Daily Archives: 16 Jan 2017

And Another New Course at Ming Hua

Studying beyond the classroom

Another new subject that the College is offering under the B.Th programme is International Study Experience. It will typically consist of a 3 or 4 week cultural and educational program in an international setting involving students living in another country, engaging in studies of culture, language, history, archaeology, art, etc. with visits to sites of cultural and educational significance, and intercultural engagement with local peers. The international study trips that Ming Hua offer every summer can be incorporated into this subject.
College Principal Dr Gareth Jones will be giving an introductory talk about this summer’s study trip to Hungary, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. The trip will retrace the footsteps of Saint George, taking in painted monasteries, medieval towns and even Dracula’s castle.

Date: January 25
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Language: English

Please visit our website for more information,
or call Nicolle @ 2536 7516;
email: nicolle@minghua.org.hk
Website: http://www.minghua.org.hk/

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A New Course At Ming Hua

Why study Biblical Languages?

This semester, the College is offering a new subject, Introduction to Biblical Languages. Students will spend 6 weeks looking at Hebrew and 6 weeks studying ancient Greek to gain an understanding of rudimentary features of Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. They will be able to recognise elementary vocabulary in Biblical Hebrew and Greek, and have awareness of interpretive implications arising from cultural dimensions of biblical texts as ancient documents.

Principal Dr Gareth Jones will give an introduction to this subject. Come and join us to explore the richness of biblical languages

Date: January 18, 19
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Language: English

Please visit our website for more information,
or call Nicolle @ 2536 7516;
email: nicolle@minghua.org.hk
Website: http://www.minghua.org.hk/

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Lecture Announcement: Thomas Römer at Rhodes College

BATEY LECTURE SERIES: THE ORIGINS OF GOD

Event Date: Thu, 01/26/2017 – 7:00pm
Room Number: McCallum Ballroom
Contact: Stephanie Cage
Phone: 901-843-3664
Department: Religious Studies

Thomas Römer is professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and in the Collège de France in Paris, where he is also the current Vice-Administrator. He also holds visiting professorships at universities in Montpellier, Neuchâtel, Zurich, Mexico City, and Managua. He has written and edited numerous books and articles in German, French and English. Among his most recent and most intriguing titles are Dark God: Cruelty, Sex, and Violence in the Old Testament and The Invention of God published in 2015 by Harvard University Press.

The Bee Stings the Silly KJV Only Crowd

Citing a desire to preach the Word faithfully, local pastor Willy Caldwell spent most of last week in his home office and local library, engaging in intensive word studies of a passage from the Gospel of John in its original English.

According to sources close to the preacher and lay Bible scholar, Caldwell stayed up late throughout the week, trying to translate John 3:16 into modern English from the original King James English in which the Apostle John wrote the Gospel.

“If you’re not going back to the original languages used by the apostles—namely, Early Modern English—then you’re really studying the Bible secondhand,” Caldwell said, motioning toward the complete hard-copy Oxford English Dictionary stacked on his desk next to several King James Bibles. “I love digging into the riches of God’s Word as originally intended by the inspired authors, circa 1611.”

“See this word, ‘believeth’ here that John used? It is perhaps best translated into our modern tongue as ‘believes,’” Caldwell added, pointing to numerous pages of notes he’d used to come to the conclusion. “You can’t get this kind of depth and richness working in non-original languages like Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic—you’ve got to drill down to the original tongue if you really want to unpack what Jesus was saying in his native English.”

It’s funny because it’s for real.

8 Men Have More Wealth Than Half the Earth’s Population Combined

The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.

Presenting its findings on the dawn of the annual gathering of the global political and business elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, anti-poverty organization Oxfam says the gap between the very rich and poor is far greater than just a year ago. It’s urging leaders to do more than pay lip-service to the problem.

If not, it warns, public anger against this kind of inequality will continue to grow and lead to more seismic political changes akin to last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

“It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day,” said Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, who will be attending the meeting in Davos. “Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy.”

This kind of inequality will lead to revolt before long that will make the French Revolution looking like a child’s game in comparison.

The Most Scathing, And Honest Assessment of Donald Trump to Date

In the midst of a scathing essay we read

Early on Saturday morning, Trump shot back at Lewis in possibly one of the most ill-advised political social media moments I can recall, publishing two tweets that together read: “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!”

Stop and think about what you just read: A lecher attacking a legend; a man of moral depravity attacking a man of moral certitude; an intellectual weakling attacking a warrior for justice. This on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, no less. Trump attacks Lewis as, “All talk, talk, talk — no action”; Lewis, who repeatedly thrust his body unto the breach for justice, who was arrested, beaten and terrorized, including during the time that young Trump was at his well-heeled schools, receiving draft deferments from the Vietnam War.

In fact, one of Trump’s five deferments was in 1965, the same year as the Selma marches and “Bloody Sunday,” during which Lewis was struck so violently by a state trooper wielding a billy club that Lewis’s skull was fractured. Coincidentally, Trump finally received his permanent exemption from the draft, a 4-F status, in the year before he and his father were sued by the Department of Justice for violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968 — one of the many justice issues Lewis championed.

Etc.  Trump is branded (justifiably) for the intellectual weakling and morally depraved reprobate that he is.  Read every word.

Fun With Luther

This is the truth: the most pious monk is the worst scoundrel. — Martin Luther

Signs of the Times

Today With Calvin

On this day in 1537 Calvin published his

Articles concerning the Organization of the Church and of Worship at Geneva proposed by the Ministers at the Council January 16, 1537

Which begins

Right Honourable Gentlemen: it is certain that a Church cannot be said to be well ordered and regulated unless in it the Holy Supper of our Lord is always being celebrated and frequented, and this under such good supervision that no one dare presume to present him self unless devoutly, and with genuine reverence for it. For this reason, in order to maintain the Church in its integrity, the discipline of excommunication is necessary, by which it is possible to correct those that do not wish to submit courteously and with all obedience to the Word of God. Further, it is a thing very expedient for the edification of the Church, to sing some psalms in the form of public devotions by which one may pray to God, or to sing his praise so that the hearts of all be roused and incited to make like prayers and render like praises and thanks to God with one accord. Third, it is strictly required and quite necessary for maintaining the people in purity of doctrine, that infants of tender age be so instructed that they are able to give reason for the faith, so that evangelical doctrine is not left to decay, and also that its substance be diligently maintained and transmitted from hand to hand and from father to son. Finally out of the tyranny which the! exercised in the matter of marriage and the iniquitous laws which he imposed, many controversies persist. To settle them, it would be advisable to make certain ordinances by which they may be controlled, and, if any difference of opinion arise, to take appropriate steps for composing them.

It’s a grand work, still worth reading.

Quote of the Day

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.  — John Chrysostom