Daily Archives: 14 Nov 2019

Diary of an Intensive 密集神學課手記

It was a great class with really engaged students.

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Bachelor of Theology student Timothy Chan shares his experience of Dr Jim West’s week-long Introduction to New Testament Studies intensive.

Diary of an Intensive

Monday

I decided to do the intensive as I am working full-time in a mission church while I study for my BTh. I was able to take a week off as holiday time, so it was very convenient and efficient to be able to do a whole subject in just five days. I also liked the idea of being able to immerse myself fully in the class and focus on what the lecturer is teaching us.

The first day was really interesting. Dr Jim West taught us about the background of different parts of the New Testament to give us a deeper understanding of what is written in it. We also learned about the Synoptic Gospels and how we can reference different scriptures to understand what…

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America Has Lost its Mind

Three proofs.

Today’s GOP…

‪… sure has different ‘family values’ than the GOP I grew up with….‬

The Tennessee House speaker said Wednesday his GOP supermajority won’t pursue a vote to expel a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct decades ago, citing a state attorney general opinion that acknowledges the move isn’t prohibited, but cautions against it.

Very different ‘values’ indeed.

Divine Justice

Veneto regional council, which is located on Venice’s Grand Canal, was flooded for the first time in its history on Tuesday night — just after it rejected measures to combat climate change.  The historic Italian city has been brought to its knees this week by the worst flooding there in more than 50 years.

And the council chamber in Ferro Fini Palace started to take in water around 10 p.m. local time, as councilors were debating the 2020 regional budget, Democratic Party councilor Andrea Zanoni said in a long Facebook post.  “Ironically, the chamber was flooded two minutes after the majority League, Brothers of Italy, and Forza Italia parties rejected our amendments to tackle climate change,” Zanoni, who is deputy chairman of the environment committee, said in the post, which also has photographs of the room under water.

Among the rejected amendments were measures to fund renewable sources, to replace diesel buses with “more efficient and less polluting ones,” to scrap polluting stoves and reduce the impact of plastics, he said.

Which Photo Shows Survivors and Which The End of their Gene Pool?

Via Helen *The Mauler* Ingram

Dear Hong Kong

Please regain peace. You must find a way. Be the man standing in front of the tank, peacefully, and not the man throwing firebombs.

The first path will win you worldwide support, the second, worldwide disdain.

Choose peace. Choose life.

Another Day, Another School Shooting

At least six people were injured during a shooting at a Southern California high school Thursday morning, authorities said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter that deputies responded to Saugus High School in the city of Santa Clarita, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The department said a male suspect in black clothing was seen at the location.

It was not immediately clear if the victims suffered gunshot wounds or other injuries, said Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Christopher Thomas.

More will doubtless be forthcoming.

There’s Never a Day in America When a Pedophile Isn’t Arrested

Visit the Department of Justice’s ‘Project Safe Childhood’ page and scroll through the justice news section.  It’s simply appalling that so many in this country are involved in such perversity.  And these are just the ones caught and who make the news.

America?  A ‘Christian Nation’?  Nope.  It isn’t even a nation of Christians.

The Challenge of History: Readings in Modern Theology

The advent of the modern, historical, and critical methods of reading Scripture is one of the most significant events in the last five hundred years of Christian history and theology. New questions arose in the course of that history that led to new, sometimes troubling answers. New ways of considering Scripture were articulated. The crisis in which academic Christian theology has found itself for approximately two hundred years is directly related to the emergence of new ways of studying–and criticizing–the Bible.

The Challenge of History traces the trajectory of these developments, presenting key readings from over thirty-five theologians–from Erasmus to Pannenberg–whose writings relate to the birth of modern historical and critical exegesis and, more broadly, to the emergence, among theologians and biblical scholars, of a certain historical consciousness that characterizes vast segments of modernity. How did the historical and critical methods arise? How did they impact the study of Scripture? What are their implications for Christian theology? Scripture is read–and needs to be read–differently in a parish, in a monastery, and in an academic setting. But the various ways of approaching Scripture should not be cordoned off from one another.

This volume is an ideal textbook for in-depth study of one of the most important topics in modern theology.

Martin Luther Was Right About The Evil in the World

What he said nearly 500 years ago is just as true today:

When we were children, nothing disturbed us; we ourselves did indeed lead a more peaceful life, but the world has always been the same.

To be sure, it is true that in one era wickedness erupts more than in another, but this happens because different situations and greater opportunities exist for it to erupt; the wickedness of the world, however, always remains the same. Julius Caesar shook up the whole world because he had a great opportunity to do so; if Esau or Absalom had had such an opportunity, they would have done the same thing.

Therefore the evil in the world is always the same. See to it, then, that you have a peaceful and tranquil heart and that you do not get angry when you see this evil. You will never change the world, but see to it that you change into another kind of man.*

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*Luther’s Works, Vol. 15: Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Last Words of David, 2 Samuel 23:1-7 (pp. 117–118.)

A Meme I Like

You’ve doubtless seen this meme around.  This is my favorite.  With thanks to Tim *Morgan* Bertolet for the tip-

As You Travel to #SBL2019 Remember, USB Charging Ports Can Be Infected With Malware…

No joke.  If you travel and use those convenient airport usb charging ports, you may find your phone hijacked.

You may want to think twice before using one of those handy USB charging stations that are so common in airports.

Security experts are increasingly warning that using these public USB ports could put unsuspecting users at risk of ‘juice jacking,’ according to Forbes.

Juice jacking occurs when cyber-criminals secretly modify the USB ports to install malware on your phone or slurp up your data.

Plug your phone into an a/c outlet.  Skip the usb ports.

The Anniversary of Regula Zwingli’s Death

Zwingli's family tree

Zwingli’s family tree

Regula, the eldest daughter [of Huldrych Zwingli], born in 1525, who is said to have been the image of her mother, married on August 3, 1541, when in her seventeenth year, Bullinger’s foster-son, Rudolf Gualther, a brilliant man, born in Zurich, November 9, 1519; studied at Basel, Strassburg, Lausanne, and Marburg, and in 1542 became pastor of St. Peter’s in Zurich, and so remained the rest of his life. In 1547 he brought out the first edition of Zwingli’s works, himself translating into Latin all the hitherto untranslated German treatises. He succeeded Bullinger in the office of chief city pastor in 1575. After Regula died of the plague (November 14, 1565), he married Anna, daughter of Thomas Blarer, formerly burgomaster of Constance, Gualther died December 25, 1586. With Zwingli’s son Ulrich the male line of the Reformer died out.  —  Samuel Macauley Jackson.

Lest we forget.