Daily Archives: 13 Mar 2019

The Admissions Scandal isn’t New

Rich scammers have always been with us, gaming the system to their own greedy advantage.

Facebook is Dead

And has been most of the day.  I’m glad I just use it for frivolities and feel very sorry for the people who have decided to use it for their businesses.

The lesson: don’t depend on social media to be reliable platforms.  They aren’t meant to be anything more than time-passing toys.

A Question in Light of the Grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max 8

Why can planes be grounded after two accidents but guns can’t be controlled after tens of thousands of deaths??????


I Still Couldn’t Agree More…

From March 13, 2017- and still true-

It’s just a shame that the SBC leadership didn’t have this attitude when the fundamentalists were dismantling theological education at SEBTS in the 80’s as they had earlier done to SBTS and NOBTS.

Funny, isn’t it, how when you’re grasping for power you’re happy to justify conflict but when you’re in power you don’t want it.

Quote of the Day

” I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place. Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my body!” (Ps. 31:7-9)

That Bribery Scandal Exposes the Filthy Greed of the Filthy Rich

This is sickening.  A sickening fact in a reprehensible story of sickening facts.

BNTS Call For Papers

2019 Conference at Liverpool Hope University

The Call for Papers for this year’s British New Testament Conference is now open. The conference will be taking place at Liverpool Hope University, Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 September 2019.

Registration details are coming soon. Continue reading to see the complete Call for Papers and plenary speakers.

It looks like a great lineup of plenary speakers.

More Than Luther: The Reformation and the Rise of Pluralism in Europe

This volume contains the plenary papers and a selection of shortpapers from the Seventh Annual RefoRC conference, which was held May 10–12th 2017 in Wittenberg. The contributions concentrate on the effects of Luther´s new theology and draw the lines from Luther´s contemporaries into the early seventeenth century. Developments in art, catholic responses and Calvinistic reception are only some of the topics. The volume reflects the interdisciplinarity and interconfessionality that characterizes present research on the 16th century reformations and underlines the fact that this research has not come to a conclusion in 2017. The papers in this conference volume point to lacunae and will certainly stimulate further research.

Contributors: Wim François, Antonio Gerace, Siegrid Westphal, Edit Szegedi, Maria Lucia Weigel, Graeme Chatfield, Jane Schatkin Hettrick, Marta Quatrale, Aurelio A. García, Jeannette Kreijkes, Csilla Gábor, Gábor Ittzés, Balázs Dávid Magyar, Tomoji Odori, Gregory Soderberg, Herman A. Speelman, Izabela Winiarska-Górska, Erik A. de Boer, Donald Sinnema, Dolf te Velde.

A review copy has arrived.  More soon.

With St Patrick’s Day Just Around the Corner it’s Time For ‘Patrick’s Bad Analogies’

Signs of the Times: When A Rich Kid Who Doesn’t Care About Learning Takes the Place of a Good Kid Who Does

You Can’t Read Romance Novels in Geneva

Or at least you couldn’t in 1559…

We learn from the state-register of March 13, 1559, that romance-reading was altogether prohibited in Geneva. It is said:—“Inasmuch as many persons are in the habit of reading Amadis de Gaule, which contains much that is licentious and wicked, let them be gravely admonished, and let the said book be abolished and destroyed.” Shortly after Calvin’s time, Henry Stephens was excommunicated and imprisoned, because he had written a dissolute book. In conclusion, we refer to a little work entitled ‘The Life of the Christian, and a View of Eternal Life,’ as affording a further proof of Calvin’s spiritual feelings, and care for souls. – Paul Henry

Indeed, those romance novels are nasty.  And gross.  Some books need to be banned.  Not Brunner’s or Bultmann’s by any means, but we can all agree that NT Wright’s definitely need to be.

Why Doesn’t God Answer Prayer Immediately?

God’s slowness springs from our coldness and dullness, while our iniquities interpose an obstacle between ourselves and his ear. — John Calvin

Or, in more modern terms- God doesn’t answer your prayers right off because your spiritual life is undeveloped and you sin so much that he just isn’t in any rush to give you a hand.

And, frankly, why should he?