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About Jim

I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.

Signs of the Times

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The Bee Stings ‘Game of Thrones’ (You Knew They Would)

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this lampooning as I’ve never seen as much as 10 seconds of the series. But some of you have seen every moment, and you’re happy enough to skip Sunday Evening worship to do … Continue reading

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I’m With Grebel on this One

True believing Christians are sheep among wolves- Conrad Grebel. Reformation figures like Michael Sattler, Conrad Grebel, and Felix Manz—the Swiss Brethren—read the Bible differently. They taught that the Christian faith should be kept separate from entanglement with civil authority in … Continue reading

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“Sending Prayers Your Way” : How Not to Pray

Might I remind Christians – sending your ‘prayers to Senator McCain’ is pointless.  Direct them to God who alone is our only hope.

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Just Slightly Over Two Months From Now…

Richard Goode- Master Poster Maker- provides this inspirational flyer for the upcoming lecture at Newman U.

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Power, status and influence in Paul’s Corinth – Student dissertation (part 2)

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In Part 1 of Newman graduand Isabella Wray‘s examination of Paul’s use of ‘slave’ and ‘freedman’ in 1 Corinthians 7:20-24 she described the geopolitical setting of Corinth and…

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Donald Trump Thinks Insurance Costs $12 a Year…

And you voted for him because he’s on the working man’s side….  Ha.

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Egypt Is Going After Hobby Lobby

And of course Roberta has the tale.

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The Bee Stings the Dilettantes: I.E., The Held-Evans’s of Christendom

After a full five minutes of careful study on a controversial topic, local believer Andrea Williams confirmed Wednesday that she had come to the conclusion that the Bible was 100% in agreement with what she wanted to be true in … Continue reading

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One of the Bee’s Best Stings Yet: Feminist Angry at God for ‘Godsplaining’

Local feminist Linda Otto reportedly dismissed the Bible as “Godsplaining” in a recent blog post, followers of her Patheos page confirmed Wednesday. She defined the term as the Lord revealing commandments and universal moral truths without consulting His creation to see … Continue reading

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Journal Essays Devoted to The Subject of Women in the 17th Century

Here.  Free through the end of October. The Seventeenth Century has a rich archive of articles covering all aspects of women’s lives in the period. This Virtual Special Issue, with free access, presents a selection of sixteen articles, covering all strata … Continue reading

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Historical Theology and The Ignorant

When someone doesn’t know anything about historical theology, but they roll their eyes at explanations, I’m like…

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The Bee Stings The Heretic Osteen

But a bit unrealistically, because Osteen has never actually opened a bible. After overhearing a pair of Christians discuss 2 Timothy 2:15 in a local coffee shop, pastor and teacher Joel Osteen reportedly discovered for the first time the concept … Continue reading

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Richard Goode’s New Poster for the September 25 Lecture at Newman University

I like it.  It’s kind of artistic.  The content is a little disconcerting and more honest than most things tend to be… but… none of it is really untrue so I can’t complain too much. If you’re in Birmingham or … Continue reading

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Brilliant News From #SOTS100: The Election of our Next President

Jonathan tweets- We have elected Prof. Susan Gillingham from Oxford as president of SOTS in 2019. #sots100 @OxfordTheology An utterly brilliant choice.

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Gentle Luther, Meek and Mild

Who does not see here that the Anabaptists are not men possessed but are themselves demons possessed by even worse demons?  — Martin Luther

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Again, Luther’s Growing Disgust in June 1545

From the sermon of 7 June- This is the general way of things now. They will not tolerate preachers, except the ones who teach what they want to hear. Christ did not die so that you should be arrogant, but … Continue reading

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Luther Was Growing More and More Annoyed With People in 1545

YOU have often heard and are now hearing the complaint, which is universal in all the world, that when human beings hear the preaching of faith about the remission of sins, they embrace it, because it is a delightful preaching: … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

A Christian should resemble a fruit tree with real fruit, not a Christmas tree with decorations tied on –John RW Stott

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