Daily Archives: 5 Jul 2016

Quote of the Day

Dispensationalism self-consciously repudiates the unity of the covenant of grace and the oneness of the people of God ~ Robert Reymond

Makers of the Modern Theological Mind: Rudolf Bultmann

9781619708136oDecades ago Morris Ashcraft wrote the definitive exposition of the theology of Rudolf Bultmann.  It also went out of print decades ago and became a classic in the meanwhile.

Hendrickson has, thankfully, republished this masterpiece in paperback and made it once more easily available.

How can modern scientific humanity understand the strange religious language of the Bible? This is one of the questions Rudolf Bultmann (1884–1976) spent his life answering. As a devout Lutheran committed to the Christian faith, Bultmann’s concern was how to make Christianity intelligible in the twentieth century. His concept of demythologizing was part of his lifelong attempt to help people “hear” the Christian gospel and respond to it authentically. All of this originated out of a genuine pastoral concern to highlight the nature of New Testament faith. As Morris Ashcraft writes, “He stands alongside Karl Barth as a man who changed the direction of theology significantly and perhaps permanently.”

In this book, along with a brief biographical sketch, Morris Ashcraft provides a concise and reliable guide to Bultmann’s system of thought and his continuing influence.

Dean Ashcraft was at Southeastern Seminary while I was there doing an MDiv and a ThM and a finer scholar and Christian you’ve never met.  His book on Bultmann remains the finest of the genre.  Students of the New Testament should all be required to read it.

The Bee Stings the ‘Discernment’ Pentebabbleists


From behind the screen of his computer, in the humble makeshift office in his unfinished basement, discernment blogger and self-described polemicist Keith Frye takes on all of Christendom, exposing dangerous, unsound teachings for the edification of his hundreds of readers—“separating the wheat from the chaff,” as he puts it.

In a move that is sure to place him atop the totem pole of influential Christian watchblogs, Frye made a compelling case Tuesday that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was in fact an insufferable heretic whose dangerous teachings led countless souls away from pure, biblical Christianity.

“Christ was not a Christian—not in any sense of the term,” he wrote in his 1000-word manifesto, titled “Son of God, Son of Heresy,” in which he accused Jesus of “cheapening God’s grace” while “neglecting doctrine for the sake of a social gospel—which is no gospel at all.”

LOL.  Oh pentebabbleists…

They’re Lying

Ask anyone who ever asks anyone to attend church with them if half of them say yes, and actually go.  They’re simply lying.


Lies And Liars: How the ‘We Will Never Try to Force You to Do Something Against Your Faith’ Crowd Deceives

From the twitter this proof-

Tragic irony: Catholic care home in Belgium fined for refusing to euthenize a patient.

Canaanites and their Imported Sacrificial Beasts

The ancient Canaanites living in Gath some 5,000 years ago weren’t sacrificing their own livestock to appease the gods. They were importing animals from ancient Egypt, archaeologists have now proven.

A donkey, as well as some sheep and goats whose remains were found in Early Bronze Age layers at Gath dating to 4900 years ago turn out to have been born and bred in the Nile valley.The discovery at the archaeological site of Tell el-Safi shows that animals were part of the extensive trading relations between the Old Kingdom of Egypt and Early Bronze Age Canaan (circa 2900-2500 BCE).

“That there were trade connections between Egypt and Canaan in the Early Bronze Age is not new. The fact that animals were a part of the trade – and that they went from Egypt to Canaan – is very interesting,” Aren Maeir, head of the excavations in Gath, told Haaretz.

read more: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.726027.  Isn’t that fascinating.

The 12,000 Year Old Woman

A human foot and 86 tortoise shells were just some of the extraordinary finds discovered in the prehistoric grave of a female shaman in the Galilee, in northern Israel, dating back some 12,000 years.

Also found in what archaeologists suspect was the burial site of a female shaman, who was living in a hunter-gatherer society, were an eagle’s wing, a leopard’s pelvic bone, the leg of a pig, and tailbone from a cow, and much more.

The unique features of the woman’s interment have shed new light on human society during the late Natufian era (10,800-9,500 B.C.E.), and on how the ancients treated the dead, according to the archaeological team led by Prof. Leore Grosman of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Prof. Natalie Munro of Connecticut University. The revelations have allowed the team to speculatively reenact the woman’s funerary ceremony.

read more: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.728880, with thanks to Richard Goode for the heads up.