Taking it to the Streets—- More from the Street Evangelist

Here is a second, and last, post from my student David Hull who has been in Kansas City this summer doing evangelism.--------------What a summer! God has stretched me in immeasurable ways through my time sharing the gospel on the streets, and I know that apart from your prayers and encouragement I might have turned back. I wanted to share with you today one final insight about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with people, and I hope it encourages you. Scripture of the Day: … [Read more...]

Pascal– Blazing a Trail to Truth

If you haven't read Blaise Pascal's  famous Pensees,  you need to put it on your to do list.  It is essential reading for any thoughtful Christian who wants to reflect on the truth.  Larry Hurtado has recently been mulling over some of Pascal's famous sayings,  and here is a little meditation on one of them, which still rings true today.---------Hurtado says....My posting on scholarship and personal stakes drew some attention, and so I dare to make another foray into cognitive matt … [Read more...]

A KJV Ap to improve your KJV Aptitude

Let me first say, I've done time in the Bod,  that is in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.   It is full of musty wonderful antiquarian books, which one is not allowed to check out.  Thank goodness.  Some are still chained to desks or reading tables or lecturns.The Bod is about the last place in the English speaking world one would think to look for anything modern or computerized when it comes to books.  Hence, my surprise that they have come up with a KJV Ap in honor of the 400th anniversary o … [Read more...]

Bishops Lay Down the Law in Alabama

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/us/14immig.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha23 … [Read more...]

To the Cloud——Larry Hurtado on Visualizing the Text

Here is another fine post by my friend Larry Hurtado.-------------------- larryhurtado | August 5, 2011 at 11:43 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pYZXr-aH I've recently been alerted to software that produces a visual depiction of comparative word/phrase frequencies in texts, a "cloud" visual in which the comparative frequencies are represented by comparative sizes of the words/phrases (probably old news to dedicated bloggers).  Here's the web site where you can make … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry— The Farmer Poet

Sometimes serendipity just happens.  And it happens at unexpected times and in unexpected ways.   Well I guess that's why they call it serendipity.   Tonight my wife was going to a dinner as part of a meeting about sustainable agriculture and community sponsored agriculture.   Asbury University is going to start a student farm,  to help students who are going to do overseas missions so they will be able to help the people they will serve with something as basic as subsistence farming.  (praying g … [Read more...]

IS There a Doctor in the House—- Yes There Is!

It's a long climb up the hill to become a Bible scholar.  And finally, there is a book out that tells you how it can be done--- at least one man's journey, namely mine.   Zondervan has done a nice job with the production, and it is now available on Kindle, at Amazon at CBD etc.I will just say that, of course there are many ways to become a Bible scholar, some easier than others, but there are certain constants along the way, and this book is in some ways my most personal one, full of pe … [Read more...]

More on Manuscripts from Hurtado

Here is yet another useful post from my friend Larry Hurtado on recent scholarship on Greek manuscripts.  BW3----------------- Early Christian Manuscripts Volume larryhurtado | August 3, 2011 at 9:38 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pYZXr-aC Over the last decade or so, a number of scholars have emphasized the study of early Christian manuscripts as artifacts of ancient Christianity.  NT textual criticism has tended to focus on NT manuscripts and mainly for the wording o … [Read more...]

Creation Care—- and Clean Coal???

Don't you just hate it when you get lied to by advertisers?  Shouldn't there be a law that says that if statements are demonstrably false, they should not be able to be put in a TV commercial.   If only it were the way things worked.I live in a coal state, a state which depends on the coal industry for a lot of its blue collar jobs.   And yet the coal industry knows perfectly well that it has a major PR problem.  The pay for coal workers in eastern Kentucky is generally speaking pathetic, esp … [Read more...]