Author Archive: Jim

You Are Not The Final Arbitor of Good and Evil

People sometimes say that if God really is all powerful then he is not Good because of the things that happen. I say that if God is behind everything that happens, and what he does is good, then what’s bad to us is only bad from our perspective. Furthermore, since God is God and you …

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Signs of the Times

Remember when police officers were our ‘best and brightest’?  Yeah, not so much anymore, it seems…

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Creflo Dollar Has Endorsed Donald Trump… Because God Told Him To…

“God came to me in a dream last night and said that Trump is his chosen candidate,” Dollar said. “God apologized for the mixed messages he was sending. I now know that Trump has been touched by the hand of God.” “Trump is like John the Baptist, sent to prepare the world for the return of …

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Praying for Italy

The death toll from an earthquake in central Italy has risen to at least 120, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, according to national news agency ANSA.  The shallow, 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated towns early Wednesday, placing rescuers in a desperate race against time to pull survivors from the rubble.  More than 1,000 people were displaced …

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Die Reformatoren übersetzen

Die Reformatoren übersetzen: Theologisch-politische Dimensionen bei Leo Juds (1482–1542) Übersetzungen von Zwinglis und Bullingers Schriften ins Lateinische– Der Prediger, Liederdichter, Dozent und Bibelübersetzer Leo Jud gehörte zu den engsten Mitarbeitern Zwinglis. Erstmalig widmet sich eine Untersuchung seinen 1535 in Zürich erschienenen lateinischen Übersetzungen von Huldrych Zwinglis «Ußlegen und gründ der Schlußreden» (1523) und Heinrich Bullingers …

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The Bible is not Open to Narcigesis: Thinking the Bible is Written to You

Originally posted on Jesus Without Baggage:
The Bible is a massive collection of writings, and we must investigate and interpret each passage to understand what it says. There are two primary ways of doing this. Exegesis All genuine scholars know that study of biblical passages begins with exegesis, which is determining what the passage actually says.…

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Why Didn’t I Think of Offering a ‘Certificate Course’????

Darn it.  Why can’t I ever come up with good marketing ideas like that.  Why do I have to rely on dead people endorsing my good work?  Dead people and some live ones.  But mostly dead ones. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy???????????????????

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What Are Dead Theologians Saying About My Stuff?

“We have shaped our entire theologies around the insights found in Jim West’s books”— Jurgen Moltmann & Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  (Via Jon Balserak).

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The Bee Stings Zondervan’s ‘Bible For Every Subgroup’ Publishing Tactic

In a move designed to help students of the Word carefully impose their own theology and personal experiences onto the text, Zondervan released its all-new Choose Your Own Adventure Bible to widespread public acclaim Wednesday morning. Boasting over three hundred different endings, the CYOA Bible allows readers to guide and bend the narrative through all …

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The Massacre

St Bartholomew’s that is…. Before dawn on the morning of August 24, 1572, church bells tolled in the Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois quarter of Paris. Just moments earlier, soldiers under the command of Henri, duke of Guise, had overcome resistance and assassinated the admiral of France, Huguenot leader Gaspard de Coligny, in his bedroom. They threw the body …

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