Daily Archives: 27 May 2016

Simultaneously… At Pittsburgh Theological Seminary…

They will also host the same exact panel for a conference titled ‘Pretending to be Theologians Conference’.  You’ll ‘want’ to ‘attend’ both…


Mapping How Terrorists Are Destroying Cultural Sites

Take a look at this:

How do you stop the deliberate destruction and looting of cultural sites by groups like ISIS? If military action can’t stop terrorist groups from killing people and occupying territory, then how can it hope to protect an individual shrine? And should we even be bothering with protecting property when people are being killed or persecuted?  The Antiques Coalition thinks so, and its campaign starts the way most good campaigns start—with a good map.

Go look.

New in the Bible and Interpretation


But setting aside the means through which Nehemiah sought to deal with opposition and to assert himself, the heart of the imperial mission seems to have been the establishment of a birta (citadel) in Jerusalem which is likely to have been a response to problems in the region. These problems concerned the aggrandisement of indigenous elites who seem to have extended their rule beyond what the Persian government permitted.

Bruce McCormack Remembers John Webster

On behalf of the members of the Center for Barth Studies’ Advisory Board, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the life of John Bainbridge Webster, who passed away suddenly on May 25, 2016. John was a towering figure in Barth studies, a man who wrote wisely on a wide-range of topics (ranging from dogmatics to ethics to exegesis) and brought many younger scholars into the field. Even more importantly: John understood full well that the great Swiss theologian was honored best by seeking to do in his time and place the kind of theology Barth himself had done. And so, in recent years, he had turned to the constructive-theological task with the same energy, intelligence, modesty – and palpable joy in the subject-matter – that he had once devoted to the study of a great theologian of the past. We regret deeply the loss of what would surely have been many more profound and significant books from John’s pen had he lived. But we rejoice in his life, his impact on and through his many fine students, and the many works he was able to complete. And, on a personal level, I can say what many have said in the last hours with good reason: I have lost a friend.

— Bruce L. McCormack
Director, Center for Barth Studies
at Princeton Theological Seminary

The Book of Watchers – 1 Enoch 1-5

Interesting stuff-

Reading Acts

1 Enoch 1-5 is an introduction to the Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 6-36). Nickelsburg  argues the superscription to the book is an allusion to Deuteronomy 33:1 and he translates it to make the allusion more clear.

Deuteronomy 33:1 This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death.

1 Enoch 1:1 The words of the blessing with which Enoch blessed the righteous chosen who will be present on the day of tribulation, to remove all the enemies; and the righteous will be saved.

Chapter 1 describes a “day of tribulation” (יום צרה, εἰς ἡμέραν ἀνάγκης) during which the ungodly will be destroyed and a great cataclysm. The chapter is rich with apocalyptic language here: mountains and high places falling down, earth split asunder, etc. This tribulation is a time when the Enoch-Apocalypse“God of the universe” will come forth from…

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Another Day, Another Child Killed By Parental Neglect

America… your kids are dying because your adults don’t care if they leave their guns out and accessible.

Police in Virginia say a 11-year-old boy is dead after being shot a 10-year-old boy on Thursday afternoon. The 11-year-old graduated from Westside Elementary School in Roanoke on Thursday.  At 12:18 p.m., police responded to a home the 2000 block of Carroll Avenue NW to investigate a shooting. The preliminary investigation indicates the two boys found access to a handgun inside home and were playing with it when the 10-year-old shot the 11-year-old. The 11-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The 10-year-old boy called 911 after the shooting.

All in the name of ‘the right to keep and bear arms’…  No one in either of those families will ever be the same.

Theologian Chic: An Observation

Reading a great bit of modern theology leaves one with the distinct impression that the goal of the theologian is to be chic or controversial or just simply counter Christian rather than as an honest contribution to the life of the Christian Community, the Church.  Moltmann’s work is a prime example of this, along with Spong and that ilk.

Moltmann and Spong and that ilk aren’t servants of the Church, they are servants of their own idiosyncratic ideologies.

Happy Thomas Müntzer Day!

munzerOur Saxon friends remind us

Thomas Müntzer, an early Reformation-era German theologian, led a group of about 8000 peasants at the battle of Frankenhausen, on May 15, 1525, convinced that God would intervene on their side. Müntzer and his followers were defeated. He was captured, tortured and decapitated on May 27.

Happy Thomas Müntzer Day!*

*He was an absolute lunatic. Think of the most violent preacher you’ve ever heard- even among the Taliban or the members if ISIS, and then multiply that by 1000. That’s Thomas Müntzer.