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Daily Archives: 26 Oct 2018

Your Friend Doesn’t Understand Greek Then

 
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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Modern Culture

 

The Pseudochristian Mega Church ‘Worship’ Service

Featuring fog machines, laser lights, screeching music, and screaming teens having seizures (dancing).

What blasphemous heresy. Your ‘rave’ isn’t worship, it’s paganism.

 
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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Quote of the Day

Es ist ja offensichtlich, was die Werke des Fleisches sind: Unzucht, Unreinheit, Ausschweifung, Götzendienst, Zauberei, Feindschaft, Streit, Eifersucht, Zorn, Eigennutz, Zwietracht, Parteiung, Missgunst, Trunkenheit, Übermut und dergleichen mehr – ich sage es euch voraus, wie ich es schon einmal gesagt habe: Die solches tun, werden das Reich Gottes nicht erben.  Die Frucht des Geistes aber ist Liebe, Freude, Frieden, Geduld, Güte, Rechtschaffenheit, Treue, Sanftmut, Selbstbeherrschung. Gegen all dies kann kein Gesetz etwas haben. (Gal. 5:19-23)

 
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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Bible

 

Praying Like The Pagans – Matthew 6:5-8

In sum- go be alone to pray.

Reading Acts

In my first semester of Bible college an older student stood up to prayer in a chapel and began by addressing God as Father, Lord, el-shaddai, Jehovah Jirah, and every other name of God he could think of from the Bible (or from the latest Amy Grant song). This went on for several minutes and became more and more awkward as this student oiled on the names of God and showed off their preaching skills in their public prayer. Looking back on this, I wondered if the student realized they were drawing attention to themselves by praying in this way. I imagine they were genuinely trying to worship God in the prayer and would have been horrified to find out people were distracted from real worship by his overly-flowery prayer.

This first kind of prayer common Jesus addresses is the long, flowery public prayer which draws attention to the…

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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Commentary Sale

You can pick up a PDF copy of the clearest exposition of the Book of Revelation (layfolk friendly) for $5.  Be sure to include your email address in your Paypal payment.

Yes, $5 is inexpensive for a book on one of the New Testament’s most misinterpreted texts.  But I like you.

 
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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Bible, Biblical Studies Resources

 
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At the End of the Day, Theologians are Guard Dogs

I see a sect the most execrable and pernicious that ever was in the world. I see that it does much harm, and is like a fire kindled for the general desolation and destruction, or as a contagious disease to infect the whole earth, unless some remedy is applied.

Since, then, our Lord has called me to that office, my conscience constrains me to resist it so far as it is possible for me. And, more than that, with strong and earnest entreaties, I am seriously importuned by the poor believers, who see with concern the Netherlands of the Emperor altogether corrupted, that as soon as possible, and without delay, I put my hand to the work. Nevertheless, even after such requests, I have put off a whole year, to see whether the malady would be lulled asleep by silence.

If any one should allege that, I could well, indeed, write against the wicked doctrine, letting the individuals alone, I have my more than reasonable excuse; it is that, considering what ruin Messieur Antony Pocquet has spread in the country of Artois and of Hainault, according to the relation of the brethren who have come hither expressly on that account, having heard the same repeated here; and considering that Quintin pretends no other object than to draw the poor simple souls to that more than brutal sect, and not so much by the report of others as having heard with my ears, understanding that they are always very bitter in opposing the doctrine of holiness, to draw poor souls into perdition, to beget in the world a despising of God, judge, Madame, whether it would have been lawful for me to dissemble?

A dog barks and stands at bay if he sees any one assault his master. I should be indeed remiss, if, seeing the truth of God thus attacked, I should remain dumb, without giving one note of warning, I am quite persuaded that it is not your mind, that in order to favour you I must betray the Evangel which God has committed to me. Wherefore I do beseech you, Madame, not to be offended, if, being constrained by the duty of my office, under penalty of incurring the offence of God, I have not spared your servants, without, however, addressing yourself.  — John Calvin

 
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It’s A Bad Idea To Rip Verses From their Context

 
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ReIReS School in Paris, February 2019

All the details are available here.  And don’t worry, it won’t interfere with your attendance at the Zwingli Congress; they are at different points in the month.  So, go to Zurich in early February and then to Paris in late February.

 
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Personal Update

This is very good news and I hope and pray his remission continues.

Larry Hurtado's Blog

I have been reluctant to use this space for personal matters, but because so many readers sent kind words of encouragement during my chemo therapy and hospital confinement, I feel obliged to give some update.  I underwent a two-stage chemo treatment for a type of leukemia (AML) that ran most of July through September.  I was released from hospital on 21 Sept, and my haematologist has now judged me to be in remission (no cancerous cells found in my blood tests or bone marrow tests).

So, for the foreseeable future, I simply have monthly checkups with him.  I also take a daily medicine designed to help prevent the reactivation of cancerous blood cells.

My thanks to all of you who expressed your concerns and encouragement.  The “intensive” chemo therapy was a real trial and battering of my body (I lost 14 kilos weight, all my head hair, and a lot…

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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Modern Christian Parenting Summed Up In A Sentence

“Pastor, I make my kid go to school, the dentist, his job, and football practice, but I don’t feel comfortable making him go to church if he doesn’t want to go…” (The Wrestling Pastor)

 
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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Modern Culture, Theology

 

And the Best Slam in a Book Review Goes to Rudolf Bultmann…

Who wrote of Georg Brandes’ life of Jesus (wherein Brandes calls into question the reality of Jesus),

Is it really possible that such a book has a real writer as its author?

Nice!

 
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Congratulations, Anne Katrine Gudme!

She has just won the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters silver medal for young researchers.

Videnskabernes Selskab uddeler hvert år en sølvmedalje til en yngre dansk forsker for en fremragende grundvidenskabelig præstation.

I 2018 tildeles sølvmedaljen til lektor Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme fra Det teologiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet for hendes forskning i Det Gamle Testamente.

Sølvmedaljen overrækkes af Selskabets præsident ved et medlemsmøde torsdag den 25. oktober 2018. Med den smukke sølvmedaljer følger et prislegat på 100.000 kr. til forskning.

Kandidater til Sølvmedaljen kan indstilles af alle, men bedømmelsesudvalget består af medlemmer af den humanistiske klasse i Selskabet.

She’s a brilliant scholar and a wonderful person.  And this is well deserved.

 
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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Modern Culture

 

Receptions of Paul in Early Christianity: The Person of Paul and His Writings Through the Eyes of His Early Interpreters

For those who may be interested

 
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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Books

 

Pentebabbleism Explained in One Sentence

As soon as the Spirit is separated from the Word of Christ, the door is open to all kinds of delusions and impostures.  — John Calvin

 
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Posted by on 26 Oct 2018 in Modern Culture