Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Challenges of Marrying a Nun

The letter which was delivered to the Oetenbach convent on September 30, 1527, changed Anna Adlischwyler’s life for ever. The author was Heinrich Bullinger, a priest and friend of Swiss reformer Huldrych Zwingli. “You and you alone fill my thoughts,” … Continue reading

Posted in Bullinger, Church History

Today in Church History: The Edict of Nantes

Henry IV, King of France, issued the Edict of Nantes on the 30th of April, 1598 After he came to power, he did not forget his Protestant former co-religionists. The Edict of Nantes, which he promulgated in 1598, though it … Continue reading

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Cairo Genizah Exhibit

If you have a chance to go to this, go. Medieval documents from the Cairo Genizah are now on display in an exhibit at the Cambridge University Library called “Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo.” Many of the texts, which reveal the … Continue reading

Posted in Modern Culture

Happy G.W. Locher Day

April 29, 1911– Gottfried W. Locher was born. His contributions to the field of Reformation studies were so influential that when he was honored with a Festschrift, it took two volumes to house all the essays that were requested. Indeed, … Continue reading

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St. Jerome: A Dose a Day Keeps the Heretics Away

When God formed man out of slime, and through the grace of His own inspiration gave him a soul, had that soul previously existed and subsisted which was afterwards bestowed by the inspiration of God, and where was it? or … Continue reading

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The Publisher and I Have Had A Chat…

And I’m going to move forward to finish the remainder of the Apocryphal books for the ‘Person in the Pew’ series.  Having already done Sirach, Wisdom of Solomon, and 1-2 Maccabees, I’ll do Baruch and The Letter of Jeremiah and … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Studies Resources, Books, Commentary

There’s a Thad in Every Class


Posted in mockery

You Can’t Watch This Without Tears Streaming Down Your Face

Posted in Modern Culture

The Best Rendition of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Ever

Posted in Modern Culture

A Forthcoming Volume You’ll Want to Read

The Old Testament in Archaeology and History, Edited by Jennie Ebeling, J. Edward Wright, Mark Elliott and Paul V. M. Flesher One hundred and fifty years of sustained archaeological investigation has yielded a more complete picture of the ancient Near … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Books

La Réforme sur Léman Bleu

A l’occasion du Jubilé des 500 ans de la Réforme, la chaîne Léman Bleu a effectué une série de reportage sur cet événement majeur qui a remodelé la société: son histoire, ses grandes figures, le Mur des Réformateurs si connu … Continue reading

Posted in Church History, Reformation

The Difference Between Real Evangelism and Fake Convert Making

The great commission isn’t about ‘reaching people’ it’s about making disciples. Real evangelism makes disciples, not mere converts.‬

Posted in Modern Culture

Something New in Bible and Interpretation

What Do Old, Dirty, Broken Pieces Of Pottery Have To Do With The Bible? Robbing tombs is illegal. Most of the “museum pieces” found in Israel are rather homely and plain. Yes, you will dig up hundreds of potsherds if … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Bible and Interpretation

Thanks a Lot, Pope Franky

A Solemn High Requiem Mass was held Thursday at St. Martura Church in downtown Cincinnati for the Spirit of Vatican II, aged 52. After suffering a progressively debilitating illness for the last ten years of its life as a new … Continue reading

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Three New Volumes from V&R

In the »Reformed Historical Theology« series: »Richard Hooker and Reformed Orthodoxy«: For more than forty years now there has been a steady stream of interest in Richard Hooker. This volume contains essays investigating key loci of Richard Hooker’s theology in comparison and … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Church History

Calvin’s Deathbed Farewell Speech to the Ministers of Geneva

Spoken on 28 April, 1564- “ ‘Brethren, after I am dead, persist in this work, and be not dispirited; for the Lord will save this Republic and Church from the threats of the enemy. Let dissension be far away from you, … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin, Modern Culture

Die Anliegen des Schweizer Reformators Huldrych Zwingli – Wie weit werden sie heute noch ernst genommen?

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The Bee Stings the Pious Meme / Vile Meme Christians

Local woman Cheyenne Phillips displayed a masterful balancing act in alternating profanity and praise on Facebook Thursday, according to sources. Ms. Phillips, 32, had just come home from her moms group when she decided to share with her followers an amusing image … Continue reading

Posted in pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology

Target’s Plan to Help Those Who Self Identify as Old

60 is not far off. Confirming its commitment to celebrating inclusivity, Target announced in a blog post Thursday that it will now grant a 10% senior discount to any person who self-identifies as age 60 or older. It’s yet another bold … Continue reading

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Michael Langlois in Israel

This looks fun.

Posted in Archaeology