Daily Archives: 20 Dec 2017

For Your Health’s Sake: Avoid the Comments Section

Doctors speaking on behalf of the nation’s medical community Wednesday recommended that Americans not stare directly into the black, empty void encompassing the nation’s comment sections.

While doctors have long known of the harmful effects of dwelling upon the vast wastelands comprising comment sections on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and websites at large, the symptoms have become far more pronounced in recent years, according to medical professionals.

“We’ve found that severe psychological side effects may accompany thinking too long and hard about any comments you encounter while you’re on the internet,” Dr. Sherman Danforth, a leading psychology expert told reporters. “If you must browse a comment section for any reason, we recommend a brief, cautious glance to get a sense of it, but turn away quickly, lest you do irreparable damage to your psyche.”

Doctors also confirmed staring too long into the void of comment sections can have the undesirable side effect of having the void stare back into you.

“Each day, thousands of people stare too long into the black hole of vitriol present in online comment sections, correlating things which were not meant to be correlated in the human mind, and end up babbling incoherently about ‘the eyes in the darkness,’ ‘the black pit,’ and ‘the nameless one,’” Danforth added.

“Don’t let it happen to you.”

SBL 2018 Call For Papers

2018 Annual Meeting Call for Papers Open

Co-hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion, the 2018 Annual Meetings will be held November 17-20 in Denver, Colorado. The call for papers for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now open. Proposals will be accepted through 6 March 2018. You can review the program units participating in 2018 here.

The call for papers for the 2018 International Meeting remains open as well. The deadline for submission for the International Meeting is 13 February 2018.

Fantastic News from the German Bible Society

Die Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft hat den Bibelgesellschaften in Litauen, Polen, Russland, der Slowakei und Tschechien kostenfrei wissenschaftliche Ausgaben klassischer Bibelübersetzungen in den Volkssprachen zur Verfügung gestellt. Bei den Bänden aus der Reihe „Biblia Slavica“ handelt es sich um aufwändig gestaltete Faksimile dieser alten und historisch bedeutsamen Ausgaben aus dem 14. bis 18. Jahrhundert.

Read more here.

Preaching Has Its Consequences

Preaching the full counsel of scripture is our calling; infuriating the godless is a natural consequence of the faithful fulfillment of that calling.   The more furious the godless become, the purer the truth being preached.

What Time is It?

It’s time for every theologian, biblical scholar, and pastor to be a prophet.  And to speak like one.  And to address the community of faith like one.  It’s time for a generation of Jeremiah’s and Amos’s and Isaiah’s and Micah’s to fill America’s pulpits and lecterns.  That’s what time it is.

Answer This

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” – Jesus

500 Years of Reformation

Highlights des Reformationsjubiläums 2017 / Les temps forts de 2017 from SEK-FEPS on Vimeo.

Those Who Not Only Do Wrong, But Applaud it in Others: An Observation

Since they would not consent to acknowledge God, God abandoned them to their unacceptable thoughts and indecent behaviour.  And so now they are steeped in all sorts of injustice, rottenness, greed and malice; full of envy, murder, wrangling, treachery and spite, libellers, slanderers, enemies of God, rude, arrogant and boastful, enterprising in evil, rebellious to parents, without brains, honour, love or pity.  They are well aware of God’s ordinance: that those who behave like this deserve to die — yet they not only do it, but even applaud others who do the same. – St. Paul

Let those with actual ears, actually hear…

Knowing The Difference Between a Fake and a Genuine Scroll

From our friends in Birmingham-

How can you tell a forged manuscript from a real one?

Find out in the 8th Annual Rabbi Tann Memorial Lecture, ‘Beautiful Bookhands & Careless Characters: An Alternative Approach to the #DeadSeaScrolls’ by Prof Eibert Tigchelaar.

Register here.