation Approaches…

You’ll soon by visiting the beach and as you’re walking down the placid shore you may discover that there, at the beach at the same time as you, is a famous Bible scholar.  Or at least you think so- but since you’ve never seen him or her with her or his shirt off, how can you be sure?  You don’t want to embarrass yourself by walking up and saying, ‘well hey Professor Goodacre… oh I’m sorry, you looked like someone I know…’

As a public service allow me to show you photos of scholar’s backs snapped by my crack team of investigators last Summer.  If you see these backs, rush up and say hi to their owners!  You’ll be glad you did!!

Quote of the Day

“There is nothing so vulgar left in our experience for which we cannot transport some professor from somewhere to justify it.” -George Will

If a Picture Is Worth 1000 Words…

Then this picture shows how very much the people of Switzerland admired Emil Brunner’s preaching.

Preaching at the Fraumunster

Preaching at the Fraumunster

Since today is the anniversary of Emil Brunner’s first sermon (14 April, 1912), it’s worth mentioning how very well received he was whenever he entered the pulpit. His sermons were, and are, really inspiring and, as you would expect, informative.  And, yes, that’s a packed church with people standing in the aisles where Brunner was preaching.  And that was normal.

Eric Harris’s Death Is A Tragic Accident, But He Is Not a Martyr

It’s quite sad that Mr Harris was shot by a deputy who can’t tell the difference between a taser and a handgun.  It’s also remarkable that the deputy had his weapon’s safety off.

But why was Mr Harris pursued?  Because he was guilty of selling guns to an undercover agent and he was about to be arrested so he hopped from the car and ran.

Mr Harris had no concern for the lives (or deaths, potentially) of the people to whom he sold those guns.  He didn’t care if they fell into the hands of children, or bank robbers, or serial killers, or violent offenders.  He only cared about the money he would make from their sale.

That many of those opposed to the proliferation of guns and gun violence (such as I myself am) will, on the one hand, denounce the easy availability of guns (both legally and illegally) and on the other turn Mr Harris into a symbol of Black oppression is an absurdity.  Eric Harris is NOT Walter Scott.  His family’s claim that he was ‘loving and caring’ is absurd.  People who love don’t sell guns illegally.  Period.  Except those who love money.  Eric Harris is NOT Walter Scott.  He didn’t die as an innocent at the hands of a maniacal murderous power tripping cop.

Eric Harris is no martyr and, make no mistake, he is not a victim of oppression.  He is a perpetrator of serious criminal acts.  He perished, then, as a direct consequence of his own immoral, illegal, dangerous, deadly, heartless deeds.  You reap what you sow.  Even if you happen to be Black.

Walter Scott’s death was completely evil.  Eric Harris’s death is the direct result of his own evil.  Eric Harris is NOT Walter Scott.

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