BibleWorks 10

On their Facebook page they announce

BibleWorks 10 — no more DVDs. The program installs using a flash drive. The flash drives are ready for shipping! Get yours today.

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The BW website is here.

Who Really Goes to Hell?

This helpful graphic will help you understand.  There are four categories of hell bound:

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1- People I don’t like
2- Bloggers I don’t like
3- More bloggers I don’t like
4- Joel Watts and papists like him

If you fall into one of those categories, sorry, you’re predestined for destruction. Amen and Amen.

Quote of the Day

By Christopher B. Hays-

[Colleges and Universities are] selling credits and degrees, rather than the opportunity to learn.

‘Liked’ 10,000,000,000 times.

The Question Is…

When will the Emergents and journalist announce this event as an example of the Gospel?

Nine Years of Zwinglius Redivivus

Apparently it’s my blog-iversary.  Who knew.  Nine years.  It doesn’t seem that long.  And I’ve actually been blogging longer (previously on blogspot but I don’t know how long).  In fact, I think I started blogging a couple of decades ago.  Jim Davila started the fun and Mark Goodacre was next to enter bibliobloggingdom and since Jim’s focus was on Hebrew Bible and such and Mark’s was New Testament and stuff I thought I’d aim wider and do both and more.

Anyway, it’s been a lot of fun.  Here’s to 99 more.

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It’s Friday, And You Know What That Means…

Yup, it’s time for you to thrust your hand into the good ole ‘grab bag’ of blogging wondrousness and see what you pull out!  And boy will you love it.  I mean you will LOVE it.

But… before you click the link and are taken to paradise, you have to swear, on your honor, that you’ll do what you’re asked to do at the end of the rainbow.

So, ready, set, click!

Congratulations to James Crossley on his New Position at St. Mary’s University

Chris Keith writes

I’m very excited to announce that on Sept. 1 of this year James Crossley, co-blogger here at the Jesus Blog, will join the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University as Professor of Bible and Society.  He will add great strength to our centre and his addition signals the continued growth of Biblical Studies and New Testament at St Mary’s, which in the past three years has seen also the addition of Prof Steve Walton and grown from one New Testament PhD student to ten.  Prof Crossley will be taking on new PhD students and any who are interested in studying with him are encouraged to contact him or me (chris.keith@stmarys.ac.uk).  Although Prof Crossley will spend most of his time on research and PhD supervision, he will also teach undergraduate courses and courses on the MA in Biblical Studies (due to take its first class in 2016).

Congrats to Jim and to St. Mary’s on what is the academic equivalent of Man United nabbing Manuel Neuer for keeper.

The Good Old Days…

Because there are always some who hold God and his Word in contempt, who take account of neither injunction, exhortation nor remonstrance, thus requiring greater chastisement, we hold the discipline of excommunication to be a thing holy and salutary among the faithful, since truly it was instituted by our Lord with good reason. 

This is in order that the wicked should not by their damnable conduct corrupt the good and dishonour our Lord, and that though proud they may turn to penitence. Therefore we believe that it is expedient according to the ordinance of God that all manifest idolaters, blasphemers, murderers, thieves, lewd persons, false witnesses, sedition-mongers, quarrellers, those guilty of defamation or assault, drunkards, dissolute livers, when they have been duly admonished and if they do not make amendment, be separated from the communion of the faithful until their repentance is known.  – John Calvin

Moral Outrage is Best Expressed With Proper Spelling

Via James McGrath

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‘By striping verses of all context…’ should probably (almost certainly) be ‘stripping’.   That said, the moral outrage of the quotation falls flat as a misspelled word when it’s thought about for more than half a minute.

First, what exactly is a ‘context-less bible verse’?  Who are the terrible people decontextualizing the Bible?  Are they, by chance, the people who decontextualize Romans 1 (or more likely ignore it, or dismiss it, or try their best exegetical gymnastics to explain it out of existence (as Doug Campbell tries mightily to do))?

Second, exactly how is proof-texting a sin?  Is it described as a sin somewhere in Scripture?  Or is it a sin in the eyes of Mr Hunt?  Who decided it was a sin?  And who decides what proof-texting is?  Does Mr Hunt really think that citing Leviticus’ prohibition of same sex sexual relations is proof texting?  Sensible souls throughout the history of Christianity and Judaism have simply seen it as a straightforward prohibition.  Mr Hunt may not like it, but just because you don’t like what a text plainly says doesn’t mean you can call a plain reading of it proof-texting.

I would have more respect for supporters of gay marriage if they abandoned the pretense of calling Scripture to their aid every time they wanted to debate the topic and simply say ‘I don’t find in the Bible any support for my support of same sex marriage (without proof texting ‘love’ verses) but I support it anyway.  Honesty would be so refreshing.

In that way traditionalists (or whatever you want to call them) can say ‘we believe the Bible plainly teaches’ and same sex marriage supporters can say ‘we don’t care what the Bible says about it, we want to get married’.  The ironic thing about Mr Hunt’s complaint is that his lament is proof-texting par excellance.

Could proof texting be the attempt to turn David and Jonathan into homosexual lovers?  Certainly it would seem so.  Indeed, more than that, it’s nothing but eisegesis and eisegesis is far more egregious than lifting a verse from here and combining it with a verse over there.  Eisegesis intentionally misrepresents a text.  Proof texting is the mistake of the uninformed.  Eisegesis is the act of the predator.  Eisegesis sees what it wants to see.

Allow me to quote Luther (with a little modification in bold), who, as always, has a helpful word for every occasion:

“Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, or the politically correct, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.”

If Mr Hunt et al (the supporters of gay marriage) cannot support their viewpoint by means of Scripture and plain reason I cannot, I will not accept their reading (or rather misreading) of the Scriptures.  And, to be fair, why should I?  It’s not as though same sex marriage activists are breaking down the door to engage anyone who sees things differently than they.

Basing Faculty Decisions on Test Scores or Student Evaluations Is Absurd

At Denny’s, diners are asked to fill out comment cards. How was your meal? Were you satisfied with the quality of service? Were the restrooms clean?

In universities around the world, semesters end with students filling out similar surveys about their experience in the class and the quality of the teacher.

Student ratings are high-stakes. They come up when faculty are being considered for tenure or promotions. In fact, they’re often the only method a university uses to monitor the quality of teaching.

Recently, a number of faculty members have been publishing research showing that the comment-card approach may not be the best way to measure the central function of higher education.

The same is true of primary and secondary school educators.  Why?  Because students are willing to make a poor grade to sabotage a teacher who gives them an F or a D or in some cases even a C or a B.

Education has never been, till recently, a popularity contest.  But of course it has become precisely that simply because everything about education is now viewed only in utilitarian/ monetary terms.  The motto of school administrators today is ‘show me the money’ because the motto of students is ‘show me the money’.

But when money is the god you worship it is only natural that everything else falls to the side.  That is, by the way, why the love of money is the root of every sort of evil.

Go ahead, administrators, keep your eye on the purse instead of on your school’s true purpose.  You’ll reap what you’ve sown.  And you already are.

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