Daily Archives: 26 May 2015

OK, This Made me Laugh

A friend posted this on FB-


“An antidote to the always pathetic spectacle of people calling themselves “scholars””

That line is from Esteban Vazquez- in reaction to some comments I shared with him and a few others about academic pursuits:

Some things are earned, and academic respectability is one of those things. It takes time, effort, rejection, encouragement, heartbreak, and diligence to earn it. It isn’t handed out because of youtube videos or one off essay publications or the occasional book review. Genuine academics are lifelong scholars and what they have wrestled to achieve with lots of blood, sweat, and tears, they aren’t very willing to hand over to the inexperienced just because they think they ought to have it.

The Modern Adventures of Little Zwingli and Little Luther

From time to time you’ll find here Zwingli and Luther solving todays most pressing theological problems in their own inimitable style.  Just look for the “The Modern Adventures of Little Zwingli and Little Luther” category.  You’re welcome.



I’m always surprised when Biblical scholars say they don’t read Hebrew or Greek or Aramaic or German. And when theologians say it too. It’s the same shock I feel when someone tells me they hate Zwingli even though they’ve never read him but love Barth or Wright albeit through very limited exposure. #IDontTakeYouSeriously. 

But Aren’t They Exactly the Same?


Catholics, heathens, aren’t they really just the same thing?

The People of Ireland Have Spoken! And We Should Take Their Decision Seriously And Follow Their Lead!!

The Eye of the Tiber reports

patrickIreland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to allow “snakes” back in the country on Saturday, becoming the first country in the world to allow such a move by popular vote. Though the final tally is yet unknown, the referendum achieved the support of an estimated 65 percent of the population.

Michael Fitzpatrick, prominent supporter of the “Hell No” campaign, conceded the referendum’s defeat Saturday morning.

“It is a said day now that Ireland has approved reentry of paganism,” Fitzpatrick said, explaining how, although snakes have never actually existed in Ireland, that the referendum would now allow the “pagans,” which he believed the snakes represented in the time of St. Patrick, to take back their country from Catholicism.

Supporters of the reentry of paganism erupted with jubilation in Dublin, which has long been a liberal stronghold. But the referendum received support throughout the whole country.

Mark Goodacre and Joel Watts and Their Doubledate

Joel and Mark were schoolchums back in their Birmingham days and they roomed together as well.  So it was only a matter of time before they met and weaseled up the courage to ask actual girls to go out.  Here’s a stunning photo of their first date –  Mark was out with Mozilla and Joel got Fanny.


An Exciting New Biography of NT Wright!

I’m VERY excited about this one!


A Question


Daniel Bolliger, Reformation Scholar Extraordinaire, is On the Twitter

And you should follow him.  He’s super smart.  Super knowledgeable about the Reformation.  He’s a key player in the Corpus Reformatorum edition of Zwingli’s Complete Works.


What Makes for A Lasting Marriage?

First, both partners need to be more selfless than selfish.  The problem with so many couples today is that one or both partners is selfish.  If both, the marriage is totally doomed and should never be entered into.  If one is selfish and one selfless, it will inevitably become so unbearable for the selfless partner that he or she leaves either in reality or emotionally.

And second, both partners need to understand the word ‘commitment’.  If they don’t, the marriage is doomed.  And, let’s all be honest, that word is scarcely known at all these days.  People aren’t committed to their families, or their jobs, or their faith, or anything else.  We live in a disposable society where everything is expendable.  Everything is trash.

And, as a consequence, people have come to be treated as trash too.

So, what makes for a lasting marriage?  Be selfless and marry someone who is selfless.  Otherwise, don’t bother- it won’t last.

A Very Interesting Interview: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott is associate professor of Hebrew Bible at William Jessup University.  She earned a B.A. from Simpson University, M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from The University of Sheffield. She can be found at her WJU faculty web pageand on Twitter @cshaferelliott.

Check it out here.

I’m very Excited To Announce…

1That in the not too distant future I’ll have an exciting announcement to make regarding an announcement that I will make later on this year about an exciting event!

Stay tuned.

An Important Essay by Jacob Wright

It’s about enhanced e-books and their value to scholars and scholarship.  It’s from last year but it’s worth mentioning again.

A fully enhanced e-book can do the work of two or more traditional print volumes: Authors can address the general reading public and lower-level students in the main body of the text, while treating technical matters for advanced readers in more detail by providing electronic links to extensive pullout or pop-up windows.

Etc.  #ICYMI

Wittenberg in the Year Luther Died- 1546

Via Katie Luther on FB-


Syrian Archaeology is in Grave Danger

From Le Monde de la Bible

Depuis le 21 mai 2015, les dijhadistes de l’Etat islamique, se sont emparés de la ville antique de Palmyre, dans le désert syrien, classée par l’Unesco au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité. Dans ce contexte, nous republions le portrait de l’archéologue Michel al-Maqdissi, directeur des fouilles et études archéologiques (2000-2012) et directeur adjoint de la direction générale des antiquités et des musées de Syrie (2003-2012). Il effectue aujourd’hui, pour le musée du Louvre, une mission d’étude concernant un lot d’archives et d’antiquités rapportées de la région de Homs (Syrie) entre 1924 et 1930.

The whole is worth reading.  It’s a downright shame that a few insane fundamentalists are destroying so much so senselessly.

Reformation und Rationalität

New in the R5AS from V&R

978-3-647-55079-4On 19th October 1512, Martin Luther received his doctorate of theology under the chairmanship of Andreas Bodenstein of Karlstadt. Throughout his life, Luther remained tied to the Universityof Wittemberg. The Reformation movement was initially driven by and through his concern with academic issues, which also from the outset pertained to the relationship between theology and the other sciences.

The contributors to this volume describe the relationship between faith and reason – or ratio and pietas – which was assessed in different ways in the Reformation, described by some as oppositional and by others as harmonious. Moreover, reformers referred back to medieval philosophical and theological points of view to relate reason with belief. The way in which this was done was definitive, for example for the establishment of universities, relations between science and the Church and in matters concerning the Bible and preaching. The lectures printed in this volume address the question of the relationship between the Reformation and reason before a European, interdenominational horizon.