Daily Archives: 27 Jul 2016

Be Sure to Pick Up Onan and Er’s Old Testament Intro!

Some of you will get it….


Calvin Reviews the New Book By Barton/ Metaxas

[Our author] at length vomited out the poison with which he was sweltering from long dissimulation, and having fixed the sting, like a viper fled away.  — John Calvin

Bryan Lewis Has A New Book Out

Titled Jew and Gentile Reconciled.

This study explores Paul’s use of Hos 1:9–10 and 2:23 in Rom 9:24–26. It contends that there is a narrative substructure beneath the text informing the apostle’s theological reflection. This storyline provides the base and framework for understanding his argument. It also reveals that he used Israel’s Scriptures in harmony with their original intent. It also shows that Paul likely knew the northern ten tribes of Israel were not completely destroyed by the Assyrians (8th century BCE). Thus, they were not “lost to time,” but instead acculturated with non-Israelites. This affected their identity and, in time, they became “not my people,” or Gentiles. The apostle’s call to the Gentiles, then, is directly connected to Israel’s hope for an end to exile. This not only evokes the promise of Israel’s freedom and restoration, but also Jew-Gentile reconciliation, which Paul proclaimed during his first-century mission.

Sounds fun.  Read it if you can read.

Drug Dealers are Murderers

And they should be dealt with as such.

Blind Partisanship: An Observation

Blind partisanship: my guy is a savior and your guy is satan. Both are lies.

How Old Are the People in Your Denomination

None of this is really surprising. Historically, most faithful church members are middle age and above. Younger people have never, by and large, been active in church life. As people come to the point in their lives where they have fewer tomorrows and more yesterdays, their minds turn towards eternity.

What is interesting, at least to me, is the fact that so many churches expend enormous resources in attempting to woo young people to faith when, in fact, time will do that all by itself.  It always has.  It always will.

Age structure and median age of U.S. religious groups

The Bee Stings the ‘Unspoken Prayer Request’

When you don’t trust your brothers and sisters, or you just want to tantalize folk with a bit of gossip, keep it ‘unspoken’

Sources confirmed Wednesday morning that the unspoken prayer request from church secretary Judy Webb was “probably a super juicy, tantalizing nugget of gossip.” As Webb offered up the unspoken prayer request during the Tuesday night prayer meeting, other parishioners reportedly raised their eyebrows and subtly nudged one another, trying to contain their curiosity.

“I bet it’s an affair,” one of Webb’s closest friends whispered to another of Webb’s closest friends. “It’s always an affair when it’s unspoken.” The other friend then was seen nodding knowingly, agreeing that the tender and personal request for intercession was likely some spicy marital scandal. As speculation ran wild regarding the nature of Webb’s unspoken prayer request, insiders confirmed that not a single person within the prayer group had followed through on the commitment to pray for Webb throughout the week, as of publishing time.

End of semester news round-up

“The Jim West Public Lecture” – Coming in January. You forgot that one. But I guess that’s ok…. for now….. sinner…….

Newman Research Centre for the Bible and its Reception

The sun is at last shining. Most of the undergraduates have dispersed leaving the library and atrium feeling strangely empty and rather lonely. However, the campus is far from quiet. Major building work is underway; buildings are cordoned off, the chapel stands gutted and open to the elements, and the sound of heavy plant machinery fills the hot summer air. All this tells us that the spring/summer semester has now drawn to a close and this affords me a brief respite in time to give you a round up of news about the centre for the year so far – and a very busy year it has been!

Atrium Starbucks Newman Atrium Starbucks

In case you missed anything, here is the centre’s news of 2016 (to date)…

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Images from the SOTS 2016 Summer Meeting

Pillaged from the group’s FB page

SOTS meetings are always the best.  The atmosphere is excellent and the assembly collegial.  I’m looking forward to being in Nottingham this January for the Winter meeting.

If you’re a person with proper qualifications (and yes, you have to qualify for membership just as you do for the Catholic Biblical Association) you should join.  Seriously.  Here’s how.

Signs of the Times



Follow the European Academy of Religion on the Twitter

They’re new.  Follow for the fun.


It’s the European version of AAR (without the weirdness) so Europeans can assemble far less expensively.

A Tour Through The Swiss Reformation- With a Stop in Zurich

In der Zwingli-Stadt Zürich gab es eine Frau, die der Reformation einen entscheidenden Anstoss gegeben hatte: Katharina von Zimmern. Die letzte Äbtissin der Fraumünster-Abtei hatte sich entschlossen, die gesamte Abtei der Stadt Zürich zu schenken. Was der Stadt nicht nur reiche Ländereien einbrachte, sondern auch Frieden für Zürich.

Listen to the audio from Swiss radio.  And take note- there’s a book on the subject of women in the Reformation by Rebecca Gieselbrecht that’s soon to arrive.

Welche Rolle spielten Frauen während der Reformation? Was bedeutete es für Katharina Schütz Zell oder Idelette de Bure, «Gefährten im Dienst» zu sein? Und inwiefern war Margarete Blarer aus Konstanz eine Ausnahmeerscheinung?

Zum 500-Jahr-Jubiläum der Reformation haben Autorinnen und Autoren die Frauen und ihre Anliegen im Blick und lenken die Aufmerksamkeit auf überraschende Aspekte der Sozialgeschichte. Neben Zeugnissen von selbständigen Frauen wird dem Einfluss der Reformation auf die Frauen- und Männerrolle sowie auf das Ehe- und Familienverständnis Raum gegeben. Neue Ehe- und Gesellschaftsideen und deren Wirkung kommen ebenfalls zur Sprache. Nicht zuletzt ist es ein Buch über die tragischen Schicksale von prominenten, aber auch völlig unbekannten Frauen, die der Reformation zum Opfer fielen.

Mit Beiträgen von Karla Apperloo-Boersma, Urte Bejick, Christine Christ-von Wedel, Rebecca Giselbrecht, Isabelle Graesslé, Susan Karant-Nunn, Elsie McKee, Helmut Puff, Sabine Scheuter, Kirsi Stjerna.


Sabine Scheuter, Pfarrerin und Fachfrau für Gendermanagement NDS, arbeitet im Bereich Personalentwicklung und Diversity bei der Reformierten Landeskirche Zürich.

Rebecca Giselbrecht, PhD, MAT, ist Oberassistentin und Lehrbeauftragte am Lehrstuhl für Praktische Theologie und Geschäftsführerin des Center for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality der Universität Zürich.