Daily Archives: 23 May 2018

The Bandwagon Buffoons

The buffoons acting like everyone in the SBC is as vile as Paige Patterson are the same people who insist that all Muslims aren’t bad because a few are terrorists. They don’t care about victims, they just want to jump on the hate bandwagon against a soft target. They are vile hypocrites.

The Humiliation of the SBC

By and large Mohler is right in his analysis, though of course he’s wrong about a couple of things.  But the whole is worth a read.  

Noteworthy are these:

This is exactly what those who opposed the Conservative Resurgence warned would happen. They claimed that the effort to recover the denomination theologically was just a disguised move to capture the denomination for a new set of power-hungry leaders. I know that was not true. I must insist that this was not true. But, it sure looks like their prophecies had some merit after all. 

Yup.  And Paige Patterson chief among them.

The #MeToo moment has come to American evangelicals. This moment has come to some of my friends and brothers in Christ. This moment has come to me, and I am called to deal with it as a Christian, as a minister of the Gospel, as a seminary and college president, and as a public leader. I pray that I will lead rightly.

In Romans 1:18 we are told: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”

This is just a foretaste of the wrath of God poured out. This moment requires the very best of us. The Southern Baptist Convention is on trial and our public credibility is at stake. May God have mercy on us all.

Yup.  And so maybe political manipulation should have no place here.


I’d invite you guys to bible study tonight but I know two things: if you have to be invited, you aren’t coming anyway; and if you wanted to come, you wouldn’t have to be invited.

Quote of the Day

“Patriotism isn’t about making everyone stand and salute the flag.Patriotism is about making this a country where everyone wants to.”  –  Jason Kander

So, Patheos Removed Throckmorton But Hosts Driscoll…

How odd.  Except it isn’t because Patheos is all about the money and they figure the heretic Driscoll will draw more ad traffic than truth seeker Throckmorton.

By the by, Patheos emailed an invitation to blog there a few years back.  I declined.

My Mood Is Positively Habakkuk-esque

How long, Yahweh, am I to cry for help while you will not listen; to cry, ‘Violence!’ in your ear while you will not save?  Why do you make me see wrong-doing, why do you countenance oppression? Plundering and violence confront me, contention and discord flourish.  And so the law loses its grip and justice never emerges, since the wicked outwits the upright and so justice comes out perverted. (Hab. 1:2-4)

I Want to Follow An Icelander… I Really Do…

But I fear

Wow, No Wonder Steve is President of the SBC…

So pithy.  So wise.  So original*

*I.e., so the head of a mega Church, which is the only real qualification anyone needs to have these days to be President of the SBC.

This Made Me Laugh

I like that duck-

The Lava Flow

Via the Facebook-

Ido Koch Has An Announcement to Make About a Dig

Dear All,

I am happy to invite you in the name of the Tel Hadid Expedition to join us in the field this spring. This is a joint project, headed by Tel Aviv University and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, under the direction of Eli Yannai, Dan Warner (NOBTS), and yours truly (TAU). Visit our website (https://hadidexpedition.org/) to discover more about the project.

Students and members of the public are able to join in and work with Tel Hadid Expedition in the field this May 28 – June 21. To join, please contact us at: hadid.excavations@gmail.com.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in the spring,


How I Became Me… A Horrifying Video

So here’s the backstory to this little bit of hellish trauma which I herewith inflict upon the world…  Tim Bulkeley is organizing the next official Carnival and he asked if I might say a bit about how I am who I am.  So in the dreadful video that follows, I answer that question.

I am no fan of my own voice (which sounds raspy and ancient) and I won’t watch it.  I hope it gives those who do appropriate nightmares.  Amen.

We Need A Purging…

‪Nothing would serve Christianity better in America than a real persecution where Christians were really killed. It would empty the churches of the frauds that now fill them and purify the community of faith like purging by fire. Short of that the church will continue to be defiled and watered down by the filthy leaven now corrupting it.

Or Christians could repent their indolence, godlessness, and worldliness…   I know, right?  Like that will happen.

Now That’s Something To Think About…

So now, Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “Think carefully about your behaviour.  You have sown much and harvested little; you eat but never have enough, drink but never have your fill, put on clothes but feel no warmth. The wage-earner gets his wages only to put them in a bag with a hole in it.”  Yahweh Sabaoth says this, “Think carefully about your behaviour.  Go up into the hills, fetch timber and rebuild the House; and I shall take pleasure in it and manifest my glory there — Yahweh says.  The abundance you expected proved to be little. When you brought the harvest in, I blasted it. And why? – Yahweh Sabaoth declares. Because while my House lies in ruins, each of you is busy with his own house. That is why the sky has withheld the rain and the earth withheld its yield.  I have called down drought on land and hills, on grain, on new wine, on olive oil and on all the produce of the ground, on humans and animals and all your labours.” ‘ 

Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak the high priest and the entire remnant of the people, paid attention to the voice of Yahweh their God and to the words of the prophet Haggai, which Yahweh their God had sent him to deliver. And the people were filled with fear before Yahweh.   Haggai, the messenger of Yahweh, then passed on Yahweh’s message to the people, ‘I am with you — declares Yahweh.’  And Yahweh roused the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel governor of Judah, the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak the high priest and the spirit of the entire remnant of the people; they came and set to work in the Temple of Yahweh Sabaoth, their God.  (Hag. 1:5-14)

Gunkel’s Geburtstag!

It was May 23rd, 1862 that the astonishingly brilliant Old Testament scholar Hermann Gunkel was born.  Amazingly, in contrast to many scholars (whose books go out of print or end up in the dollar bin in a few months) Gunkel’s work is still being published and is still very much worth reading.

Educated at the University of Göttingen, Gunkel taught there and at Halle, Berlin, and Giessen. A leading member of the “History of Religions school”, he stressed the literary values of the Old Testament by comparative study of the legends on which it draws, particularly in Genesis, Psalms and the Prophets, on which he published works in 1901, 1903, and 1917. Extending his researches beyond current dogmatic interpretations, he promoted the study on literary-historical lines of the religious history of Israel, publishing Die israelitische Literatur (1906; “The Literature of Israel”) and Die Urgeschichte und die Patriarchen (1911; “Earliest History and the Patriarchs”). He contributed Psalmen to the Göttinger Handkommentar zum Alten Testament (1910; “Göttingen Ready Reference Commentary on the Old Testament”), assisted in the first edition of the religious encyclopaedia Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (1903–13; “Religion in History and the Present”), and was coeditor of the second edition (1927–32). Together with Wilhelm Bousset he founded the series Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten Testaments und des Neuen Testaments (1903– ; “Research into the Religion and Literature of the Old and New Testaments”).

Should that be insufficient detail (and it should) then get a copy of his biography and read it.


Happy Gunkel Day!

Loci praecipui theologici

Volume 1 of a new edition of the Loci praecipui theologici nunc denuo cura et diligentia Summa recogniti multisque in locis copiose illustrati 1559, by Philipp Melanchthon has recently been published by EVA of Leipzig.

Philipp Melanchthons »Loci praecipui theologici« in der Letztfassung von 1559 sind die reife Summe ­seines theologischen Schaffens. Gemeinsam mit der »Institutio« Johannes Calvins sind sie die wirkmächtigste reformatorische Dogmatik. Sie liegen nun erstmals ins Deutsche übersetzt in einer lateinisch-deutschen Ausgabe im ersten Teilband vor.

Die philologische Seite der Übersetzung lag bei dem Basler Altphilologen Peter Litwan unter Assistenz der Altphilologin Florence Becher-Häusermann. Die theologische Redaktion hatte Sven Grosse, Professor für Historische und Systematische Theologie an der Staatsunabhängigen Theologischen Hochschule Basel. Die Ausgabe ist auf zwei Bände angelegt.

Der 2. Band der Loci erscheint im Juli 2020.

The publisher has sent along a copy for review.   The lovely volume commences with a foreword that nicely describes the importance of Melanchthon for the entire Lutheran reformation and the key place the Loci (in their various incarnations) played in it.  Then, very briefly, a few of the more important editions and translations of the Loci are listed, along with other key texts (including Calvin’s Institutes and a number of works by Zwingli!).

The next segment of the book at hand is a ‘philological foreword’ wherein editions of the Loci which serve as the textual base of this book are fully discussed.  These include the Leipzig edition of 1559, and an edition (in Latin) published in England.  Next, Melanchthon’s wonderful literary style is the topic and finally the modern German translation is described.

Then commences the volume proper (and the second is promised in the Summer of 2020).  On the left side stands the Latin text and on the right, the modern German.  Line numbering is provided (in increments of 5’s) and on the Latin page the pagination of the original editions consulted, along with other relevant footnotes when necessary.

In terms of contents, it extends from the preface through the Loci concerning God, the Trinity, The Son, the Spirit, Creation, Sin, Free Will, the Divine Law, the decalogue, The Second Table of the Law, Natural Law, The Uses of the Law, Legal Precepts, The Gospel, Grace and Justification, The Old and New Testaments, and finally the indices.  The second promised volume will contain the Loci on the Church, The Sacraments, Penance, Predestination, The Reign of Christ, The resurrection, The Cross, Prayer, The Magistrate, Human Ceremonies, The Mortification of the Flesh, Scandals, and finally, On Christian Freedom.

The font is beautiful.  Here’s a sample:


Concerning the textual basis for this edition, it can hardly be criticized since it is the earliest and best edition of the Loci of 1559.  And the modern German rendering is both scientifically accurate and artistically beautiful.  Here, again, is a photo illustrating this fact:


This is a really special volume, providing, as it does, the interested reader with the Primary Source of Melanchthon’s most mature theological reflections on every important Christian doctrine along with a fantastic German rendition.  No one interested in the Lutheran branch of the Reformation, Systematic theology, historical theology, or Melanchthon studies can afford to ignore it.

The ‘Interlinear-ization’ of Academia

Why are so many scholars more interested in finding shortcuts to knowledge rather than just digging in and doing the hard work? Why do some seem to want to make use of an Idiot’s Guide to whatever? Why has scholarship been ‘interlinear-ized’?

Paige Patterson is Out at SWBTS

One word: good.

Jonathan Merritt- After weeks of controversy, Paige Patterson is out at @swbts. Critics will be upset that the board named him President Emeritus, which may feel like a honor for a man who is departing under such a dark cloud.

I don’t care how they placate him: he’s gone.