Daily Archives: 12 Aug 2016

Ignorant Clergy: There’s Nothing New Under the Sun

Zwingli learned Greek so he could understand the New Testament in its own terms and Hebrew so he could understand the Old.  Such intellectual achievements as study of the Bible’s original languages was so unusual in the early 16th century … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture, Zwingli | 1 Comment

The Bee Stings the ‘Mission’ Vacation

The Kansas City chapter of the non-denominational Global Evangelism Missions Board announced the largest volume of interest for a single short-term missions trip ever Friday, as over 12,000 selfless individuals volunteered for its upcoming missions trip to Hawaii. “We’ve never … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture

More Cray Cray Barthian Stuff

Q: What do you call a Barthian Universalist? A: Someone who wants to see people dragged kicking and screaming into heaven, but who also has a ‘special friend’ on the side, because, you know, there’s no such thing as sin … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture

It’s Gloriously Illustrated and Written Brilliantly: The Brill Companion to the Swiss Reformation

I’ve spent the last bit scanning the numerous illustrations in the volume and boy are they brilliant.  But brilliant too is the prose.  Brilliant and accurate and insight-filled.  For instance As several of the essays in this volume make clear, the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Church History, Modern Culture

The NPR Fresh Air Interview With Mary Beard

Fascinating stuff from last November, re-aired today because her book is out in paperback next week. Historian Mary Beard has spent her career working through the texts and source materials of ancient Rome. She has written several books on the … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture | 1 Comment

The Bee Stings the Pop Culture Christian Icon- And the Rags that Reinforce the Rubbish

The most decorated Olympian of all time, American swimmer Michael Phelps, has become a bona fide Christian icon since extending one finger skyward after he won Gold in the Men’s 200-Meter Butterfly event earlier this week, sources confirmed Friday. Narrowly capturing the win … Continue reading

Posted in mockery

Westminster Seminary Videos on the Reformers

Who are the Reformers?  That’s a much debated question in the last centuries. Dr. W. Robert Godfrey and Dr. R. Scott Clark of Westminster Seminary California teach about the reformers Theodore Beza, Philipp Melanchthon, Huldrych Zwingli and John Calvin. You … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin, Church History, Melanchthon, Modern Culture, Zwingli

A True Seeking After God

If you really enquire about God, not with mere curiosity, not, as it were, like a spiritual stamp- collector, but as an anxious seeker, distressed in heart, anguished by the possibility that God might not exist and hence all life be vanity and one … Continue reading

Posted in Brunner, Modern Culture

A Companion to the Swiss Reformation

Brill have sent along a review copy (electronic format) of this new publication which also, coincidentally, arrived in another copy today from the grand Emidio Campi as a gift.  I’ve mentioned it over the months as I was enraptured by … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Books, Church History