Daily Archives: 5 Apr 2017

The Best Essay I’ve Read Today

Is this one.

The Complete Commentary of MacArthur on MacArthur’s Commentaries!

Pastor John MacArthur has already released an extensive array of commentaries on the Bible, but the popular Bible teacher isn’t done yet. According to a statement released by Grace to You ministries Wednesday, MacArthur is set to release a full line of commentaries providing insight and study notes to help believers study his previous commentaries.

Titled The Complete MacArthur Commentary on John MacArthur’s Previous Commentaries, the 320-volume set will include word studies, grammar helps, and over 5,000,000 explanatory notes to help readers unlock the richness of MacArthur’s previous Bible commentaries.

“We introduce each of my commentaries with an extensive look at the historical context in which it was written, which is absolutely essential for illuminating the text of my previous works,” MacArthur said in a video uploaded to Grace to You’s website. “For instance, how can readers dig into the richness of my commentary on Galatians if they’re unaware that I wrote that right near the end of the Cold War, while I listened to Michael Jackson’s Bad cassette on repeat?”

The works will also feature maps tracking John MacArthur’s ministry, so that readers will gain a deep understanding of the pastor’s ministry and work, allowing them to truly engage the commentaries on the Bible on a meaningful level.

According to MacArthur, he’s also already begun work on The Complete John MacArthur Commentary on John MacArthur’s Commentaries on John MacArthur’s Commentaries, set to be released at the next Shepherds’ Conference.

Big news for the restless reformed lot!

The Dictionary of German Literature, Online

Check out The Dictionary of German Literature Online, for free and discover over 70,000 entries on authors from the Middle Ages to the present.

Only 10 Days Remain…

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation submissions and complete panels for its 2017 annual conference. In this year, celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “Ninety-Five Theses,” the SCSC will meet in Milwaukee, a city with a proud German and Lutheran heritage.  As always, we will accept papers on any topic within the “long sixteenth century,” not just those on Germany, or Lutheran subjects.

Abstracts (up to 250 words in length) for individual presentations and complete panels must be submitted online using the links at left.  Within four weeks after the April 15 deadline, the Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals. The conference will once again host poster sessions. Poster proposals should be submitted as “papers” to the digital history track. Please email: conference@sixteenthcentury.org for a poster session code BEFORE submitting poster proposals.

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The Rise of the Hyrnal

The National Christian Feminist Coalition for Gender-Neutral Worship Song Singing (NCFCGNWSS) has released a new edition of classic and popular worship hymns for use in progressive churches nationwide.

The new worship songbook—referred to by NCFCGNWSS members as a “hyrnal” (pronounced “her-nal”)—have removed all masculine pronouns and imagery referring to God from classic and popular hymns. In some cases this has involved the removal of entire stanzas from certain hymns. In more drastic cases, all of the words have been removed altogether, leaving only the melody printed on the page.

“It’s really quite simple,” said Stacey Pedersen, a NECGNWSS board member. “The gender inequality that exists in Scripture has been evident for some time now, and we’ve made great strides at removing any hint of gender from the story of the Bible. To us, the next logical step was to remove gender stereotypes from hymns—I mean hyrs.”

“Even the name of the book—‘hymnal’—triggers feelings of misogyny and gender-inferiority,” Pedersen said, “and it’s time for that to change.” When pointed out that the words “hymn” and “hymnal” have nothing to do with gender, Pedersen said she didn’t want to listen to any “mansplaining.”

LOL.

Great Evils

  • A theologian who isn’t a prophet.
  • A prophet who isn’t a theologian.
  • A theologian who will not publicly condemn societal evils.

These are great evils

#ICYMI- The Portrait of Zwingli Which Once Adorned Gottfried W. Locher’s Study Now Adorns Mine

First posted on 5 April, 2013-

Thanks to the incredible kindness of Prof. Locher’s son, Dr. Uli Locher (McGill University), I have on my study wall the very portrait of Zwingli which hung on the study wall of his father.  And I couldn’t, I just couldn’t be more honored.

So i have to show it off-  here it is fresh out of the mailer-

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And here it is, in its place of honor, on the wall behind my desk, over my right shoulder-

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Many, many thanks to Uli for this kindness.  I feel smarter already (and strangely more accountable).

#ICYMI- Fun Facts From Church History: The End of Jan Matthys

MatthysWhat’s that you say?  You aren’t familiar with the Radical Reformation’s own leading crackpot loon nutbag weirdo?  You should be, because today is the anniversary of his receiving his just desserts.  Or as the fine folk at Refo500 tweeted a few years back-

5. April 1534: Jan Matthys, „Prophet“ und Führer des münsterschen #Täuferreiches, getötet.

He was nuts.  Happy Jan Matthys Day (or as I prefer to call it- Happy Deliverance From Maniacal Murderous Self-Serving Heretic Day.)

Nottingham is Hiring

Assistant Professor – New Testament Studies

Reference
ARTS055217
Closing Date
Friday, 5th May 2017
Job Type
Research & Teaching
Department
Theology
Salary
£34956 to £41709 per annum, depending on skills and experience.

Applications are invited for the above post which arises as a result of Professor Richard Bell being awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for a three year period from 1 September 2017.

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Barth’s Last Word to Brunner

brunner5“Barth’s letter arrived on the morning of 5 April. Vogelsanger cycled to the clinic at Zollikerberg, and informed Brunner that “Karl Barth sends his greetings!” He then read Brunner this letter by his bedside. Brunner smiled, pressed his hand, and shortly afterwards lapsed into an uncon­sciousness from which he never reawakened. He died at noon on Wednesday, 6 April 1966 at the Neumünsterspital at Zollikerberg, near Zurich. His funeral at the Fraumünster in Zurich on 12 April 1966 was led by Vogelsanger. ” – Alister McGrath