Author Archives: Jim

The Bee Stings the ‘Feely’ Generation

An influential group of the nation’s top progressive evangelical authors, speakers, and bloggers met Tuesday evening to officially affirm their recently drafted doctrine of “Sola Feels,” sources confirmed.

The new doctrine, translated “By Feels Alone,” formally outlines one of the essentials of modern-day progressive evangelicalism—that one’s feelings are the supreme authority in all matters of theology and practice.

An alleged draft of the creed, which was leaked to the press Wednesday morning, reads as follows:

“The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in our feels, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from our feels: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by the Scriptures, church history, or theologians.”

“Quite simply, ‘Sola Feels’ means that all spiritual truths only become true once they’re filtered through and accepted by our feels—all the feels,” popular author and speaker Jane Hansen told reporters after the meeting. “Thus, things that make us feel bad, those are wrong. The things that give us all the happy feels, those are true, right, and good.”

“At least, that’s how we feel at the moment, I feel,” she noted.

Adding that the group holds to progressive Christianity’s traditional position on the infallibility of feelings, Hansen confirmed that “Feels are the only true and perfect standard, revealing truth from lies, and love from intolerance. And we feel sooo good about Sola Feels, so you know it’s great.”

Asked about any pushback they may receive about the new doctrine, Hansen was undaunted, declaring that the group “just can’t even with the bad feels right now.”

Nail on the head.  Where can Rachel Held Evans and Jonathan Merritt sign the creed?

Rollston on the ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ Thing

He makes several salient points and then says

VIII.  … Ultimately, I believe that there is a fair chance that although the papyrus itself is ancient the ink letters are actually modern…that is, this inscription is something that I would classify as a possible modern forgery.

IX. Recently, I signed a contract with Eerdmans Publishing for a volume (almost entirely completed at this time) entitled _Forging History in the Ancient World of the Bible & the Modern World of Biblical Studies_. The Jerusalem Papyrus inscription will be in that volume…

Read it.  And refrain, won’t you, from being over excited about every claim appearing in the Times of Israel.

Kirche der Reformation? Erfahrungen mit dem Reformprozess und die Notwendigkeit der Umkehr

9783788730666This new title has just appeared at V&R.

Die in diesem Buch gesammelten Berichte und Dokumente machen anschaulich, welch ein Umbauprozess sich gegenwärtig in der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland vollzieht. Zwar kommt nicht jede deutsche Landeskirche in diesem Buch vor.

Doch die Berichte aus vier großen Kirchen führen bereits vor Augen, welch ein Prozess in nahezu gleichartigen Schritten früher oder später alle Landeskirchen erfasst – wenn dieser Entwicklung nicht noch Einhalt geboten wird.

A review is forthcoming.

Rick Brannan’s Commentary on 1 Timothy

Take a look.

This Looks Interesting

downloadIt’s from Oxford U Press

Art historian Maxwell Anderson’s Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know® analyzes continuing threats to our heritage, and offers a balanced account of treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects; the history of collecting antiquities; how forgeries are made and detected; how authentic works are documented, stored, dispersed, and displayed; the politics of sending antiquities back to their countries of origin; and the outlook for an expanded legal market. Anderson provides a summary of challenges ahead, including the future of underwater archaeology, the use of drones, remote sensing, and how invisible markings on antiquities will allow them to be traced.

Written in question-and-answer format, the book equips readers with a nuanced understanding of the legal, practical, and moral choices that face us all when confronting antiquities in a museum gallery, shop window, or for sale on the Internet.

That ‘Jerusalem Papyrus’ Thing, Again

This time there’s finally a photo of the unprovenanced bitlet making people very excited.  But what’s it prove?  Absolutely nothing.  Even if it’s authentic (who knows, it’s unprovenanced and can’t be discussed at ASOR because of their policy concerning unprovenanced artifacts) it proves nothing.


It’s purty though….  But unprovenanced.  So useless.

The End of the Trial of Servetus and the Sentence Declared

October 26, 1553- the council of the City of Geneva writes

‘Having a summary of the process against the prisoner, Michael Servetus, and the reports of the parties consulted before us, it is hereby resolved, and, in consideration of his great errors and blasphemies, decreed, that he be taken to Champel, and there burned alive; that this sentence be carried into effect on the morrow, and that his books be burned with him.’

The council had little choice, since Servetus had

… spoken of the Trinity as a three-headed monster, comparable to the hell-dog of the heathen poets.

You might get away with that kind of nasty talk these days, but in the 16th century you only said that sort of thing if you had a death wish.  Servetus evidently did, since he decided he’d go to Geneva, of all places, to say them.