Daily Archives: 1 Aug 2018

Inspirational Quote of the Day

“God strikes his favorite servants with singular beatings, in order to show through them, as if in a public spectacle, how great the wrath of God will be toward impenitent reprobates (whose sins he does not approve): for if he handles the penitent in that way, what could we expect to happen with the impenitent?” – Jerome Zanchi

(Thanks to Ralph Keen for the uplifting citation).

Twitter ‘Theology’ That Makes Me Throw Up In My Mouth a Little

Nope.  Anxiety is not the reason Jesus was executed by the Romans who, in fact, did not tear him to shreds.  So, Timmy, just stop talking.

Urban Meyer Needs to Be Fired, Today

He enabled abuse by his silence.

Urban Meyer knew about alleged domestic abuse involving ex-Ohio State assistant.

And that is inexcusable.


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Signs of the Times

Karen Keen Has the Carnival

Give it a look!  It is wonderfully done, clued me in on lots of things I’d missed, and I surely hope she will do it again.  In the meanwhile, Phil Long writes

Next month Kevin Turner at Monday Morning Theologian is hosting the Biblical Studies carnival (August 2018, Due September 1) and veteran carnival host Jim West has the September 2018 carnival (Due October 1).  If you would like to host a Biblical Studies Carnival, now is the time to volunteer.

I am borderline desperate for the rest of the year!  Please contact me via email (plong42@gmail.com), twitter direct message (@plong42) or comment here in this carnival. Whether you are a relatively new blogger or you have hosted a carnival in the past, do not hesitate to contact me. October, November and December are open as of July 1. It is not too early to volunteer for a 2019 carnival.

Don’t let Phil be borderline anything.  Volunteer.  It’s really a very enjoyable thing to do hosting a Carnival.

SBL Papers I’m Interested in Hearing

SBL Schedule




Historical Jesus
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Mile High Ballroom 4E (Lower Level) – Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Jesus and Synagogues

James Crossley, St. Mary’s University, Presiding
Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Palestinian Synagogues in the Time of Jesus (25 min)


Biblical Lexicography
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 403 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Greek Lexicography

James Aitken, University of Cambridge, Presiding
Hans Förster, Universität Wien, Universität Wien — How to Deal with Imperfect Dictionaries and their Possibly Misleading Definitions / Glosses (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)



Joint Session With: Pentateuch, Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Room: Capitol Ballroom 4 (Fourth Level) – Hyatt Regency (HR)
Theme: History of the Pentateuch: Combining Literary and Archaeological Approaches

Konrad Schmid, Universität Zürich, Introduction (5 min)
Oded Lipschits, Tel Aviv University –How Archaeology Can or Cannot Integrate Literary Perspectives (5 min)
Christophe Nihan, Université de Lausanne — How Literary Investigations Can or Cannot Integrate Archaeological Perspectives (5 min)
Thomas Römer, Collège de France – University of Lausanne and Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University — Jeroboam II’s Israel: Literary and Archaeological Perspectives (30 min)



Morning Departure.


Have I missed anything interesting?

The Local Cult is Hosting ‘Movie Month’ This August

In their advert for the series the cultists write

In the quest for crowds the local cult has decided that the Gospel itself isn’t good enough for its groupies and so they have to add gimmicks to their services so that the herd will want to show up.

Unfortunately this ‘Gospel +’ something mentality is the root of all heresy.  When Jesus isn’t enough, something has to be added and anything that added is heresy.  If Jesus isn’t enough, then you aren’t a Christian nor is yours a Christian Church, you are a cultist and your church is a cult.

Eric Metaxas Has Gone Full Bore Alt-Right

Tell me how he still has Christian support?

As yet another indicator of how far into the alt-right Eric Metaxas has drifted, here is a recent love tweet to British nativist Katie Hopkins.

Read the post.

Quote of the Day

Woe to those who call what is bad, good, and what is good, bad, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Isa. 5:20)