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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Saturday, 05 August 2017 21:56

Today With Luther: The Publication of his ’67 Psalms’

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Luther’s work on Ps 9-147 appeared on this date in 1521.  It’s evidence of the early Luther’s still evolving theological thought.  As the American editor remarks of this volume,

… on August 6, 1521, it appeared in print. Its German title is “Deutsche...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 00:57

News From BNTS

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Booking for this year’s conference closes on August 18th. Please make sure you book your place before then. http://maynoothcollege.ie/pontifical-university/2017/04/10/british-new-testament-conference-31st-aug-2nd-september-2017/

The conference begins on Thursday 31st August, with Registration...

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In the preface, the editors of the American Edition of Luther’s works write

The fact that Luther, during the last years of his life, wrote treatises harshly condemnatory of the Jews and Judaism is rather widely known. The treatises themselves, however, have not previously been available in...

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Bloomsbury is publishing a series of what they describe as ‘study guides’ for the Old Testament, but don’t make the mistake of thinking these are mere ‘Cliff Notes’.  Quite the contrary.  I reviewed a couple of these volumes in the most recent number of the...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 20:39

The ‘Comprehensive Report’ on the Jordan Lead Codices

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Jim Davila has it.  He writes

It is lengthy: over 1100 pages, although that includes many images. It addresses the issues that need to be addresed and does so thoughtfully and in great detail. Rather than coming to a final conclusion, Dr. Zinner explores the evidence for what he understands to...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:49

There Is No Difference Between Abortion and Infanticide

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Here’s where we are now in the race to kill the helpless:

Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.

The...

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Give this a listen (after all the popups are dismissed).  Chrisoph is a good scholar.  And a very nice person.

This is an interview episode with emerging biblical scholar, Christoph Heilig. We spend much of our time discussing a new volume, which engages the work of NT Wright, called G...

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This lecture takes place in October.  All the details are here.

Filed under: Church History

Authors: Jim...

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imageAnyone who wishes to manage their sources adequately must work with categories that help to bring order to the transcribed material. In many cases, such categories simultaneously shape the way in which we evaluate our sources. Critical reflection of the chosen categories is therefore crucial for...

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Fans of celebrities barely bat an eye anymore at the drunken antics of superstars. Instead the public displays of carnality of the rich and famous are celebrated. Smiled at. Wink wink. Are we seeing this same blasé attitude in the visible Church?

Celebrity Pastor Carl Lentz, who pastors...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 22:03

Canon, Codex, and Biblical Theory

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Canon and Codex. Surely, the alliteration indicates that these ideas are co-extensive, right? Depends on whom one asks. Armin Lange in the same article referenced here says:

I have also referred repeatedly to the invention of the mega-codices as a catalyst in the...

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Mark doesn’t, Matthew doesn’t, James doesn’t.  The other Gospels use it very few times, the Catholic epistles as few.  Paul uses it most.

The interesting thing, as I think about it, is the fact that the worse a person is, the more they want to trade on grace.

Among New...

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 04:32

Reformation Research

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Search for this brilliant group on Facebook.  Or just go here.

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Because the Universalists God is a utility and the Universalists are only concerned with essentially just enough God to ‘get me to heaven’. Theirs is truly a utilitarian God of ‘love’ who doesn’t love enough to discipline or correct.  A God as a means to an end,...

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If you want a quick-but-tedious way to separate some of the shallower evanjellyfish from the more theologically-serious evangelicals in your circle of friends, here’s a simple method: call N.T. Wright a heretic. It’s quick because the blowback you will surely experience can be timed in...

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I think everyone knows that Melanchthon had a penchant for astrology.  Luther chided him about it regularly.  But he wasn’t alone in the 16th century in holding such views.  Zwingli too had an affinity for such things (though of a milder sort than Melanchthon).  This was...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 21:22

Isaiah’s Benevolent Creator

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Here’s an entry worth your time.

Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40–55) represents the one of the most sustained assertions of YHWH as creator in the Hebrew Bible. As a theme, creation periodically appears throughout Second Isaiah from 40:12 to 54:16, thus almost the entire span of the work. I...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:00

Where Can We Find Authentic Comfort?

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The Heidelberg Catechism has it right:

Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and...

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‪Ever notice how ‘christians’ who object to the government paying for health care never complain about the government paying for bombs?‬  

This is because there is a deep and profound and widespread ignorance, among Christians, not to mention the world, as to what...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:25

Wouldn’t It Be Nice if Churches Were More Christian?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of giving people gas cards and movie passes and haircuts and backpacks and toiletries and pony rides (which anyone anywhere anytime can give), the Church gave people what they really need?  Christ.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Church were Christian...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 23:14

The Reformation in France

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The NZZ has the essay- Warum die Reformation in Frankreich mit Calvin und nicht mit Luther begann.

Ein Jahr nach seinem Sieg über die Eidgenossen bei Marignano ging Franz I. von Frankreich 1516 mit dem Papst das Konkordat von Bologna ein. Es etablierte die gallikanische Kirche als...

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Calvin puts it succinctly like this:

Every one of us must maintain brotherly concord with all the children of God, give due authority to the Church, and, in short, conduct ourselves as sheep of the flock(Inst. 4.1.3).

This aligns with the biblical injunction that we love one another. One another...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:46

Brill’s Textual History of the Bible

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image Over at Evangelical Textual Criticism I summarize the aims and purpose of the Textual History of the Bible. I have mentioned THB‘s article on the Canon of the Hebrew Bible elsewhere on my blog. I do not review this work. I am only interested in drawing attention...

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Vile.

Police said a group of teens recorded the dying moments of a 32-year-old man last week, mocking, cursing and laughing as the man drowned in a pond.

The minute-long video, which police called “extremely disturbing,” found its way to social media and appears to depict the unidentified...

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