Daily Archives: 6 Jun 2015


If people were 1/10th as interested in their spiritual well being as they are with their physical well being there would never be an end to the daily inflow of converts and there would never be an empty seat in any Church anywhere during any service.

Quote of the Day

“The ungodly world… are incensed in a mad mood against the church & the Kingdom of Christ in the world” – David Dickson

Theological Fail!


State Sponsored Racism

Hundreds of Palestinian high school students demonstrated in front of Israel’s Ministry of Education last week, protesting government attempts to force private Christian schools into the state system by starving them of funds. Christian schools in Israel have a reputation for academic rigor, producing multilingual graduates who boost the ranks of the professional and business elite of Israel’s Palestinian citizenry. The Foreign Ministry likes to showcase them as evidence that Israel offers equality to all its citizens. But the Ministry of Education is cutting the budget allotment to these schools and capping the amount parents are permitted to pay in tuition.

Most of the 47 Christian schools in Israel are run by Catholic orders and a few by Protestants, employing 3,000 teachers and accommodating 30,000 pupils, including Muslims. They were established decades before the founding of Israel and remain important community institutions. The Christian schools fall under the government’s “unofficially recognized” category; they teach the Ministry of Educations’ core curriculum, supplemented with their own, and until recently received 60 to 75 percent of their budgets from the state. (Fundraising and tuition make up the remainder.)

The only explanation for that kind of behavior is state sponsored racism.  That isn’t right.  It isn’t proper.  It isn’t decent.

There, In Berea…

Dort war man ihnen freundlicher gesinnt als in Thessalonich. Sie nahmen das Wort mit grosser Bereitschaft auf und forschten Tag für Tag in den Schriften, ob es sich so verhalte. (Acts 17:11 ZUR)

Diese waren freundlicher als die in Thessalonich. Mit aller Bereitwilligkeit nahmen sie das Wort auf und forschten täglich in den Schriften, ob es sich wirklich so verhalte. (Acts 17:11 HRD)

Diese waren von edlerer Art als die in Thessalonich: Sie nahmen das Wort mit aller Bereitwilligkeit auf und untersuchten täglich die Schriften, ob es sich so verhielte. (Acts 17:11 JAN)

Diese aber waren edler als die in Thessalonich; sie nahmen das Wort mit aller Bereitwilligkeit auf und forschten täglich in den Schriften, ob es sich so verhielte. (Acts 17:11 NLB)

οὗτοι δὲ ἦσαν εὐγενέστεροι τῶν ἐν Θεσσαλονίκῃ, οἵτινες ἐδέξαντο τὸν λόγον μετὰ πάσης προθυμίας καθ᾽ ἡμέραν ἀνακρίνοντες τὰς γραφὰς εἰ ἔχοι ταῦτα οὕτως. (Acts 17:11 NA28)

Here the Jews were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they welcomed the word very readily; every day they studied the scriptures to check whether it was true. (Acts 17:11 NJB)

These were also more noble men then they which were at Thessalonica, which receiued the woorde with all readinesse, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11 GNV)

act 17-11



It’s amazing how many different ways a simple verse can be rendered.  This really is a cautionary tale to all would be interpreters- every translation is an interpretation- even your favorite, or yours.

If a seemingly simple and straightforward and plain sentence can be translated in such different ways, then it behooves the wise to tread carefully.

What Do You Call A Person Who Only Acts Repentant to Avoid Punishment?

tertullianOr, to state it more fully, what do you call…

a singular penitent, without repentance and without scruple, assuming a contrite air and confessing his faults solely because he hoped in that way to secure exemption from punishment.

Tertullian called such a person…

‘A devil’s penitent!’ *

We have all known our fair share of those.

*History of the reformation in Europe in the time of Calvin (Vol. 6, p. 382).

Citation Without Attribution: It’s OK For Profs But Don’t Let Students Get Away With It

Sean Winter writes

News has come through, via Facebook and Twitter, of the death of Lou Martyn. I never met Martyn, even though I attended the 2012 Princeton Conference on Romans 5–8 for which he was something of a ‘patron saint’ (John Barclay’s phrase from memory).

That’s very vague isn’t it.  ‘News has come through, via Facebook and Twitter…’  I wonder if a student writing a paper and turning it in to Prof Winter writing ‘I found this somewhere on facebook and twitter’ would be greeted with a giddy hug and warm congratulations.

But I suppose on social media and blogs it doesn’t matter if you cite sources.  And besides that, it’s awfully taxing to add a lot of words like ‘via Joe Shmoe on F….. , etc’.   Three extra words.  That’s a lot to expect.

Anyway, plagiarism only exists when it is related to course papers.  At least, evidently, for some.  If you’re a Prof, be sure to demand ethical behavior and correct citation of your students.  Just don’t require it of yourself.  Unless you want to name drop John Barclay.

Martin Breitenfeldt Discusses the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

A Brief Interview With Gottfried Locher

Reformation Day 2015 at Emory

Reformation Day at Emory 2015

The twenty-eighth Reformation Day at Emory will be held on Thursday, October 22, and takes as its theme, Scripture and Reform: The Ten Commandments as Jewish Law, Christian Gospel, and Civic Code. This year’s program explores the role of the Ten Commandments in Scripture, Luther’s reform, and contemporary American Life.  Register today by calling 404.727.6352.

9:00-9:45 a.m. Registration, Reception, and Review of Exhibit Gallery
Lecture Hall, Pitts Theology Library (Room 360)
9:45-10:45 a.m. Program introduction & presentation of recent acquisitions, Prof. M. Patrick Graham, Candler School of Theology
Lecture Hall, Pitts Theology Library (Room 360)
11:05-11:50 a.m. Chapel service
Sanctuary, Cannon Chapel
12:15-1:15 p.m. Luncheon Musical Program, Rev. Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean of Worship and Music and Assistant Professor in the Practice of Liturgy; and The Candler Singers.
Cost: $10 per person, Registration required by calling 404.727.6352.
Cox Hall
1:30-2:30 p.m. “The Ten Commandments in situ,” Prof. Brent Strawn, Candler School of Theology
Lecture Hall, Pitts Theology Library (Room 360)
2:30-3:30 p.m. “The Uses of the Decalogue in Reformation Law and Politics,” Prof. John Witte, Emory School of Law
Lecture Hall, Pitts Theology Library (Room 360)
3:30-4:00 p.m. Refreshments & Break
4:00-5:00 p.m. “Living Commandments:  God’s No, God’s Demand, God’s Invitation,” Prof. Ted Smith, Candler School of Theology
Lecture Hall, Pitts Theology Library (Room 360)

Click here to view the program from Reformation Day at the Pitts Theology Library in previous years.

Click here to view the Summer 2014 edition of Reformation Notes, the news for the Partners of the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection.

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BibleWorks 10: A Multipart Review

I appreciate James Barr sending along not only a review copy here but he has also sent Moises Silva a copy for a review to appear in SJOT which I am keenly interested in seeing.

More anon.