But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 14 July 2017 23:43

The Bible Doesn’t Call it a Whale

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This is what happens when people who don’t read the Bible talk about or write about the Bible-

Earliest mosaic of Jonah and the whale found in Galilee synagogue

Nope.

Unprecedented depictions of the biblical Jonah and the whale have been found at a fifth-century Roman synagogue in Israel’s...

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Finally, someone in authority recognized that the effort to link conservative Catholics and evangelicals was always more about politics than about religion and that it was bound to alienate many churchgoers, distorting the faith with a political outlook that was, as the authors note, rooted in a...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 00:53

Wittenberg in Luther’s Day

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This is really a fantastic reconstruction.

Der Künstler Yadegar Asisi malt die Stadt Wittenberg so,  wie sie im 16. Jahrhundert ausgesehen hat.  Das besondere dabei ist die Größe des Kunst-Werkes:  Es ist ein großes, rundes Gemälde.  Man kann es wie...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 23:50

Pietismus

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imageThis sourcebook collects about 170 texts dating from 1670 to 1770. From the perspective of different disciplines they offer an approach to this early modern reform movement in its social and cultural contexts. 

The topics of the twenty chapters include community approaches, practice of piety...

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imageDie Briefwechsel Rudolf Bultmanns mit dem Praktischen Theologen Götz Harbsmeier sowie dem Kirchenhistoriker und späteren Systematiker Ernst Wolfwerden in einer gemeinsamen Edition zugänglich gemacht. Schließlich berühren sich die beiden Korrespondenzen nicht nur vielfach...

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This is a great essay, and quite correct too.

Illicit antiquities are once again in the headlines. US retailer Hobby Lobby was recently fined US$3m (£2.3m) for illegally acquiring antiquities that were most likely looted from Iraq. Collectors and museums are therefore being reminded...

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imageAtheists generated widespread anxieties between the Reformation and the Enlightenment. In response to such anxieties a distinct genre of religious apologetics emerged in England between 1580 and 1720. By examining the form and the content of the confutation of atheism, Anti-Atheism in Early Modern...

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There aren’t 2 or 3 or 4 or more paths…

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(I know what the Pope means- I’m simply suggesting that 1) the word Saint applies to more than just the super holy, and 2) the present fawning of Lutherans and others over the Pontiff’s supposed proximity to Lutheran or Reformed faith...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 21:04

Erasmus’ Grave

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Via the good folk at Brill-

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Authors: Jim...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 20:09

Hard Times? Oh Please

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Let us be content (saith Luther) with our hard fare; for do we not feast with angels upon that bread of life? Remember, when wants pinch hard, that these fix no marks of God’s hatred upon you. He hath dealt no worse with you than he did with his own Son. Nay, which of you is not better...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 20:01

The Death of Erasmus

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image On his way [back to the Netherlands] he stopped in Basel in the house of Jerome Froben, August, 1535, and attended to the publication of Origen. It was his last work. He fell sick, and died in his seventieth year, July 12, 1536, of his old enemies, the stone and the gout, to which was added...

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imageOn 12 July, 1906 the inestimable E.Käsemann was born.  He wrote a lot!  A LOT!  He was productive, and brilliant, and gifted, and personable, and warm, and generous with his time, and conversational, and of course, controversial. Käsemann was – as all should know...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 23:56

Why Palestine is Still the Issue

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A fascinating piece of analysis.  And there’s a film too.

This is an abridged version of John Pilger‘s address to the Palestinian Expo 2017 in London. John Pilger’s film, ‘Palestine Is Still the Issue’, can be viewed at http://johnpilger.com/videos/pa...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 20:56

Rightly Understanding God and Man…

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Requires faith-

One ought not to expect to recognize God from His words unless faith be present (for if that be lacking, whatever you assert of Him will seem an idle tale), is also true in the study of man. For unless faith be present, so that a man believes that every word that proceedeth from God...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 08:04

The Articles Concerning Predestination

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Articles concerning Predestination

  1. Before the first man was created, God in his eternal counsel had determined what he willed to be done with the whole human race.
  2. In the hidden counsel of God it was determined that Adam should fall from the unimpaired condition of his nature, and by his defection...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 07:10

The Corruption of Biblical Studies

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This is a fantastic essay by Jonathan Berman of Bar Ilan.  With thanks to William Ross for the heads up.

Midway through we read

The point: in biblical studies, there are two types of practitioners: genuine scholars, and conservative scholars. The former are presumed innocent, motivated only by...

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Although evidently not enough for most Americans to make it a regular part of their lives…  Funny how that works.

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Filed under: Modern Culture

Authors: Jim...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 22:52

Calvin on Doctrineless Sermonizing

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[Where] there is seldom any doctrine used … it were better for the wicked babblers even then to hold their peace, who thrust in their own unclean inventions instead of the Word of God, and pollute with the stink of their impiety whatsoever is holy. — John Calvin

If you are one of those...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 04:47

Naming The Names of those Who Teach Falsely

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imageIn his Commentary on True and False Religion Zwingli, who normally didn’t mention those against whom he wrote, made an exception- remarking

Emser and Eck … are pests to the teachings of Christ. Their own wanton recklessness has forced me to write pretty sharply against them and by...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 02:52

Rudolf Bultmann’s Advice to all Biblical Scholars

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imageIn today’s parlance- if you don’t understand it, don’t talk about it.  And if you don’t have first hand familiarity with it, leave it to those who do to explain.

Filed under: Bultmann

Authors: Jim...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 02:29

Hell as Everlasting Misery

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Matthew Hafenreffer opines-

“They are the most exquisite pains of soul and body (for both had sinned), arising from the fear and sense of the most just wrath and vengeance of God against sins, the most sad consciousness of which they carry about with them, the baseness of which is manifest,...

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Photo courtesy of Joe Mock

His earliest education was commenced in his fifth year in the school of his native place: but such was his fondness for learning, application, and forwardness, that in his twelfth year, June 11, 1516, his father sent him to a grammar-school at Emmerich on the Rhine. There...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 21:36

Joyce Meyer is a False Teacher…

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So if you buy her books, or, now, her ‘Bible’, you’re embracing false teaching.  And, by the way, shame on the publisher of this crap rubbish.

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via Nick Norelli on Twitter

Filed under: Pentebabbleism, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-scholarship, pseudo-theology

Authors: Jim...

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Selected Writings of Erhard S. Gerstenberger, prof. em. of Old Testament, Marburg

image There has been published by the University Library of Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, a large collection of essays by OT professor Erhard S. Gerstenberger written over the past 50 years. The volume comprising...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 02:42

A Little Lutheran Prodigy

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David Chytraeus

imageDavid Chytraeus (Kochhaff), sometimes called the last of the Lutheran Fathers, was born at Ingelfingen, near Swabian Hall, in Würtemberg, February 26, 1530. He received the rudiments of his education at Gemmingen, where he advanced rapidly in his knowledge of the Latin language....

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