Daily Archives: 14 May 2018

One More Time: The Best Free Bible Software

The SOTS President’s Bible (held by Barton)

Students might find this suite of bible study tools very helpful.  It’s from Tyndale house in Cambridge and is called ‘STEP’ – scripture tools for every person.  You can download the contents from http://dev.stepbible.org/downloads.jsp .

“Baptists in America”: The Newest Issue of ‘Christian History Magazine’

You can read it here.

Jews and Palestinians: An Observation

Israelis deserve to live in peace. But by heaven so do the Palestinians. Pretending that it’s just the Jews who matter is wrong, immoral, evil, unchristian, godless, and demonic. And the root of ALL mideastern misery.

Dear Zionists of The Christian Variety…

Dispensationalism is a lie. There will be no end of the world battle of Armageddon. No rapture so you escape the misery you hope takes place. The only thing your corrupt theology produces is corrupt and demonic policies. Your whole future hope is a load of unbiblical garbage.

You are an embarrassment to the great Christian faith. Please don’t talk, write, or do anything to spread your moronic ideas. You are literally the worst of people. Hatemongers and lovers of death. Go into the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels because that’s who you serve.

What Pigs Do When Someone Reads Osteen or Hagee Out Loud

If People are Being Murdered Because of Your Celebration, You’re A Murderer

As are those so happy in Jerusalem today.  Your policy is literally killing people.  Literally.  Killing.  People.

BCTR(S) 2018: London

If you can, go. If you can’t, deluge them with so many requests to livestream it that they cry like broken hearted 12 year old school kids.

Bible, Critical Theory, and Reception: The official seminar of the Royal Association of Biblical Studies

The eighth annual BCTR Seminar will be dedicated to some of the latest developments in biblical studies. Building on the success of the Bible and Critical Theory seminar and journal in the southern hemisphere, this approximate northern hemisphere equivalent will welcome papers in the general areas of critical theory, cultural studies and reception history.

Reception history is broadly understood to include the use, influence and receptions of biblical texts in all aspects of what might conventionally be called ‘culture’ (e.g. film, pop music, literature, politics etc.).

This two-day seminar will be held in London 23-24th July, 2018 at a venue to be announced shortly. CWkrThe seminar will run from noon on day 1 to mid-afternoon on day 2 and will be free of charge; accommodation will have to be found privately.

Anyone interested in presenting a paper (typically in a 30 minute slot), or would like any other further information…

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That One Time the Times of Israel Tried To Act Objective

Ha.  It’s like hypocrisy, except worse, when the TOI acts like it hasn’t played a big part in spreading all kinds of exaggerated claims.

Ex-ianity: The Latest Fad

To hear some people talk they are far more interested in telling you what they used to be instead of who they are. #ExEverythings #PresentlyNothing


Haaretz is ignorant.

Karl Barth Couldn’t Do It But Emil Brunner Did- Brilliantly

‘It’ is complete a systematic theology. Barth couldn’t manage it (probably because he spent too much time at the Bergli and its ‘distractions’) but Brunner can, could, and did.

It was on the 14th of May, 1960 that Emil Brunner published the third volume of his fantastic Dogmatics. With the publication of that impressive volume, again, Brunner achieved what Barth never managed- the completion of a systematic theology.

Brunner was the most insightful of the 20th century theologians.  His work is still very much worth reading, even 50 years after its first appearance.

And he did it all in the old fashioned way- by actually reading books and typing on paper.  With that ancient technology he accomplished more than 99% of our modern theologians with all their tools and means.  Because, it has to be said, he was a thinker and a Churchman.  Far too many modern theologians are neither.

So do yourself a favor and read a bit of Brunner’s Third today.

Quote of the Day

If you pray, inspired by a desire to control God, you make God into an instrument of impiety, turning him into something of a ‘respecter of persons’. Because if he heard your prayer but ignored your neighbor’s. wouldn’t that make him a ‘respecter of persons’? Moreover, you would turn him into an accomplice to your own greed.… So, we must admit that mercenary prayers are an affront to God, and not honoring to him. For what kind of honor is it to beg, urge, or complain? If we are truly faithful, the harm which befalls our neighbor also harms us so that we hurry to God on their behalf.… The Truth does not recognize the prayer which is uttered for the sake of gain. So, we pray when we cling to God in spirit and honestly cling so that when evil befalls us we flee to him only and ask him to relieve us of our troubles, so far and only if such fulfills the petition ‘Your will be done’.’*

*“Christ Our Captain”: An Introduction to Huldrych Zwingli (p. 23).